Agency VA 4951
Department of Commissioners for the Gold Fields (also known as Gold Commissioner's Department)
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Date Range: By 1852 - 1855
 
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The Gold Department was established in 1852 and oversaw the administration of Victoria's gold fields. A number of Commissioners for the Gold Fields had been appointed during 1851. During that year these were known as Commissioners of Crown Lands Gold Districts and reported directly to the Colonial Secretary. By 1852, the Department had been established.

By 30 June 1855, a total of 38 Commissioners or Assistant Commissioners had been appointed, comprising 5 Resident Commissioners, 18 Commissioners and 15 Assistant Commissioners (refer to Return of the Department of Commissioners for the Gold Fields 1 January - 30 June 1855 in VPRS 943/P0, unit 5.) By that stage, the Department had undergone considerable alteration and was reformed on 1 July under the title of the Gold Department (VA 4950).

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? 1853 - ? 1860 Copied Letter Book (Senior Assistant Commissioner for the Gold Fields, Waranga 1853-1854; Mining Warden, Waranga Mining Division 1857-1860) VPRS 16939 North Melbourne Open
1852 - 1856 Outward Letter Book, Fryerstown Mining Division VPRS 1031 North Melbourne Open
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By 1852 - 1855 Goldfields administration and mining VF 20
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1852 - 1855 Colonial Secretary's Office VA 856
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By 1852 - 1855 Colonial Secretary VRG 16