Series VPRS 11898
Prisoner Classification Number Register
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Date Range: Series 1959 - 1983
  Series in Custody 1959 - 1983
  Contents 1959 - 1983
Public Access: Closed
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
1959 - 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 - 1983 Office of Corrections VA 1063
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
    As this series is arranged in annual single number order researchers would either need to know the prisoner number or the approximate date of the prisoners incarceration.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of one volume marked with the letter B on the cover, the significance of which is unknown. The series was created to allocate prisoner numbers between the period 1959 and 1983. The volume contains the number allocated and the prisoners name, beginning with the prisoners surname and then their given names.

    This series was used to register both male and female prisoners. The letter F written after the prisoners name indicates entries pertaining to female prisoners.

    This series was part of a system controlling the Male Prisoner Cards (VPRS 11510) and the Male Prisoner Classification Files (VPRS 8818).

    Prisoner numbers were allocated from this series. This number was then used to control both the prisoner cards and the classification file.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The entries in this series are arranged numerically in annual single number order with a year prefix and a consecutive number for that year (ie. 59/001, 59/002, 60/001 etc.).

    To complement this register a card index series was created (VPRS 11765) to provide quick access to a prisoners individual number. This was necessary because if the prisoner being received was a re-offender they were administered using the prisoner number allocated at the time of their original registration.

    Researchers should note that the earliest index to female prisoners located dates from 1982 (see VPRS 11899).

    Previous and Subsequent Series

    Prior to 1959 prisoner numbers were allocated sequentially. As at January 1999, the register used to allocate these numbers has not been located.

    It is also unknown how prisoner numbers were allocated in 1984 as there is sufficient space in the volume that constitutes this series to accommodate numbers allocated for that year. The allocation of prisoner numbers in 1984 is subject to further research.

    In 1985 the allocation of prisoner numbers was computerised. The Prisoner Information Management System (PIMS) automatically generates the prisoner number on reception. As at January 1999 no outputs from PIMS have been transferred to the Public Record Office Victoria.

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Controlled SeriesControlled Series
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1959 - 1983 Male Prisoner Classification Files VPRS 8818
1959 - 1983 Male Prisoner Registration Cards (Alphabetical Series) VPRS 11510
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1959 - 1983 Closed 1
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