Agency VA 982
Sale Prison [also known as Sale Gaol]
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Date Range: 1887 - 1997
 
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Sale Prison opened in August 1887. It was initially set up as a reception prison for the Gippsland area. Sale Prison closed in April 1997.

All evidence currently available supports the opening date of Sale Gaol as 1887 despite the fact that Sale Gaol had been proclaimed as early as 1864.

In 1881 the Sale Gaol was proclaimed by the Governor (Government Gazette (GG), 1881, p.2531). In 1887 William Gardner was appointed Governor to Sale Gaol (GG, 1887 p.2224).

Sale Gaol had previously been proclaimed in 1864 (GG, 1864, p.2407). The site description sounds different from that described in the 1881 proclamation. The Sale Gaol as proclaimed in 1864 was discontinued by another proclamation in 1887 (GG, 1887, p.3027). By this proclamation the land and buildings cease to be a gaol on 17 October 1887.

A list of staff at Sale Gaol first appeared in the Return of persons employed in the Public Service, 31 January 1888 (GG, No.10, 1888). The earliest records from Sale Gaol date from 1887.

 
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? 1947 - 1997 Admission and Discharge Register VPRS 5118 North Melbourne Closed
? 1962 - 1997 Register of Charges Heard Before the Governor VPRS 11757 North Melbourne Closed
1887 - 1898 1. Prisoners Undergoing Separate Confinement 2. Prisoners' Visiting Book VPRS 5124 North Melbourne Open
1887 - 1951 Officers' Record Sheets VPRS 5126 North Melbourne Closed
1887 - 1961 Medical Officer's Journal VPRS 5120 North Melbourne Closed
1887 - 1961 All Monies, Fines And Costs Received At Sale Gaol On Behalf Of Prisoners And How Disposed Of Register (DESTROYED) VPRS 5129 Other Not Applicable
1887 - 1962 1. Prisoners' Charge Book. 2. Inwards Correspondence Book VPRS 5121 North Melbourne Closed
1887 - By 1955 Prisoners Receiving and Personal Description Book VPRS 5117 North Melbourne Part Open
1889 - 1961 Record of Health of Prisoners when Received VPRS 5119 North Melbourne Closed
1891 - 1962 Record of Prisoners Interviews with the Inspector-General and the Visiting Justice VPRS 5127 North Melbourne Closed
1946 - 1962 Visiting Justice's Book VPRS 5131 North Melbourne Open
1961 - 1967 Prisoners Medical Treatment Register VPRS 5130 North Melbourne Closed
1961 - 1997 Governor's Diaries VPRS 5135 North Melbourne Closed
1963 - 1975 Record of Prisoners Charged Before the Visting Justice VPRS 5132 North Melbourne Closed
1978 - 1992 Governor's Office Correspondence VPRS 16229 North Melbourne Closed
1992 - 1997 Prisoner Discharge Files VPRS 16230 North Melbourne Closed
By 1899 - 1962 Record of Prisoners Due for Solitary Confinement VPRS 5133 North Melbourne Closed
By 1951 - By 1975 Daily State of Her Majesty's Gaol VPRS 5125 North Melbourne Open
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1887 - 1960 Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 1464
1960 - 1971 Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 2784
1971 - 1979 Social Welfare Department VA 946
1979 - 1983 Department of Community Welfare Services VA 613
1983 - 1992 Office of Corrections VA 1063
1992 - 1997 Department of Justice VA 3085
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1887 - 1997 Prisons and Youth Training Centres VRG 9