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Agency ID8481
TitlePublic Works Department (I)
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 7/8/1866
End Date 12/12/1887
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Responsible for public works including buildings and roads as well as railways, mines, factories and shops etc.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
4868Mary River Maryborough Bridge Plan N/A N/A
16433Specifications for Queensland Government Buildings 1/1/1861 12/12/1887
20691Mineral Index 1/1/1866 12/7/1876
16455General Correspondence 1/1/1866 12/12/1887
16492Indexes to Letters Received 1/8/1866 31/12/1881
16483Registers of Letters Received 1/8/1866 12/12/1887
13760Indexes to Letterbooks - Works Matters 7/8/1866 18/8/1866
13761Letterbooks - Works Matters 7/8/1866 18/8/1866
13757Correspondence Received [Land and Works Department] 7/8/1866 31/12/1866
12678Registers of Letters Received 7/8/1866 16/12/1867
13756Registers of Letters Received [Land and Works Department] 7/8/1866 20/3/1871
12735Miscellaneous Correspondence - Public Buildings [Colonial Architect] 7/8/1866 31/12/1871
12726Cash Book [Colonial Architect] 7/8/1866 27/12/1872
12652Cash Journal 7/8/1866 31/10/1873
12676Ledger 7/8/1866 30/9/1874
9736Newspaper Cutting Books 7/8/1866 1/1/1875
12721Cash Journal [Colonial Architect] 7/8/1866 31/10/1875
12655Cash Journals 7/8/1866 31/10/1875
6896Colonial Architect Ledger 7/8/1866 31/12/1875
12669Cash Books 7/8/1866 1/6/1876
20694Staff Register 7/8/1866 12/7/1876
12680Ledgers of Expenditure 7/8/1866 30/9/1876
6898Voucher Book [Public Works Department] 7/8/1866 30/9/1876
12656Ledgers of Expenditure 7/8/1866 31/5/1880
12661Letterbook of the Engineer of Roads, Rockhampton 7/8/1866 30/7/1880
19806Architectural and Engineering Drawings of Public Buildings 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
1162Architectural Drawings of Public Buildings 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
17690Architectural Drawings of Public Buildings 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
19866Drawings of Restored and Redeveloped Buildings and Sites 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
6395Executive Council Submissions and Minutes - Public Works Department 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
20987Honour Board (Public Works) 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
6906Index - Detail Ledger No. 2, Buildings [Public Works Department] 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
19807Index cards to drawings of public buildings 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
12734Letterbooks [Colonial Architect/Government Architect] 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
6899Loan Expenditure Ledger 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
20988Photographs of Chief Executives (Public Works) 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
5425Photographs of Government Buildings 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
17680Prison Plans 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
16497Indexes to Letterbooks [Under Secretary] 28/8/1866 12/12/1887
16496Letterbooks of the Under Secretary 28/8/1866 12/12/1887
14244Ledger of Revenue from Various Goldfields 1/1/1867 31/1/1875
20863Buildings and Structures of Historical Significance 1/1/1867 12/12/1887
12659Ledgers of Wages and Allowances 1/2/1867 30/11/1877
2029Mines Series Maps - Various Scales 1/1/1868 12/7/1876
20692Registers of Applications to Select Mineral Lands 1/1/1868 12/7/1876
16423Revenue Balances Unexpended 1/1/1868 31/12/1878
12675Detail Ledgers for Expenditure 1/1/1868 12/12/1887
12674Cash Book 6/4/1868 13/12/1872
12662Votes of Expenditure for Public Works 1/2/1870 31/1/1876
16421Registers of Expenditure Vouchers (Public Works) 1/2/1870 30/4/1881
12679Index to Ledger 1/1/1871 31/12/1872
14252Register of Applications to Lease Crown Lands under the Gold Field Homestead Act, 1870 1/1/1871 12/7/1876
12653Appropriation Ledgers 1/1/1871 12/12/1887
18221Gold Mining Leases 1/8/1871 12/7/1876
12668Ledgers of Expenditure 1/11/1871 31/1/1880
17658Map Showing Route Taken by the Northern Exploration Party 1/1/1872 31/12/1872
12670Indexes to Ledgers of Expenditure 1/1/1872 31/1/1880
