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Agency ID1994
TitleLands Department, Survey Office, Photographic Branch
Agency TypeBusiness unit or division
Start Date 1/1/1903
End Date 30/9/1922
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Provided photgraphic services for the department

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Agency IDTitleFromTo
1871Survey Office 1/1/1903 30/9/1922
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Information Sources

Lands Department, Annual Report, Report of the Surveyor-General for 1922, p136
Queensland Year Books 1903-1923
Queensland Government Gazette 1903, Vol LXXX, No 14, p290
Queensland Government Gazette 1922, Vol CXIX, No 7, p94-5Queensland Government Gazette 1922, Vol CXIX, No 7, p94-5
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Legislation

Establishing Queensland Government Gazette 1903, Vol LXXX, No 14, p290
Abolishing Queensland Government Gazette 1922, Vol CXIX, No 7, p94-5
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Description
FUNCTIONS:
Originally, the primary purpose of the Photographic Branch was to aid in the production and reproduction of maps, but later expanded to include such activities as the photo-lithography of maps and plans etc., photo transfers, production of silver prints from plans, heliography, production of negatives, bromide prints and lantern slides, and the production of photographic views.

As well as providing photographic services for the Survey Office and other Branches of the Lands Department, the Photographic Branch undertook photographic work on behalf of nearly every Government department (including the Main Roads Board and Sugar Bureau).
ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
According to the Queensland Blue Book, the first Officer in Charge of the Photographic Branch was officially appointed in 1904. The head of the Branch was assisted by two assistant photographers and was under the immediate direction of the Chief Draftsman.

Following a review by the Public Service Commissioner in 1922, the structure of the Survey Office was revised and streamlined. Under the new structure, which came into effect on 1 October 1922, the Photographic Branch was subsumed by the Cartographic Branch.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1994, Lands Department, Survey Office, Photographic Branch
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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