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New records added to our collection over the course of the last few months include Kilmore District Health Board Minutes 1856-present, Borough of Wonthaggi records, Moreland Council voter rolls, National Gallery correspondence 1943-1976, Royal Melbourne Hospital records, Smythesdale Cemetery Trust records, Hansard records and Probate records from 2019-2020. These are now available for researchers to view in our North Melbourne reading room. 


Kilmore District Health Board of Management Minutes

Kilmore Hospital, Victoria’s second oldest district hospital, was opened in 1860 serving Kilmore and the surrounding districts.  Twenty volumes of Board of Management Minutes, dating as far back as 1856 prior to the community raising funds for the hospital build, have been added to our collection and are available to order and view in the North Melbourne reading room. View the Kilmore record series page.


Royal Melbourne Hospital records

Records from Royal Melbourne Hospital and its predecessor hospitals dating 1859-2002 have recently been transferred to our collection and are available to order and view in the North Melbourne reading room. Some highlights include Nursing graduate record cards (VPRS 18937), Medical Ward Books, Case Notes (VPRS 12477) (date range 1879 – 1904), Patient Registers and Case Records (VPRS 18933), Secretary’s and Manager’s Subject Correspondence Files (VA 18967), and minutes and papers of the Brunswick Sheltered Workshops (VPRS 18917). 

The nursing graduate record cards in particular will be of great interest to any researchers with connections to a Melbourne-based nurse of the 1950s or 1960s. The cards contain name, dates of training and hospitals attended, grades, summary of performance, exams passed, next of kin information, physical description and a photo. a snapshot of the first box in the series (there are three in total) can be found below. They are filed alphabetically. Also below is a snapshot of the patient register and a full breakdown of all series now available as part of this new transfer.  

Nursing graduate record cards, 1950-1960, VPRS 18937 Box 1

 

Patient registers and case records, 1888-1935, VPRS 18933 Volume 1

 

