Series VPRS 255
Outward Letter Books
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Date Range: Series ? 1855 - ? 1916
  Series in Custody 1855 - 1911
  Contents 1855 - 1911
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
1855 - 1916 Attorney-General's Department (previously known as the Law Department) VA 2825
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1855 - 1992 Attorney-General's Department (previously known as the Law Department) VA 2825
1992 - cont Department of Justice VA 3085
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Volumes to the end of 1868 contain an alphabetical name / subject index which refer to the relevant page number. Separate indexes (VPRS 7743) were created to index volumes created from 1869.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of volumes containing letter press copies of items of correspondence including letters, memoranda, circulars and telegrams sent by the Law Department. No volumes are extant for the period October 1869 to February 1911.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Volumes are arranged chronologically with items arranged according to the date of dispatch. Every page in each volume is numbered and each item sent was also allocated an annual single number.

    At the start of 1869 each individual volume in this series was allocated a book number found on the spine. As individual indexes in VPRS 7743 cover a number of letter books, entries in the indexes refer users to the book and page number of the item required. At present only book 6 (item 14 of the original transfer) is extant.

    Date Range

    Although units 15 and 16 of the original transfer extend the series in custody to 1911, doubt exists whether these units form part of the series as neither volume has a book number. From entries found in VPRS 7751 Register of Outward Circulars it has been deduced that this series currently extends to at least 1916 (and a book number 299), indicating further volumes not in archival custody.

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1869 - 1873 Indexes to Outward Letter Books VPRS 7743
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1855 - 1911 Open 16
P0001 1860 - 1860 Open 1
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1869 - 1873 Indexes to Outward Letter Books VPRS 7743
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