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Series ID5253
Previous System LocationCOL/A1-807; HOM/A1-47. PRV7169/1, PRV8623/1.; SRS5253
TitleInwards Correspondence
Parent Series
This series does not have a parent series.
Start Date 12/10/1859
End Date Circa 31/12/1903
Date Statement N/A
Date Notes N/A

Colonial Secretary's / Home Secretary's Office letters received

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Items Total Items: 899
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Departmental Numbers1859/3 - 1903/14637
System of Arrangement Annual single number system; letters were "top - numbered".
How To Use Series Consult the Registers of Letters Received of the Colonial Secretary's Office, later Home Secretary's Office (COL/B and HOM/B) to locate the date and number of the letter or group of letters required. Find the last number (or "top-number") assigned, then check the Item List of this series for the date and range of numbers, and request the item. For the period 1861 to 1877, it is necessary to first consult the Indexes to Registers of Letters Received (COL/C).
The Brief Guide to Top-Numbering (BG 25) provides an explanation of the numbering system, and the Guide to the Records of the Colonial Secretary's Office provides a complete list of the series of correspondence.

Creating Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 15/12/1859 24/7/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 1/1/1896 31/12/1903
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Access and Restrictions

Access Category30 Years
Access Procedure 
Agency Now Responsible
Agency ID: 15
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Restriction DetailsN/A
Regulation Details
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Subordinate Series

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Controlling Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
11936Registers of Letters Received 15/12/1859 24/7/1896
12844Registers of Letters Received 1/1/1897 31/12/1903
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Previous Series

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Subsequent Series

Related Series

Series IDTitleRelationship
5360Departmental LetterbooksColonial Secretary's Office correspondence
5372Extra-Colonial Letterbooks Colonial Secretary's Office correspondence
5370General LetterbooksColonial Secretary / Home Secretary's Office correspondence
11941Indexes to Extra-Colonial LetterbooksColonial Secretary's Office correspondence
5374Indexes to General LetterbooksColonial Secretary / Home Secretary's Office correspondence
11940Indexes to Letterbooks of Letters to Other DepartmentsColonial Secretary's Office correspondence
11934Indexes to Letterbooks of Letters to the Agent-General for Queensland, LondonColonial Secretary's Office correspondence
11939Indexes to Letterbooks of Miscellaneous LettersColonial Secretary's Office correspondence
11907Letterbook of Financial Statements, Letters and MemorandumsColonial Secretary's Office correspondence
11908Letterbook of Letters Sent to the GovernorColonial Secretary's Office correspondence
5271Letterbook Relating to Public WorksColonial Secretary's Office correspondence
5322Letterbooks of Letters Sent to the Agent-General, LondonColonial Secretary / Home Secretary's Office correspondence
12735Miscellaneous Correspondence - Public Buildings [Colonial Architect]Colonial Secretary's Office correspondence
5333Miscellaneous LetterbooksColonial Secretary's Office correspondence
8400Special BatchesColonial Secretary's / Home Secretary's Office inwards correspondence
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Copyright Status

Copyright State of Queensland
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Researchers of the early history of Queensland should begin with this series
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This is the main series of letters received by the Colonial Secretary's Office, later Home Secretary's Office. The series was commenced following separation from New South Wales in December 1859. Letters were received from government officers as well as non-government individuals and organisations.

The Colonial Secretary in 1859 was responsible for all functions not those of the Attorney General and Treasurer. Other departments such as lands, police, works, mines and education were created in the 1860s and 1870s, but the correspondence of the Colonial Secretary covers the full range of functions and responsibilities until other departments began their own record series. The subjects covered include, for example, immigration, land orders, police including native police, Courts of Petty Sessions, local governments, prisons, hospitals, aliens, education, aborigines, legislative matters, military establishments, foreign correspondence etc.

From approximately 1 April 1886 to 1898 this series also contains correspondence of the Chief Secretary who became responsible for legislative and external matters, and whose Department subsequently became the Premier's Department.

This series contains an item (ID1238614) which comprises part of a collection which is inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register (Queensland South Sea Island Indentured Labourer Records 1863 - 1908).
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 5253, Inwards Correspondence
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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