Series VPRS 4825
Index To Inwards Correspondence
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Date Range: Series ? 1855 - 1862
  Series in Custody 1855 - 1862
  Contents 1855 - 1862
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1855 - 1862 Denominational School Board VA 703
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1992 - cont Department of Education VA 3098
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Consignment Details for the volume containing information regarding the date range or denomination in which you are interested.

    Note: Inconsistent numbers of Units on the Consignment Details are due to computer system problems.

  • Function / Content
    The Denominational School Board was established in 1848 and was responsible for the distribution of funds to denominational schools from an annual Parliamentary grant and a proportion of the Church and Schools Estates revenue.

    This series provides an index to the correspondence received by the Board. Correspondence was initially registered in VPRS 60/P Registers of Inwards Correspondence. At this time each piece of correspondence was assigned an annual single number. Correspondence was then indexed according to either the school from which it was received or to which it specifically referred or by the office or name of the sender of the correspondence (e.g. Bishop of Melbourne or Commissioner of Public Works). The correspondence may be found in VPRS 61 Inward Registered Correspondence.

    Within the index a separate folio (or page) was allocated to each category. Details given in the Index were the annual single number of the piece of correspondence, the date of the letter and a summary of the subject of the correspondence. Some volumes allow for a notation to be made regarding any reply or cross reference.

    Volumes in the VPRS 4825 / P1 consignment were previously registered as VPRS 4826/P Church of England and Other Denominations Register of Inwards Correspondence, VPRS 4827/P Classified Subject Register of Inwards Correspondence and VPRS 4829/P Church of England and Other Denominations Register of Inward Correspondence.

  • Recordkeeping System
    All volumes have a single page allocated to each index category. The volume in VPRS 4825 / P which spans the period 1855 to 1857 has an alphabetical index to categories at the front of the volume. These categories may be location or school specific or by office corresponding with the Board. The folio (or page) upon which details appear is also given.

    The volumes in the VPRS 4825 / P1 consignment have a more sophisticated arrangement. From 1857, separate volumes or portions of volumes were allocated to indexing correspondence from schools or offices of an individual denomination. Within that volume a separate segment of the volume was allowed for the indexing of General Correspondence relating to that denomination. A separate volume for 1860 - 1862 was then used to index general correspondence in such categories as Drill, Law Officers of the Crown, Applications for Employment and Singing Master.

    A system of alphabetical designators was developed for each denomination. These were:

    A Church of England

    B Presbyterian

    C Free Church

    D United Presbyterian

    E Wesleyan

    F United Methodist Free Church

    G Primitive Methodist

    I Independent

    K Lutheran

    L Baptist

    M Bible Christians

    N Jews

    O Combined

    P Roman Catholic.

    Differentiation of volumes according to denomination expands over time, presumably as the denominational school system grew and developed.

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1855 - 1862 Inward Registered Correspondence VPRS 61
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P0000 1855 - 1857 Open 1
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