Series Title Date range Creating agency
VPRS 18880 Committee of Management Minutes and Papers 1969-1986 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18882 Annual General Meeting Minutes and Papers 1964-1986 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18883 Annual Reports 1965-1985 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18884 Coat of Arms and Heraldry Correspondence 1965-1967 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18885 Medical Consultative Committee Minutes 1965-1982 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18886 Fundraising Committee Minutes 1974-1977 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18888 House Committee Minutes 1974-1986 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18899 Finance Committee Minutes 1974-1986 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18901 Management Consultative Committee Minutes  1982-1986 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18902 Medical Appointments Advisory Board Minutes 1982-1986 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18903 Reports, Obstetric and Paediatric Department 1965-1966 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18907 Commissioning Reports 1979-1982 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18909 Policy and Procedure Manuals 1980-1982 Essendon and District Memorial Hospital
VPRS 18959 Board of Management Minutes 1955-1990 Greenvale Centre
VPRS 18960 Annual Reports 1969-1991 Greenvale Centre
VPRS 18961 Annual General Meeting, Minutes and Reports 1968-1989 Greenvale Centre
VPRS 18962 House Committee Minutes 1964-1989 Greenvale Centre
VPRS 18963 Building Committee Minutes 1969-1977 Greenvale Centre
VPRS 18964 Finance Committee Minutes 1979-1989 Greenvale Centre
VPRS 18965 Correspondence, Governance and Legal 1955-1968 Greenvale Centre
VPRS 18966 Executive Office, General Correspondence and Reports 1955-1990 Greenvale Centre
VPRS 18889 Annual Reports 1859-2000 Various hospitals
VPRS 18890 Executive Committee, Minutes and Papers 1861-1995 Various hospitals
VPRS 18891 Committee of Management, Statistical Report Books 1906-1972 Various hospitals
VPRS 18892 By-Laws and Constitution 1922-1996 Various hospitals
VPRS 18893 Committee of Management, Registers and Appointments 1926-1995 Various hospitals
VPRS 18894 Board of Management, Minutes, Reports and Correspondence 1978-1996 Various hospitals
VPRS 18895 Corporate Strategic Planning and Plans 1992-2002 Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilition Service
VPRS 18896 House Committee, Minutes 1922-1980 Various hospitals
VPRS 18897 Finance and Audit Committees, Minutes 1944-1955 Various hospitals
VPRS 18898 Fundraising and Appeals Sub-Committee, Minutes 1968-1972 Various hospitals
VPRS 18900 Executive Committee / Management Team Agendas, Minutes and Papers 1977-2001 Various hospitals
VPRS 18904 Medical Executive Commitee / Clinical Directors Council, agendas, Minutes and Correspondence 1977-2001 Various hospitals
VPRS 18905 Divisional Heads Minutes, Agenda, Minutes and Correspondence 1977-2001 Various hospitals
VPRS 18910 Resources Committee Minutes 1991-1994 Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service
VPRS 18911 Quality Improvement Committee Council / Quality Management Co-Ordinating Committee, Meeting Minutes and Papers 1991-2000 Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service
VPRS 18912 Operations Executive Group Minutes, Reports and Correspondence 1995-1997 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18913 Community consultation Committees, Agendas and Minutes 2000-2002 Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service
VPRS 18914 Sub-Acute Care Working Group Agenda, Minutes and Papers 2000-2001 Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service
VPRS 18915 Mount Royal / Greenvale Centre Amalgamation, Minutes and Papers 1988-1992 Various hospitals
VPRS 18916 Princes Hill Village, Minutes and Papers 1956-1993 Various hospitals
VPRS 18917 Brunswick Sheltered Workshops, Minutes and Papers 1960-1988 Various hospitals
VPRS 18918 Broadmeadows Psychogeriatric Nursing Homes, Minutes and Papers 1984-1992 Various hospitals
VPRS 18919 National Research Institute of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine / National Ageing Research Institute, Minutes and Papers 1967-1995 Various hospitals
VPRS 19086 Medical Director Papers 1960-1988 Various hospitals
VPRS 18920 Geriatric Unit Consultative Committee, Minutes 1956-1972 Various hospitals
VPRS 18921 Mount Royal Region Council for the Aged, Meeting Minutes 1969-1972 Various hospitals
VPRS 18922 Geriatric Community Care Service Meeting Minutes and Papers 1967-1981 Various hospitals
VPRS 18923 Clinical Strategic and Business Plans 1991-1997 Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service
VPRS 18924 Aged Care, Meeting Minutes and Papers 1988-2000 Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service
VPRS 18925 Aged Care Division Working Group, Minutes and Papers 1993-1994 Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service
VPRS 18926 Patient Care Committee Minutes 1995-1995 Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service
VPRS 18927 Clinical Risk Management Committee Meetings, Agendas and Minutes 2000-2001 Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service
VPRS 18928 Nursing Aide Examination Papers 1973-1991 Various hospitals
VPRS 18933 Patient Registers and Case Records 1888-1935 Various hospitals
VPRS 18934 Building Sub-Committee and Site Redevelopment, Minutes and Reports 1944-1998 Various hospitals
VPRS 18929 Register of Life Governors 1915-1974 Various hospitals
VPRS 18930 Overseas Study and Conference Reports 1957-1990 Various hospitals
VPRS 18931 Policy and Procedure Manuals 1948-2000 Various hospitals
VPRS 19087 Operating, Functional and Clinical Reports and Reviews 1978-1997 Various hospitals
VPRS 18932 Media Releases 1988-1988 Various hospitals
VPRS 18935 Committee of Management Minutes 1950-1963 The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Associated Hospitals School of Nursing
VPRS 19088 Minutes, Reports and Papers 1948-1963 The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Associated Hospitals School of Nursing
VPRS 18936 Annual Reports 1953-1963 The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Associated Hospitals School of Nursing
VPRS 18937 Nursing Graduate Record Cards 1950-1960 The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Associated Hospitals School of Nursing
VPRS 18938 Examination Papers 1954-1962 The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Associated Hospitals School of Nursing
VPRS 18939 Curriculum Matters 1950-1960 The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Associated Hospitals School of Nursing
VPRS 12477 Medical Ward Books, Case Notes 1879-1904 The Royal Melbourne Hospital
VPRS 18967 Secretary's and Manager's Subject Correspondence Files 1915-1984 The Royal Melbourne Hospital
VPRS 18881 Policy and Procedure Manuals 1963-1993 Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital
VPRS 18887 Annual Reports 1989-1991 Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital
VPRS 18941 Board of Management, Minutes and Papers 1995-1999 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18968 Annual Reports 1995-2000 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18943 Audit Compliance Committee Minutes 1996-2000 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18980 By-Laws 1989-1997 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18969 Corporate Strategic Planning and Plans 1995-1998 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18970 Response to Duckett Review on Reorganisation of Governing Structures 2000-2000 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18971 Register of Documents Signed Under Seal 1996-1998 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18979 Quality Committees, Minutes and Papers 1996-2000 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18974 Clinical Directors' Council Meeting Minutes 1996-1997 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18975 Clinical Consultative Committee Minutes 1996-1997 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18976 Research and Ethics Committee Minutes and Papers 1996-1998 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18977 Network Operations Group, Minutes and Papers 1996-1996 North Western Health Care Network
VPRS 18978 Health Professionals Advisory Committee Minutes and Papers 1997-1998 North Western Health Care Network

