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AU WA S4650




  • 1891-01-01 - (Creation)
  • 1891-01-01 - 1898-12-31 (Accumulation)

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AU WA A1165 - OFFICE OF THE AGENT-GENERAL (1891-04-28 -)

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On 28 April 1891, the Hon. Septimus Burt QC, Attorney-General, was commissioned to act as Agent-General in the United Kingdom. He held this position until Sir Malcolm Fraser was appointed as the first Agent-General on 21 April 1892.

The principal function of the Office of the Agent-General was to promote the overseas sale of the State's produce, particularly timber, and the purchase of equipment and materials for Western Australia (n.b. the population for Western Australia at the time of the establishment of the Office of the Agent-General was 40 000).

The Office was also concerned with the raising of loans in the United Kingdom for the development of the State (until the formation of the Australian Loan Council).

The Office also assisted in migration schemes.

Although still located in London, the Office today has expanded links throughout Europe and monitors current and emerging issues throughout Europe and the United Kingdom to identify prime opportunities for attracting inward and outward investment and trade for Western Australia.

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Application forms for nominated emigration to Western Australia (including assisted passage), completed at the office of the Agent General for Western Australia, London. Files may include letters of reference and shipping information and details of contacts in Western Australia. The forms give applicants address, place and date of birth, vaccinations, religion, employment history, and character reference. Also forms of application for nominated immigrants completed by Western Australians seeking family, friends or employees, and some shipping records of successful nominated emigrants.
There are multiple item number variations in this series based on actual item numbers and SRO invention for the various types of documents in this series:
1) CSO file numbers (e.g. Cons553 1898/0266); 2) by Nomination Number (e.g. Cons553 0857); 3) Forms (SRO numbering) (e.g. Cons553 Form 145); 4) by Ship name and sailing date (e.g. Cons553 Ormuz 12/9/1897).


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Transcript of library / archive staff note found with the collection:
"Application Form A with alloted candidates and regulations and frequently correspondence enclosed. These forms each bear the name of the applicant and are in some cases numbered as well. It is not clear, as the forms were recieved in a confused state, whether they were originally filed in a numerical sequence or an alphabetical sequence by name of applicant. However for convenience it would be preferable for them to be sorted into the latter order. The period covered is approximately 1890-1896."
Note from David W - the majority of forms were numbered and the collection has been arranged in that order. This also allows for some cases where two surnames appear on the one form. Only a few non-numbered forms were located and these are in both the Ships sequence within series 4650, and the Letters sequence (Series 4794).

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