Series VPRS 11508
Male Prisoner Registration Cards (Sequential Number Series), See VPRS 11510
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Date Range: Series 1948 - 1959
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Public Access: Not Applicable
Location: North Melbourne
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Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1948 - 1956 Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 1464
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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1992 - 2003 Department of Justice VA 3085
2003 - cont Corrections Victoria VA 4819
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    This series has been incorporated into VPRS 11510/P1 Male Prisoner Registration Cards (Alphabetical System).

  • Function / Content
    The cards were created to provide a sentencing history and a physical description record of a prisoner that could be transferred between prisons.

    Typically each card would contain a photograph of the prisoner, a record of the prisoners remand, trial, any prior convictions and any appeals. It would also denote any changes in the prisoners classification (eg. transfer to another prison). If the prisoner was a migrant the card usually gives the date and name of the ship on which the prisoner arrived in Victoria.

  • Recordkeeping System
    This series is arranged by a sequential prisoner record numbering system. This is the same system as that used in VPRS 515 Central Register of Male Prisoners.

    On reception each prisoner was allocated a unique prisoner number. These numbers were allocated sequentially from a register which is believed to no longer exist. If the prisoner was a re-offender he retained the number allocated to him during his previous period of imprisonment.

    It should be noted that these cards are the same format as those found within VPRS 515, the only difference being that these cards were not bound into volumes. As the sequential numbering system was used to register prisoners between 1851 and 1958 it seems from the date ranges of VPRS 515 and this series that in 1948 the Central Registers ceased to be produced and the cards were stored loose and no longer bound together.

    Previous and Subsequent Series

    Due to a review of record keeping practices concerning the management of prisoners in 1959 an annual single number system was implemented to control the registration of prisoners. This system of registration continued until 1985. This series has been serialised as VPRS 11509 Male Prisoner Registration Cards (Annual Single Number Series).

    In 1996 this series plus VPRS 11509 were amalgamated to form VPRS 11510 Male Prisoner Registration Cards (Alphabetical Series) due to the apparent lack of control records for these series.

    The annual single number card system ceased in 1985 with the advent of computerisation. The classification files (VPRS 8818) contained more detailed information concerning the prisoners history during their time of incarceration. The Individual Management of Prisoner File (I.M.P), which began in 1992, also contains similar information.

    The summary information that this series contains is now found on the computer database system Prisoner Information Management System (PIMS), the outputs of which are still to be appraised by PROV staff as at February 1998.

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1948 - 1959 Male Prisoner Index Cards VPRS 11765
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Previous SeriesPrevious Series
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Transfer Date Series Title Series Number
- 1948 Central Register of Male Prisoners VPRS 515
Subsequent SeriesSubsequent Series
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- 1956 Male Prisoner Registration Cards (Annual Single Number Series), See VPRS 11510 VPRS 11509
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1948 - 1959 Male Prisoner Index Cards VPRS 11765
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