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Series ID5402
Previous System LocationPRE/A8-1255; A/42240-A/42675; PRV11171, RSI2944; SRS5402, SRS277
TitleInwards and General Correspondence
Parent Series
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Start Date 1/7/1898
End Date Circa 31/12/1983
Date Statement N/A
Date Notes N/A

Chief Secretary's / Premier's Department correspondence

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Items Total Items: 2625
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Departmental Numbers18/1898 - 40/1983
System of Arrangement Annual single number, with items relating to the same topic grouped by "top-numbering"
How To Use Series Consult the Registers (5401) to trace the top number for the required correspondence up to 1952.

Creating Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
112Chief Secretary's Department 7/7/1898 24/4/1919
40Premier and Chief Secretary's Department 24/4/1919 26/9/1963
122Premier's Department 26/9/1963 31/12/1983
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Access and Restrictions

Access Category30 Years
Access ProcedurePermission to access restricted material by responsible agency
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
5401Registers of Letters Received 1/7/1898 31/12/1981
20526Correspondence Card Index 1/1/1940 1/1/1987
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Related Series

Series IDTitleRelationship
5384Batch and Miscellaneous Subject FilesChief Secretary' s / Premier's Department correspondence
1043Premier's Batch FilesChief Secretary's / Premier's Department correspondence
8400Special BatchesChief Secretary's / Premier's Department correspondence
9234Subject Index to CorrespondenceChief Secretary's / Premier's Department correspondence
15149Unofficial Correspondence of the PremierChief Secretary' s / Premier's Department correspondence
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Copyright Status

Copyright State of Queensland
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*Note: The portfolio of Chief Secretary was created in 1886 but no separate departmental structure was created outside the Colonial Secretary's/Home Secretary's Office until 1898.
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Information Sources


This series consists of correspondence received and sent by the Chief Secretary's Department and its successors, the Premier and Chief Secretary's Department then Premier's Department. From 1904 onwards, items in this series include copies of outward correspondence attached to the inward letter under reply.

The correspondence covers the major functions of the department and its responsibility for whole-of-government policy, legislation etc., and includes letters from premiers of other states, the prime minister, other departmental heads, the governor, defence commanders, local government, various commercial, industrial and community organisations and individuals. Subjects include government appointments and administration, protocol, state development, trade and contracts, New Guinea, immigration, military affairs, premiers' conferences, etc.

Not all correspondence is included in this series. A separate series of Batch Files contains letters arranged in batches according to their subject.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 5402, Inwards and General Correspondence
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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