Series VPRS 4
Inward Registered Correspondence
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Date Range: Series 1836 - 1839
  Series in Custody 1836 - 1839
  Contents 1836 - 1839
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1836 - 1839 Police Magistrate Port Phillip District VA 472
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1992 - cont Department of Justice VA 3085
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  • How to use the Records
    **Researchers please note: the records in the P0 consignment have been digitised. Browse or search the consignment to view the digital images of the records.**

    For correspondence with respect to specific subjects or from specific persons consult VPRS 3 Inwards Correspondence Register (or VPRS 2140 Microfilm Copy of Inwards Correspondence Register).

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of correspondence received by the Chief Magistrate of Port Phillip District, Captain William Lonsdale. This correspondence was principally from the Colonial Secretary and other government officials both in Sydney and within the colony of Port Phillip dealing with matters relating to the administration of the colony. There were some letters from private persons making requests or representations or forwarding petitions.

    The series also includes a Minute Book maintained by Superintendent Charles Joseph La Trobe from 1 October to 20 November 1839. Superintendent La Trobe recorded notes on meetings with officials and deputations and on correspondence or memoranda written. (The 'diary' is not easy to read. The document is difficult to read on the microfilm; it is also difficult to read in the original. Some of Superintendent La Trobe's handwriting is barely legible; some words are abbreviated.)

    This Minute Book (as it was titled by La Trobe himself) is what is referred to in 'Historical Records of Victoria', vol. 7, p. 275, as La Trobe's diary.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Correspondence was filed in annual single number order.

    VPRS 1 Outward Letter Book (1836-1840) and VPRS 2 Confidential Despatches to Governor Burke (1836-1837) contain outward correspondence from the Chief Magistrate of Port Phillip.

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1836 - 1839 Inward Correspondence Register (Refer to Microfilm Copy, VPRS 2140) VPRS 3
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0 - 1839 Inward Registered Correspondence to the Superintendent of Port Phillip District, relating to Aboriginal Affairs (refer to digitised images available online) VPRS 10
0 - 1839 Inward Registered Correspondence VPRS 19
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1836 - 1839 Open 7
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1836 - 1839 Inward Correspondence Register (Refer to Microfilm Copy, VPRS 2140) VPRS 3
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