State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department for Culture and the Arts.

AU WA A16 - DEPARTMENT OF MINES

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Corporate body

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Department

Authorized form of name

DEPARTMENT OF MINES

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Description identifier

AU WA A16

Description area

Dates of existence

1894-01-01 - 1992-07-01

History

The Department of Mines began operations on 1 January 1894. Previously, the regulation of mineral exploration and mining activities in Western Australia had been the responsibility of the Colonial Secretary's Office and the Lands Department. Initially, the Department of Mines was controlled by the Commissioner of Crown Lands; the Department then consisted of a Secretary for Mines, a principal clerk, an assistant clerk, and a draftsman. Towards the end of 1894, the first Minister for Mines (E.H. Wittenoom) took over from the Commissioner as head of the Department. The Secretary for Mines became the Undersecretary for Mines and the Department's administrative and technical staff were increased. Mining districts were established and Mining Registrars and Mining Wardens appointed to the various mineral fields. Mining Registrars were responsible for recording mining claims. Mining Wardens, who were also resident or stipendiary magistrates, presided over the Mining Courts which were established in the major goldfields.

The Department started with five branches: Registration, Accounts Correspondence, Drafting, and Government Geologist (known after 1896 as the Geological Survey Branch). The Department maintained a mining museum in Perth and was responsible for the School of Mines at Kalgoorlie. (The School was established in 1902; in 1969 it became part of the Western Australia Institute of Technology).

Before being replaced by the Department and Minerals and Energy in 1992, the Department consisted of eight divisions: Geological Survey; Mining Engineering; Petroleum; Government Chemical Laboratories; Corporate Services; Explosives and Dangerous Goods; Mining Registration; and Surveys & Mapping. The executive comprised eight division Directors, two Assistant Directors General, and a Director General. The Minister for Minerals and Energy held responsibility for the Department. The Department's mandate was to encourage investment in, and the orderly development of, the State's mineral resources. Historically, the Department's mandate was based on several statutes, most notably the Goldfields Act of 1895 and the Mining Act of 1904.

The Department of Mines became the Department of Minerals and Energy on 1 July 1992. The organisation now operates as the Department of Industry and Resources.

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AU WA A51 - DEPARTMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE (DOSHWA) (1985-03-05 - 1996-10-01)

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AU WA A51

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Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1984-01-01 - 1985-03-05

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AU WA A1210 - DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY AND RESOURCES (2003-02-03 - 2008-12-31)

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AU WA A1210

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Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1894-01-01 - 1992-07-01

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AU WA A107 - WATER SUPPLY, SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE DEPARTMENT (1912-01-01 - 1921-01-01)

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AU WA A107

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1894-01-01 - 1912-01-01

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AU WA A1211 - DEPARTMENT OF MINERALS AND PETROLEUM RESOURCES (2001-07-01 - 2003-02-02)

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AU WA A1211

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Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1894-01-01 - 1992-07-01

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AU WA A42 - DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS (1890-01-01 - 1986-07-01)

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AU WA A42

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Preceding

Dates of the relationship

1890-01-01 - 1986-01-01

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AU WA A613 - DEPARTMENT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY (1992-07-01 - 2001-07-01)

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AU WA A613

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Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

- 1992-06-30

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AU WA A613 - DEPARTMENT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY (1992-07-01 - 2001-07-01)

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AU WA A613

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Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1992-07-01 -

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AU WA A42 - DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS (1890-01-01 - 1986-07-01)

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AU WA A42

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Preceding

Dates of the relationship

1893-01-01 -

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AU WA A410 - COAL MINE WORKERS' PENSIONS TRIBUNAL (1944-01-01 - 1990-07-01)

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AU WA A410

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1944-01-01 - 1990-07-01

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AU WA A981 - STATE BATTERIES - KALGOORLIE (1932-01-01 - 1987-12-31)

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AU WA A981

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1932-01-01 - 1987-12-31

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AU WA A928 - GOVERNMENT CHEMICAL LABORATORIES (1922-03-01 - 1989-12-31)

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AU WA A928

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Superior

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1922-03-01 -

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AU WA A241 - BAMBOO CREEK STATE BATTERY (1913-01-01 - 1962-01-01)

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AU WA A241

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1913-01-01 - 1962-01-01

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AU WA A276 - MINING REGISTRAR - CUE (1893-08-01 - 1989-12-31)

