Series VPRS 8362
Photograph Albums : Alpha-Numeric Sequence [J.B. Hosking Collection]
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Date Range: Series ? 1944 - ? 1954
  Series in Custody 1944 - 1954
  Contents 1925 - 1954
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
1944 - 1954 Melbourne Harbor Trust Commissioners VA 2799
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1978 - 1995 Port of Melbourne Authority VA 1426
2003 - cont Port of Melbourne Corporation VA 4028
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  • How to use the Records
    PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS: ALPHA-NUMERIC SEQUENCE




    How to Access the Photographs

    The photographs found in the album can be accessed via the series of Index (VPRS ) which provides the Alpha-Numeric classification code number of the album and the identification number of each photograph.

    System of Arrangement/Control

    Series: Albums arranged under an alpha-numeric classification system based on location or subject of photograph i.e. A/Appleton Dock; N/North Wharf; T/Amenities; N/Dredging, Buoys etc.

    Contents
    in Custody: Occasionally photographs are in roughly chronological sequence from back of album to front.

    Range of Control Symbols

    Series: A1 to Z2
    Series - A1 to Z2 (incomplete)
    in Custody: - Oil Fires
    - Two additional albums without control symbols

    Contents
    in Custody: none apparent

    The series comprises photographic albums the contents of which were photographed (or collected) by MrJ.B.O.Hosking, ChiefEngineer, Melbourne Harbour Trust.

    The albums contain black/white photographs depicting facilities and activities of the Port of Melbourne and various other ports around the world.

    The albums were allocated alpha-numeric control symbols which determined their arrangement. The alpha-numeric classification system was based on location or subject of the photograph. i.e. Albums A/1; A/2; A/3 relate to Appleton Dock; Album V/1 relates to Victoria Dock; Album T/1 for amenities and album D/1 relates to dredging. For a guide to the classification code refer to Index to Photograph Albums: (alpha-numeric sequence) VPRS.

    Each album comprises a number of loose leaf pages of light cardboard upon which black and white prints have been mounted using a combination of photo corners and glue. There appear to be three average sizes of prints:

    210mm x 155mm (1 to a page)
    150mm x 100mm (2 to a page)
    (4 to a page)

    In many cases there are typed captions pasted below the photographs. Details on the caption include:

    - date when the photograph was taken
    - brief additional description of the image
    - alpha-numeric classification code (which appears on the spine of the album)
    - sometimes an additional alpha-numeric reference is given

    Apart from the main alpha-numeric sequence (which is incomplete) there is an additional album with 'Oil Fires' marked on the spine, and two albums without control symbols. There are also several albums which are empty but which have alpha-numeric symbols on their spines, which fit within the classification sequence. These albums may have once contained photographs.

    Series Date Range:

    It appears that the series of albums the contents of which were either photographed or collected by JBO Hosking while he was the Chief during the years 1936-1954. However, the dates recorded on captions extend back to 1925 and sometimes earlier.

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1944 - 1954 List of Photographs in Photograph Albums (Alpha-Numeric Sequence) and Black and White Negatives VPRS 8364
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 ? 1925 - ? 1954 Open 12
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