Agency VA 928
Melbourne Public Library
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Date Range: 1856 - 1869
 
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Establishment and Functions

Established in 1856 the functions of Victorias public library have been to provide reference and research library services in its own building and a support service to municipal libraries.

Apart from the enterprise of individuals such as John Pascoe Fawkner and Redmond Barry, who dispensed books from a hotel and from a residence, respectively, library development in Victoria began with the opening of the Melbourne Public Library in 1856 after two years of construction work.

Historically this agency has been known as the Melbourne Public Library (1856-1869) and the Public Library of Victoria (1869-1960). Since 1960 the Library has been referred to as the State Library of Victoria.

Location of Records

Some records are held by the Public Record Office.

See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.3.6.
 
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? 1850 - ? 1858 Accounts from Mr.O.Neuhauss VPRS 5884 North Melbourne Open
? 1853 - ? 1873 Outward Letter Books VPRS 4366 North Melbourne Open
? 1854 - ? 1859 Colonial Agent-General's Letters and Accounts VPRS 5883 North Melbourne Open
? 1859 - ? 1868 Inward Correspondence From F. Guillaume & Co VPRS 5888 North Melbourne Open
1840 - 1870 Statements on Special Topics VPRS 928 North Melbourne Open
1853 - ? 1945 Ledgers, Public Library, Museum and National Gallery VPRS 5860 North Melbourne Open
1853 - 1870 Journals VPRS 5865 North Melbourne Open
1853 - 1871 Cash and Expenditure Book VPRS 5855 North Melbourne Open
1853 - 1888 Register of Donations VPRS 1066 North Melbourne Open
1856 - 1872 Correspondence Inward - Official Letters Miscellaneous VPRS 5486 North Melbourne Open
1856 - 1873 Fire Insurance Policies, Lapsed VPRS 11981 North Melbourne Open
1856 - 1880 Appointments and Applications for Positions VPRS 4364 North Melbourne Open
1857 - 1866 Agent-General For The Crown Colonies Accounts VPRS 5886 North Melbourne Open
1858 - 1883 Reverend Dr. Bleasdale's Outward Letter Book VPRS 5889 North Melbourne Open
1858 - 1889 Inward Correspondence - Correspondence Of Special Interest VPRS 4730 North Melbourne Open
1858 - 1951 Cash Books VPRS 5854 North Melbourne Open
1859 - 1860 Invoices From F. Guillaume & Co VPRS 5892 North Melbourne Open
1859 - 1866 F. Guillaume & Co Accounts Books VPRS 5893 North Melbourne Open
1860 - 1866 Correspondence Inward from Europe VPRS 5891 North Melbourne Open
1860 - 1872 Correspondence Inward - Official Letters from Public Works Department VPRS 5501 North Melbourne Open
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1855 - 1869 Library, State VF 22
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1856 - 1869 Chief Secretary VRG 26