Agency VA 2921
Surveyor-General's Department
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Date Range: 1851 - 1857
 
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Establishment

Following separation of the Port Phillip District from New South Wales in 1851, a Surveyor General's Department was established within Victoria. Prior to separation, surveyors had received instructions from the Surveyor General's Department in NSW and had been employed within the Port Phillip Branch of that Department.

The Surveyor General's Department was administered by the Surveyor General who was also a member of the Legislative Council from 1851 to 1855 and a Minister from 1855 until 1857 when this position was replaced within the Ministry by a Commissioner of Crown Lands and Survey.

Survey

The Department included the Surveyor General's Office, surveyors within the Field Branch, a Deed Branch, draughtsmen and lithographers and was essentially responsible for the conduct of surveys, the preparation and publication of plans and the geological survey. For information about the responsibilities of District and Field Surveyors see VRG 27 District Land Offices.

Railways

The appointment on 5 May 1856 of George Darbyshire as Engineer-in-Chief and Surveyor to 'Victorian Railways' marked the establishment of a sub-department of railways within the Surveyor General's Department. It was established within this Department because the prime function of 'Victorian Railways' was, at that time, the survey of proposed lines of railway.

Guardian of Aborigines (VA 513)

In 1856 responsibility for the Guardian of Aborigines was transferred from the Chief Secretary (VRG 26) to the Surveyor-General (VRG 18). This responsibility was assumed by the Board of Land and Works (VA 744) on its establishment in 1857 and became part of the Department of Crown Lands and Survey (VA 538).

Amalgamation under Board of Land and Works

In 1857 a Board of Land and Works (VA 744) was established because it was considered that the administration of public lands and public works could be more effectually and economically managed if responsibility for these matters was consolidated.

The Surveyor General's Department was effectively amalgamated with the Crown Lands Department (VA 2878) to form the Department of Crown Lands and Survey (VA 538) which was a sub-department of the Board of Land and Works.

Location of Records

Although the PRO has substantial holdings of records many remain out of custody.

For records of the Surveyor General's Department, see also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.18.4. (Surveyor-General) and section 4.0.0. (District Land Offices).
 
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? 1837 - ? 1871 Surveyors Descriptions of Subdivisions and Allotments VPRS 15 North Melbourne Open
? 1837 - Circa 1985 Index to Record Plans (Put Away and Current) [use microfiche copy VPRS 16935] VPRS 16719 North Melbourne Closed
? 1837 - cont Manuscript Parish Plans [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] (refer to Microfiche Copy, VPRS 8287) VPRS 8286 Other Closed
? 1837 - cont Manuscript Township Plans [RECORDS NOT TRANSFERRED] (refer to Microfiche Copy, VPRS 8289) VPRS 8288 Other Closed
? 1839 - ? 1896 Inward Registered and Unregistered Correspondence VPRS 44 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1848 - 1870 Inward Correspondence, Reports and Instructions, District Surveyor, Portland VPRS 1259 North Melbourne Open
? 1982 - ? 1982 Aboriginal Affairs Records (Microfilm Copy of VPRS 4409, 10, 11, 4410, 12, 2895, 4399, 4397 4398, 4466, 4412, 4414, 4465, 2897, 2893, 2894, 2896, 4411, 4415, 6760). VPRS 4467 North Melbourne Part Open
1836 - 1856 Outward Letter Books VPRS 6 North Melbourne Open
1836 - 1868 Inwards Correspondence VPRS 97 North Melbourne Open
1836 - 1984 Historic Plan Collection [use microfiche copy VPRS 15899] VPRS 8168 North Melbourne Part Open
1837 - Circa 1927 Surveyors' Field Books, Black Sequence VPRS 16685 North Melbourne Open
1840 - 1879 Miscellaneous Records VPRS 93 North Melbourne Open
1840 - 1915 Inwards Correspondence, Surveyor-General VPRS 1258 North Melbourne Open
1851 - 1858 Inwards Correspondence, Colonial Secretary [1851 - 1855] and Chief Secretary [1855 - 1858] VPRS 6906 North Melbourne Open
1851 - 1860 Correspondence Relating to the Administration and Development of Roads VPRS 6898 North Melbourne Undetermined
1851 - 1903 Inward Correspondence VPRS 1261 North Melbourne Open
1852 - 1873 Reports Relating to the Trignometrical Survey VPRS 15905 North Melbourne Open
1853 - ? 1862 Register of Government Proclamations [?1861 - ?1862]; Surveyors Descriptions of Land Allotments, Parish of Bellarine [1853] VPRS 14982 North Melbourne Open
1853 - ? 1984 General Ledger VPRS 12781 North Melbourne Open
1853 - 1856 Loddon Aboriginal Station Files VPRS 6915 North Melbourne Open
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1851 - 1857 Survey VF 17
1856 - 1857 Aboriginal affairs VF 175
- 1857 Survey of proposed lines of railway VF 95
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1852 - 1857 Geological Survey of Victoria VA 4118
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1851 - 1857 Lands VRG 18