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Agency ID2577
TitleGeological Survey of Queensland
Agency TypeBusiness unit or division
Start Date Circa 1/1/1875
End Date Current
Date NotesN/A

Provides geoscientific information and advice, and promotes mineral exploration

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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
237Mines Department (I) 1/1/1878 12/12/1887
236Mines and Works Department 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
258Mines Department (II) 4/1/1890 7/12/1989
364Department of Resource Industries 7/12/1989 24/9/1992
494Department of Minerals and Energy 24/9/1992 26/2/1996
83Department of Mines and Energy (I) 26/2/1996 22/2/2001
10491Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Water 22/2/2001 13/9/2006
10891Department of Mines and Energy Department (II) 13/9/2006 26/3/2009
11170Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation 26/3/2009 3/4/2012
11458Department of Natural Resources and Mines (III) 3/4/2012 12/12/2017
11844Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (II) 12/12/2017 Current
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Controlled Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
2579Geological Survey of Queensland, Charters Towers Branch 26/3/1876 1/5/1990
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1875, Vol. XVI, No. 32, p. 593
Queensland Blue Book 1868, p.66
Queensland Blue Book, 1870, p. 42
Queensland Blue Book, 1878, p. 64, 2003
Natural Resources and Mines Department Statement of Affairs, 2002, pp. 8 -10
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Administered N/A
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Christopher D'Oyley H. Aplin was appointed Southern District geologist on 14 April 1868, and Richard Daintree was appointed Northern District geologist on 12 May 1868. However, both appointments were discontinued in 1870.
The date of the appointment of Augustus Charles Gregory in 1875 (1January 1875 in Blue Book 1878, gazette notice 12 March 1875), as Geological Surveyor, Southern Districts has, therefore, been taken as the commencement date of this agency. Robert Logan Jack was also appointed Geological Surveyor, Northern District, on 26 March 1876.

The geoscientific activities of the Geological Survey from its establishment have provided a framework for mineral and energy exploration for economic purposes (in the 1870s particularly gold and coal). The provision of geoscientific information and advice, and promotion of mineral exploration has contiuned to be the focus of the agency to the present. Functions over time have been as follows:
mineral and energy exploration
geological mapping including aerial photography
museum fossil collection
publications including mineral reports, geological studies and maps
urban and environmental geology
marine and coastal geology

Geological Survey of Queensland has been a sub-department or unit within the Mines Department and subsequent agencies since approximately 1878 (circa year).

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2577, Geological Survey of Queensland
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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