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Agency ID366
TitleRailway Department
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 30/9/1863
End Date 1/7/1991
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Provision of rail services

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
3582Records of the Queensland Railways Historical Centre 13/9/1863 1/7/1991
21253Surveyor Field Books (Queensland Rail Heritage Collection) 30/9/1863 1/7/1991
21255Wagon and Carriage History Cards (Queensland Rail heritage collection) 1/1/1864 1/7/1991
6839List of Hard Batches, and Copies of All Indexes to Batches 1/1/1867 31/12/1960
9790Hard Batch Series 1/1/1867 31/12/1970
6777Books of Rules and General Appendices 31/8/1873 31/12/1989
9996Staff Registers (Staff Books) 1/1/1875 31/12/1946
16799Robert Towns' Will 22/1/1875 22/1/1875
4962Brisbane to Sandgate and Caboolture Railway Line Plans 1/1/1879 31/12/1879
9998Queensland Railway Acts 1/1/1880 31/12/1914
21256Diesel Locomotive History Cards (Queensland Rail heritage collection) 1/1/1883 1/7/1991
17363Brisbane Tramways In-Letter Register 7/1/1884 8/3/1915
7172Copy of List of Existing Files 1/1/1885 31/12/1963
17497Registers of Letters Received - Outside sources 1/1/1888 31/5/1908
10001Registers of Letters Received 1/1/1889 31/12/1987
20213Railway Works Files, "W" series 1/1/1891 N/A
17498Indexes to Letter Register 1/1/1892 1/1/1905
17351Store Account Book 1/4/1893 1/10/1897
6469Rockhampton Division Works and General Files 17/6/1893 1/7/1991
4961Charleville to Cunnamulla Railway Line Plan 17/8/1895 15/3/1897
17500Register of Letters Received - Townsville 29/5/1899 1/1/1900
17461Mail Books 10/4/1900 21/4/1965
7131Tests of Queensland Timbers 1/1/1904 31/12/1904
1675Position Classification Files 5/2/1904 26/6/1996
9980Index to Registers of Appeals 23/3/1906 31/12/1941
9976Registers of Appeals 23/3/1906 3/2/1958
9984Registers of Candidates for Permanent Employment 30/5/1906 31/12/1971
9999Staff Regulations and Awards 1/1/1908 31/12/1921
16638Passed List Register - Roma District 1/1/1908 31/12/1949
18240Railway Rolling Stock Drawings 1/1/1909 31/12/1974
9982Accident Books 12/11/1909 24/9/1936
8125Public Time Tables 1/1/1910 31/12/1970
17492Register of Correspondence - Staff Records Section 1/1/1910 31/12/1976
6776Instruction Manuals 1/1/1910 30/3/1986
9986Registers of Employment Applications 1/10/1910 30/7/1956
21259Locomotive Running Repair Cards (Tests and Exams) (Queensland Rail heritage collection) 1/1/1912 31/12/1946
4719Cairns Mulgrave Tramway Cash Books 13/1/1912 30/6/1912
6065Nomenclature of Queensland Railway Stations 1/2/1914 31/12/1920
16717Railway Staff Regulations and By-Laws 1/1/1916 31/12/1955
21089Railway Accounts 17/5/1916 27/2/1919
18439Railway Publications 1/11/1916 31/12/1991
8842Report of General Railway Patriotic Fund 1/1/1917 31/12/1917
1677Position Classification Cards 1/1/1917 31/12/1985
18424Registers of Railway Passes 4/3/1919 7/5/1981
10031Register of Savings Effected by Inventions and Suggestions Board 1/1/1920 31/12/1938
10004Inventions and Suggestion Cards 1/1/1920 31/12/1951
10008Index to Inventions and Suggestions 1/1/1920 31/12/1962
10033Minutes of Meetings of the Inventions and Suggestions Board 17/1/1920 25/6/1956
18588Railway Classification Board Registers 1/1/1921 31/12/1989
21258Locomotive Mileage Exam Cards (Queensland Rail heritage collection) 1/1/1922 31/12/1970
10010Registers of Bonuses and Commendations Awarded, Suggestions Tried, and Records of Meetings 14/6/1922 7/11/1954
10007Index to Suggesters 1/1/1924 31/12/1956
18440Registers of Consolidated Award Interpretations 1/1/1925 31/12/1964
21261Steam Locomotive History Cards (Queensland Rail heritage collection) 18/3/1926 31/3/1989
16714Accounts Instruction Book 1/12/1927 1/12/1927
6464Architectural Services Files 1/1/1929 1/7/1991
17503Minute Registers 1/11/1931 30/9/1964
18234Index to Mail Books 23/6/1932 17/5/1933
10009Index to Commendations for Adopted Suggestions 7/2/1938 31/10/1949
18433Indexes to Correspondence - Rollingstock 1/1/1939 31/12/1958
7146Royal Commission on Railways 21/4/1939 17/6/1939
16751Draft Railway War Manual 1/1/1941 31/12/1941
10045Papers and Correspondence Related to Inventions and Suggestions 8/12/1944 20/9/1972
16716Address Book of Season Ticket Holders 1/7/1947 31/1/1965
16715Receipt Book 6/2/1948 6/2/1948
6473Rockhampton Division Claims Office Files 15/11/1948 9/4/1991
10000Minute Books 14/12/1950 1/12/1960
21093Railway Works Station Files 1/1/1951 31/12/1985
6474Rockhampton Division Maintenance Engineer's Files 10/9/1951 5/2/1991
16713Cash Book 1/5/1952 30/11/1959
18124Railways Banyo Bridge Shop Plans 1/1/1955 31/12/1955
21260Gang Motor Cards (Queensland Rail heritage collection) 1/1/1958 31/12/1980
6441Ford, Bacon & Davis Project Files 1/1/1960 11/4/1990
16711Bank Pass Books 19/4/1960 15/11/1962
21257Diesel Locomotive Engine Repair Cards (Queensland Rail heritage collection) 15/8/1960 1/7/1991
6460Mechanical Engineering Files 28/11/1960 23/10/1990
16718Attendance Notebook 18/12/1961 11/3/1963
18422Sundry Reports 27/6/1968 28/4/1981
6459Locomotive Engineering Files 30/4/1969 22/11/1989
15277Register of Hard Batches - Staff Records Section 1/1/1970 31/12/1970
6470Rockhampton Division Coal and Minerals Files 31/5/1971 1/7/1991
18331Report - Beckingsale Management Services Rail Freight Study 1/7/1971 31/7/1971
6462Legal Services Files 6/6/1978 1/7/1991
6461Signal and Telecommunications Files 4/10/1984 1/7/1991
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
108Lands And Works Department 30/9/1863 7/8/1866
8481Public Works Department (I) 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
385Department of Transport (I) 28/1/1932 1/7/1991
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Controlled Agencies

