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Agency VA 2719
Department of Mines (also known as the Mining Department)
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Date Range: 1860 - 1895
 
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Establishment and Functions

Prior to 1860, the Chief Secretary's Department (VA 475) had been responsible for the administration of the goldfields and associated mining activities. In November 1860 a Commissioner of Mines was appointed and a Department was established under his administration. For the period November 1861 to June 1863, the Postmaster General was responsible for the Mining Department. A Minister of Mines was again appointed in 1863.

The major responsibilities of the Department of Mines were:

regulation of mining and related activities through the issue of miners rights, business and residence licences, mining leases, mineral and other prospecting licences

superintendence of the activities of mining surveyors, registrars, wardens and Mining Boards (see VRG 25 Mining Districts for more information on these offices and agencies)

investigation of the state's geological structure, mineral wealth and underground water resources

development of the mining industry

supervision of the safe working of mines, machinery and quarries including the credentialling of mine managers, inspectors and operators

regulation of the disposal of sludge and other waste products

administration of the Victorian Mining Accident Relief Fund.

Arising from its initial responsibility for the supply of water on the gold fields, the Department became responsible for rural water supply from the mid 1860s. Statutory responsibility for rural water works during this period rested with the Board of Land and Works (VA 744). In 1865 the Waterworks Act gave the Board power to construct waterworks, purchase land, levy charges and lease or sell works, while the Public Loans Act 1865 empowered it to provide loans to local water trusts for waterworks. The actual administration of these statutory provisions was undertaken by the Victorian Water Supply Department (VA 2787) which operated from 1865 to 1889 as a sub-department of the Department of Mines, from 1889 as a department in its own right, and from 1895 to 1909 as a sub-department of the Department of Mines and Water Supply (VA 2720). For a brief period from 1891 to 1893 the Department of Mines was also responsible for forests and, until 1880, for the Schools of Mines subsequently transferred to the Education Department (VA 714).

In 1895 the Department of Mines and the Victorian Water Supply Department (VA 2787) were amalgamated to form the Department of Mines and Water Supply (VA 2720).

Location of Records

Record holdings are patchy but include long runs of mining title records. See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.13.2.
 
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? 1859 - 1972 Gold Mining Lease Files VPRS 602 North Melbourne Open
? 1860 - ? 1935 Index to Residence Areas, Rushworth VPRS 15367 North Melbourne Open
? 1863 - ? 1973 Water-Right Licence Files VPRS 6784 North Melbourne Open
? 1863 - ? 1973 Register of Applications for Water-Right Licences VPRS 7873 North Melbourne Open
? 1868 - ? 1868 Report of the Director of the Geological Survey of Victoria VPRS 6804 North Melbourne Open
? 1874 - ? 1883 Reports of the Chief Inspector of Mines VPRS 6800 North Melbourne Open
? 1875 - ? 1875 Poster of Mining Statute No. 480 Translated into Chinese VPRS 4553 North Melbourne Open
? 1875 - ? 1971 Miscellaneous Records VPRS 10039 North Melbourne Open
? 1880 - ? 1979 Crown Solicitors Opinions, (Records Not Transferred) VPRS 15910 Other Not Applicable
? 1882 - ? 1939 Letter Books VPRS 14877 North Melbourne Open
? 1883 - ? 1888 Reports of the Inspectors of Explosives VPRS 6796 North Melbourne Open
? 1885 - ? 1912 Reports on State Forests VPRS 14889 North Melbourne Open
? 1890 - ? 1890 Glass-Plate Negatives of Fossil and Flora Specimens, and of Surface Views of Mines VPRS 6775 North Melbourne Open
1858 - 1886 Warden's Cause Books VPRS 1463 Ballarat Open
1859 - 1972 Register of Applications for Gold Mining Leases VPRS 7842 North Melbourne Open
1861 - 1862 Field Book of Richard Daintree, Colonial Geologist VPRS 11904 North Melbourne Open
1861 - 1972 Mineral Lease Files VPRS 600 North Melbourne Open
1861 - 1972 Register of Applications for Mineral Leases VPRS 7843 North Melbourne Open
1862 - ? 1913 Register of Applications for Mineral Search Licences I VPRS 7848 North Melbourne Open
1868 - 1875 Salary Register VPRS 1596 North Melbourne Open
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1860 - 1862 Geological survey VF 24
1860 - cont Goldfields administration and mining VF 20
- 1862 Mining surveyors VF 25
1864 - cont Mining surveyors VF 25
1865 - cont Mineral leases VF 103
1867 - 1895 Geological survey VF 24
- 1880 Education (schools of mines) VF 117
1891 - 1893 Forests VF 30
- 1895 Mining VF 62
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1865 - 1895 Victorian Water Supply Department VA 2787
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1860 - 1895 Mines VRG 30
1861 - 1863 Postmaster General VRG 21
1880 - 1889 Water Supply VRG 36
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