Agency VA 1424
Marine Board of Victoria
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Date Range: 1888 - cont
 
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Establishment and Functions

The Marine Board of Victoria was established by the Marine Board Act 1887 and commenced operations on 20 December 1888, being the date of the first meeting of the Board as proclaimed in the Government Gazette. It assumed all functions previously exercised by the Pilot Board of Victoria.

The Marine Board of Victoria has been responsible for:

mercantile marine matters including standards of marine safety and shipping registration
certification of pilots, ships masters, mates and engineers
Port Phillip Pilot Service
instituting investigations by the Court of Marine Inquiry.

With the proclamation of certain sections of the Commonwealth Navigation Act on 1 October 1923, the Commonwealth became responsible for the control of foreign-going and interstate shipping and the Marine Board staff of engineers, surveyors, shipwrights, inspectors of shipping and clerical staff were transferred to the Federal Navigation Department.

For the period 1923 to 1926, the Commonwealth acted as an agent for the State and carried out the residual functions of the Board, namely:

control of the Port Phillip Pilot Service
control of intra-state shipping and
licensing of motor boats.

It had been intended that the Pilot Service would also come under Commonwealth control, but the relevant sections of the Navigation Act were never proclaimed.

In 1927 the Marine Board was effectively re-established under the control of the Minister for Public Works and the Commonwealth ceased to act as an agent for the State.

Initially responsible to the Commissioner of Trade and Customs, the Board became responsible in 1901 to the Chief Secretary, on 1 January 1927 to the Minister of Public Works and on 1 July 1983 to the Minister of Transport. The staff carrying out the functions of the Board were mostly employed in the Departments of State within these portfolios. (VA 606 Department of Trade and Customs, VA 475 Chief Secretary's Department, VA 669 Department of Public Works and VA 673 Ministry of Transport).

Location of Records

See also List of Holdings second edition 1985, section 3.21.17.

 
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1854 - ? 1926 Inward Unregistered Correspondence VPRS 562 North Melbourne Open
1885 - cont Minutes of Meetings VPRS 7616 North Melbourne Open
By 1889 - ? 1894 Outwards Letter Book, Pilots Superannuation Board VPRS 12427 North Melbourne Open
By 1915 - ? 1916 Outward Letter Book VPRS 12484 North Melbourne Open
By 1945 - By 1985 Correspondence and other Miscellaneous Records VPRS 7599 North Melbourne Part Open
Functions for which this Agency has or has had primary responsibilityFunctions for which this Agency has or has had primary responsibility
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1888 - cont Marine board of victoria VF 101
Functions for which this Agency has or has had secondary responsibilityFunctions for which this Agency has or has had secondary responsibility
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Superior AgenciesSuperior Agencies
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1888 - 1901 Department of Trade and Customs VA 606
1901 - 1927 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1927 - 1983 Public Works Department (previously the Department of the Commissioner of Public Works) VA 669
1983 - 1996 Department of Transport (known as Ministry of Transport 1951 to 1992) VA 673
Subordinate AgenciesSubordinate Agencies
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1887 - cont Court of Marine Inquiry VA 2584
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1888 - 1901 Trade and Customs VRG 22
1901 - 1927 Chief Secretary VRG 26
1927 - 1983 Public Works VRG 28
1983 - cont Transport VRG 49