Agency Details

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Agency ID236
TitleMines and Works Department
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 12/12/1887
End Date 4/1/1890
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Responsible for administration of mining, and public works

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
16480Cash Book [Roads Department, Stanthorpe] 12/12/1887 31/12/1887
16478Cash Book [Diamond Drill Account] 12/12/1887 4/1/1888
6395Executive Council Submissions and Minutes - Public Works Department 12/12/1887 20/12/1888
6899Loan Expenditure Ledger 12/12/1887 31/12/1888
12650Index to Appropriation Ledger 12/12/1887 31/12/1889
16440Registers of Divisional Boards - boundaries 12/12/1887 31/12/1889
14241Alphabetical Registers of Letters Received 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
12653Appropriation Ledgers 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
19806Architectural and Engineering Drawings of Public Buildings 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1162Architectural Drawings of Public Buildings 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
17690Architectural Drawings of Public Buildings 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
19600Architectural Show Plans 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
19882Asset Registers 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
6895Balance Book [Public Works] 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
9927Batch Files - 'B' Series - Court Houses 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
17830Batch Files - 'E' Series - Government Buildings 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
17826Batch Files - Schools 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
20863Buildings and Structures of Historical Significance 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
16490Card Index to Residual File Numbers 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
19420Card Register of Miners Homestead Leases 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
16484Cash Books [Public Works Department, Mines] 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
16477Correspondence - Divisional Boards 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
12660Detail Ledger for Expenditure 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
12673Detail Ledger for Expenditure 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
12675Detail Ledgers for Expenditure 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
19866Drawings of Restored and Redeveloped Buildings and Sites 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
7645General Correspondence 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
16455General Correspondence 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
18221Gold Mining Leases 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
20987Honour Board (Public Works) 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
6906Index - Detail Ledger No. 2, Buildings [Public Works Department] 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
19807Index cards to drawings of public buildings 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
14254Index to Gold Fields 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
14253Index to Mineral Fields 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
16497Indexes to Letterbooks [Under Secretary] 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
14246Letterbooks 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
18220Letterbooks 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
12734Letterbooks [Colonial Architect/Government Architect] 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
12732Letterbooks of the Engineer for Bridges 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
16496Letterbooks of the Under Secretary 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
20691Mineral Index 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
18222Mineral Leases 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
35Miners Homestead Lease Files 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2029Mines Series Maps - Various Scales 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
20937Miscellaneous Legal papers 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
20988Photographs of Chief Executives (Public Works) 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
5425Photographs of Government Buildings 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
17680Prison Plans 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
18223Prospecting Area Applications 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
20536Registers - Return of Mining Companies Registered 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
20692Registers of Applications to Select Mineral Lands 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
16483Registers of Letters Received 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
12723Registers of Letters Received [Colonial Architect/Government Architect] 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
19418Registers of Miners Homestead Leases 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
6894Salaries Register [Public Works] 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
16433Specifications for Queensland Government Buildings 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
20694Staff Register 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
7367Index to Coal Mining Licence Register under the Act of 1886 21/1/1888 4/1/1890
17138Register of Coal Prospecting Licences 21/1/1888 4/1/1890
14239Letterbooks of Telegrams Sent 2/1/1889 4/1/1890
14231General Correspondence [Mines and Works Department] 1/4/1889 31/10/1889
12724Miscellaneous Correspondence [Government Architect] 1/1/1890 4/1/1890
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Controlling Agencies

