Series VPRS 8277
Register of Provident and Industrial Societies
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Date Range: Series 1925 - ? 1982
  Series in Custody 1925 - 1982
  Contents 1925 - 1987
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1925 - 1959 Office of the Registrar-General and the Office of Titles, (known as Land Victoria 2001 to 2014; Land Use Victoria 2014 - ct.) VA 862
1959 - 1974 Companies Office (Also known as Companies Registration Office) VA 2725
1974 - 1982 Corporate Affairs Office VA 679
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1974 - 1991 Corporate Affairs Office VA 679
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    System of Arrangement/Control

    Series : Single volume extant

    Contents : Sequential provident and industrial society number (with gaps) (one company per page).

    Range Control Symbols

    Series : None apparent

    Contents : 1 - 504

    Under Section 16 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1924, all industrial and provident societies were required to file a printed copy of the societies' rules, amendments to such rules, any notices, special resolutions, instruments of dissolution or other specified documents with the office of the Registrar General.

    Industrial and provident societies were defined in the Act as those "..carrying on any industries, businesses or trades specifically in or authorised by its rules, including dealings with land".

    The registration of such societies prior to this Act appears to have been the responsibility of the Registrar of Friendly Societies. This is subject to future research.

    Specifically this series records:
    the number allocated to each registered industrial and provident society; and
    the receipt and filing of all documents received from and placed upon each societies' relevant registration file.

    None of the registration files controlled by this register are in PRO custody.

    Indexes

    An alphabetical index listing the name of the society and the page/registration number is found attached to the inside of the front cover. No other index appears to have been created as part of the original record keeping system.

    Contents

    Each folio (or page) within these is sequentially numbered. Detail pertaining to each individual society is usually recorded on a single page or folio. The number of the page is the registered provident and industrial society number.

    When a society was first registered the following detail was usually recorded:
    full name of the society
    date of registration
    number of shares
    amount of capital, and
    office location.

    Individual documents received from a particular society were entered on that society's page. These entries detail:
    date of document
    date of registration
    description of the document
    sequential number allocated to document as placed within the relevant file.

    If all available space on a page(s) was filled, subsequent entries were usually recorded on another page(s) within the register which are all cross referenced. The registered provident society number does not change in these instances.

    Pages may also be annotated with details of the publication of Government Gazette notices pertaining to the dissolution of the company and the cancellation of the registration.

    Pages are also annotated with markings which indicate that some societies were later reregistered as trading companies (the registered trading company number is usually written on the page in these instances). (A trading company registration file might be found within VPRS 932 if the registration occurred prior to 1974. if the reregistration occurred after this date, a microfiche registration file can be accessed at the Australian Securities Commission.) The annotation "card" on the page is an indication that the detail was incorporated onto the card register system utilised to control trading company registrations from 1958.

    End of Series

    It would appear that new societies after 1982 were registered through a computer system introduced to control all Corporate Affairs registrations although pages continued to be annotated until about 1987. Entries pertaining to societies whose registrations were current at his time were incorporated into the computer system.

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