Series VPRS 6
Outward Letter Books
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Date Range: Series 1836 - 1856
  Series in Custody 1836 - 1856
  Contents 1836 - 1856
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical/Digital
 
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1836 - 1851 Surveyor General's Department, Port Phillip Branch (also known as the Melbourne Survey Office) VA 943
1851 - 1856 Surveyor-General's Department VA 2921
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2002 - cont Department of Sustainability and Environment VA 4554
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  • How to use the Records
    The records in the P0 and P1 consignments have been digitised and are available online as the P2 consignment. Browse the contents of the P3 consignment for date ranges of interest, and download relevant sections.

    For correspondence addressed to specific persons or offices, consult the index at the front of the volume.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of the books into which outwards correspondence was transcribed with details of the addressee, the date and the registered number. Matters dealt with are those concerned with the survey of the Port Phillip District (including the delineation of the boundaries of the original counties), the survey and sale of land including requests for Special Surveys, the leasing and licensing of surveyed land and matters relating to the administration of the survey departments and their personnel. Correspondents consisted of the Superintendent of the Port Phillip District, later the Lieutenant-Governor and Colonial Secretary, the Surveyor-General of New South Wales, other surveyors employed and members of the public including officials of organisations desirous of grants for special purposes. Some survey reports and diaries are included as are copies of returns and circulars.

    Other outward correspondence may be seen in VPRS 5 Outward Registered Correspondence to the Surveyor-General. More examples may be found in VPRS 44 Inwards Registered and Unregistered Correspondence and as returned attachments in Inwards Correspondence series for this agency. Inwards Correspondence (including VPRS 2877 and VPRS 2878) in response to these letters may assist in providing further information.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries in the volumes are in chronological order.

    All units have an alphabetical index at the front of the volume. In the P consignment, Units 1 and 2 have indexed the name or office of the addressee, the date of the letter, the registered number, the page upon which the transcription appears and a summary of the subject. Units 3 and 5 have indexed the name or office of the addressee and the page upon which the transcription appears. Unit 4 contains only letters addressed to the Lieutenant-Governor as denoted by the letter 'A' before the registration number. This unit is indexed by the locality or person which were the subjects of letters and the page.

    The unit in the P1 consignment is alphabetically indexed by name of addressee and the page.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1836 - 1854 Open 5
P0001 1856 - 1856 Open 1
P0002 1836 - 1856 Open N/A
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