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Agency ID264
TitleSurveyor General's Department
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 23/12/1859
End Date 26/10/1874
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Responsible for the surveying, mapping and management of Crown lands

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
17016Index to Catalogue Numbers for Survey Plans 1/1/1830 26/10/1874
18292Record of Pre-Separation Survey Plans 1/1/1840 26/10/1874
16130Register of Lands Sold 19/4/1849 21/2/1861
16160Index to Gazette Notices [Petty Sessions Districts] 1/1/1859 26/10/1874
19625Photographic Portraits of the Surveyors General 1/1/1859 26/10/1874
16127Letterbook - Letters to the Colonial Secretary 22/12/1859 4/6/1860
16131Letterbook - Letters to Surveyors 23/12/1859 11/4/1861
16158Gazettal References - Various 23/12/1859 26/10/1874
16154General Correspondence 23/12/1859 26/10/1874
678General Correspondence Relating to Land Reservations 23/12/1859 26/10/1874
16148Letterbooks 23/12/1859 26/10/1874
2115Port Curtis District Maps - F Series 23/12/1859 26/10/1874
16151Registers of Letters Received 23/12/1859 26/10/1874
9963Registers of Sales of Crown Lands, Town and Suburban Lands 23/12/1859 26/10/1874
17469Survey Catalogue of Plans Books for Pastoral Districts 23/12/1859 26/10/1874
17667Survey Plans 23/12/1859 26/10/1874
4314Survey Plans, Charts and Maps of Moreton Bay Settlement and Queensland 23/12/1859 26/10/1874
1685Burnett District Maps - DG3 Series 1/1/1860 31/12/1860
7541Cover for Map of Colony of Queensland by Leopold Franz Landsberg 1/1/1860 31/12/1860
1842Leichhardt District, County of Killarney Maps - H4 Series 1/1/1860 31/12/1860
2178Maranoa District Maps - R Series 1/1/1860 31/12/1860
1756Darling Downs District, County of Merivale Maps - C1 Series 1/1/1860 31/5/1868
1882Leichhardt District Maps - G Series 1/1/1860 31/12/1870
1761Port Curtis District, County of Livingstone Maps - F5 Series 1/1/1860 31/12/1870
1916Scale Maps - 20 Mile Series 1/1/1860 31/12/1871
2058Moreton District Maps - A Series 1/1/1860 31/12/1872
1911Scale Maps - 16 Mile Series 1/1/1860 31/12/1872
2067Warrego District Maps - T Series 1/1/1860 31/12/1872
1754Darling Downs District, County of Aubigny Maps - B1 Series 1/1/1860 31/12/1873
19146Forestry Camp Maps 1/1/1860 26/10/1874
16149Indexes to Registers of Letters Received 1/1/1860 26/10/1874
16156Instructions Issued to Parties in Search of Burke and Wills and Miscellaneous Correspondence 18/8/1860 9/1/1862
9977Registers of Sales of Crown Lands, Country Lands 1/10/1860 26/10/1874
1850North Kennedy District, County of Herbert Maps - M1 Series 1/1/1861 31/12/1861
1946Scale Maps - 105 Mile Series 1/1/1861 31/12/1861
1751Moreton District, County of Churchill Maps - A4 Series 1/1/1861 31/10/1863
2043City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps - A1A Series 1/1/1861 30/4/1865
1759Port Curtis District, County of Murchison Maps - F6 Series 1/1/1861 31/12/1870
1931Scale Maps - 60 Mile Series 1/1/1861 31/12/1870
1880Port Curtis District, County of Clinton Maps - F1 Series 1/1/1861 30/9/1871
1917Scale Maps - 24 Mile Series 1/1/1861 31/12/1871
1758Wide Bay/Burnett Districts, County of March Maps - D8 Series 1/1/1861 31/12/1873
1748Moreton District, County of Stanley Maps - A1 Series 1/1/1861 26/10/1874
1749Moreton District, County of Canning Maps - A2 Series 1/4/1861 31/3/1863
16155Expenses Incurred 1/8/1861 31/8/1861
2168Leichhardt District, County of Bauhinia Maps - G2 Series 1/1/1862 31/12/1862
1844Leichhardt District, County of Wooroona Maps - I5 Series 1/1/1862 31/12/1862
2185Scale Maps - 35 Mile Series 1/1/1862 31/12/1862
1924Scale Maps - 48 Mile Series 1/1/1862 31/12/1862
1757Wide Bay/Burnett Districts, County of Lennox Maps - D6 Series 1/1/1862 31/12/1862
1881Port Curtis District, County of Liebig Maps - F4 Series 1/1/1862 31/12/1870
1009Darling Downs District 1 Mile Maps - BG2 Series 1/1/1863 31/12/1863
1859Maranoa District, County of Belmore Maps - R1 Series 1/1/1863 31/12/1863
1891North Kennedy District, County of Gladstone Maps - L7 Series 1/1/1863 31/12/1863
1909Scale Maps - 100 Mile Series 1/1/1863 31/12/1863
1912Scale Maps - 40 Mile Series 1/1/1863 31/12/1863
2200Scale Maps - 500 Mile Series 1/1/1863 31/12/1863
2023Darling Downs District, County of Rogers Maps - C3 Series 1/1/1863 4/12/1864
1883Leichhardt District, County of Ferguson Maps - H1 Series 1/1/1863 31/12/1864
1841Leichhardt District, County of Denison Maps - G9 Series 1/1/1863 31/5/1865
1845South Kennedy District, County of Carlisle Maps - J5 Series 1/1/1863 31/12/1865
