Series VPRS 8357
Photographic Collection
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Date Range: Series ? 1880 - ? 1976
  Series in Custody ? 1880 - ? 1976
  Contents ? 1880 - ? 1976
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
1885 - 1976 Melbourne Harbor Trust Commissioners VA 2799
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1978 - 1996 Port of Melbourne Authority VA 1426
2003 - cont Port of Melbourne Corporation VA 4028
By 1996 - 2003 Office of the Administrator VA 4086
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Search or browse the consignment listings for items of interest.

    In an August 2012 volunteer project, the photographs in the P2 and P3 consignments were reprocessed and listed. These photographs now comprise the P4 and P5 consignments respectively.

  • Function / Content
    The series consists of an accumulation of black and white/sepia photographs which represent a visual record of the development of the Port of Melbourne.

    The series was created by the Melbourne Harbour Trust Commissioners presumably to document their activities.

    Subject matters covered by the Photographic Collection include:

    - Melbourne Harbour Trust Commissioners personnel
    - Trust conferences
    - Special social/business events
    - Physical development of the Port of Melbourne area

    This collection of photographs appears to have been accumulated between 1880 and 1976. The date range of the collection was determined by evidence found on the photographs. Annotations which appear on some of the photographs include names of photographers, subject captions, dates, numbers and publication directions.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The photographs were found stored in plan cabinet drawers and included annotated photographs, numbered and unnumbered photographs, loose pages from a photograph album and photographs without any identifying marks at all. The numbering sequence found on some photographs was apparently imposed to indicate the storage of these items within a basement instead of a means to control their arrangement. These numbers were not used as the basis for the series arrangement for this reason. Additionally, no controlling record has been found for these items except for an inaccurate and incomplete list.

    In view of the different storage requirements of such a diverse group of photographs it was decided to impose an order upon the collection, according to size. Each different method of storage has been given a separate consignment number.

    The P1 consignment contains loose photographs in files. The files are arranged alphabetically under subject headings. The files are housed in archive boxes.

    The P4 consignment contains framed photographs stored in a plan press.

    The P5 consignment contains loose photographs stored in plan press drawers.

    Related Records

    Two other series were found with VPRS 8357 Photographic Collection; they were VPRS 8355 'Views of the Canal at Fisherman's Bend' and VPRS 8356 Photographs of Commissioners. VPRS 8355 was registered separately because of its compact single theme and the fact that it is bound in a single volume. VPRS 8356 (Photographs of Commissions) was similarly registered separately because it was originally displayed on the walls of the Melbourne Harbour Trust Commissioners' 'hall of fame'.

    Preservation Statement

    These photographs require special care in handling due to their generally poor condition.

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- 1977 Photographic Collection VPRS 11225
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 ? 1880 - ? 1976 Open 13
P0004 ? 1900 - ? 1942 Open 4
P0005 ? 1880 - ? 1940 Open 149
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