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Agency VA 690
Railway Construction Branch, Board of Land and Works
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Date Range: 1892 - 1965
 
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Establishment of Railway Construction Branch

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways presented its first report to the Legislative Assembly in 1891 and recommended that construction of railways be separate from the management of railway traffic and maintenance. From 1883 these functions had been the responsibility of the Victorian Railways Commissioners (VA 2876).

Accordingly, under the provisions of the Railways Act (Amended Act) 1891 55Vic., No.1250 responsibility for the construction and completion of all lines of railway was vested in the Board of Land and Works (VA 744), to take effect from the 1 January 1892.

The agency responsible for railway construction subsequently became known as the Railway Construction Branch, Board of Land and Works. Also under the provisions of the Railways Act 1891, the Minister responsible for railways matters was deemed to be, ex officio, a Vice-President of the Board of Land and Works - a return to the situation which had existed prior to the transfer of the management of the railways to the Victorian Railways Commissioners in 1883-1884. Until 1934 a Minister of Railways was responsible, after which the title changed to Minister of Transport.

Role of Board of Land and Works

The Act authorized the Board to accept contracts for works to be undertaken and determined that once a line became completed the responsibility of the Board would cease and responsibility would be assumed by the Victorian Railways Commissioners. The Commissioners retained responsibility for maintenance and supervision of lines of railway as well as the general management of railway services and traffic.

The 1891 Act also provided that the officers and employees of the Engineer-in -Chief's Branch of Victorian Railways be transferred to the employment of the Board of Land and Works.

This arrangement continued until 1964 when the Board of Land and Works (VA 744) was dissolved. Whereas most of the statutory responsibilities of the Board could be transferred to responsible Ministers this was not the case for the railway construction responsibilities of the Railway Construction Branch.

Two main problems existed. Firstly, as the staff had been employed by the Board of Land and Works as a statutory authority, and were therefore not subject to the Public Service Acts, a Minister could not become the 'employer' of such staff. Secondly, a Minister could not assume the Board's role in industrial awards. It was therefore necessary that the Minister responsible be removed from the administration of railway construction.

Establishment of Railway Construction Board 1964

Consequently, under the provisions of the Public Lands and Works Act 1964 (No.7228), a Railway Construction Board (VA 691) was established on 1 January 1965, assuming responsibility for railway construction from the Railway Construction Branch, Board of Land and Works.

The end date of this agency has been artificially extended to allow the previous/subsequent relationship to be expressed on the database.

Location of Records

See List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.21.0


 
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? 1854 - ? 1920 Correspondence and Administration Records (Engineer in Chief and Existing Lines Branches) VPRS 418 North Melbourne Open
? 1858 - ? 1977 Outward Letter Books VPRS 431 North Melbourne Open
? 1867 - ? 1956 Index to Inward Correspondence VPRS 427 North Melbourne Open
? 1878 - ? 1929 Railway Lines, Plans and Sections VPRS 5751 North Melbourne Open
? 1892 - ? 1948 Minutes of the Stores Branch Officers' Conferences VPRS 7633 North Melbourne Open
? 1892 - ? 1948 Index to Reports, Library of Engineer-in-Chief VPRS 14669 North Melbourne Open
? 1897 - 1928 Chief Engineer's and Chief Surveyor's Measurement and Calculation Books VPRS 3817 North Melbourne Open
? 1914 - ? 1968 Engineering Project Files VPRS 13423 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1924 - ? 1929 Record of Costs, Bridge Construction VPRS 14478 North Melbourne Open
? 1936 - ? 1943 Photograph Albums VPRS 14670 North Melbourne Open
? 1946 - ? 1970 Railway Line Construction Files VPRS 3918 North Melbourne Open
? 1951 - ? 1984 Staff Record Book VPRS 12560 North Melbourne Closed
? 1957 - ? 1982 Project Records, Melbourne Underground Railway Loop VPRS 12990 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1958 - 1978 Index to Melbourne Underground Rail Loop files in VPRS 425 Inward Registered Correspondence, Annual Single Number System VPRS 12987 North Melbourne Open
? 1961 - ? 1975 Stores Inspector Reports VPRS 7634 North Melbourne Open
1859 - ? 1942 Register of Inward Correspondence VPRS 429 North Melbourne Open
1878 - 1946 Staff History Books, Railway Construction Branch VPRS 16472 North Melbourne Open
1892 - 1929 Index to Cost Estimates for Broad and Narrow Gauge Railway Lines VPRS 3814 North Melbourne Open
1892 - 1970 Final Returns For Railway Lines, Bridges And Sidings VPRS 428 Other Open
1892 - 1973 Cost Estimates for Broad and Narrow Gauge Railway Lines VPRS 3815 North Melbourne Open
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1892 - 1965 Railway construction VF 466
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1892 - 1964 Board of Land and Works VA 744
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1892 - 1934 Railways VRG 32
1934 - 1965 Transport VRG 49
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