Series VPRS 516
Central Register of Female Prisoners
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Date Range: Series 1857 - 1948
  Series in Custody 1857 - 1991
  Contents 1857 - 1948
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical/Digital
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1857 - 1871 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1871 - 1948 Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 1464
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1992 - cont Department of Justice VA 3085
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    All records in this series which were closed to inspection due to fragility have been digitised, and can be viewed online.

    Browse consignment P2, or search the entire series using a given name, surname or registration number of a prisoner as your search term.

    This series is arranged in registration number order. To obtain the registration number for a particular female prisoner, consult VPRS 10879/P1 Alphabetical Index to the Central Register of Female Prisoners, which has also been digitised. The index is arranged alphabetically by surname and provides the registration number.

  • Function / Content
    This series comprises registers created by the Penal and Gaols Branch to record the registration number, name and personal details of female prisoners in custody in Victorian gaols.

    There is a one page entry for each prisoner. At the top of each page is recorded the prisoners registration number and full name.

    There are fields to record the following information which provides a personal description of the prisoner: height, weight, complexion, hair, eyes, nose, mouth, chin, eyebrows, visage, forehead, date of birth, native place, trade, religion, read or write.

    There are also spaces in which to record details of the prisoners offence and sentence: sentence, date of conviction, offence, where tried and before whom. There are several fields for this information, so that subsequent convictions can be recorded on the same page, using the prisoners original registration number.

    There are fields for Particular Marks (eg, scars, birthmarks, etc) and Previous History (this generally records information such as how and when the prisoner came to the colony/State).

    On the bottom half of the page there are fields titled: At what station (ie to which gaol the prisoner was admitted), When received, Offences, sentences &c (here the prisoners discharge date is often recorded, eg [date] Freedom by time or Freedom by remission). There are also columns where extensions of the prisoners sentence (either by a Visiting Justice or the Superintendent) are recorded, in months and days.

    In the bottom left hand corner there is a space for the Half Yearly Report. This has the following fields: Date, Superintendents, Favourable, Unfavourable, Days absent &c, Attendance at school as monitor. This Report does not appear to have been filled out for the majority of the prisoners in this series.

    There are no central government records relating to female prisoners prior to 1855. The earlier records of female prisoners may be found in the records of the penal institutions, hulks and other prisons, in existence at the time.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The records in this series are arranged in registration number order, which is also roughly chronological by the prisoners date of admission to prison, as numbers were allocated to prisoners by the Penal and Gaols Branch soon after admission.

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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
1857 - 1918 Index to Register of Female Prisoners, 1857-1918, Compiled by Marion Button (also known as Victorian Prisoners Index (Females)) VPRS 12798
1857 - 1948 Alphabetical Index to Central Register of Female Prisoners VPRS 10879
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Previous SeriesPrevious Series
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Subsequent SeriesSubsequent Series
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- 1948 Female Prisoner Cards VPRS 11773
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1857 - 1948 Closed 15
P0002 1857 - 1934 Open N/A
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
1857 - 1918 Index to Register of Female Prisoners, 1857-1918, Compiled by Marion Button (also known as Victorian Prisoners Index (Females)) VPRS 12798
1857 - 1948 Alphabetical Index to Central Register of Female Prisoners VPRS 10879
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    PROVguide058 Prison Records