State Records Office of WA SROWA

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

Series S2168 - TOWNSITE PLANS

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Reference code

AU WA S2168

Title

TOWNSITE PLANS

Date(s)

  • 1874 - 1976 (Creation)
  • 1856 - 1994 (Accumulation)

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Maps

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Name of creator

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

Administrative history

The Department of Lands and Surveys was one of the oldest government agencies in Western Australia, having been constituted under the name of the Survey Office in 1829. The Office became the Surveyor-General's Department in 1870 and was organized into two branches - Crown Lands and Surveys. The Department was administered by the Surveyor-General who also held the title of Commissioner of Crown Lands.

The Department was restyled the Crown Lands and Surveys Department in 1873 and, in 1890, the Department of Land and Surveys.

The Department of Lands and Surveys was responsible for the leasing and alienation of Crown Lands (except where mining and forestry tenures were involved*), the reservation of land for public purposes and roads, the surveying and classifying of land, and the exploration and mapping of the State. From its inception, the Department was also active in promoting immigration and settlement, and until 1973 was responsible for administering various Assisted Passage Immigration Schemes.

Immigration remained one of the functions of the Department until 1986, and the Department was responsible for the administration of the Noalimba Reception Centre.

Following a functional review, the Department was reorganized and renamed the Department of Land Administration in 1986.


  • Initially, the Department was responsible for virtually all aspects of land administration, but with the establishment of the Department of Mines (1893) and the Forests Department (1919), it relinquished control of mining and forestry matters.

Name of creator

AU WA A60 - CROWN LANDS AND SURVEYS DEPARTMENT (1873-01-01 - 1890-01-01)

Administrative history

Archival history

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This series comprises cadastral plans of proclaimed townsites or parts thereof, including suburban lots. The plans are drawn to imperial scales (between 2 to 8 chains to the inch).

Since 1970, this series has been gradually superseded by plans drawn according to the State Large Scale Mapping System (see Record Series No. 2167).

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Alphanumeric

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Conditions governing access

Open

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Open access

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Finding aids

For a more detailed description of the plans in this series please consult Volume 2 of the "Catalogue of Cancelled Public Plans" (edited by Andre Mali) which is available at the State Records Office Search Room.

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1878-01-01 - 1907-01-01

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1893-01-01 - 1903-01-01

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1902-01-01 - 1972-12-31

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1903-03-14 - 1925-12-31

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1903-01-01 - 1976-12-31

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1925-01-01 -

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Archivist's note

Range Control Symbol = Abbotts - Yunndaga
Copies: Digital copies of these plans are available online - choose the appropriate Record Item and then click on the link at "Digital Copy".

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