Series VPRS 4838
Statistical Reports (Female Prisons)
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Date Range: Series ? 1953 - ? 1971
  Series in Custody 1953 - 1971
  Contents 1953 - 1971
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1953 - 1956 His Majesty's Gaol, Pentridge (known as Pentridge Prison) VA 863
1956 - 1971 Fairlea Female Prison VA 926
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1996 - 2003 Correctional Services (known as CORE, the Public Correctional Enterprise) VA 4367
2003 - cont Corrections Victoria VA 4819
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Records Description List for VPRS 4838 for the required unit number. The records in this series are arranged chronologically, by year, with a number of statistical tables being produced each year.

  • Function / Content
    This series records a variety of statistical information on female prisoners, within Pentridge Prison (Female Division) (1953-1956) and Fairlea Prison (1956-1971). As during the date range of this series, female prisoners were only housed in one institution, the statistics from each of these prisons represent the whole female prison population in Victoria.

    Prisons were required to produce a number of statistical reports each year, showing the prisons monthly figures for various data, including:

    Classification of prisoners offences
    Return showing offences of prisoners and punishments awarded
    Discharges and receptions
    Classification of prisoners sentences
    Classification of prisoners birthplaces, religions, age groups
    Classification of church services and attendances
    Monthly earnings of prison labour (for tasks such as laundry, sewing)

    Prison statistical reports such as those in this series were summarised for the Penal & Gaols Branchs (and subsequent superior agencies) annual reports which are published in the Papers Presented to Parliament.

    This series was previously registered with the title Female Division Miscellaneous Statistics Book.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The records in this series are arranged chronologically, by year. The prison produced a number of statistical tables each year, which contained monthly statistics for that year.

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P0000 1953 - 1971 Open 1
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