Series VPRS 11519
Survey Plans
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Date Range: Series 1962 - 1994
  Series in Custody 1962 - 1999
  Contents 1962 - 1999
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1962 - 1987 Public Works Department (previously the Department of the Commissioner of Public Works) VA 669
1988 - 1991 Ministry of Housing and Construction VA 2907
1991 - 1992 Department of Planning and Housing VA 3013
1992 - 1996 Department of Planning and Development VA 3094
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2014 - cont Public Transport Victoria VA 4968
2014 - cont Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure VA 5003
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Ask Reference archivist for access to VPRS 4650 Survey Drawings Aperture Cards.

  • Function / Content
    The plans in this series were created to document surveys conducted by VA 669 Public Works Department and subsequent agencies as part of the process of the design and construction of various Government structures such as departmental offices, state schools, public hospitals and police stations. Each plan is basically an aerial view drawing of the location and features of a site. There may be more than one plan created per survey.

    Plans pertaining to the subsequent design and construction of the buildings are located within either VPRS 3686 Pre-Metric Building Plans or VPRS 3821 Metric Building Plans.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The plans are arranged in registration number order. Each plan was allocated a registration number which comprises a sequential number and the alphabetical prefix SU (for survey). The numbering sequence commenced with the number 500 rather than 1. Part file numbers were also added to the number if more than one plan was created during a survey.

    The original control records used by the Department to allocate plan numbers have not been located. However, a detailed inventory has been created. The inventory provides the reference number of each plan, allocated when the plans were filmed, plan name and registration number and indicates whether a plan has been retained by the controlling Department. A copy of these inventories is retained by the Issues Office, Laverton Repository.

    Previous and subsequent series

    These plans appear to be the only survey plans created by the recording agencies which have not been incorporated into either VPRS 3686 or VPRS 3821. This is because these plans were maintained by the Departments survey staff unlike most other building plans which were retained and registered by the Departments Plan Room.

    Despite this, gaps exist within the sequence of plans in this series. Additionally some plans appear to have been placed within the building plans in VPRS 3821 between 1962-1994. The reason for this is currently unclear and subject to further research.

    The numbering sequence for this series ended in 1994 when, for the first time, responsibility for the registration of survey plans was placed with the Plan Room. All survey plans created since then have been incorporated within VPRS 3821. Such plans are found among the drawings for a particular project. They share the same registration number as that for the other building plans in that series and are identified by an SU suffix.

    Plans created prior to 1962 were registered in another survey plan series also arranged in a sequential numbering sequence prefixed with SU. These plans, however, have been transferred into archival custody as part of VPRS 3686.

    Microform copy

    All of the plans in this series have been microfilmed. The microform copy is in the form of aperture cards (VPRS 4650 Survey Drawings - Aperture Cards).

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0002 1981 - 1999 Closed 0
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