Series VPRS 4818
Confidential Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State
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Date Range: Series 1854 - ? 1917
  Series in Custody 1854 - 1917
  Contents 1854 - 1917
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1854 - 1917 Governor (including Lieutenant Governor 1851-1855 and Governor's Office) VA 466
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1854 - cont Governor (including Lieutenant Governor 1851-1855 and Governor's Office) VA 466
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    This series consists of handwritten or letterpress copies of confidential despatches (minus enclosures) forming the secret official channel of communication from the Governor of Victoria to the British Secretary of State responsible for the administration of the Colonial Office.

    The despatches in this series are arranged chronologically according to the date of transmission. To August 1866, despatches were arranged solely by this date. Between 26 August 1866 and 26 March 1873 a single number sequence (range1-163) was also used, entries thereafter reverting back to the previous system.

    All despatches are noted as confidential in VPRS 1083 Register of Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State. Some volumes may also contain chronological subject indexes. A subject index spanning the period 1884 to 1900 has also been identified (VPRS 8295).

    Although the records in custody for this series date from 1854, despatches for the years 1852 to 1853 were recorded at the rear of another series, VPRS 8296 Letter Book : and Confidential.

    Most of the volumes were also allocated a sequential volume number although this was not consistently applied.

    Additionally, approximately two volumes spanning the period 1890 to 1901 are yet to be located.

    It is unclear whether further volumes were created. It is assumed that volumes were created to at least 1917 on the evidence of bound volumes for other inward and outward despatch series already in archival custody. By the turn of the century, however, duplicate copies of confidential despatches were being included in VPRS 1084 Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State.

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1854 - 1877 Register of Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 1083
1884 - 1900 Index to Confidential Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 8295
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1861 - 1877 Open 2
P0001 1854 - 1860 Open 1
P0002 1885 - 1917 Open 7
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1854 - 1877 Register of Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 1083
1884 - 1900 Index to Confidential Despatches from the Governor to the Secretary of State VPRS 8295
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