Series VPRS 8609
Historical Records Collection
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Date Range: Series Circa 1985 - 1992
  Series in Custody Circa 1985 - 1992
  Contents 1841 - Circa 1992
Public Access: Part 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
1853 - 1857 Commissioners of Sewers and Water Supply VA 2802
1985 - 1992 Melbourne Water Corporation [known as Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works to 1992] VA 1007
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1985 - cont Melbourne Water Corporation [known as Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works to 1992] VA 1007
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    How to find records in this series depends on whether the component of the Collection was catalogued by M.M.B.W. staff or not.

    Catalogued Material is held in consignments P1; P20; P21; P26; P27; P28; P30; P32.

    To identify a relevant item in these consignments , consult the hard copy of the Catalogue to the M.M.B.W. Historical Collection (VPRS 8676) which is available in the Reading Rooms.

    If there is an annotation showing the consignment number (e.g. VPRS 8609/P1) and unit number (e.g. Unit 1), the item was transferred and may be retrieved using that citation. The unit number should be confirmed by cross-checking with the Records Description List which gives the range of item numbers in each unit.

    If there is no annotation, the item:

    - may not have been transferred
    - may not have been identified when the catalogue was annotated by M.M.B.W. staff
    - may be in one of the "uncatalogued" consignments transferred - see below
    - may be in VPRS 8663 Photographic Images Segregated for the M.M.B.W. Laser Disk Project 1991.

    Uncatalogued material is held in consignments: P2; P3; P4; P5; P6; P7; P8; P9; P10; P11; P12; P13; P14; P15; P16; P17; P18; P19; P22; P23; P24; P25; P29; P31; P33; P34; P35; P36; P37; P38

    To find these records, consult the listing of consignments given under the Function/Contents section below. Identify a consignment in which material likely to be of interest may be found. Consult the Records Description List for that consignment. Please note that same of these lists currently exist only in hard copy format in the PROV Reading Rooms.

  • Function / Content
    The M.M.B.W. Historical Collection was gathered together and formed by Board officers in the mid-1980s.

    The material in the collection consists of:

    - correspondence
    - letter books and minute books of various M.M.B.W. committees
    - letter books and minute books of various historical water works and sewerage trusts
    - decisions and precedents
    - records of debentures and inscribed stock
    - published and unpublished reports on water supply and sewerage
    - by-laws and regulations
    - published and unpublished histories
    - contracts for capital works and progress reports
    - tenders
    - publicity brochures
    - metropolitan planning studies
    - accounting records
    -employee registers
    - information on parks
    - newspaper clippings
    - biographies of various senior officers
    - photographs (including glass plate negatives), and
    - maps and plans.

    The following consignments have been identified in this series :