16434Letterbook - Under Secretary 9/1/1872 30/12/1875
12671Letterbook of the Engineer of Roads, Bowen 17/5/1872 25/7/1878
12682Ledgers of Expenditure 1/6/1872 31/1/1875
12667Register of Letters Received 10/1/1873 14/12/1880
16454Revenue Expenditure Ledgers 1/2/1873 31/7/1886
19420Card Register of Miners Homestead Leases 12/7/1873 12/7/1876
35Miners Homestead Lease Files 12/7/1873 12/7/1876
19418Registers of Miners Homestead Leases 12/7/1873 12/7/1876
16420Registers of Expenditure Vouchers (Public Works) 1/11/1873 30/9/1882
16427Correspondence - Roads and Bridges 1/1/1874 31/12/1874
7645General Correspondence [Mines] 1/1/1874 12/7/1876
16444Miscellaneous Correspondence - Ferries 1/1/1874 31/12/1880
12664Register of Telegrams Received 5/1/1874 10/11/1880
12666Register of Letters Received 9/1/1874 3/11/1880
14246Letterbooks 26/6/1874 12/7/1876
14255Miscellaneous Papers and Telegrams Received 1/8/1874 12/7/1876
14250Telegrams Sent 19/8/1874 16/11/1874
14241Alphabetical Registers of Letters Received [Mines] 1/9/1874 12/7/1876
12654Statements of Vouchers for Roads and Bridges, Central Division 1/1/1875 25/9/1876
16488Index to Roads Appropriation Ledger 1/1/1875 31/12/1877
16469Correspondence -Toowoomba and Maryborough Water Supplies 1/1/1875 31/12/1881
19882Asset Registers 1/1/1875 12/12/1887
17830Batch Files - 'E' Series - Government Buildings 1/1/1875 12/12/1887
6894Salaries Register [Public Works] 1/1/1875 12/12/1887
9927Batch Files - 'B' Series - Court Houses 5/1/1875 12/12/1887
12672Statements of Vouchers for Roads and Bridges, Northern Division 1/7/1875 28/9/1876
6905Index - Loan Ledger [Public Works Department] 1/1/1876 31/12/1879
6900Loan Appropriation Ledger [Public Works Department] 1/1/1876 31/12/1885
16424Loan Balances Unexpended 1/1/1876 31/12/1885
17590Plans of Ipswich Waterworks [Public Works Department] 15/1/1876 24/4/1877
16414Registers of Expenditure Vouchers (Public Works) 1/7/1876 31/10/1878
16422Register of Expenditure Vouchers (Public Works) 1/7/1876 31/10/1880
16416Unexpended Appropriations - Roads 1/9/1876 31/12/1877
16486Cash Book [Public Works Department] 3/10/1876 29/10/1881
4867Maryborough Waterworks Plan 1/1/1877 31/12/1877
6904Index - Revenue Ledger [Public Works Department] 1/1/1877 31/12/1879
16432Ledgers of Expenditure 1/2/1877 30/9/1880
16489Index to Revenue Expenditure Ledger 1/7/1877 31/12/1877
12665Ledgers of Expenditure 1/7/1877 30/6/1879
16419Register of Roads Proclaimed 1/8/1877 31/8/1878
17589Plans of Warwick Waterworks [Public Works Department] 27/8/1877 27/8/1877
16482Cash Book [Fitzroy Bridge Account] 16/10/1877 26/3/1881
13207General Correspondence 1/1/1878 31/12/1879
6903Expenditure Ledger [Pacific Islanders Fund, Public Works Department] 1/1/1878 31/12/1884
12673Detail Ledger for Expenditure 1/1/1878 12/12/1887
12650Index to Appropriation Ledger 1/1/1878 12/12/1887
16479Cash Books [Public Works Department, Toowoomba] 12/3/1878 12/12/1881
16481Cash Book [Roads Department, Western District] 21/6/1878 19/6/1879
4866Warwick Waterworks Plans 1/1/1879 31/12/1879
16487Index to Loan Appropriation Ledger [Public Works Department] 1/1/1879 31/12/1880
17826Batch Files - Schools 1/1/1879 12/12/1887
16477Correspondence - Divisional Boards 30/5/1879 12/12/1887
12663Ledger 30/6/1879 31/10/1881
16498Index to Ledger of Expenditure 1/10/1879 30/9/1880
16425Index to An Unidentified Register 1/1/1880 31/12/1880
12660Detail Ledger for Expenditure 1/1/1880 12/12/1887
16440Registers of Divisional Boards - boundaries 1/1/1880 12/12/1887
16476Cash Books [Public Works Department] 5/8/1880 19/1/1887
16484Cash Books [Public Works Department, Mines] 5/11/1881 12/12/1887
19600Architectural Show Plans 23/1/1884 12/12/1887
12732Letterbooks of the Engineer for Bridges 7/10/1884 12/12/1887
12723Registers of Letters Received [Colonial Architect/Government Architect] 18/10/1884 12/12/1887
16480Cash Book [Roads Department, Stanthorpe] 18/3/1885 12/12/1887
16478Cash Book [Diamond Drill Account] 12/7/1886 12/12/1887
20937Miscellaneous Legal papers 7/8/1886 12/12/1887
6895Balance Book [Public Works] 1/1/1887 12/12/1887
16490Card Index to Residual File Numbers 4/1/1890 31/12/1928
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Controlling Agencies

