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Agency VA 2720
Department of Mines and Water Supply
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Date Range: 1895 - 1909
 
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Establishment and Functions

In 1895 the Department of Mines (VA 2719) and the Victorian Water Supply Department (VA 2787) were amalgamated to form the Department of Mines and Water Supply.

The new Department, in which the Victorian Water Supply Department continued to operate as a sub-department, was responsible for management of the rural water supply, including the provision of water for mining, manufacturing and industrial uses, domestic and stock supply and irrigation.

Statutory responsibility for rural water works rested with the Board of Land and Works (VA 744) under the provisions of the Waterworks Act and the Public Loans Act 1865. Its statutory powers related to commissioning the construction of waterworks, purchasing land, levying charges, leasing or selling works, and providing loans to local water authorities. The Victorian Water Supply Department (VA 2787) functioned as the Board's operational arm in these matters.

The Department was also responsible for:

regulating and licensing mining activity

superintendence of the activities of Mining Surveyors, Registrars, Wardens and Mining Boards (see also VRG 25 Mining Districts)

investigating the State's geological structure, mineral wealth and underground water resources

developing the mining industry

supervising the safe working of mines, machinery and quarries

regulating sludge and other waste products until the establishment of the Sludge Abatement Board in 1904.

In 1909 the Department of Mines and Water Supply was abolished. From 1906 to 1909 the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission (VA 723) gradually assumed statutory and operational responsibility for all matters relating to rural water supply from the Board of Land and Works (VA 744) and Victorian Water Supply Department (VA 2787). The Mines Department inherited responsibility for the administration, regulation, licensing and development of mining activity in Victoria.

State Forests and Nurseries

Responsibility for this function was shared by a number of portfolios until 1909 when the Minister of Forests assumed responsibility for the Department of State Forests (VA 534). Until that time, responsibility had been exercised by:

Commissioner of Crown Lands and Survey prior to 1875
Minister for Agriculture (VRG 34) 1875-1890
Commissioner of Crown Lands and Survey 1890-1891
Minister of Mines (VRG 30) 1891-1893
Commissioner of Crown Lands and Survey 1893-1899
Minister for Forests 1899-1900
Commissioner of Crown Lands and Survey 1900-1903
Minister of Agriculture 1903-1904
Minister of Mines and Forests 1904-1909.

For convenience each of the Ministers responsible for forests from 1900 to 1909 has been placed in the Forests Group (VRG 41) for the period of their responsibility for this function.

Until 1908 the Departments of Agriculture (VA 618), Crown Lands and Survey (VA 538), Mines (VA 2719), and Mines and Water Supply were at various times responsible for State Forests. In 1908 the Department of State Forests (VA 534) was established. Until it became a department of State in its own right in 1918, it functioned as a sub-department of the Mines and Water Supply Department until 1909 and thereafter of the Mines Department (VA 612). The Department of Mines and Water Supply has therefore been included in the Forests Group (VRG 41) for the period 1904 to 1909.

Location of Records

Record holdings at the Public Record Office are patchy. See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, sections 3.13.2 (mines) and 3.23.2 (rural water supply).

 
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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
? 1880 - ? 1979 Crown Solicitors Opinions, (Records Not Transferred) VPRS 15910 Other Not Applicable
? 1882 - ? 1939 Letter Books VPRS 14877 North Melbourne Open
? 1885 - ? 1912 Reports on State Forests VPRS 14889 North Melbourne Open
? 1896 - ? 1980 Cash Books - All Accounts VPRS 6786 North Melbourne Open
? 1900 - ? 1900 Instructions to Miners VPRS 6807 North Melbourne Open
? 1907 - ? 1978 Register of Digesters (Records Not Transferred) VPRS 12349 Other Not Applicable
? 1908 - ? 1972 Mining Dam Lease Files VPRS 6803 North Melbourne Open
1859 - 1972 Register of Applications for Gold Mining Leases VPRS 7842 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
1873 - ? 1914 Register of Applications for Gold Mining Leases on Reserved Lands VPRS 7852 North Melbourne Open
1885 - ? 1899 Register of Applications for Leases to Mine on Private Property VPRS 7849 North Melbourne Open
1895 - 1926 Index to Register of Residence Areas Castlemaine District, Taradale Division VPRS 15622 North Melbourne Open
1897 - 1930 Correspondence Register VPRS 14934 North Melbourne Open
1900 - 1918 Issue of Miners' Rights, Rushworth VPRS 15368 North Melbourne Open
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1895 - 1909 Mining VF 62
1895 - 1909 Geological survey VF 24
1905 - 1908 Forests VF 30
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1895 - 1909 Victorian Water Supply Department VA 2787
1895 - 1909 Geological Survey of Victoria VA 4118
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1895 - 1909 Mines VRG 30
1895 - 1909 Water Supply VRG 36
1904 - 1909 Forests VRG 41
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