    - P1:Catalogued material (by 1890-c.1990)
    - P2: Notice Papers, Minutes, Returns, Reports & Memoranda (1891-1978)
    - P3: Minute Books of Committees : General Index and Subject Index (1892-c.1941)
    - P4: Minute Books: Officers & Servants Committee (1891-1978)
    - P5: Minute Books: Finance Committee (1891-1978)
    - P6: Minute Books: Water Supply Committee (1891-1978)
    - P7: Minute Books: Sewerage Works Committee (1891-1978)
    - P8: Minute Books: Legislative Committee & Chairman's Record Book (1891-1969)
    - P9: Minute Books: Farm Committee (1910-1978)
    - P10: Minute Books: Stores Committee (1897-1969)
    - P11: Minute Books: Town Planning Committee (1949-1978)
    - P12: Minute Books: General Purpose Committees (1969-1978)
    - P13: Minute Books: Miscellaneous Committees (1897-1924)
    - P14: Minute Books: Sub-Committee (1896-1920)
    - P15: Minute Books: Conferences (1892-1938)
    - P16: Visitor Books: O'Shannassy & Wallaby Creek (1891-1984)
    - P17: Official Visits: Commissioners & Officers (1904-1905)
    - P18: Official Visits: O'Shannassy - Commissioners and Officers (1915-1925)
    - P19: Indexes to Board Minutes (1891-1929)
    - P20: Accounting Records - catalogued (1853-1973)
    - P21: Records of Historical Interest - catalogued (c.1850-c.1980)
    - P22: Records of Other Water Authorities - uncatalogued (1935-1991)
    - P23: Uncatalogued material (c.1850-1991)
    - P24: Transcripts of Evidence-Royal Commission Failure of King's Bridge (1963)
    - P25: Historic Plans - tubes (c.1850-c.1970)
    - P26: Large Photographs (by 1950-by 1992)
    - P27: Movie Films - catalogued (c.1970-c.1992)
    - P28: Seeger Collection (1841-1970)
    - P29: Movie Films - uncatalogued (by 1950-1990)
    - P30: Lantern Slides & Negatives (undated)
    - P31: Audio Tapes (1976-1979)
    - P32: Photograph Albums - boxed (1891-1977)
    - P33: Photographic Images - Positive Prints - uncatalogued (c.1920-c.1980)
    - P34: Mounted Plans (1928-1975)
    - P35: Historical Plans (c.1850-?1950)
    - P36: Negatives to the Main Uncatalogued Photograph Collection (1951-1986)
    - P37: Slides - uncatalogued (c.1970)
    - P38: Large Photographs - catalogued (by 1950-by 1992)

    Consignment 8609/P29

    This consignment covers both roll film and video formats. Within this list the films have been divided into three categories.

    - Small Format - comprising the small rolls of film which are stored together within archive boxes and documented within each box.

    - Large Format - large rolls of film kept in canisters and listed as individual items.

    - Video Format - Video Tapes

    Recording Agencies

    Agencies which have been identified as having records in the series, besides the M.M.B.W., include:

    Commissioners of Sewers and Water Supply VA 2802 (see VPRS 8609/P21)
    - Letter Book 1853-1857 (unit 61)
    - Meeting of Commissioners - Minutes 1853-1857 (unit 66)

    Melbourne Water Supply (see VPRS 8609/P21
    - Letter Book 1880-1883 (unit 62)

    Public Works Department VA 669 (see VPRS 8609/P21)
    - Melbourne Sewers and Water Supply Book 1862-1891 (unit 264)
    - (?) Stock Book - Yan Yean Water Supply 1874-1876 (unit 265)

    Sanitary Plumbers' Examination Board of Victoria (see VPRS 8609/P23)
    - Minute Books 1955-1989 (units 26 and 27)

    Other water and sewerage authorities which have been identified as having records in the series, beside the M.M.B.W., include :

    Cranbourne (and Shire of Cranbourne) Sewerage Authority (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1972-1986 (units 1-11)
    Dandenong Sewerage Authority VA 1972 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1935-1984 (units 123-142)
    - Engineeer's Reports 1936-1970; 1980-1982 (units 143 and 144)

    Dandenong Valley Authority VA 1428 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1964-1990 (units 105-120)

    Dandenong Valley & Western Port Authority (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1990-1991 (units 121-122)

    Dandenong-Springvale Water Board VA 2669 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1984-1991 (units 145-162)

    Dromana-Rosebud Sewerage Authority VA 1974 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1968-1986 (units 24-27; 82-84)

    Emerald District Water Board VA 2678(?) (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1985-1991 (units 100-104)
    - previously see Gembrook Cockatoo Emerald Waterworks Trust

    Frankston Sewerage Authority VA 1980 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1963-1978 (units 70-81)

    Gembrook Cockatoo Emerald Waterworks Trust VA 2092 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Book 1963-1984 (units 94-99)
    - subsequently see Emerald District Water Board

    Hastings Sewerage Authority VA 1983 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1970-1986 (units 12-22)
    - Minute Books - Accountant's Copy 1983-1986 (unit 23)

    Healesville Waterworks Trust VA 2097 (see VPRS 8609/P21)
    - Minutes 1890-1982 (units 51; 71-76)
    - Rate Books 1890-1962 with gaps (units 154-198; 498-500)

