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Series ID16865
Previous System LocationA/11911-A/12048; A/21955-A/22212; A/44379-A/44381; A/44473-A/44521; A/44682-A/44896; A/45125-A/45599; A/48385-A/48386; A/64228-A/64327; A/64481-A/64600; A/71202; A/73426-A/73479; RSI13214
TitleGeneral Correspondence [Police]
Parent Series
This series does not have a parent series.
Start Date Circa 1/1/1861
End Date Circa 31/12/1987
Date Statement N/A
Date Notes Series and transfer dates have been applied to undated items in this series (items not inspected)

Police Commissioner's Office correspondence

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Items Total Items: 4739
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Departmental NumbersN/A
System of Arrangement The files are arranged numerically by file number. (file number range: 1M -2100M)
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Agency IDTitleFromTo
1521Police Department, Police Service Commissioner's Office 1/1/1864 31/12/1987
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Access Category30 Years
Access ProcedurePermission to access restricted material by responsible agency
Agency Now Responsible
Agency ID: 11454
Queensland Police Service
Restriction DetailsDifferent Restricted Access Periods (RAPs) apply to some items in this series
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Controlling Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
7439Card Index N/A N/A
17548Name Cards (Card Index of Surnames, Business Names and Locations) 1/1/1940 31/12/1992
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Previous Series

Series IDTitle
14812Correspondence and Reports
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Related Series

Series IDTitleRelationship
17652Electoral Poster
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Copyright State of Queensland
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These general correspondence files form the "M" series of files from the Police Commissioner's Office. They consist mainly of reports by police officers and related correspondence.

They cover a wide range of activities involving or affecting the Queensland Police Force including the employment of black trackers, proceedings brought against medical officers and bogus doctors, strikes involving Queensland industries, professions and companies, notification of injuries and fatalities in aeroplane accidents, the discovery of human remains and visits to Queensland by royalty and other distinguished persons.

There are files relating to the first and second World Wars which include records of internment and registration of aliens and the American forces in Queensland, the confiscation and return of firearms, the activities of communists and Axis sympathisers, breaches of security regulations and case history files on enquiries carried out for the Department of Children's Services, V.D. suspects, prostitution and illegal immigrants and other aliens.

There are also files concerning work undertaken by police on behalf of other government departments, for example, the inspection of brands and stock, government relief, the escort of Aborigines, the insane, gold or payrolls and the collection of statistical data. These files have been given subject-based file titles.

Each file title has been allocated a file number with an 'M' suffix. Subsequent files on the same subject are numbered progressively eg. 153M, 153M 1.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 16865, General Correspondence [Police]
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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