 

 

 

National Gallery of Victoria correspondence of former Chairman of NGV Trustees (Leonard Cox)

New to our collection are various correspondence, letters and notes created by Dr. Leonard Cox, former Chairman of the Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The series includes various records Cox created in his role as Chairman, as well as member of the Council of Trustees, Trustee representative to the Cultural Centre Building Committee, Felton Bequests’ Committee member and Oriental Arts Curator/Consultant. The records were found amongst Cox’s estate donated to the NGV archives by his family prior to transfer and date from 1943 to 1976.

Particularly interesting is the report below by the Director of the NGV and architect to the building committee providing a summary of investigations made in Europe and America during 1960. the pair traveled to various galleries around the world over a period of three months including the Uffizzi Museum in Florence, Guggenheim in New York and Royal Festival Hall in London, among many others. They reported that: 

"On the eve of our return to Australia, we believe that we are now better equipped to assist or advise you through the next stage of the design of your building, and we hope that this report presents some indication of the sources of our confidence."  

The report goes on to provide detail and photographs of each gallery and museum visited providing a fascinating resource into gallery design of the time. 

Access the NGV records on the series page here.

National Gallery and Cultural Centre report, VPRS 19138


Smythesdale Cemetery Trust records

The Smythesdale Cemetery Trust was established in 1860 and manages the Smythesdale Cemetery. The cemetery was established around 1859 and is located at 1920 Glenelg Highway, Scarsdale. Records include cemetery plans that show the locations of graves for each section of the cemetery including burial plots reserved for the Church of England, Presbyterian Church, Roman Catholic Church and the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
 

Series Title Date range
VPRS 19139 Certificates of Rights of Burial 1955-2005
VPRS 19140 Cemetery Plans Circa 1950-present
VPRS 19141 Minute Book 1936-2004
VPRS 19142 Receipt Books 1933-1999

 

Items from VPRS 19140/C1 Cemetery Plans, VPRS 19141/C1 Receipt Books and VPRS 19142/C1 will also be digitised and made available for viewing on the PROV catalogue in the near future so stay tuned for that!


Borough of Wonthaggi records

The Borough of Wonthaggi was created in January 1911 under the Wonthaggi Borough Act 1910 and abolished in 1994, absorbed into the newly created Bass Coast Shire. Property and rate records from 1911 to 1994 have been added to our collection and are available to order and view in the reading room.
 

Series Title Date range
VPRS 11214 Rate Books 1973-1979
VPRS 18454 Register of Land and Improvements 1952-1975
VPRS 18455 Building Permit Registers 1947-1993
VPRS 18456 Register of Contracts 1914-1996
VPRS 18475 Rate Cards 1973-1985
VPRS 18476 Valuation Cards 1969-1985
VPRS 18477 Country Roads Board Contract Register 1925-1964

 

Hansard (Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council)

Also new to our collection are volumes of parliamentary debates, known as Hansard, of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. The volumes span the 57th Parliament of Victoria from 2010 to 2014. You can access the Legislative Assembly records here and Legislative Council records here
 

Moreland Council Voter Rolls

Certified Voters’ Rolls created by Moreland City Council and Brunswick City Council have been transferred to our collection. You can find the Moreland records here and the Brunswick ones here.


Probate records 2019-2020

Probate records contain documents received or created by the Supreme Court certifying the deceased’s will’s validity and confirming the appointment of an Executor to administer the estate. Letters of Administration is the Court's approval to administer the estate of a person who dies without a will. In most instances Letters of Administration will be granted to the next of kin of the deceased e.g. a spouse, domestic partner or a child of the deceased. 
Probate records from 2020, and 2019 records finalised in 2020, have now been added to our collection. These are available for copy requests or to order for viewing in our North Melbourne reading room. 

You can search the collection on our wills and probates topic page. 
 

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