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