Series VPRS 7586
Register of Letters Patent
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Date Range: Series ? 1855 - cont
  Series in Custody 1866 - 1963
  Contents 1866 - 1963
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1855 - 1979 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1979 - cont Department of the Premier and Cabinet VA 1039
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1982 - cont Department of the Premier and Cabinet VA 1039
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Records Description List to determine the relevant volume number for the required date range.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of original Letters Patent conferred by the Crown on various individuals. A Letter Patent is an open letter from the British Sovereign conferring a particular right of title. These should not be confused with patents granted by the Crown for lands, commercial inventions, etc. Letters Patent are required for individuals appointed to such positions as Governor, Deputy Governor, Queen's Counsel, Executive Councillor, Minister, Supreme or County Court judge and Royal Commissioner.

    The Patent itself takes the form of a single page printed document addressed to the recipient setting out the particular commission. It is signed by the Governor and a Government representative, usually the Premier, Attorney-General or Chief Secretary.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The series in custody currently consists two volumes covering the periods 1866 1870 and 1955-1963 with the number 13 and 33 emblazoned on the spine respectively. Patents have been placed in chronological order within the volume by the Under-Secretary of the Chief Secretary's Department. An alphabetical index inside the front cover lists either the name and\or the title of the recipient of the Patent and a page reference. As at 1987, volumes 31,32 and 34 were located in a Vault in the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne. The location of the first 30 volumes, other than 13, is yet to be determined. Duplicate copies of Patents may be found in other Public Record Office series, most notably within the various file series of the Governor'

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1955 - 1963 Open 1
P0002 1866 - 1870 Open 1
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