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Series ID8400
Previous System LocationCOL/1-74, 139-140, 142-427, 459, 483A; A/4661-A/4735; A/4829; A/5069-A/5078; A/25048; A/29370-A/29597; A/29600-A/29602; A/31602-A/31831; TR1889/1; RSI2383; SRS1963;11898-11906; 11910 -11912; 11921; 11925; 11930; 11943-11944; 11946-11947; 12846 -12848
TitleSpecial Batches
Parent Series
This series does not have a parent series.
Start Date 5/11/1861
End Date Circa 31/12/1975
Date Statement N/A
Date Notes N/A

Colonial Secretary's / Home Secretary's Office / Health and Home Affairs Department / Health Department batches of correspondence and papers

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Items Total Items: 2044
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Departmental NumbersN/A
System of Arrangement Various batch arrangements (for example, subject then alphabetical: Indigence cases A - Z); within batches, letters are usually arranged chronologically and numerically by annual running number, though groups of letters within batches may also be "top - numbered".
How To Use Series All subjects are listed, but researchers may also track particular letters through the Registers of Letters Received until the final "top-number" indicates the batch in which the file is located. (If searches fail, it may be necessary for researchers to consult related series)

Creating Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 5/11/1861 6/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 5/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 26/9/1963
105Department of Health 26/9/1963 31/12/1975
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Access and Restrictions

Access Category65 Years
Access ProcedurePermission to access restricted material by responsible agency
Agency Now Responsible
Agency ID: 11466
Queensland Health
Note: Some items in the series do not have the same responsible agency.
Restriction DetailsDifferent Restricted Access Periods (RAPs) apply to some items in this series
Regulation Details
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Subordinate Series

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Controlling Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
11936Registers of Letters Received 1/1/1861 31/12/1896
12844Registers of Letters Received 1/1/1897 31/12/1935
17262Registers of Letters Received Relating to Institutions 1/1/1936 31/12/1972
17258Registers of General Letters Received 1/1/1936 31/12/1975
17499Registers of Letters Received Relating to Home Affairs 1/1/1937 31/12/1940
17086Registers of Letters Received Relating to Hospitals 1/1/1946 31/12/1971
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Subsequent Series

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Related Series

Series IDTitleRelationship
5384Batch and Miscellaneous Subject FilesChief Secretary's / Premier's Department batch and subject files
5263General CorrespondenceHome Secretary's Office correspondence
6679General Correspondence (Health and Home Affairs, Department of Health)Health and Home Affairs / Health Department correspondence
5402Inwards and General CorrespondenceChief Secretary's / Premier's Department correspondence
5253Inwards CorrespondenceColonial Secretary's / Home Secretary's Office inwards correspondence
21090Lazaret Patient RegistersSubject of correspondence
1043Premier's Batch FilesChief Secretary's / Premier's Department batch files
20215Secretary's Notebook and Minutes of EvidenceComplements
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Publication Notes

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Copyright Status

Copyright State of Queensland
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The Responsible Agency may differ for some items because the range of functions of the Colonial Secretary / Home Secretary was so broad.
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Information Sources


This series consists of batches of correspondence and papers which were removed from, or not included in, the general correspondence of the Colonial Secretary's/Home Secretary's Office, and the subsequent Health and Home Affairs Department and Health Department. The letters which were removed, either for administrative convenience or because the subject was particularly important, were entered in the Registers of Letters Received in the normal way, with a note often specifying 'Away Batch'.

The Colonial Secretary was originally responsible for all matters not the responsibility of the Attorney General or Treasurer, so the range of subjects to approximately 1935 is broad. From approximately 1886, with the creation of the portfolio of Chief Secretary, the responsibilities of the Colonial Secretary (from 1896, Home Secretary), while still extensive, mostly related to internal affairs; however, the record-keeping for the Chief Secretary remained within the Colonial Secretary's / Home Secretary's Office until 1898, so correspondence related to the Chief Secretary's responsibilities for external and other matters, may be found in these batches as well as those of the Premier's Department, for example, series 1043.

With the creation of the Health and Home Affairs Department in 1935 and the subsequent Health Department in 1963, the majority of batches became health-related.

Due to the diversity of government functions covered in the batches, various public authorities are responsible for the series and restricted access periods of items may vary.

Continuation Previous System Location: 12850 - 12867, 12869 - 12880, 12882 - 12994,13008, 13013 - 14, 13017, 13019, 13021 - 13031, 13034 - 13041
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 8400, Special Batches
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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