'Closed' Agency and General Correspondence Files are the files and correspondence of the Charities Board (1923 to 1948) and its successors the Hospitals and Charities Commission (1948 to 1978) and the Hospitals Division of the Health Commission.
The Charities Board and the Hospitals and Charities Commission had some responsibilities for oversight of charitable institutions in Victoria. This series contains records relating to the Charities Board's interactions with particular 'care' providers. A large amount of correspondence exists between the charitable institution and the Inspector of Charities. This series also contains correspondence about significant events that occurred at the various institutions, such as the outbreak of disease, the death of children, structural and organisational changes etc.
Many records show that the Inspector's work included a wide range of issues to do with the institutions and that he sometimes became involved in the cases of individual children.
Researchers can expect to find records relating to:
Highlights of the collection include:
For a list of units in this series containing records relating to children's institutions, see the [List of files regarding Children's Homes PDF].
Prepared by: Rosemary Francis and Natasha Story
Created: 25 October 2011, Last modified: 10 August 2021