Series VPRS 5978
Sponsor/Applicant Schedules
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Date Range: Series 1947 - ? 1979
  Series in Custody 1947 - 1979
  Contents 1947 - 1979
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1947 - 1971 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1971 - 1977 Department of State Development (from 1972 also known as Department of State Development and Decentralisation) VA 552
1977 - 1979 Ministry of Ethnic Affairs (also known as Ministry of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs 1977 to 1983) VA 1042
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1992 - cont Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs (formerly Ethnic Affairs Unit 1992 - 1996 and Multicultural Affairs unit 1996 - 1999) VA 4193
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Individuals are listed on the schedules in migrant-number order. This number has the prefix VF, VA, or VIR. It may be obtained from:

    Card Index to Sponsors of Migrants (VPRS 5981) or
    Card Index to Migrants (VPRS 5982)

    Once the number is known, consult the Records Description List for this series and identify the unit containing the schedule listing the person of interest.

  • Function / Content
    Background

    The series has its origin in agreements reached between the Commonwealth and British Governments in March 1946 for free and assisted passage for British residents wishing to migrate to Australia. Under the agreements residents of the Australian states could nominate residents of the United Kingdom for assisted passage to Australia, or in the case of British ex-Service men and women and their families, free passage. Nominations were of two types: personal and group. Personal nominations were made by residents of Victoria who were friends or relatives of the nominee, or an employer seeking a particular worker. Group nominations were usually made by employers seeking to recruit particular categories of workers, though groups such as religious organisations also participated. The States agreed at the Premiers Conference of 1946 to take responsibility for verifying nominations and arranging for reception, transit accommodation, travel to final destination and aftercare. The end of the States role in immigration matters came in early 1983, when the Commonwealth (VRG 87) took over its remaining functions relating to administering both assisted and unassisted British sponsorship schemes and associated services.

    The recording agencies for this series are as follows:

    Immigration Branch/State Immigration Office, VA 475 Chief Secretarys Department, 1947-1971;
    Immigration Division, VA 552 Department of State Development and Decentralisation, 1971-1977;
    VA 1042 Ministry of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, 1977-1979.


    The schedules in this series constitute the official, signed authorisation, evidencing the (Victorian) immigration authoritys approval of the nominations listed therein. They were forwarded to the Commonwealth minister responsible for immigration for approval. Once approved, the information was forwarded to the Australian High Commissioner in London, nominees were contacted, and passaged arrangements made.

    Contents

    Details shown for nominees (migrants) include:

    Name and address;
    Age;
    Marital status;
    Relationship to nominator;
    Present occupation;
    Employment and accommodation arrangements upon arrival in Australia;

    Names, addressed and occupations of nominators are also shown and provision is made for recording additional information as required.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The schedules are organised in the first instance by type of passage or migration scheme, and then arranged chronologically. Individuals appear on the schedules in order of their migrant number, the unique identifying number allocated to them by the immigration authority. The categories and numbers are as follows:

    Free Passage - numbers begin with the prefix VF.
    Assisted Passage - numbers begin with the prefix VA.
    Assisted Passage scheme for Eire - numbers begin with the prefix VIR.

    The number may be obtained from:

    Card Index to Sponsors of Migrants (VPRS 5981) or
    Card Index to Migrants (VPRS 5982)

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    PROVguide053 British Post World War II Immigration
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1947 - 1979 Card Index to Migrants VPRS 5982
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1947 - ? 1979 Open 20
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1947 - 1979 Card Index to Migrants VPRS 5982
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    PROVguide053 British Post World War II Immigration