Agency VA 930
National Gallery of Victoria
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Date Range: 1869 - cont
 
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The commencement of the National Gallery of Victoria and its functions and organisation prior to 1966 are subject to research.

From 1869 to 1944 the Gallery was managed and controlled by VA 912 Trustees of the Public Library Museums and National Gallery of Victoria (s 2, Library Museums and National Gallery Act (33 Vict No. 5063 (1869)).

In 1944 the Public Library National Gallery and Museums Act 1944 dissolved that body of Trustees and replaced them with a separate body of Trustees for each agency and a body of Building Trustees to manage the buildings which the three agencies occupied (ss 4, 13 and 16, Public Library National Gallery and Museums Act (9 Geo VI No. 5053 (1944)). The Gallery Trustees (VA 3119 Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria) were responsible for "the management and control of the gallery and the general direction and control of the establishment and administration of schools of art conducted at or associated with the gallery."

In 1960 some changes were made to the Public Library and the Museum by the State Library National Gallery National Museum and Institute of Applied Science Act 1960 (No. 6688). That Act appears to have made little change to the Gallery or its Trustees apart from consolidating the legislation governing them.

In 1966 the National Gallery of Victoria Act 1966 (No. 7482) constituted VA 929 Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria (s 5) and set out the Council's functions (s 13). The administrative relationship between the Council and the Gallery is subject to research: Annual Reports indicate that the Council of Trustees rather than the Gallery employed some staff, including some curatorial, library, administrative, teaching and bookshop staff. The remaining staff appear to have been employed by the Gallery.

The Council of Trustees' functions were

(a) to manage and control the National Gallery;
(b) to maintain and develop the State collection of works of art;
(c) to make material within the State collection available to persons, departments and institutions in such manner and subject to such conditions as the Council determines whether due to the most advantageous use of the State collection;
(d) to carry out and make available such other services, including the printing publication and sale of books information and reproductions, in relation to pictures, works of art and art exhibits as the Council thinks fit;
(e) to assist in the promotion organization and supervision of art galleries and any body or association established for the promotion of art within Victoria;
(f) to advise the Minister and the organizations mentioned in paragraph (e) on matters of general policy relating to art galleries;
(g) to make recommendations to the Minister on the allocation of any moneys made available by Parliament to assist art galleries;
(h) to carry out such other functions in connexion with art galleries as the Minister from time to time directs;
(i) to manage and control the National Gallery Art School.

Subject to research, the National Gallery of Victoria is responsible for the acquisition, display and preservation of the State art collection, administration of the Heide Art Gallery and for the provision of art education.

Location of Records

Consult the Inventory of Series below and the List of Holdings section 3.3.7 for records attributed to the National Gallery. Subject to research, relevant records might also be attributed to the the various bodies of Trustees mentioned above, VA 431 National Museum of Victoria and VA 913 Public Library of Victoria.
 
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- Photographs of Works of Art VPRS 4370 North Melbourne Open
? 1854 - 1971 Miscellaneous Records VPRS 1074 North Melbourne Open
? 1869 - ? 1869 Correspondence Inward to National Gallery from R.A.C. Waters VPRS 5844 North Melbourne Open
? 1870 - ? 1938 Register of inward correspondence VPRS 800 North Melbourne Open
? 1880 - ? 1946 Index to Inward Registered Correspondence VPRS 801 North Melbourne Open
? 1899 - ? 1951 Subject Index to Inward Registered Correspondence (Records Not Transferred) VPRS 14572 Other Not Applicable
? 1928 - 1970 Director's Correspondence, Two Number System VPRS 12730 North Melbourne Open
? 1948 - ? 1992 Administration Files VPRS 13116 North Melbourne Open
? 1949 - ? 1958 Applications for Enrolment : Art School VPRS 12200 North Melbourne Open
? 1953 - ? 1994 Deputy Directors' General Correspondence Subject Files VPRS 12732 North Melbourne Open
? 1965 - ? 1984 Memoranda VPRS 13112 North Melbourne Open
? 1970 - Circa 1991 Director's General Correspondence Files, Alphabetical System VPRS 12731 North Melbourne Open
1853 - ? 1945 Ledgers, Public Library, Museum and National Gallery VPRS 5860 North Melbourne Open
1855 - 1881 Consignments for Library, Gallery and Museum VPRS 1071 North Melbourne Open
1856 - 1944 Rules and Regulations of the Public Library, Museums and National Gallery VPRS 3162 North Melbourne Open
1862 - 1871 Books and Museum of Art Accounts (Europe) VPRS 5872 North Melbourne Open
1869 - 1869 Museum of Art (National Gallery) London Accounts VPRS 5846 North Melbourne Open
1869 - 1885 Catalogues of Works of Art VPRS 1070 North Melbourne Open
1871 - 1892 National Gallery Accounts and Invoices VPRS 5840 North Melbourne Open
1872 - 1873 Tenders VPRS 1073 North Melbourne Open
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? 1869 - cont Arts VF 194
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1869 - ? 1944 Trustees of the Public Library, Museums and National Gallery of Victoria VA 912
By 1944 - 1966 Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria VA 3119
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1854 - 1983 National Museum of Victoria VA 431
1869 - 1960 Public Library of Victoria VA 913
1960 - cont State Library of Victoria VA 2923
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1972 - cont Arts VRG 61
Circa 1869 - ? 1972 Chief Secretary VRG 26