Series VPRS 47
Registers of Inward Correspondence I [Land Branch]
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Date Range: Series 1847 - 1851
  Series in Custody 1847 - 1851
  Contents 1847 - 1851
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1847 - 1851 Superintendent, Port Phillip District VA 473
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1979 - 1992 Ministry for Police and Emergency Services VA 421
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    Function/Contents

    This series consists of a register of inward correspondence received by the Land Branch of the office of the Superintendent of the Port Phillip District. Between 1847 and March 1849, and again from April 1852 to October 1852, correspondence regarding immigration matters was registered in the Land Branch registry system.

    For more information regarding the registry system of which this series is a component see the series description for VPRS 2877 Inward Registered Correspondence I [Land Branch].

    These registers were used to record summary details and allocate unique identification numbers (registration numbers) to each letter received. Each inward letter was, on receipt and registration, allocated a number from the registers for identification. This consisted of an annual single number, that is, a sequential number prefixed by the last two figures of the year, with the numbering sequence recommencing at 1 at the start of each year.

    eg. the one-hundred and twenty-third letter received in 1847 was given the number 47/123.

    The inward correspondence appears to have been filed in annual single number order in pigeon-hole cabinets/presses. It appears that no index to the correspondence was created as part of the registry system.

    The registers record in a column format
    annual single number (registration number allocated to each letter)
    "When Received"
    "From Whom"
    "Residence"
    "Date"
    "Subject" (a brief summary of the letter)
    "Referred/To Whom/Date"
    "When Returned"

    System of Arrangement/Control

    Each register was identified by the year of use. Entries for each letter were made chronologically by date of receipt, being allocated a sequential registration number in this order.

    Previous Series

    Prior to October 1847 lands and immigration matters directed to the Superintendent would have been registered within the general registry system, of the Superintendent see VPRS 18 Registers of Inward Correspondence.

    Subsequent Series

    During March 1849 a separate Immigration registry system was established and a new annual single number sequence commenced specifically for immigration correspondence. This correspondence was registered in VPRS 2876 Register of Inward Correspondence [Immigration Branch]

    After the establishment of the Colonial Secretary's Office in June 1851 a new annual single number sequence was commenced indicating the start of a new Land Branch series, see VPRS 2879 Registers of Inward Correspondence II [Land Branch].

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1847 - 1851 Inward Registered Correspondence I [Land Branch] VPRS 2877
Previous SeriesPrevious Series
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Transfer Date Series Title Series Number
- 1847 Registers of Inward Correspondence [Refer to Microfilm Copy VPRS 2139] VPRS 18
Subsequent SeriesSubsequent Series
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- 1849 Register of Inward Correspondence [Immigration Branch] VPRS 2876
1849 - 1851 Registers of Inward Correspondence II [Land Branch] VPRS 2879
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1847 - 1851 Open 3
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