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Agency ID2257
TitleAssistant Immigration Agent, Rockhampton
Agency TypeRegional or District Office
Start Date Circa 1/7/1863
End Date 31/12/1918
Date NotesDates are approximate only
Abstract

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

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
7453Registers of Immigrants (Rockhampton) 5/1/1884 6/12/1915
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
1514Immigration Department 1/7/1863 31/12/1918
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Remarks

Information Sources

Colonial Secretary's Office, Register of letters received 1863, no. 181; QSA Item ID 6907
Queensland Blue Book 1864, p. 35
Queensland Blue Book 1902, p. 24
Queensland Blue Book 1910, p. 31
Queensland Blue Book 1916, p. 35
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1919 - 1920, vol., IV, p. 128
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1920, vol. II, p. 38
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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Immigration Act 1864
Immigration Act 1869
Immigration Act 1872
Immigration Act 1882
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
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 was appointed Sub, later Assistant Immigration Agent, Rockhampton in approximately July 1863.

FUNCTIONS:
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.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
Assistant Immigration Agents were responsible to the Immigration Department within the portfolio of the Chief Secretary. Over time the position of Assistant Immigration Agent, Rockhampton was held by officials holding various other positions including those of Labour Agent and Clerk of Petty Sessions.

ABOLITION:
With the decline in numbers of arrivals at Rockhampton, the duties of the immigration agent decreased, but the exact date of the cessation of operation of this agency has not been located.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2257, Assistant Immigration Agent, Rockhampton
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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