Agency VA 4730
Police Magistrate, Portland Bay
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Date Range: 1840 - ? 1860
 
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In 1840 Foster Fyans was appointed as Police magistrate at Portland Bay. He appears to have not taken up those duties with the first Police magistrate actually in Portland being James Blair. At the same time a Clerk of the bench and Constables were also appointed with a Commissioner of Crown Lands and the Portland Bay Survey Office also as part of the Government establishment.

By c1850 a Coroner's Court and a Court of Petty Sessions had been established in Portland thus making the Police Magistrate the principal officer of the courts rather than him having any broader administrative role. From about 1859 it would appear that the Police magistrate was stationed at Belfast (Port Fairy) or Warrnambool rather than at Portland.
 
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1840 - 1853 Duties Register VPRS 108 North Melbourne Open
1840 - 1860 Inward Correspondence VPRS 32 North Melbourne Open
1840 - 1868 Letter Book VPRS 34 North Melbourne Open
1841 - Immigration Lists and Statistical Returns VPRS 33 North Melbourne Open
1856 - 1871 Record Books VPRS 618 North Melbourne Open
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1840 - 1851 Superintendent, Port Phillip District VA 473
1851 - ? 1860 Attorney-General's Department (previously known as the Law Department) VA 2825
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1840 - ? 1860 Courts VRG 4