FAQ - Prison

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What Prison records does PROV have?

PROV holds records of Male prisoners 1850 to 1937 and Female prisoners from 1857 to circa 1948. The female prison registers can be viewed on microfiche for prisoners listed in units 1 to 12 only. All of the 15 registers are closed under section 11 of the Public Record Act 1973.

For more information on prison records please refer to PROVguide 58: Prison Records

How do I find records about a particular prison?

You can search PROV’s catalogue using the advanced search option to establish which prison records are available. You can tick either all or the Agency tick boxes then type in the prison name on the with all of the words line, and click on the search tab. If you need more help with searching have a look at our how to search guide.

Do you have convict/Exile records?

PROV holds records of Exiles who arrived in Victoria. These can be searched on the assisted immigration database by name of the convict/exile. You can also search for exiles in VPRS 110/P0 Register of Convicts (VA 856) Colonial Secretary's Office, c.1842– 1854

For more information on convict/exile records please refer to PROVguide 57 Convict Records.

What prison records have been digitised?

PROV has digitised a number of prison records. You can browse the VPRS 10867/P0 [http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/publications/documents/10867-P0.asp Alphabetical Index to Central Register of Male Prisoners] (VA 1464) Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department, 1868 – 1947.

You can also browse the VPRS 10879/P0 [http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/publications/documents/10879-P0.asp Alphabetical Index to Central Register of Female Prisoners] (VA 1464) Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department, 1857 – 1948.

PROV has digitised a number of damaged [[VPRS 515/P0 Central Register of Male Prisoners [selected volumes only]|Male prison]] registers.  These are available online and you can search our online database by a prisoner name or number. 

Do you have photographs of prisoners?

It is possible that you may find photographs of prisoners in VPRS 515 prison registers . The early prison registers to may not contain photographs.

PROV has digitised a number of damaged Male Prisoner registers. These are available online and you can search our [http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/indexes/index_search.asp?searchid=53 online database] by a prisoner name or number.

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