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Controlled Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
2730Commissioner for Railways 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
366Railway Department 7/8/1866 12/12/1887
1511Gold Fields Commissioner, Gympie 9/10/1868 1/10/1874
291Allora Municipal Council 1/7/1869 12/12/1887
10385Mackay Municipal Council 25/9/1869 12/12/1887
2352Mining Warden, Bowen 1/10/1874 12/7/1876
2355Mining Warden, Cooktown 1/10/1874 12/7/1876
11119Mining Warden, Etheridge 1/10/1874 12/7/1876
11116Mining Warden, Gayndah 1/10/1874 12/7/1876
2364Mining Warden, Georgetown 1/10/1874 12/7/1876
2366Mining Warden, Gladstone 1/10/1874 12/7/1876
2359Mining Warden, Maytown 1/10/1874 12/7/1876
2369Mining Warden, Rockhampton 1/10/1874 12/7/1876
11120Mining Warden, Tenningering 1/10/1874 12/7/1876
2371Mining Warden, Townsville 1/10/1874 12/7/1876
1401Mining Warden, Charters Towers 1/10/1874 12/12/1887
1407Mining Warden, Gympie 1/10/1874 12/12/1887
1411Mining Warden, Ipswich 1/10/1874 12/12/1887
2368Mining Warden, Ravenswood 1/10/1874 12/12/1887
2353Mining Warden, Byerstown 1/1/1875 12/7/1876
1414Mining Warden, Nanango 21/1/1875 12/12/1887
2358Mining Warden, Maryborough 1/1/1876 12/7/1876
1417Mining Warden, Thornborough 8/7/1876 12/12/1887
294Antigua Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
11610Banana Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
317Barolin Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
320Bauhinia Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
324Beenleigh Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
346Booroodabin Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
350Brassall Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
356Broadsound Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
357Bulimba Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
360Bundamba Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
547Burrum Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
549Caboolture Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
606Coomera Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
829Diamantina Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
11325Esk Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
11865Glastonbury Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
11065Goolman Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
11859Inglewood Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
246Kedron Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
11021Murilla Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1434Murweh Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1436Mutdapilly Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1447Nerang Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1472Paroo Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1485Pioneer Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1647Purga Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1683Rawbelle Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1873Tabragalba Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1885Thuringowa Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1889Tinana Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1891Tingalpa Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
11863Waggamba Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1925Walloon Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
11214Wambo Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
11121Wangaratta Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1935Waterford Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
11866Widgee Divisional Board 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
1880Tarampa Divisional Board 15/1/1880 12/12/1887
11870Gympie Borough Council 25/6/1880 12/12/1887
813Daintree Divisional Board 1/1/1881 12/12/1887
936Hann Divisional Board 1/1/1881 12/12/1887
10768Indooroopilly Divisional Board 1/1/1881 12/12/1887
9632Woolloongabba Divisional Board 1/1/1881 12/12/1887
1393Mineral Lands Commissioner, Herberton 1/2/1882 12/12/1887
1408Mining Warden, Herberton 1/2/1882 12/12/1887
1392Mineral Lands Commissioner, Gympie 1/1/1883 12/12/1887
556Carpentaria Divisional Board 13/1/1883 12/12/1887
1444Nebo Divisional Board 10/2/1883 12/12/1887
1835Southport Divisional Board 14/7/1883 12/12/1887
914Granville Divisional Board 15/9/1883 12/12/1887
1895Toombul Divisional Board 3/11/1883 12/12/1887
743Cardwell Divisional Board 18/1/1884 12/12/1887
578Cloncurry Divisional Board 9/2/1884 12/12/1887
1390Mineral Lands Commissioner, Cunnamulla 30/10/1884 12/12/1887
1416Mining Warden, St Lawrence 1/1/1885 12/12/1887
1400Mining Warden, Charleville 16/2/1885 12/12/1887
1394Mineral Lands Commissioner, Ingham 9/4/1885 12/12/1887
10402Cleveland Divisional Board 29/5/1885 12/12/1887
1950Woongarra Divisional Board 31/10/1885 12/12/1887
1396Mineral Lands Commissioner, St Lawrence 30/12/1885 12/12/1887
1013Kilkivan Divisional Board 3/7/1886 12/12/1887
1853Stephens Divisional Board 14/10/1886 12/12/1887
1395Mineral Lands Commissioner, Port Douglas 4/10/1887 12/12/1887
1406Mining Warden, Eidsvold 17/11/1887 12/12/1887
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Remarks

Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette Extraordinary 1866, Vol. VII, No. 91, p.754
Queensland Government Gazette Extraordinary 1887, Vol. XLII, No.80, p.1227
Queensland Votes and Proceedings 1866, Report of the Colonial Architect to the Under Secretary for Lands and Works, p. 1583
Queensland Votes and Proceedings 1867, Report of the Colonial Architect to the Under Secretary for Public Works, First Session, p. 211
Statistical Register of Queensland 1866, Part VI, pp.61-63
Queensland Government Gazette 1866, Vol. VII, No.97, p.781
Queensland Government Gazette 1869, Vol. X, No. 9, p.116
Queensland Government Gazette 1874, Vol. XV, No.109, p.1601
Queensland Government Gazette 1875, Vol. XVII, No. 115, p.1847
Queensland Government Gazette 1876, Vol. XIX, No. 87, p.1444
Queensland Government Gazette 1877, Vol. XXI, No. 78, p.1023
Queensland Government Gazette 1880, Vol. XXVI, No. 2, p.23
Queensland Blue Books 1866-1879
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Legislation

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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
The Public Works Department was established on 7 August 1866 when the Department of Lands and Works was divided into the Lands Department and the Public Works Department.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
In 1866 the Secretary for Public Works was responsible for the supervision and control of the following departments: Engineer of Roads, Southern Districts; Engineer of Roads, Northern Districts; Colonial Architect; and Commissioner for Railways. From 1867, supervision of other departments and offices were added to the Secretary's responsibilities including Commissioners of Goldfields, the Geological Survey Office, and the Inspector of Machinery.

In August 1874 an Inspector of Mines was appointed, and the Mines Department was controlled by the Secretary for Public Works and Mines until 1877 when responsibility for Mines was transferred to Public Lands. From 21 January 1879, the Secretary for Public Works and Mines again resumed responsiblility for Mines, although the Mines Department retained a separate status from Public Works.

FUNCTIONS:
During the period 1866-1887, the functions for which the Secretary's Office assumed responsibility included:
Public works
Mining
Gold fields
Geological survey
Railways
Factories and shops
Industrial matters (including inspections)
Apprenticeships
Waterworks
Queensland Museum
Divisional Boards

PORTFOLIO CONTROLLING:
Secretary for Public Works, 7 Aug 1866 - 28 Jan 1869
Secretary for Public Works and Goldfields, 28 Jan 1868 - 3 May 1870
Secretary for Public Works, 3 May 1870 - 12 Jul 1873
Secretary for Public Works and Mines, 12 Jul 1873 - 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

ABOLITION:
The Public Works Department was merged with the Mines Department to become the Mines and Works Department on 12 December 1887.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID8481, Public Works Department (I)
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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