Series VPRS 11509
Male Prisoner Registration Cards (Annual Single Number Series), See VPRS 11510
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Date Range: Series 1956 - 1985
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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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1956 - 1960 Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 1464
1960 - 1971 Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 2784
1971 - 1979 Social Welfare Department VA 946
1979 - 1983 Department of Community Welfare Services VA 613
1983 - 1985 Office of Corrections VA 1063
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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 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
    Due to a review of recordkeeping practices concerning the management of prisoners in 1959 an annual single number system was implemented to control the registration of prisoners.

    Cards in this series were allocated an annual single number with a year prefix. This system of registration continued until 1985.

    Previous and Subsequent Series

    Prior to 1959 prisoner registration cards were registered using a sequential number system, refer to VPRS 11508.

    In 1996 this series and VPRS 11508 Male Prisoner Registration Cards (Sequential Number Series) 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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1959 - 1985 Male Prisoner Index Cards VPRS 11765
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- 1956 Male Prisoner Registration Cards (Sequential Number Series), See VPRS 11510 VPRS 11508
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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1959 - 1985 Male Prisoner Index Cards VPRS 11765
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