Series VPRS 16178
Index to Petroleum Wells (Minerals and Petroleum)
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Date Range: Series By 1965 - ? 1999
  Series in Custody By 1939 - ? 1999
  Contents 1886 - 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
1977 - 1985 Department of Minerals and Energy VA 611
1985 - 1990 Department of Industry, Technology and Resources VA 2661
1990 - 1992 Department of Manufacturing and Industry Development VA 3012
1992 - 1995 Department of Energy and Minerals VA 3035
1995 - 1996 Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals VA 3744
1996 - ? 1999 Department of Natural Resources and the Environment VA 3972
By 1965 - 1977 Mines Department (also known as Department of Mines and Mining Department) VA 612
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2002 - cont Department of Primary Industries VA 4563
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Refer to the index directly.

    An index to petroleum wells was maintained by the agency responsible for minerals and energy for many years. It was arranged in alphabetical order by the name of each well, for example, Admiral-1, Albacore-1, Albatross-1, etc. Wells were registered as they were named and the associated registration number was recorded on the card. For example, the well Admiral-1 was registered as W1016.

  • Function / Content
    The card index showed brief information about each well, each downhole survey, and what sort of assets were received. Examples of assets were reports, printed well logs, CDs (Compact Disks), computer disks and tapes, well log tapes, etc. Further information included was the location of the exploration site (in abbreviated form), the name of the operator company, the contractor companies and the status of the well, e.g., dry, plugged and abandoned, oil show, etc. Reports related to the well were listed on the card for each well. Reports, logs, maps listed on the well card for each well were physically stored in well boxes by the agency (see VPRS 16150).

  • Recordkeeping System
    The index to wells was arranged in alphabetical order by name of well. The card index was superseded by the development of dBMap Oracle, an electronic database, in the mid-1990s within the Department of Primary Industries. Details that were on the index cards were also recorded in the dBMap database in a more structured manner.

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