Series VPRS 8360
Numbered Lantern Slides
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Date Range: Series ? 1877 - ? 1950
  Series in Custody ? 1877 - ? 1950
  Contents ? 1877 - ? 1950
Public Access: 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
1877 - 1950 Melbourne Harbor Trust Commissioners VA 2799
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1978 - 1995 Port of Melbourne Authority VA 1426
2003 - cont Port of Melbourne Corporation VA 4028
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  • How to use the Records
    Digitised representations of these slides can be viewed in the PROV online catalogue. Please access these representations via the series lists for the P2 consignment located in the "Accessing the Records of this Series" tab of series this entry.

    There are currently no facilities for viewing the original slides in Public Record Office Reading Rooms.

  • Function / Content
    This series appears to have been created by the Melbourne Harbour Trust Commissioners as a consolidated slide display on the progress of Port of Melbourne in the second half of the 19th and in the early 20th century. The theme of the slides is provided by the second slide of the P1 consignment, entitled 'The Progress of the Port of Melbourne.'

    This series of slides was located in close proximity to an unnumbered accumulation of slides. it would appear that both VPRS 8360 Numbered Lantern Slides and VPRS 8361 Unnumbered Lantern Slides were originally part of the same group but at some early stage the slides belonging to VPRS 8360 were selectively separated into a single unit and then maintained in isolation. The unnumbered slides grew in volume over subsequent years but the numbered sequence remained static. It is because of this original intellectual and physical division between the slides that two separate series have been registered.

    The slides are black and white, with the exception of one, which is colourized. The pictorial subject matter covered by the slides includes the following:
    * aerial views of the Port of Melbourne
    * maps of the Port of Melbourne and surrounding areas
    * working docks (loading/unloading of cargo)
    * factory sites
    * construction
    * shipping
    * lighthouses
    * divers
    * warships
    * engineering drawings of wharves, canals, sheds

    Each of the slides has been numbered in a numerical sequence, probably reflecting the order in which the slides were to be shown. No control record had been identified at the time of transfer. In some instances numerical duplication exists, but there is no duplication of the subjects of the slides. Two slides appear to be missing; numbers 16 and 68.

    Some of the contents of this series were used to illustrate Melbourne Harbour Trust Commissioners' publications.

    The series date range remains undetermined as it is not certain as to when the slides were created. Further research is required to determine a date range for this series. The date range attributed has been inputed from the agencies' start date.

    Digitised representations of these records were created by PROV during 2011 to enable public access.

  • Recordkeeping System
    This series is arranged in numerical order by lantern slide number. Individual slides were numbered 1 to 88, although slide numbers 16 and 68 were not received by PROV and are assumed to have been lost or destroyed prior to their transfer.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 ? 1877 - ? 1950 Open 2
P0002 ? 1877 - ? 1950 Open N/A
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