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Agency VA 2875
Department of Railways and Roads
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Date Range: 1871 - 1877
 
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Formation of Department of Railways and Roads 1871

Although a Commissioner of Railways and Roads had been appointed on 30 December 1861, railways, roads and bridges were dealt with by separate Departments, both under the authority of the Board of Land and Works (VA 744) until 26 April 1871. On this date John Steavenson, who was the Assistant Commissioner of Roads and Bridges, was also appointed to the position of Secretary to the Railways Department and henceforth the two Departments appear to have been jointly administered.

Functions

From the Department of Railways (VA 2877), the Department of Railways and Roads assumed responsibility for:

railway construction and maintenance
supervision of railway companies
survey of proposed lines of railway.

From the Department of Roads and Bridges (VA 2964) the new Department assumed responsibility for the construction and maintenance of main roads and bridges. Local roads continued to be the responsibility of road districts, shires and boroughs (see VRG 12 Municipalities).

During the period of combined administration, the Board of Land and Works continued to exercise its responsibility for authorising the business of the Department and for determining policy and regulations.

In 1872 the Department began to build and repair rolling stock.

Split of Railways and Roads Functions

On 1 September 1877 the Governor-in-Council severed the administration of matters relating to roads and bridges from the Department of Railways and Roads. Railways matters were subsequently assumed by a new Department of Railways II (VA 2965) and roads and bridges matters passed to a Roads and Bridges Branch operating within the Public Works Department (VA 669).

Location of Records

See List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.19.1 (roads) and 3.21.0 (railways).

 
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? 1853 - ? 1877 Outwards Letter Book, Roads Engineer, Wangaratta VPRS 1135 North Melbourne Open
? 1854 - ? 1920 Correspondence and Administration Records (Engineer in Chief and Existing Lines Branches) VPRS 418 North Melbourne Open
? 1855 - ? 1898 Plans and Lithographs of Bridges VPRS 16124 North Melbourne Open
? 1858 - ? 1888 Outwards Letter Book, Road Engineer, Melbourne VPRS 1138 North Melbourne Open
? 1858 - ? 1977 Outward Letter Books VPRS 431 North Melbourne Open
? 1858 - 1872 Register of Deposit Receipts VPRS 4660 North Melbourne Open
? 1858 - 1877 Returns of Work Executed, Road Engineer VPRS 4677 North Melbourne Open
? 1867 - ? 1956 Index to Inward Correspondence VPRS 427 North Melbourne Open
? 1923 - 1984 Electrical Traction System Design Drawings VPRS 16459 North Melbourne Closed
1853 - ? 1984 General Ledger VPRS 12781 North Melbourne Open
1853 - 1876 Register of Outward Correspondence VPRS 1116 North Melbourne Open
1853 - 1982 General Journal VPRS 12780 North Melbourne Open
1857 - ? 1895 Outward Registered Correspondence VPRS 1118 North Melbourne Open
1858 - 1877 Advance Account Book VPRS 4665 North Melbourne Open
1858 - 1877 Ledgers VPRS 12430 North Melbourne Open
1858 - 1953 Staff Record Book, Accounts Branch VPRS 12555 North Melbourne Open
1859 - ? 1942 Register of Inward Correspondence VPRS 429 North Melbourne Open
1859 - 1904 Inwards Correspondence Minute Books, Engineer In Chief VPRS 423 North Melbourne Open
1863 - 1877 Certificates Of Inspecting Engineers as to Main Road Construction VPRS 4679 North Melbourne Open
1871 - 1877 Advance Account and Roads and Bridges Account Ledger VPRS 12440 North Melbourne Open
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1871 - 1877 Railway survey, construction and management VF 467
1871 - 1877 Roads and bridges VF 15
1871 - cont Railway companies, private, supervision of VF 465
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1862 - 1877 Board of Land and Works VA 744
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1871 - 1877 Railways VRG 32
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