Series VPRS 15502
Student Magazines
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Date Range: Series 1896 - ? 2001
  Series in Custody 1896 - 2001
  Contents 1896 - 2001
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1896 - 1985 Education Department VA 714
1985 - 1992 Ministry of Education and Training (previously known as Ministry of Education) VA 1112
1992 - 1999 Department of Education VA 3098
1999 - ? 2001 Department of Education, Employment and Training VA 4828
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1992 - cont Department of Education VA 3098
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    The series is arranged in nine consignments. Using Consignments in the Accessing the Records tab, identify the relevant consignment and then the unit within the consignment containing the volume of interest.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of bound volumes and folders containing magazines issued by The Department of Education and successor agencies for students in State Primary and Junior Secondary schools.

    Almost all volumes and folders from this series were accumulated in the Education History Unit of the Department of Education and Training. They are grouped into the following consignments:

    Consignment P1 - The School Paper. These volumes were created from 1896 to 1968 as a students papers from grade 3 and 4, 5 and 6 and forms 1 and 2.

    Consignment P2 - Orbit and Meteor. These magazines were created from 1969 to 1971 replacing the grade III and IV as well as V and VI editions of The School Paper. Orbit for Grade III and IV, Meteor for grade V and VI. Although Orbit from 1970 was just for grade IV.

    Consignment P3 - Pursuit. This magazine was for junior secondary students (Forms 1-3) and was created in 1969 as a replacement for the initially Grade VII and VIII and after 1962 form 1 and 2 edition of The School Paper.

    Consignment P4 - Comet. This magazine was produced for grade III students and replaced Orbit in 1970.

    Consignment P5 - Explore - for junior primary. Created in 1972

    Consignment P6 - Challenge for senior primary from 1972.

    Consignment P7 - Teachers' Notes and Topic Guides comprising regularly published indexes to Comet, Explore, Challenge and Pursuit and a topic guide to the subject matter of all articles published in these magazines between 1969 and 1989.

    Consignment P8 - Posters for issues of Challenge, Comet, Explorer and Pursuit (likely incomplete).

    Consignment P9 - Audiotapes to accompany issues of Explore and Challenge (likely incomplete).

  • Recordkeeping System
    Volumes within each consignment are arranged in chronological order, usually within bound annual volumes. This series also contains some editions which have not been bound and have been placed within folders. The contents of these folders are not always complete as some editions were not transferred to archives.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1896 - 1968 Open 68
P0002 1969 - 1971 Open 3
P0003 1969 - 1998 Open 21
P0004 1970 - 2001 Open 20
P0005 1971 - 2001 Open 18
P0006 1973 - 2001 Open 14
P0007 1969 - 1991 Open 1
P0008 ? 1982 - 1990 Open 1
P0009 ? 1987 - ? 1991 Open 1
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