Previous Agencies

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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
4550Queensland Railways
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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Remarks

Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1863, Vol. Iv, No. 87, p. 656
Queensland Government Gazette 1863, Vol. IV, No. 139, p.1069
Queensland Government Gazette 1863, Vol. IV, No.96, p.753
Statistical Register of Queensland 1864, p.45
Statistical Register of Queensland 1865, pp.46, 114
Votes & Proceedings, Queensland Session of 1864, pp.1153-1190
Votes & Proceedings, Queensland, Session of 1866, pp.1491-1501
Queensland Government Reference Directory 1986 - 1987, pp. 240 -244
Queensland Government Gazette 1991, Vol.CCXCVII, No.55, p.831
Queensland Government Directory 1991, pp. 76, 82
Queensland Transport, Annual Report 1990-91, pp 74-78, 164
Queensland Transport, Annual Report 1991-92, p.4
"Queensland Railways: the first half century, 1864-1914", Brisbane, Government Printer, 1915
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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing Transport Infrastructure (Railways) Act 1991
Administered Railways Acts 1863 - 1989
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
Abraham Fitzgibbon, Esq was appointed Engineer-in-Chief of Railways on 30 September 1863 and later gazetted as the Commissioner of Railways on 23 December 1863. As Chief Engineer of the Southern and Western Railway Abraham Fitzgibbon was responsible for establishing and maintaining the light rail services in the South Eastern sector of Queensland to provide transportation for produce, stock and travellers. The first passenger train service ran from Ipswich to Bigge's Camp (now Grandchester) on 31 July 1865.

FUNCTIONS:
The Government Reference Directory 1986 - 1987. p. 240 provides the following summary of the department's functions: "provision of passenger and freight rail services throughout Queensland. Undertakes related engineering activities in order to maintain and improve the state's rail network."

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
From 1863 - 1887 the department operated within the portfolio of Public Works. From 12 Dec 1887 the Railway Department operated as an independent department, but in 1932 it became a sub-department of the Transport Department. The Railway Department was structured to provide administrative, operational and technical services with Central, Northern and Southern divisional offices and district offices throughout the state.

ABOLITION:
A major restructure saw, on 1 July 1991, the introduction of the "Transport Infrastructure (Railways) Act" which allowed Queensland Railways to operate on a sound commercial basis as a State owned corporation. The new Act also established a Board of Directors to oversee the commercial direction of the Railway Department. The restructure of 1991 saw four business groups established: Passengers, Coal and Minerals, Freight and Workshops; and three support groups being: Corporate Services, Human Resources and Financial Services.

PORTFOLIO CONTROLLING:
Secretary for Lands and Works, 30 Sep 1863 - 7 Aug 1866
Secretary for Public Works, 7 Aug 1866 - 28 Jan 1869
Secretary for Public Works and Goldfields, 28 Jan 1869 - 3 May 1870
Secretary for Public Works, 3 May 1870 - 8 Jan 1874
Secretary for Public Works and Mines, 8 Jan 1874 - 7 Nov 1877
Secretary for Public Works, 7 Nov 1877 - 21 Jan 1879
Secretary for Public Works and Mines, 21 Jan 1879 - 12 Dec 1887
Secretary for Railways, 12 Dec 1887 - 4 Jan 1890
Secretary for Railways and Public Works, 4 Jan 1890 - 12 Aug 1890
Secretary for Railways, 12 Aug 1890 - 28 Jan 1932
Minister for Transport, 28 Jan 1932 - 1 Jul 1991

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID366, Railway Department
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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