    Hurstbridge Sewerage Authority VA 1990 (see VPRS 8609/P21)
    - Minutes 1974-1982 (unit 53)

    Lang Lang Sewerage Authority VA 1999 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Book 1962-1971 (unit 88)

    Lang Lang Waterworks Trust VA 2116 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Book 1960-1971 (unit 89)
    - Committee Minute Books 1985-1991 (units 91-93)
    - Bylaws & Amendments - Minute Book 1956-1960 (unit 90)

    Lilydale Sewerage Authority VA 2000 (see VPRS 8609/P21)
    - Committee Minutes 1973-1981 (units 232 and 233)
    - Minutes 1977-1979 (units 234-237)
    - Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting 1979-1984 (units 1-34)
    - Minutes of the Working Committee 1981-1984 (units 35-37)

    Little River Water Works Trust VA 2122 (see VPRS 8609/P21)
    - Minutes 1967-1983 (unit 484)

    Mornington Peninsula & District Water Board VA 2806 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1985-1991 (units 85 and 86)
    - Miscellaneous Committees 1985-1990 (unit 87)

    Mornington Sewerage Authority VA 2009 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1939-1985 (units 28-45)

    Mt Eliza Sewerage Authority VA 2011 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1963-1986 (units 46-54)

    Pakenham Water Board (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1970-1991 (units 55-69)

    Springvale & Noble Park Sewerage Authority VA 2030 (see VPRS 8609/P22)
    - Minute Books 1949-1984 (units 163-171)

    Warburton Waterworks Trust VA 2171 (see VPRS 8609/P21)
    - Minutes 1927-1983 (units 38-49)

    Werribee Sewerage Authority (see VPRS 8609/P21
    - Minutes 1959-1975 (units 63 and 64)

    Woori Yallock - Launching Place Waterworks Trust VA 2177 (see VPRS 8609/P21)
    - Minutes 1968-1983 (unit 52)

    Yarra Junction Water Works Trust VA 2179 (see VPRS 8609/P21)
    - Minutes 1969-1978 (units 54 and 55)

    Yarra River Improvement Trust VA 1942 (see VPRS 8609/P21)
    - Minutes 1958-1983 (unit 50)

  • Recordkeeping System
    When collecting the material which now forms the series, Board officers imposed a numbering system on the material and this arrangement has not been disturbed. The numbers consist of a single sequence without prefix followed by numerous sequences with prefixes. There is an occasional use of alphabetic suffixes (e.g. 120A, 120B, etc.) or decimal parts when there is more than one item with the same number.

    The records were not kept in the same order as the numbering system at the Mill Park Repository.

