Series VPRS 1092
Governor's Letter Books
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Date Range: Series ? 1851 - ? 1908
  Series in Custody 1853 - 1908
  Contents 1853 - 1908
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1851 - 1908 Governor (including Lieutenant Governor 1851-1855 and Governor's Office) VA 466
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1851 - cont Governor (including Lieutenant Governor 1851-1855 and Governor's Office) VA 466
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the consignment details for the unit containing the date range for which information is required. For correspondence to a particular person or office, consult the alphabetical index of addressees at the front of each volume.

  • Function / Content
    As originally the Lieutenant Governor (1851 1855) and under the 1855 Victorian Constitution the ultimate executive power in the State is vested in the Governor as the representative of the Crown. Under the Constitution, this executive power is exercised through and with the advice of the elected Government and its Ministers, although prior to 1855, the Lieutenant-Governor had full executive authority.

    This series contains copies of the outwards correspondence of the Governor with letters being signed by both the Governor and by the Secretary. Prior to the passing of the Constitution Act 1855, correspondence dealt with all facets of the administration of the Colony including the appointment of officers, despatches to the Governor-General, arrangements regarding Legislative Council business and ceremonial occasions. After the development of Cabinet Government, correspondence deals more with the recognition of diplomatic representatives in Victoria, responses to requests for assistance in the tracing of missing friends and relatives and responses to requests regarding criminal sentences. Correspondence on these latter matters and on telegrams regarding the fate of Australians serving in the Boer War were invariably forwarded to the Premier or relevant Government Department. Letter books also contain details of requisitions for supplies for use in the Governors Office.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries are made in chronological order. Entries are alphabetically indexed by the name or office of the addressee with the page (or folio) number upon which the piece of correspondence appears.

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