Series VPRS 1105
Minute Books
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Date Range: Series 1870 - 1982
  Series in Custody 1870 - 1995
  Contents 1870 - 1995
Public Access: Open
Location: Ballarat
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1870 - 1982 Stawell II (Borough 1869-1957; Town 1957-1995) VA 556
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1995 - cont Northern Grampians (Shire 1995-ct) VA 3715
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  • How to use the Records
    Minutes of meetings are arranged in chronological order by date of meeting. Consult the Consignment Details to determine which unit contains the minutes for the period in which you are interested. Indexes were occasionally created for minutes. These are found either in the volumes that they index or in a separate volume.

  • Function / Content
    Minutes of council meetings were created in accordance with section 145 of the Municipal Institutions Act 1863 (27 Vic., No.184) and with subsequent legislation relating to local government including the Local Government Act 1958 (No.6299). Many local government bodies in existence prior to 1863 maintained records of their meetings in the form of minutes.

    These acts have required that for each meeting of council, minutes of all proceedings are recorded together with the names of all councillors present and all who vote for and against motions. The master set of minutes is also required to be signed by the mayor or chairman of the meeting once the minutes have been confirmed at the following council meeting. The minutes relate to the wide range of activities for which the council is responsible, including building, community services, collection of rates, property valuation and town planning.

    The committee system is employed by most Victorian councils. The Local Government Act 1903 (No.1893) removed the requirement that separate committee minutes be kept and introduced the requirement that committees' reports to council be included in the council minutes. In some cases, the minutes of committees are recorded in the council minute books, either in lieu of or in addition to committee reports. Where committee minutes were maintained in separate volumes they constitute a separate series from the council minutes.

    Bound volumes containing Minutes of General and Special Council Meetings, Committee Reports and Town Clerks' Reports.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Chronological

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By 1925 - Circa 1947 Index To Minute Books VPRS 1238
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1870 - 1982 Open 37
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