Series VPRS 18439
Undertaker Instruction Books
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Date Range: Series 1911 - 2017
  Series in Custody 1911 - 2017
  Contents 1911 - 2017
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1911 - 2017 Creswick Cemetery (Creswick Cemetery Trust) VA 5208
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1911 - 2017 Creswick Cemetery (Creswick Cemetery Trust) VA 5208
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  • How to use the Records
    The entries in these Undertaker Instruction Books were created as burials took place, and are in a chronological order.

    If the exact date of death is not known, and it took place prior to 1994, researchers should consult the alphabetically arranged Index to the Register of Burials (VPRS 18437) to locate the family name of the deceased person who has been buried in the cemetery. The references will be to page numbers in Register of Burials (VPRS 18436). The entry in the Register of Burials (VPRS 18436) provides details including date of burial and the registration number, either of which can be used to search these records in this series, Undertaker Instruction Books (VPRS 18439).

  • Function / Content
    This series comprises of orders giving instructions for burial to the undertaker, including details of person being buried, funeral arrangements and the location of the grave and fees paid. Within these books, two types of orders are given, one that refers to Schedule A and another that refers to Schedule C. These schedules appear to relate to forms, the contents of which, in the instance of Schedule A, were defined in the regulations of the Cemetery Trust as published in the Victoria Government Gazette, 1 March 1895, no. 30, pp. 873-874.

    Schedule A orders comprise the following information:
    - register number
    - name of deceased
    - name of husband or father
    - late address
    - place from which they were brought
    - occupation, number of grave, plan, section numbers
    - day of funeral; hour of burial
    - whether first internment in grave
    - nature of disease or cause of death
    - date order given for burial
    - fees
    - signatures

    Schedule C orders are from an earlier period and comprise the following information:
    - denomination
    - common graves
    - whether selection made by trustee or applicant.

    Unit 7 in the P1 consignment of this series contains additional information on the reverse of 11 pages at the back of the book for the date ranges 1971 to 1974. This is in addition to the information written on the front of pages that covers the period 1956-1961.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Arranged by order of instructions being given, generally chronological and following the registration number, ranging from registration number 7079 in 1911 to number 12261 in 2017 (with large gaps). Registration numbers do not appear on the certificates between the years of 1956 and 1968 (they cease being recorded half way through unit 7, during the month of August 1956). In addition, some of the earlier sequence of volumes record a Receipt Number on the top right hand side of each page.

    Researchers should be aware there are no orders between 1912 - 1947 and 1975 - 1995. At the time of transfer, August 2017, neither the agency or PROV are able to account for the gaps in orders.

    The Index to the Register of Burials (VPRS 18437) provides an alphabetised listing of family names of every person buried or holding a reservation (right of internment) prior to 1994. Each entry records a name and a page in the VPRS 18436 Register of Burials which in turn records a sequential burial registration number which can then be used to locate an entry in these undertaker instruction books.

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