State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Series S84 - SURVEYORS FIELD BOOKS AND LEVEL BOOKS [METROPOLITAN PERTH]

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AU WA S84

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SURVEYORS FIELD BOOKS AND LEVEL BOOKS [METROPOLITAN PERTH]

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  • 1896-01-01 - (Creation)

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AU WA A7 - PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT (1901-01-01 - 1985-01-01)

Administrative history

Formerly the Department of Works & Buildings, the Public Works Department expanded greatly from the beginning of the century, becoming responsible for the construction of the Goldfields Water Supply and Fremantle harbour. The Public Works Department changed its name to the Building Management Authority on 1 January 1985.

Name of creator

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

Administrative history

Following the election of a Labor government to office in October 1911, legislation was introduced to amalgamate the various water supplies throughout the State. The new Department assumed responsibilities for the following activities on 1 August 1912:


  • the Goldfields Water Supply undertaking;
  • the Metropolitan Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage undertaking;
  • Agricultural and Country Town water supplies, Irrigation and drainage, artesian boring;
  • water supplies, stock routes in Mining Districts.

(North West water supplies continued to be managed by the Engineer for the North West in the Public Works Department)

The Under-Secretary of the Department was H.C. Trethowan and the two joint engineering heads were Hugh Oldham for Metropolitan and Agricultural areas and P.V. O'Brien for Goldfields and Northern Areas.

During the life of the Department, projects of major importance included the overhaul of the Coolgardie water supply pipeline and the beginning of the irrigation scheme at Harvey.

In 1914 the Metropolitan region was expanded to include Armadale, Guildford and Midland. During that year Perth, Fremantle and Claremont were consolidated into a central district. During 1916 and 1917 local councillors and Liberal politicians pressured the Government to reinstate Board control for the Metropolitan concerns. Between April and June 1918, the latter's functions were split administratively from the rest of the Department. Both organisations remained part of the same Department until 1921. In that year the MWSS & DD was established and the Public Works Department assumed formal control of the country operations.

Name of creator

AU WA A108 - METROPOLITAN WATER SUPPLY, SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE DEPARTMENT (1910-01-01 - 1964-07-01)

Administrative history

This organisation was established in 1910 pursuant to Statute No. 43 of 1909. The Act consolidated water supply, sewerage and drainage schemes under one administration, directly responsible to the Minister of Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage.

Between August 1912 to April 1918 the Department was administered by and integrated with the Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Department (MWSS & DD). The MWSS & DD's status as a separate Department was not re-established until July 1921.

In October 1925 the Engineering staff of the Department come once more under the direct supervision of the Public Works Department's Chief Engineer. There was thereafter a pooling of staff resources, and accommodation between the two Departments. Three water supply, sewerage and drainage districts were gazetted as constituting the Metropolitan Area in January 1910. These districts were Perth, Claremont and Fremantle where water supply and sewerage schemes already existed. In 1914 Guildford, Midland and Armadale were also included in the Metropolitan Area.

In September 1963 the Liberal Government introduced a Metropolitan Water Supply Sewerage and Drainage Amendment Bill with the intention of substituting Board for Departmental control. The Act was promulgated in November 1963 and a new administrative structure established by July 1964.

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Original sewerage and drainage surveys of the Perth metropolitan area conducted until 1912 by the Public Works Department (PWD), later by the Water Supply Sewerage and Drainage Department (WSS&DD) and from the early 1920's by the Metropolitan Water Supply Sewerage and Drainage Department (MWSS&DD).

All the field books compiled and registered prior to 1910 were allotted PWD numbers. These numbers were cancelled when the books were transferred to the WSS&DD and the MWSS&DD.

The series order is an amalgamation of both WSS&DD and MWSS&DD book numbers. The series order reflects the date that books were registered by these agencies and not their date of origin.

The field surveys recorded in these books form the basis for the 1 inch to 40 feet plan coverage of the Metropolitan area (see Record Series No. 634, Consignment 4156).

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1910-01-01 -

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1884-01-01 -

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1896-01-01 -

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Archivist's note

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Consignment 7280 was donated in 2010 by a family member of R J Anketell, a surveyor who worked for the PWD in the late 19th century.

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