Series VPRS 4980
Registers Of Deaths, Infant Life Protection
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Date Range: Series 1908 - 1954
  Series in Custody 1908 - 1954
  Contents 1908 - 1954
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1908 - 1954 Department of Community Welfare Services VA 613
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1996 - cont Department of Human Services VA 3970
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  • How to use the Records
    The volume in the P0 consignment contains an alphabetical index to the volume. Otherwise, entries were made in chronological order by date of death.

  • Function / Content
    This series records information about the deaths of children who had been placed in the Infant Life Protection Scheme. Children placed under this scheme were not made wards of the State.

    For each death, these volumes record the following information:

    - infant life welfare protection registration number
    - name of the deceased and their dates of birth and death (information about the child's parents is not recorded)
    - cause of death
    - date the infant was placed in a home (replaced during 1933 with date placed with nurse), and
    - an indication as to whether a coronial inquiry or inquest was held. (Judging from these registers, inquests were rarely held.)

    The P1 consignment of this series was previously registered as a separate series, VPRS 5063.

    Prior to the inclusion of VPRS 5063 during 2014, this particular series (i.e VPRS 4980) had erroneously been titled Deaths In Children's homes. Additionally, both VPRS 4980 and 5063 had been erroroneously thought to document the deaths of State wards.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries were made in these volumes in chronological order according to the death of the child. The volume in the P0 consignment spanning 1908-1929 contains an alphabetical index to the volume which refers users to the page containing the relevant entry. The remaining volume does not contain an index.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1908 - 1929 Closed 1
P0001 1929 - 1954 Closed 1
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