Series VPRS 4840
Female Prisoners Earnings Book
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Date Range: Series ? 1909 - ? 1956
  Series in Custody 1909 - 1956
  Contents 1909 - 1938
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1909 - 1932 Female Prison Pentridge VA 4141
1933 - 1938 His Majesty's Gaol, Pentridge (known as Pentridge Prison) VA 863
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1995 - cont Department of Justice VA 3085
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  • How to use the Records
    This series is arranged by prisoner, in chronological order by her date of admission.

    For researchers seeking particular prisoners, it may be possible to establish the date of admission to the Female Prison, Pentridge, by consulting VPRS 516 Central Register of Female Prisoners (also available on microfiche as VPRS 8222). VPRS 10879 is an alphabetical index to the Central Register (also available on microfiche as VPRS 8223). The index is arranged alphabetically by surname and records the prisoner number, name, and the register and folio number for that prisoners entry in VPRS 516.

  • Function / Content
    This series was created by the Reformatory Division of the Female Prison, Pentridge. The Reformatory Prison (Female), established in 1909, was a division of the Female Prison, which housed habitual criminals.

    Prisoners in Reformatory Prisons were required to work, and the products of their work to be sold or otherwise disposed of (s 12 of the Indeterminate Sentences Act 1907). In 1909, some 11,000 pounds was received for goods sold from prisons. 6,000 pounds was used to repay for materials used in manufacture, and 5,000 pounds was paid into Consolidated Revenue.

    Under s 16(5) of the Indeterminate Sentences Act 1907, an account was required to be kept of the net proceeds of the sale of the work of prisoners in reformatory prisons, and any sum in credit upon their release on probation was to be handed over.

    This series is a such an account for female prisoners in the Reformatory Prison at Pentridge. It summarises all monies earned, any deductions made, and any credit owing to prisoners upon their release. Such a summary was a requirement under the Indeterminate Sentences Act 1907.

    Each entry records the prisoners name, number and date of admission. Entries in columns indicate: Month, Rate of pay, No of days on pay, Earnings (divided into work/sale of work [net proceeds]). Deductions (maintenance, credited to prisoner, remittance by board, balance, remarks [eg any holidays taken]). Amount credited to prisoner, Deductions (for indulgences, remittances, fines).

    Monthly balances are recorded for each prisoner. The total balance was paid out to the prisoner upon her discharge.

    This series was previously registered as Prisoners Earnings Books.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The series is arranged by prisoner, with each inmate having her own double page. The records are arranged in chronological order, by the date of admission of each prisoner.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1909 - 1938 Open 1
T0000 - Closed 0
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