Series VPRS 18192
Street Trading Board Minute Book
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Date Range: Series ? 1925 - 1970
  Series in Custody 1932 - 1970
  Contents 1932 - 1970
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1925 - 1960 Children's Welfare Department 1924-1961 (previously known as Department for Neglected Children 1887-1924), Chief Secretary's Department VA 1467
1960 - 1970 Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 2784
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2015 - cont Department of Health and Human Services VA 5037
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  • How to use the Records
    The Act also provided for the appointment of the Street Traders' Licences Board and the minutes of that Board's proceedings are recorded in this series. The Act permitted the Board to grant licenses for a variety of activities but, because most were prohibited by City of Melbourne by-laws, only licenses to sell newspapers were issued.
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  • Function / Content
    This series comprises minutes of meetings of the Street Trading Board. The Street Trading Act 1925 was passed for the purposes of controlling the street trading activities of children in public places. The Act's application was limited to the City of Melbourne although the Governor in Council could extend its application to any other municipality.

    The Act also provided for the appointment of the Street Traders' Licences Board and the minutes of that Board's proceedings are recorded in this series.

    The Act permitted the Board to grant licenses for a variety of activities but, because most were prohibited by City of Melbourne by-laws, only licenses to sell newspapers were issued.

    The Act provided that "...no male person of or over the age of 12 years or under the age of 14 years [later amended to 15 years] who is not a licensed street trader, nor any male person under the age of 12 years, nor any female under 21 years, shall engage in street trading."

    Matters considered by the Board that are recorded in the minutes include granting licences, breaches of regulations, inspection reports and complaints. Most sets of minutes are short, taking up less than a page in the book. Minutes are signed by the chairman of the Board, indicating that they were accepted as a true and accurate record of the meeting.

    The extant volume (in the P1 consignment) has written inside the front cover, "CSO File No A3489 or A1916" which may refer to files in VPRS 3992, Chief Secretary's Inward Registered Correspondence. The spine of the volume has a sticker reading, "S331.31 STR", which is evidence that it was held in a library at some time.

    Minutes in this volume commence with meeting dated 23 April 1932 and conclude at meeting dated 15 December 1970. The Social Welfare Act 1970 repealed the Street Trading Act and the holding of the last meeting reflects this legislative change.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Minutes are recorded in chronological order by date of the meeting.

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