In 1882, a single Mines Inspector existed for the whole colony. By 1890, more inspectors responsible for specified geographical areas had been appointed. An inspector was appointed at Rockhampton on 2 January 1890 with responsibility for the Central Districts mines.
Safety and health standards in mines
The Inspector of Mines Office, Rockhampton had jurisdiction over an area of Central Queensland known initially as the Central Division which included mines (or mine districts) at or near Anakie, Bajool, Blair Athol, Bluff, Boolbonda, Bowen Basin, Callide, Calliope, Canoona, Cawarral, Clermont, Eidsvold, Flagstone Creek, Gayndah, Gladstone, Glassford Creek, Langmorn, Many Peaks, Marlborough, Mackay, Marmor, Mooral, Mornish, Mount Chalmers, Mount Morgan, Mount Usher, Nankin, Ridgelands, Sellheim, Tenningering (Mount Perry) and Tonda. The area of jurisdiction has varied over time as has the division of responsibilities for Metalliferous Mines and Coal Mines.
In 1904, the inspectorate was centralised with the appointment of a Chief Inspector, later styled State Mining Engineer, to whom the Inspector of Mines, Rockhampton reported.
The Inspector of Mines, Rockhampton is currently administratively located within the Mines Inspectorate.
Secretary for Mines and Works, 2 Jan 1890 - 4 Jan 1890
Secretary for Mines, 4 Jan 1890 - 17 Mar 1949
Secretary for Mines and Immigration, 17 Mar 1949 - 28 May 1956
Secretary for Mines, 28 May 1956 - 12 Aug 1957
Minister for Development, Mines and Main Roads, 12 Aug 1957 - 9 Jun 1960
Minister for Development, Mines, Main Roads and Electricity, 9 Jun 1960 - 26 Sep 1963
Minister for Mines and Main Roads, 26 Sep 1963 - 17 Jan 1968
Minister for Mines, Main Roads and Electricity, 17 Jan 1968 - 4 Sep 1969
Minister for Mines and Main Roads, 4 Sep 1969 - 23 Dec 1974
Minister for Mines and Energy, 23 Dec 1974 - 16 Dec 1977
Minister for Mines, Energy and Police, 16 Dec 1977 - 23 Jul 1980
Minister for Mines and Energy, 29 Jul 1980 - 19 Jan 1989
Minister for Mines, Energy and Northern Development, 19 Jan 1989 - 31 Aug 1989
Minister for Mines and Energy, 31 Aug 1989 - 7 Dec 1989
Minister for Resource Industries, 7 Dec 1989 - 24 Sep 1992
Minister for Minerals and Energy, 24 Sep 1992 - 26 Feb 1996
Minister for Mines and Energy, 26 Feb 1996 - 22 Feb 2001
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, 22 Feb 2001 -