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Series VPRS 3654
Registers of Vaccinations
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Date Range: Series Circa 1857 - Circa 1932
  Series in Custody 1857 - 2011
  Contents 1857 - 1932
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical/Digital
 
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1857 - 1873 Registrar-General's Department VA 2889
1873 - 1893 Office of the Registrar-General and the Office of Titles, (known as Land Victoria from 2001 to ct.) VA 862
1893 - 1932 Office of the Government Statist and Actuary VA 989
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1983 - cont Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (including 1983-1986 Assistant Government Statist, Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages) VA 983
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    These records have been digitised and are available for viewing online.

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  • Function / Content
    The Health Act 1876 and subsequent amendments established the requirement for all children of a certain age to be vaccinated against diseases such as small pox. The District Registrar was required to keep a register of all children vaccinated within their respective district. Once a child was vaccinated, a vaccination certificate was completed in duplicate at the location that the vaccination took place. This details the date of vaccination, the name of the child and its father, its age and sex, the name of the person who administered the vaccination, the residence of and place of birth of the child. One copy of the certificate was forwarded to the District Registrar, who would register summary information, and cross-reference it with birth registers to monitor those children who had not yet been vaccinated. These registers were maintained by the District Registrar as a record that a particular vaccination that took place.

    The register that was maintained by the district registrar served as the prima facie evidence that vaccinations were administered to particular children.

  • Recordkeeping System
    This series contains separate volumes from each district. The contents of the volumes are arranged chronologically according to the date of vaccination. There are several gaps in the coverage of districts and time period.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1857 - 1931 Open 3
P0001 1868 - 1932 Open 2
P0002 1857 - 1932 Open N/A
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