Series VPRS 6757
Index Books to Ward Register
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Date Range: Series 1864 - Circa 1966
  Series in Custody 1864 - Circa 1966
  Contents 1864 - Circa 1966
Public Access: Part 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
1864 - 1887 Department of Industrial and Reformatory Schools VA 1466
1887 - 1960 Children's Welfare Department 1924-1961 (previously known as Department for Neglected Children 1887-1924), Chief Secretary's Department VA 1467
1960 - Circa 1966 Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 2784
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1985 - 1992 Department of Community Services (also known as Community Services Victoria) VA 2633
1996 - 2014 Department of Human Services VA 3970
2015 - cont Department of Health and Human Services VA 5037
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Indexes are arranged alphabetically by Ward's surname.

    Retrieve the index to get the registration number/s of the state ward then refer to VPRS 4527 Ward Register (known as Children's Registers 1864 - 1887).

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of Index Books to State Ward Registers managed by the Department of Industrial and Reformatory Schools (VA 1466) from 1864-1887, Children's Welfare Department (VA 1467) from 1887-1960), then the Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department (VA 2784) from 1960-1966.

    The Index Books control VPRS 4527 Ward Registers.The Ward Registers record the personal details of the children and details about their admission to care, placements and discharge.

    Prior to the establishment of the Department of Industrial and reformatory Schools in 1864, "neglected children were cared for by charitable and voluntary organizations. Children charged under the Vagrancy Act had been accommodated at the Immigrants home in Melbourne.

    Under the Neglected and Criminal Children's Act 1864, a Department was established to care for deprived and delinquent children. Children were made Wards of State by the Courts and then their future was a matter for the Department.Some children were accommodated in Industrial Schools and after the Royal Commission of 1872 and the 1874 Neglected and Criminal Children's Amendment Act, some were "boarded out". Allowances were paid to families to provide for the children.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The Index Books are arranged alphabetically and record the child's surname and first name and the wardship number given to him/her on admission to care. Some children were admitted several times and in the early years these children were given a new number for each admission.

    In later years the children retained their original number. In the Index Books these are referred to as Registered Numbers. Under a heading "Entries", the Index Books record the volume and page number of the Ward Register in which details of the child are recorded. Where children were assigned a second or third registered number on being readmitted to care, there are references to the second or third Ward Register in which the details are to be found. Entries in the Wardship Registers are cross-referenced.

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1864 - 1966 Ward Registers (known as Children's Registers 1864 - 1887) VPRS 4527
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1864 - Circa 1868 Open 1
P0002 1868 - Circa 1966 Part Open 3
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