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AU WA A276

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1906-01-01 -

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AU WA A159 - MINING REGISTRAR - MARBLE BAR (1892-01-01 - 1909-01-31)

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AU WA A159

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1904-01-01 -

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AU WA A484 - MINING REGISTRAR - LAVERTON (1897-04-24 - 1956-01-01)

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AU WA A484

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1897-04-24 - 1956-01-01

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AU WA A834 - MINING REGISTRAR - NORTHAMPTON (1897-01-01 - 1908-12-31)

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AU WA A834

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1897-01-01 - 1909-12-31

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AU WA A148 - GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1896-11-09 -)

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AU WA A148

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1896-11-09 - 1992-06-30

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AU WA A752 - MINING REGISTRAR - KANOWNA (1896-09-01 - 1920-12-31)

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AU WA A752

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1896-01-01 - 1920-12-31

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AU WA A228 - MINING WARDEN - YALGOO (1895-01-01 - 1906-01-01)

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AU WA A228

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1895-01-01 - 1906-01-01

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AU WA A231 - MINING REGISTRAR - YALGOO (1894-07-01 - 1906-01-01)

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AU WA A231

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1894-07-01 - 1906-01-01

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AU WA A790 - MINING REGISTRAR - KALGOORLIE (1894-07-01 -)

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AU WA A790

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1894-07-01 - 1992-06-30

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AU WA A609 - MINING REGISTRAR - SOUTHERN CROSS (1889-01-01 -)

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AU WA A609

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1894-01-01 - 1992-06-30

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AU WA A275 - MINING WARDEN - CUE (1893-01-01 - 1906-01-01)

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AU WA A275

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1893-01-01 - 1906-01-01

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AU WA A154 - MINING WARDEN - MARBLE BAR (1886-03-01 - 1904-01-01)

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AU WA A154

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

1886-03-01 - 1904-01-01

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AU WA A1763 - STATE PROSPECTING BOARD (1919-09-01 -)

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AU WA A1763

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Superior

Dates of the relationship

-

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Series S636 - REGISTER - MINING LEASES

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Controlling

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1894-01-01 - 1992-01-01

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Series S2429 - REGISTER - MINERAL SPECIMENS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1901-01-01 -

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Series S393 - LETTERBOOK - MINING WARDEN

Role

Controlling

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1899-01-01 -

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Series S670 - RECORDS - VARIOUS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1907-01-01 - 1907-12-31

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Series S3498 - MAPS - GOLDFIELD MINING LEASES

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

-

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Series S959 - INDEXES (SUBJECT) - CORRESPONDENCE

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1892-01-01 -

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Series S960 - INDEXES (NOMINAL) - CORRESPONDENCE

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1892-01-01 -

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Series S961 - INDEXES (NUMERICAL) - CORRESPONDENCE

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1892-01-01 -

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Series S962 - DEPARTMENTAL CIRCULARS

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1895-01-01 - 1963-12-31

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Series S475 - REGISTER - TRANSFER OF CLAIMS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1904-01-01 - 1904-12-31

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Series S479 - REGISTER - PROSPECTING AREAS

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Controlling

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1924-01-01 -

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Series S1028 - INDEXES (NOMINAL) - MINING TENEMENTS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1892-01-10 - 1909-12-31

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Series S266 - APPLICATIONS FOR LEASES

Role

Controlling

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1894-01-01 - 1992-01-01

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Series S20 - FILES - MINING

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1899-12-30 -

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Series S21 - RESEARCH NOTES

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1899-12-30 - 1987-12-31

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Series S811 - GOLD MINING LEASE REGISTERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1888-01-01 - 1960-01-01

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Series S812 - MINERAL LEASE REGISTERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1892-01-01 - 1918-01-01

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Series S813 - COAL MINING LEASE REGISTERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1896-01-01 - 1910-01-01

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Series S1330 - DIAGRAM BOOK - COLLIE COALFIELD

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1899-12-30 - 1960-12-31

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Series S2881 - LITHOGRAPHIC PLANS (Draft)

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1902-01-04 - 1965-01-25

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Series S66 - GENERAL FILES - MACHINERY SAFETY

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1899-12-30 -

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Status

Final

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Sources

Archivist's notes

Administrative History Note Ref: Western Australia Yearbook 1977, pp. 117-125 Department of Mines Annual Report 1986-87