    The catalogue classifies the material within the following categories -

    - [general historical records]: 0001-1112
    - A [artefacts: not transferred]: 0001-005
    - GN [glass plate negatives]: 0001-0008
    - H [histories]: 01-27
    - HG [general histories]: 01-34.11
    - LS [lantern slides] A-J: 1-10.301
    - MF [films]: 001A-8C, A211-G111
    - N [negatives]: 01-11
    - NA [negative albums]: 01-20
    - NO [newspaper clippings]: 0749
    - P [paper series files]: 05/0740-27/04365
    - PA [photograph albums]: 01-30
    - PL [plans and drawings]: A1-P050
    - PLA-do-: Early Water Supply Schemes, prior to Yan Yean: 1-6
    - PLB1-do-: Yan Yean Scheme - Catchment and Locality Plans: 1.1-1.3
    - PLB2-do-: Yan Yean scheme - Yan Yean Reservoir: 2.1-2.5
    - PLB3-do-: Yan Yean Scheme - Pipeline : 3.01-3.20
    - PLB4-do-: Yan Yean Scheme - Original Distribution System: 4.01-4.9
    - PLB5-do-: Yan Yean Scheme - Original Reticulation: 5.01-5.49
    - PLB6-do-: Yan Yean Scheme - Preston Reservoirs: 6.01-6.12
    - PLB7-do-: Yan Yean Scheme - Pipes and Fittings: 7.01-7.14
    - PLC-do-: Maroondah Reservoir: 1-8
    - PLD-do-: O'Shannassy/Upper Yarra Scheme: 1-7
    - PLE1-do-: Sewerage - Prior to 1891: 1.01-1.24
    - PLE2-do-: Sewerage - After 1891: 2.001-2.108
    - PLE3-do-: Sewerage - Metropolitan Farm: 3.01-3.26
    - PLF-do-: Parish Plans and Subdivisions: 01-32
    - PLG-do-: River Yarra: 01-06
    - PLH1-do-: Water Supply: 1.01-1.61
    - PLH2-do-: Roads and Streets: 2.01-2.13
    - PLH3-do-: Miscellaneous Maps and Plans: 3.01-3.17
    - PLH4-do-: Parks and Gardens: 4.01-4.08
    - PLH5-do-: Bridges: 5.01-5.06
    - PLH6-do-: Miscellaneous: 6.01-6.19
    - PLJ-do-: Melbourne Watershed Maps: 01-09
    - PLK-do-: Pumping Stations: 02-84
    - PLP-do-: Pipes and Fittings: 001-050
    - PN [photographs]: 0001-1439
    -do-: Water Supply - large mounts: 0001-0071
    -do-: Completed Dams & Reservoir: 0100-0145
    -do-: Construction of Dams & Reservoirs: 0150-0184
    -do-: Aqueducts & Mains: 0200-0239
    -do-: Watersheds: 0250-0268
    -do-: Water Supply Pipes and Pipelines: 0300-0322
    -do-: Weirs: 0350-0361
    -do-: Unknown Construction & Dams: 0375-0384
    -do-: Miscellaneous - Water Supply:0400-0451
    -do-: Sewerage - large mounts: 0600-0603
    -do-: Sewerage, Treatment Works & Pumping Stations: 0650-0667
    -do-: Werribee Farm: 0700-0737
    -do-: Sewerage, Mains and General: 0800-0815
    -do-: Sewerage, Miscellaneous: 0850-0885
    -do-: Engineering - Miscellaneous: 1000-1020
    -do-: Drainage: 1050-1055
    -do-: Large Mounts - Miscellaneous: 1100-1135
    -do-: Miscellaneous - General: 1200-1250
    -do-: People, Board Officers etc: 1300-1336
    -do-: Overseas - General: 1400-1439
    V [volumes of historical files]: 01-78.01

    Information in the catalogue is arranged under the following headings -
    - archive number: [M.M.B.W. reference code]
    - description: [M.M.B.W. text]
    - author: [usually a personal name]
    - publisher: [usually a reference to M.M.B.W. or a branch/division]
    - year: [date of publication, creation, or scene]
    - location: [shelf location at Mill Park repository]

    To this information, the follwoing details have been added:
    - PRO reference: (VPRS Number; Consignment Number; Unit Number where this could be identified at the time of transfer)

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P0001 By 1890 - Circa 1990 Open 84
P0002 1891 - 1978 Open 76
P0003 1892 - Circa 1941 Open 33
P0004 1891 - 1978 Part Open 37
P0005 1891 - 1978 Open 43
P0006 1891 - 1978 Open 104
P0007 1891 - 1978 Open 105
P0008 1891 - 1969 Open 12
P0009 1910 - 1978 Open 29
P0010 1897 - 1969 Open 17
P0011 1949 - 1978 Open 44
P0012 1969 - 1978 Open 2
P0013 1897 - 1924 Open 1
P0014 1896 - 1920 Open 1
P0015 1892 - 1938 Open 4
P0016 1891 - 1984 Open 14
P0017 1904 - 1905 Open 1
P0018 1915 - 1925 Open 1
P0019 1891 - Circa 1929 Open 5
P0020 1853 - 1973 Open 405
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