Series VPRS 253
Reference Books
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Date Range: Series ? 1856 - ? 1873
  Series in Custody 1858 - 1873
  Contents 1858 - 1873
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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1856 - 1873 Attorney-General's Department (previously known as the Law Department) VA 2825
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1992 - cont Department of Justice VA 3085
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the consignment details to identify the unit containing the date range for which information is required.

  • Function / Content
    Correspondence was referred to the Law Department by other offices and Departments such as the Colonial Secretary and Chief Secretary, the Board of Land and Works or the Chief Commissioner of Police for comment or for an opinion. This correspondence would be annotated (or minuted) and the original document then returned to its originator. Before final return the document may have been also referred to a third party for noting or for comment.

    This series records such pieces of correspondence referred to the Law Department. Details entered were the number and date of the document, by whom it was written and by whom it was referred, the subject of the document and when it was received and returned and a note of whether an opinion was given or a minute written upon it. If the document was referred to a third party details to whom, for what purpose, the date of referral and the date of return are given. Minutes written on this correspondence may be able to be found in VPRS 256 Minute Books.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries were made in chronological order. Within the first volume this was in specific divisions of the volume allocated to each major office referring matters to the Law Department. These divisions are indexed with page numbers. From the second volume, entries are in chronological order with each entry being given an annual single number prefixed with the letter R for Reference.

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- 1856 Registry Book VPRS 254
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1858 - 1873 Open 3
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