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Series ID3739
Previous System LocationSRS3739
TitleMoreton Bay Penal Settlement Maps and Architectural Drawings
Parent Series
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Start Date Circa 1/1/1830
End Date Circa 31/12/1848
Date Statement N/A
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Moreton Bay plans

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Items Total Items: 59
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Departmental NumbersAE1 - AE 24
System of Arrangement Sheets are arranged in numerical order by plan number.
How To Use Series This series, including an item list, is located on microfilm Z1507. Another list of this series is contained in the volume 'Bibliography of sources held at Queensland State Archives relating to Queensland prior to separation from New South Wales in 1859', held in the Public Search Room. This list is found under the heading Moreton Bay Plans.

For further information on map series held by Queensland State Archives refer to the 'Brief guide to maps for genealogical and local history research' (BG1) and the 'Search procedure for maps for genealogical research' (SP2), located in the Public Search Room.

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Agency IDTitleFromTo
2753Commandant's Office, Moreton Bay 28/9/1830 10/2/1842
10762Colonial Architect's Office, New South Wales 10/2/1842 31/12/1848
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Access Category30 Years
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Agency ID: 168
Queensland State Archives
Restriction DetailsN/A
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The series was transferred to Queensland State Archives from the Library of the Royal Society of Tasmania on 11 September 1964. The collection had been in the custody of the Library since the 1930s but it is not known how it came to be there.

A letter dated 16 June 1862, and related earlier documentation, discussing the tenure of the Military Barracks and other buildings, is located in the Colonial Secretary's papers for the year 1862 (COL/A30, 62/1649).
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Information Sources

Donald Watson and Judith McKay, 'Queensland architects of the 19th century: A biographical dictionary', Queensland Museum, 1994, pp. 24 and 141.

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This series of maps and architectural drawings, documenting a survey of the layout and buildings of the convict settlement at Moreton Bay, was probably supervised by Andrew Petrie, the Superintendent of Works at Moreton Bay. The initials 'A.P.' on Plan Number 35, for example, suggest that some sheets were drawn, or at least annotated, by Petrie.

A number of sheets in this series were signed by George Browne, or George Browne 'Junior'. Originally a convict at Moreton Bay, Browne was eventually pardoned and remained in Brisbane to assist Andrew Petrie.

At the time the survey was undertaken the buildings were owned by the Imperial Government, under the control of Ordanance Officers. In 1851 and 1853, the ownership of the buildings was transferred to the New South Wales Colonial Government.

Dating on sheets indicates that drawings were often produced after the construction of the depicted building. An example of this is the pre-fabricated Military Commandant's residence. Shipped from Sydney, it was located at Redcliffe before it was dismantled and re-erected when the settlement moved to Brisbane in 1825.

This series comprises part of a collection which is inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register (The Convict Records of Queensland 1825 - 1842).
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 3739, Moreton Bay Penal Settlement Maps and Architectural Drawings
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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