The series comprises architectural drawings for a diverse range of public buildings in Queensland including educational institutions (e.g. schools - all types, universities, colleges), penal institutions (e.g. goals, prisons, reformatories), health facilities (e.g. hospitals, mental institutions, child welfare and rehabilitation facilities, sanatoria), orphanages and aged persons homes, court houses, police stations, pilot stations, fire stations, ambulance centres, agricultural and animal field stations, state employees' residences and cottages, parliament buildings, public facilities (e.g. museums, libraries, botanical gardens) and other public offices (e.g. lands offices, taxation, bank premises, Anzac Square building, Goprint building).
The drawings for the erection of particular facilities generally include building plans, elevations, sections, cross sections, details and block or site plans, depending on the facility. Included in the series also are standard drawings as well as some detail drawings of furniture, etc. Drawings in the series are for both new construction and alterations to existing structures. Most drawings were prepared by the Works Department, with a minority by contractors to the Department.
Along with related series, this series provides an historical record of the development of Queensland's public buildings and in addition, illustrates characteristic Queensland building styles.