Series VPRS 2141
Victorian Government Blue Books and Statistical Returns (Microfilm Copy of VPRS 943/P0, units 1 - 5)
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Date Range: Series ? 1983 - ? 1983
  Series in Custody ? 1983 - ? 1983
  Contents 1851 - 1855
Public Access: Open
Location: Other
Format of Records: Physical
 
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? 1983 - ? 1983 Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
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? 1983 - cont Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
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  • How to use the Records
    This series is a microfilm record and is accessible in the PROV Reading Rooms at North Melbourne and Ballarat. The record should not be ordered.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of volumes documenting statistical returns from government departments. The hard copy series is held by PROV as VPRS 943, although only the first 5 volumes were microfilmed by PROV in 1983.

    The contents of the series changes over time as the functions of the Victorian Government become more complex, reports are received from other sources (for example from the Treasurer and the Commissioner of Trade and Customs), and agricultural and manufacturing statistics become far more significant for the developing colony.

    At the commencement of the series in 1851 the series is known simply as Blue Books and consists of statistical returns from Government Departments for the benefit of the Colonial Office, the Governor, the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly.

    Included are statistical returns for the following - Taxes, duties, fees and other sources of revenue; Comparative yearly statements; Local revenues; Military expenditure; Public works; Legislation; Council and Assembly; Civil Establishment; Security for discharge of duties; Pensions; Recapitulation; Foreign Consuls; Population; Ecclesiastical Returns; Education; Coins; Exchanges; Imports and Exports; Agriculture, Vineyards and Livestock; Manufactures; Grants of Land; Gaols and Prisons; Convictions; Criminals Executed; Postage; Litigation; Mortgages on Live stock and Mortgages on Land.

    By 1854 a return from charitable institutions had been added.

    By 1855 the series evolved into a report from the Registrar General to both Houses of Parliament and became known as Blue Book and Statistics. Reports regarding revenue were omitted as revenue reports were to be presented by the Treasurer. The Blue Book section of the report included a list of Governors and Ministries since responsible government in 1855, the members of the Executive Council, Legislative Council, Legislative Assembly, and foreign consuls. Far greater emphasis began to be placed on agricultural statistics.

    The Statistics section of the report included a statistical report of - Population; Lunatics; Postage; Churches; Agriculture by County; Livestock on Purchased Land by County; Mills; Mines; Live Stock Slaughtered; Criminals Executed; Mortgages on Land; Preferable liens on wool; Litigation and Convictions.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Volumes have been filmed in chorological order across two reels of microfilm. Unfortunately the book for 1854 is split between the two films.

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