2024Port Curtis District, County of Raglan Maps - F0 Series 1/1/1863 31/12/1870
1935Scale Maps - 70 Mile Series 1/1/1863 31/12/1872
1015Moreton District 20 Chain Maps - AG3 Series 1/1/1863 26/10/1874
1681Moreton District Maps - AG5 Series 1/1/1863 26/10/1874
1762Port Curtis District, County of Pakington Maps - F7 Series 1/1/1863 26/10/1874
1870Darling Downs District, County of Derby Maps - B7 Series 1/6/1863 31/5/1867
1752Moreton District, County of Ward Maps - A5 Series 1/7/1863 26/10/1874
1259Surveyor Roberts' Survey of Queensland - New South Wales Border - Traverses 1/1/1864 31/12/1864
2060Darling Downs District Maps - B Series 1/1/1864 31/12/1869
1848North Kennedy District, County of Elphingstone Maps - L6 Series 1/1/1864 31/12/1870
2188Burke District, County of Porchester Maps - Z5 Series 1/1/1864 26/10/1874
1764Leichhardt District, County of Dawson Maps - G8 Series 1/5/1864 31/12/1865
2038Warrego District Maps - TG1 Series 31/5/1864 5/8/1864
2032Darling Downs District, County of Lytton Maps - B8 Series 15/9/1864 31/1/1866
1846North Kennedy District, County of Cardwell Maps - L2 Series 1/1/1865 31/12/1865
4779Surveyor Roberts' Survey Plans of the Queensland - New South Wales Border 1/1/1865 31/12/1865
1872Wide Bay/Burnett Districts Maps - D Series 1/1/1865 31/12/1865
1860Maranoa District, County of Waldegrave Maps - S4 Series 1/1/1865 14/2/1867
1760Port Curtis District, County of Deas Thompson Maps - F2 Series 1/1/1865 31/3/1869
1922Scale Maps - 42 Mile Series 1/1/1865 31/12/1870
3441Leichhardt District, County of Consuelo Maps - G7 Series 1/1/1865 30/6/1871
2019Leichhardt District, County of Clermont Maps - G6 Series 1/1/1865 31/12/1872
2018Maranoa District, County of Dublin Maps - R5 Series 1/1/1865 31/12/1874
2175Cook District, County of Somerset Maps - Q5 Series 13/3/1865 13/12/1870
16141Letterbooks - Letters to the Secretary of Lands and Works 2/10/1865 26/10/1874
16124Index to Register of Leases 1/1/1866 31/12/1876
16129Letterbooks - Letters to Land Agents and Licensed and District Surveyors 2/6/1866 26/10/1874
16122Register of Leases - Agricultural 1/11/1866 29/2/1868
16125Index to Leases 1/12/1866 29/2/1868
16150Registers of Leases 1/12/1866 29/2/1868
1937Scale Maps - 80 Mile Series 1/1/1867 31/12/1872
17610Town Maps 1/1/1867 26/10/1874
2116Port Curtis District, County of Pelham Maps - F9 Series 1/1/1868 31/12/1869
2204Burke District, Counties of Norman and Surrey Maps - Z6 Series 1/1/1868 26/10/1874
1867Port Curtis District, County of Palmerston Maps - F8 Series 1/1/1868 31/12/1874
1763Port Curtis District, County of Flinders Maps - F3 Series 1/1/1869 30/11/1869
1017Moreton District 2 Mile Maps - AG1 Series 1/1/1870 26/10/1874
2041Darling Downs District, County of Carnarvon Maps - B5 Series 1/1/1871 31/12/1871
1918Scale Maps - 27 Mile Series 1/1/1871 31/12/1871
1018Darling Downs District 2 Mile Maps - BG1 Series 1/1/1871 26/10/1874
1007Wide Bay District 2 Mile Maps - DG2 Series 1/1/1871 26/10/1874
1659Wide Bay District Maps - DG2 Series - Key Map 1/1/1871 26/10/1874
21139Identification Survey Plans 13/9/1871 26/10/1874
4813Scale Maps - 12 Mile Series 1/1/1872 31/12/1872
10217Correspondence re Survey of Runs 1/1/1872 26/10/1874
8566Subject Batch Files 1/1/1872 26/10/1874
17789Register of Staff Employment 4/6/1872 26/10/1874
3423Cook District, County of Koolatah Maps - P2 Series 1/1/1873 31/12/1873
1755Darling Downs District, County of Bentinck Maps - B3 Series 1/1/1873 31/12/1873
1938Scale Maps - 8 Mile Series 1/1/1873 31/12/1873
1923Scale Maps - 45 Mile Series 1/1/1873 26/10/1874
2020Wide Bay/Burnett Districts, County of Wicklow Maps - E2 Series 22/2/1873 26/10/1874
1750Moreton District, County of Cavendish Maps- A3 Series 1/4/1873 30/4/1873
1873Wide Bay/Burnett Districts, County of Cook Maps - D3 Series 1/6/1873 30/6/1873
1897Cook District, County of Gilbert Maps - O4 Series 1/1/1874 26/10/1874
1943Scale Maps - 55 Mile Series 1/1/1874 31/12/1874
19620Map of City of Brisbane showing drainage routes. 8 chains to an inch. Surveyor General's Department, Brisbane 1/2/1874 N/A
1874Wide Bay/Burnett Districts, County of Fitzroy Maps - D4 Series 1/1/1875 31/12/1875
17298Samples of Licensed Surveyors Certificates 1/1/1884 31/12/1915
2173North Kennedy District, County of Griffith Maps - L8 Series 1/8/1969 31/8/1969
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 23/12/1859 2/4/1862
108Lands And Works Department 2/4/1862 7/8/1866
18Lands Department 7/8/1866 26/10/1874
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Previous Agencies

Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
1871Survey Office
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Remarks

Information Sources

A/69399 History of the Department of Lands by A R Fletcher, Minister for Lands, 1964
New South Wales Government Gazette, Vol 22, 1847, pp 1070-1077
Queensland Government Blue Book 1859 - 1874
Queensland Government Gazette 1859, Vol I, No 1, p 10
Queensland Government Gazette 1860, Vol I, No 7, 21 Jan 1860, p 36
Queensland Government Gazette 1862, Vol III, No 5, 14 Jan 1862, p 21
Queensland Government Gazette 1862, Vol III, No 29, 2 Apr 1862, p 164
Queensland Government Gazette 1866, Vol VII, No 91, 7 Aug 1866, p 754
Queensland Government Gazette 1874, Vol XV, No 9, 8 Jan 1874, p 74
Queensland Government Gazette 1874, Vol XV, No 136, p 2041
Queensland State Archives, The Lands Department 1866-1910, Brisbane, 1981
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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Survey Marks Act of 1852
Land Act of 1868
Crown Lands Act of 1876
Crown Lands Act of 1884
Pastoral Leases Act of 1869
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
When Queensland became a separate colony in 1859, control of land administration within the new colony was automatically transferred to the Queensland Government with the Surveyor General's Office administered as a single sub-department within the Colonial Secretary's Office.

FUNCTIONS:
In controlling and regulating the survey, sale, occupation and management of Crown Lands in Queensland, the Surveyor General was responsible for the primary survey of the public estate, the boundaries of public roads and reserves and surveys relating to the alienation or leasing of Crown Lands and for the associated mapping, record-keeping and administration.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
In January 1862 the functions and activities relating to land administration and public works, including the functions of the Surveyor General were transferred from the Colonial Secretary to the Secretary for Lands and Public Works. Subsequently, in 1866 the Lands and Works Department was partitioned into two departments and the Surveyor General formed part of the new Lands Department. From 1866 to 1874 the Surveyor General was responsible to the Under Secretary for Lands. However, in practice, the Surveyor General tended to act semi-autonomously as a sub-department of the Lands Department.

Within the Surveyor General's Department, Staff Surveyors exercised an executive and supervisory role and the majority of field survey work was carried out by contract surveyors.

ABOLITION:
A reorganisation of the Lands Department from 26 October 1874, made the Surveyor General administratively subordinate to the Under Secretary of Lands. The Surveyor General was relieved of all administrative duties except those directly connected with the survey of land and the custody and maintenance of the Survey Office maps and control over his immediate staff. Matters related to the issue of deeds, auction sales and the leasing of pastured land were addressed by the Under Secretary of Lands.

PORTFOLIO CONTROLLING:
Colonial Secretary 23 Dec 1859 - 14 Jan 1862
Secretary for Lands and Works 14 Jan 1862 - 7 Aug 1866
Secretary for Public Lands 7 Aug 1866 - 26 Oct 1874
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID264, Surveyor General's Department
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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