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Agency ID2253
TitleAssistant Immigration Agent, Bowen
Agency TypeRegional or District Office
Start Date Circa 1/1/1866
End Date 31/12/1912
Date NotesDates are approximate only

Responsible for services to, and processing of documentation relating to immigrants on arrival in Bowen

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1514Immigration Department 1/1/1866 31/12/1912
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Information Sources

Queensland Blue Book 1866, p. 36
Queensland Blue Book 1907, p. 74
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1906, vol. 1, pp. 1577 - 1579
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Immigration Act 1864
Immigration Act 1869
Immigration Act 1872
Immigration Act 1882
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Under the direction of the Immigration Agent, Brisbane, police magistrates, customs or port officials carried out duties resulting from the arrival of immigrants at ports other than Brisbane, and from late 1863 were appointed Sub, later Assistant Immigration Agents. The Police Magistrate, Bowen was appointed the Assistant Immigration Agent, Bowen from approximately 1866, and continued in that position until approximately 1907.

Assistant Immigration Agents publicised ships' arrivals in the local press, provided information and services to immigrants such as accommodation and rations at Immigration Depots, arranged employment, and also processed government statistical information and ships' passenger lists and other immigrant records.

Assistant Immigration Agents were responsible to the Immigration Department within the portfolio of the Chief Secretary.

With the decline in numbers of arrivals at Bowen, the duties of the immigration agent decreased. The exact date of the cessation of operation of this agency has not been located, but Queensland State Archives holds records to 1912.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2253, Assistant Immigration Agent, Bowen
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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