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Series VPRS 14271
Register of Inward Correspondence, Melbourne Land District
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Date Range: Series 1874 - 1876
  Series in Custody 1874 - 1876
  Contents 1874 - 1876
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1874 - 1876 Department of Crown Lands and Survey VA 538
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
2002 - cont Department of Sustainability and Environment VA 4554
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Consignment Details.

    For correspondence from specific persons, consult the relevant alphabetical category.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of registers of inward correspondence maintained by the Occupation Branch of the Department of Crown Lands and Survey (VA 538) prior to the introduction of a new recordkeeping system for correspondence management for the whole Department in 1876 (see VPRS 166 Alphabetical Registers of Inwards Correspondence).

    It would appear that all correspondence relating to the occupation of Crown lands was forwarded to the Branch. Here it was registered either in a general register or in registers for a specific Land District. The register in this series was that registering correspondence for the Melbourne Land District.

    Whether in a general or in a Land District register, details recorded were the number of the letter, the dates of the letter and of entry in the register, the name and address of the sender, a summary of the subject of the correspondence and how the matter was dealt with. A reference was given to the number of any other piece of correspondence or file to which the correspondence was attached.

    Matters dealt with in the correspondence were those relating to the making of applications for land, the process of dealing with a selection and ensuring that conditions were carried out, the performance of surveys and matters pertaining to hearings of Local Land Boards.

  • Recordkeeping System
    It would appear that the system used was an alpha - numeric one. Correspondence was initially registered according to the initial letter of the correspondent's name with instructions being given at the front of a volume for how this was to be determined in certain specific cases. Each piece of correspondence was then given a sequential number within each alphabetical category. This alpha-numeric designator was used as the number identifying the piece of correspondence in the register. Thus, not all numbers in the same alphabetical category are placed in the same register - some may be in the general register whilst others may be in the range of Land District registers.

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1874 - 1876 Inward Registered and Unregistered Correspondence VPRS 44
1874 - 1876 Land Selection Files, by Land District, Section 49 Land Act 1869 VPRS 439
1874 - 1876 Land Selection and Occupation Files VPRS 440
1874 - 1876 Miscellaneous Land Selection and Occupation Files VPRS 444
1874 - 1876 Land Selection Files by Land District, Sections 19 and 20 Land Act 1869 VPRS 626
1874 - 1876 Land Selection Files, Section 31 Land Act 1869 VPRS 627
1874 - 1876 Land Selection Files, Section 33, Land Act 1869 VPRS 629
1874 - 1876 General Correspondence Files VPRS 989
1874 - 1876 Miscellaneous Correspondence Files VPRS 1016
1874 - 1876 Land Selection And Correspondence Files VPRS 5357
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0 - 1876 Register of Inward Correspondence, Melbourne Land District VPRS 3432
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1874 - 1876 Open 1
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