Series VPRS 18496
Early Church Records of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
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Date Range: Series 1836 - ? 1873
  Series in Custody 1836 - 1873
  Contents 1836 - 1873
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1836 - 1839 Police Magistrate Port Phillip District VA 472
1839 - 1851 Superintendent, Port Phillip District VA 473
1851 - 1853 Colonial Secretary's Office VA 856
1853 - 1873 Registrar-General's Department VA 2889
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1983 - cont Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (including 1983-1986 Assistant Government Statist, Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages) VA 983
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Refer to the list of records in this series to select volumes of interest.

  • Function / Content
    This series comprises of Early Church Records for Baptisms, Burials and Marriages received at the Registrar-General's Office.

    Official (government) registration of births, deaths and marriages commenced in 1853. Prior to this date records of baptisms (births), burials (deaths) and marriages were kept by churches. After 1853 these records were required to be sent to the Registrar-General's Office. It is believed that not all churches complied with this provision and that many church records were either destroyed or remained with the churches.

    Information recorded for baptisms may include:

    - full known name(s) of the child
    - date of baptism
    - who performed ceremony with number
    - registry number
    - parish location
    - signed by register with date and year
    - child's first (christian) name
    - parents first name
    - parents surname
    - parents abode
    - parents profession
    - name and registry number of celebrant
    - date of birth
    - year and location

    Baptism records are arranged in numerical order by registration number.


    Information recorded for marriages may include:

    - registry number
    - name of church
    - day and year of service
    - name of county with year
    - date and location of service
    - ministers full name
    - the surnames and given names of the bride and the groom
    - the occupations of both the parties to the marriage at the time of the marriage
    - the usual residence of both parties to the marriage at the time of the marriage
    - the date and place of marriage
    - the dates and places of birth of bride and groom
    - the parents' names including the mothers' family surnames of both parties to the marriage
    - the signatures of both parties to the marriage and two witnesses to the marriage
    - the signatures of the celebrant who performed the ceremony.

    Marriage records are arranged in numerical order by the registration number.


    Information recorded for burials may include:

    - full known name(s) of the deceased with registered number
    - date of death
    - place of death
    - cause of death
    - abode location
    - date of burial/ service
    - age of deceased
    - profession of deceased
    - name of chaplain with number
    - location of parish
    - name of attendant
    - ceremony performed by
    - age of death

    Burial records are arranged in numerical order by registration number.

    The relationship of this series with VPRS 7292 Index to Early Church Records is subject to further research.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The records in this series are arranged in numerical order by registration number.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1836 - 1873 Open 17
P0002 1853 - 1854 Open 1
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