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Controlled Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
2361Mining Warden, Roma 25/9/1884 4/1/1890
9632Woolloongabba Divisional Board 12/12/1887 7/1/1888
291Allora Municipal Council 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
294Antigua Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11610Banana Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
317Barolin Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
320Bauhinia Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
324Beenleigh Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
346Booroodabin Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
350Brassall Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
356Broadsound Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
357Bulimba Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
360Bundamba Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
547Burrum Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
549Caboolture Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
743Cardwell Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
556Carpentaria Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
10402Cleveland Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
578Cloncurry Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
606Coomera Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
813Daintree Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
829Diamantina Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11325Esk Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2577Geological Survey of Queensland 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11865Glastonbury Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
896Gogango Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11065Goolman Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
914Granville Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11870Gympie Borough Council 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
936Hann Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
10768Indooroopilly Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11859Inglewood Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
979Inspector of Mines, Charters Towers 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
982Inspector of Mines, Northern District 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
246Kedron Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1013Kilkivan Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
10385Mackay Municipal Council 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1390Mineral Lands Commissioner, Cunnamulla 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1392Mineral Lands Commissioner, Gympie 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1393Mineral Lands Commissioner, Herberton 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1394Mineral Lands Commissioner, Ingham 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1395Mineral Lands Commissioner, Port Douglas 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1396Mineral Lands Commissioner, St Lawrence 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2352Mining Warden, Bowen 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11596Mining Warden, Brisbane 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2362Mining Warden, Bundaberg 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2354Mining Warden, Cairns 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1400Mining Warden, Charleville 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1401Mining Warden, Charters Towers 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1403Mining Warden, Clermont 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2355Mining Warden, Cooktown 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2356Mining Warden, Croydon 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1406Mining Warden, Eidsvold 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11119Mining Warden, Etheridge 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11116Mining Warden, Gayndah 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2364Mining Warden, Georgetown 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2366Mining Warden, Gladstone 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1407Mining Warden, Gympie 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1408Mining Warden, Herberton 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1409Mining Warden, Hughenden 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1411Mining Warden, Ipswich 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2357Mining Warden, Mackay 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2358Mining Warden, Maryborough 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2359Mining Warden, Maytown 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1414Mining Warden, Nanango 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2368Mining Warden, Ravenswood 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2369Mining Warden, Rockhampton 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1416Mining Warden, St Lawrence 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11120Mining Warden, Tenningering 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1417Mining Warden, Thornborough 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2370Mining Warden, Toowoomba 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2371Mining Warden, Townsville 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11021Murilla Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1434Murweh Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1436Mutdapilly Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1444Nebo Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1447Nerang Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1472Paroo Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1485Pioneer Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1647Purga Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1683Rawbelle Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1835Southport Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1853Stephens Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1873Tabragalba Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1880Tarampa Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1885Thuringowa Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1889Tinana Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1891Tingalpa Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1895Toombul Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11863Waggamba Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1925Walloon Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11214Wambo Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11121Wangaratta Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1935Waterford Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
11866Widgee Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1950Woongarra Divisional Board 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
1957Wynnum Divisional Board 4/1/1888 4/1/1890
1483Pine Divisional Board 16/1/1888 4/1/1890
9638Balmoral Divisional Board 19/1/1888 4/1/1890
1391Mineral Lands Commissioner, Eidsvold 25/1/1888 4/1/1890
8711Enoggera Divisional Board 28/3/1888 4/1/1890
1686Redcliffe Divisional Board 7/4/1888 4/1/1890
130Laidley Divisional Board I 25/4/1888 3/1/1890
1415Mining Warden, Port Douglas 6/6/1888 4/1/1890
946Department of Harbours and Rivers 25/7/1888 4/1/1890
1410Mining Warden, Ingham 23/8/1888 4/1/1890
1398Mining Warden, Blackall 4/12/1888 4/1/1890
1399Mining Warden, Burketown 4/12/1888 4/1/1890
287Adavale Divisional Board 9/2/1889 4/1/1890
1516Mineral Lands Commissioner, Innisfail 1/8/1889 4/1/1890
1517Mining Warden, Innisfail 1/8/1889 4/1/1890
2540Mining Warden, Thursday Island 11/9/1889 4/1/1890
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Remarks

Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette Extraordinary 1887, Vol XLII, No 79, pp.1225-1226
Queensland Government Gazette Extraordinary 1890, Vol XLIX, No 6, p.98
Blue Book of Queensland 1887, Part IX, pp.93-99
Blue Book of Queensland 1889, Part IX, pp.103-104
Blue Book of Queensland 1890, Part X, pp.117-123
Queensland Government Gazette 1887, Vol. XLII, No 80, p.1227
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1888, Vol III, p.367
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1890, Vol III, pp.249, 253
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1889, Vol III, p.443
Cohen, Kay and Kenneth Wiltshire, People, Places and Policies - Aspects of Queensland Government Administration 1859-1920, St Lucia, University of Queensland Press, 1995, pp116-131; pp.276-277
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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Goldfields Homestead Leases Act, 1886
Mines Regulation Act of 1881-1889
Mineral Lands Act of 1882
Goldfields Act of 1874-1886
Coal Mining Act of 1886
Crown Lands Acts,1884-1889
Land Act of 1884
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
On 12 December 1887, Mines and Public Works merged to form the Department of Mines and Works.

FUNCTIONS:
As a result of the amalgamation, the Department became responsible for the administration of the following functions: buildings, roads and bridges, gold fields, geological survey, diamond drills and mineral lands.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
The Department came predominantly under the control of the Secretary for Mines and Works. Due to administrative changes in 1887, the Mines Department (I) transferred those duties and activities associated with railway maintenance, construction and management to the Secretary for Railways. Accordingly, the Mines and Works Department inherited functions relating to all other matters previously dealt with by the Mines Department I (See Agency ID 237), as well as those duties connected with Water Supply, previously administered by the Colonial Treasurer's Department.

Between 1873-1896, the Mines Department and the Public Works Department were frequently controlled by the one portfolio. For a brief time from Jan -Aug 1890, Mines came under the control of both the Colonial Secretary's Department and the Secretary for Mines. In 1915, the Mines Department finally attained separate status with its own Minister.

Under the Gold Fields Act 1874, the office of Mining Warden was created for the purpose of managing the State's goldfields. This predominant structure within the Department consisting of regional Mining Wardens continued to prevail. Local Mining Wardens were empowered with jurisdiction over an array of duties and activities, namely - miners' claims and agreements; defining the extent of jurisdiction of Warden's Courts on the goldfields; and regulating the issue of miners' rights and auriferous leases (eg, ie., applications for Authorities to Prospect, Mining Leases, and Miners' Homestead Perpetual Leases were lodged with the appropriate district Warden).

AGENCIES CONTROLLED:
Buildings Branch (Colonial Architect) 12 Dec 1887 - c. Jan 1890
Roads and Bridges Branch (Engineer of Bridges) 12 Dec 1887 - c. Jan 1890
Diamond Drills Branch 12 1887 - 4 Jan 1890
Mineral Lands Commissioners 12 Dec 1887 - 4 Jan 1890
Gold Fields12 Dec 1887 - 4 Jan 1890
Geological Survey Office 12 Dec 1887 - 4 Jan 1890

ABOLITION:
After the 1890 election, Public Works and Mines once again became two separate departments.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID236, Mines and Works Department
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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