Series VPRS 1086
Duplicate Despatches from the Secretary of State to the Governor
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Date Range: Series 1851 - ? 1869
  Series in Custody 1851 - 1869
  Contents 1851 - 1869
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1851 - 1869 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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    Contents: 1851/19 - 1869/108

    This series consists of unbound duplicate copies of despatches, representing the official channel of communication from the British Secretary of State responsible for the administration of the Colonial Office to the Governor of Victoria. As a safety measure these duplicates were sent in a different vessel from that of the original despatch. The original despatches were bound to form VPRS 1087 Despatches from the Secretary of State to the Governor.

    For all intents and purposes, these despatches are identical to those bound in VPRS 1087. These duplicates were allocated the same despatch number as the original but were also annotated with the word 'duplicate' and the name of the vessel which carried it.

    Individual despatches are generally bound in annual bundles in despatch number order. The series is controlled by VPRS 1404 Register of Despatches which records in despatch number order the arrival dates and vessels carrying both the original and duplicate despatches. The registers for the period covered by this series are self indexing. The range of despatches in this series in 1851/19 to 1869/108.

    It is clear from VPRS 1404 that duplicate despatches were sent after 1869. It is not known whether these later duplicates were kept separately nor when the practice of sending duplicates ceased. Some duplicates are found in VPRS 7571 Reference and Procedure files and it may be possible that others were referred to other departments (a possibility not clarified by the registers).

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1851 - 1869 Register of Despatches from the Secretary of State to the Governor VPRS 1404
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P0000 1851 - 1869 Open 8
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1851 - 1869 Register of Despatches from the Secretary of State to the Governor VPRS 1404
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