Series VPRS 1083
Register of Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State
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Date Range: Series 1851 - ? 1917
  Series in Custody 1851 - 1917
  Contents 1851 - 1917
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1851 - 1917 Governor (including Lieutenant Governor 1851-1855 and Governor's Office) VA 466
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1982 - cont Department of the Premier and Cabinet VA 1039
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    Functions

    This series was created to record information regarding the transmission of despatches, forming the official channel of communication from the Governor of Victoria to the British Secretary of State responsible for the administration of the Colonial Office. These registers control copies of the despatches found bound in VPRS 1084, Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State.

    System of Arrangement/Control

    The despatches in VPRS 1084 are controlled by an annual single despatch number which was allocated prior to transmission. These registers detail information in despatch number order. Registers to the end of 1887 (items 1-4) contain an alphabetical subject index with VPRS 7574 Index to Register of Despatches covering subsequent registers. The range of entries covered by those registers is 1851\1 -1917\48.

    Contents

    Entries in these registers are spread over a double page. The lefthand page records detail regarding the transmission of the despatch. This includes the despatch number, date of despatch, a brief subject description (including the departure and name of the vessel carrying the original despatch and a duplicate copy which was sent as a security measure)and the number of enclosures included with the despatch. The despatch number column was subsequently annotated with the page number of the despatch as found in the relevant volume of VPRS 1084.

    The right hand page of each entry records details relating to any replies received from the Secretary. Information includes the despatch number allocated (as found in VPRS 1087 Despatches from the Secretary of State to the Governor), date of despatch, remarks and the date that receipt of the reply was acknowledged.

    Although despatches continued to be sent, it appears as though this series concluded in 1917.A note on the final page of the list volume implies that the register's function was incorporated into VPRS 1084 from 1918. This cannot be proven at the time of writing as the relevant volumes in VPRS 1084 are yet to be located.

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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1888 - 1917 Index to Register of Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 7574
Controlled SeriesControlled Series
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1851 - 1856 Duplicate Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 1085
1851 - 1917 Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 1084
1854 - 1877 Confidential Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 4818
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Subsequent SeriesSubsequent Series
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- 1888 Index to Register of Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 7574
1888 - 1918 Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 1084
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 - Open 6
U0001 1851 - 1917 Closed 0
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1888 - 1917 Index to Register of Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 7574
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