Series VPRS 7940
Accounting Records : Construction
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Date Range: Series 1908 - 1920
  Series in Custody 1908 - 1920
  Contents 1908 - 1920
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
1908 - 1920 Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust VA 2977
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1989 - cont Public Transport Corporation VA 2984
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
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    Accounting Records

    Public sector accounting systems comprise a structured collection of records which together document the financial transactions of the public agency. At the most basic level the flow of information between the integral components, or records, within the system is indicated by the following diagram:

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    ? ?????? Cash Books ?????Subsidiary ???? ????? ?
    ? Source ? ? and ? ? Ledgers ? ? General ? ? Financial ?
    ? Documents ? ? Journals ? ????????????? ? Ledger ? ? Statements ?
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    The flow of information, however, is not always this straightforward.

    Source Documents

    Examples include : receipt books, cheque butts, vouchers etc. Information is extracted from these documents and entered chronologically, in full or summary form, into cash books or journals. This process is called journalizing.

    Cash Books

    A cash book is a combination of a book of original entry (like a journal) and the ledger account for cash (and often the bank account). As a book of original entry it serves to chronologically record in a two sided format cash (and cheque) receipts on the lefthand side, and cash (and cheque) payments on the righthand side. These amounts are then 'posted' to the relevant ledger accounts which are identified either by ledger folio numbers or account numbers. As the cash book is also a replacement of the ledger account for cash (and often for bank) it is therefore balanced at regular intervals.

    Journals (Specific and General)

    The prime function of a journal is to facilitate the 'posting' of credit and debit transactions into the necessary ledger accounts. Like the cash book it is also a book of original entry and is maintained chronologically. Specific journals are often maintained to summarize information for similar transactions, including cash transactions, eg. cash receipts journal, wages and stores journal. Rather than summarize similar transactions, general journals, on the other hand, provide a convenient record of unusual transactions, including:

    - adjustments to ledger accounts eg. to correct errors
    - transfers from one account to another
    - sales or purchases of assets

    Although the primary flow of information is from the journal to the ledger accounts, where amounts are on to be posted from one account to another (particularly common at the end of a financial year), the transactions will be posted through the journal. Relevant accounts are identified either by the ledger folio number or an account number.

    Ledger (Subsidiary and General)

    Ledgers comprise one or more accounts, each account being a statement of all transactions relating to a particular item about which the recording of changes -debit and credit transactions - is required. Transactions are posted to the ledger accounts from the cash books and journals. The source of the information is subsequently indicated by reference to folio numbers often accompanied by an abbreviation of the source record eg. 'C' or 'CB'=Cash Book, 'J'=Journal, 'PC'=Petty Cash Book etc. The classification of accounts is diverse and usually depends on the operations of the agency and the nature of the information required as part of the financial statements of the agency.

    Subsidiary ledgers are often maintained either to facilitate a division of responsibilities within a large account, or to provide a separate record of a particular account.

    The general ledger, however, comprises all accounts necessary for the compilation of the finance statements required by the agency. It is common for a general ledger to comprise a single account to represent the total of the individual accounts in each of the subsidiary ledgers. This device is called a 'control account'.

    Finance Statements

    Examples include : Statement of Operations, Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss Statement.

    Finance statements, which are usually published with an annual report, although they may be compiled at more regular intervals, provide the final summary of the agency's financial situation at a particular point in time. The types of statements and their format are generally determined by legislative requirements, and these in turn determine the nature of the accounts required to be maintained.

    Accounting Records : Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust

    The P1 consignment of this series comprises cash books, journals and ledgers created by the Prahran and Malvern Tramway Trust to record details of financial transactions relating to the establishment and construction of electric tramways by the Trust.

    Cash Book [Units 1, 2 and 3]

    These books are cash/contra cashbooks which record all cash and bank transactions undertaken in relation to construction by the Trust from 4 July 1908 to 30 June 1920. Unit 3 contains two sequences of entries. The first, from folio 1 to 24, continues the sequences commenced in units 1 and 2. The second sequence has a data range of 22 July 1915 to 30 June 1920 and commences on folio 123 to 143 and concludes on folios 50 to 120. This sequence of entries relates specifically to loans from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for construction purposes.


    These journals contain a continuous sequence of entries for the period 1 October 1908 to 30 June 1920. The journals are in a standard format and record debit and credit postings to different ledger accounts as well as over adjustments, entry reversal etc.


    These ledgers are a standard debit/credit format and contain entries covering the period 4 July 1908 to 30 June 1920. Each ledger contains and index of account names which refers to page numbers in the ledgers. The ledgers contain page number references to the cashbooks and journal in this series, the journal pages being identified by the letter "J".

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