Series VPRS 46
Outward Letter Books (Clerk of Works 1847 -1851, Colonial Architect 1851 - 1854, Colonial Engineer 1854 - 1855)
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Date Range: Series ? 1847 - ? 1855
  Series in Custody 1847 - 1854
  Contents 1847 - 1854
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1847 - 1851 Superintendent, Port Phillip District VA 473
1851 - 1855 Colonial Secretary's Office VA 856
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1996 - cont Department of Infrastructure VA 3971
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Records Description List for the unit containing the date range for which information is required. For information pertaining to specific buildings or persons consult the alphabetical index of addressees at the front of each volume.

  • Function / Content
    The first Clerk of Works, responsible for the construction, maintenance, rental and furnishing of public buildings was appointed in 1837. This office continued to be responsible for these functions until 1851 and separation from New South Wales, when the former Clerk of Works, Henry Ginn, became Colonial Architect. By 1854 there had been an amalgamation of the functions of the Colonial Architect and of the Colonial Engineer with the position of Colonial Architect no longer existing. The Chief Architect continued to report to the Colonial Engineer. The Colonial Engineer and the Central Road Board (VA 2803) continued as the major public works authorities until the appointment of the Commissioner of Public Works in 1855.

    This series consists of the outward correspondence of the Clerk of Works (1847-1851), Colonial Architect (1851-1854), and later the architects supervised by the Colonial Engineer (1854-1855) to do with the exercise of their functions with respect to public buildings. The series was created by the Clerk of Works at its commencement and continued after the office of Colonial Architect was abolished until the creation of the Commissioner of Public Works.

    VPRS 46/P1 was formerly registered as VPRS 71 Colonial Architects Letter Book whilst VPRS 46/P2 was formerly registered as VPRS 958 Colonial Engineers and Architects Letter Book. The records were reserialised in 2001 as part of the ARAD Project.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Correspondence has been given consecutive numbers recommencing each year (annual single numbers). Correspondence is indexed alphabetically at the front of each volume by name of addressee, a brief summary of the subject and the folio (or page) upon which it appears.

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P0000 1847 - 1850 Closed 1
P0001 1850 - 1852 Closed 1
P0002 1852 - 1854 Open 1
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