Series VPRS 11076
Miners' Phthisis Allowance Claim Files
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Date Range: Series 1939 - By 1984
  Series in Custody 1946 - 1983
  Contents 1946 - 1983
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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1939 - 1982 Department of the Treasurer (also known as Treasury and Treasurer's Office) VA 865
1982 - 1983 Department of Management and Budget VA 1022
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1995 - cont Department of Treasury and Finance VA 3745
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  • How to use the Records
    Refer to the Records Description List for this series, identify the file of interest and call up appropriate box.

  • Function / Content
    The Miners Phthisis (Treasury Allowances) Act 1938 (No.4567) was passed by the Victorian Parliament on 11 October 1938. The Act related to the payment of allowances to sufferers from Miners Phthisis (known also as silicosis - alone or accompanied by tuberculosis).

    Prior to the passing of this bill the miners phthisis allowance was a compassionate assistance from the Government varying in amount according to the financial situation of the state.

    A number of attempts to provide compensation to miners suffering from the disease were made throughout the years. In 1915 a Bill was prepared but it was not presented to the Parliament. Passing of the Miners Phthisis Act placed the payment of allowances on a statutory basis, subject to alteration only with the consent of the Parliament.

    Under the provisions of this Act every person suffering from miners phthisis and incapacitated from work, as a result of mining for gold in Victoria was entitled to an allowance. The rate of the allowance was determined and fixed from time to time by the Governor in Council, by Order published in the Government Gazette.

    The applications, supported by the medical reports were initially examined and processed by the Department of Treasury (VA 865), and later by the Department of Management and Budget (VA 1022).

    This series ended in 1983 when the active files from this system were top numbered into the Central Correspondence System (Refer to VPRS 9458/P1).

    This series contains Claim Files created by the Department of Treasury (VA 865) during the period 1939 to 1982, and by the Department of Management and Budget (VA 1022) between 1982 and 1983. These records document the process of assessment of the applications and the payment of this allowance to entitled miners.

    The P1 consignment of this series consists of:

    Files - containing applications, medical reports, related correspondence and records of payment of allowance

    Schedules.

    The P2 consignment of this series contains files relating to refused applications and cancelled cases.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The claim files are arranged in alphabetical order.

    Miners Phthisis Allowance Schedules are in chronological order.

    The P2 consignment containing refusal or cancellation files is arranged chronologically.

    There is evidence that a register of applications and a name index were created as part of the recordkeeping system, however, they were not extant at the time of transfer of this series (1997).

    The end series date of this series has been artificially extended to allow a previous/subsequent relationship to be entered on the database.

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- 1984 General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System VPRS 9458
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1946 - 1982 Open 20
P0002 1948 - 1983 Open 5
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