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Tasmania - Organisation

Chief Secretary's Department (1882 - 1901)

Colony of Tasmania

From
1882
To
1901
Categories
Government Department
Alternative Names
  • CSD (Abbreviation)

The Chief Secretary's Department was established in 1882. It coordinated the administrative business of the Tasmanian government. Between 1896 and 1901, the Neglected Children's Department was a part of the Chief Secretary's Department. In 1901, following Australian federation, Tasmania became a state and the new state government took over the Chief Secretary's Department.

Details

The Under-Secretary was in charge of the Chief Secretary's Department. In this role, he corresponded with children, occasionally visited them, and made decisions about their placements.

According to Wettenhall, a small Immigration Department, which did not have any staff of its own, was located within the Chief Secretary's Department. It was not very active.

Between 1898 and 1901, the Neglected Children's and the Charitable Grants Departments were sub-departments within the Chief Secretary's Department. The close relationship between the three means that there is considerable information about the Neglected Children's and Charitable Grants Departments in the records of the Chief Secretary's Department.

Timeline

 1882 - 1901 Chief Secretary's Department
       1901 - 1914 Chief Secretary's Department
             1914 - 1955 Chief Secretary's Department and Premier's Office
                   1955 - 1976 Premier's and Chief Secretary's Department
                         1976 - 1985 Premier's Department
                               1985 - Department of Premier and Cabinet

Related Organisations

Publications

Books

  • Wettenhall, RL, A Guide to Tasmanian Government Administration, Platypus Publications, Hobart, 1968, 206 pp. Details

Online Resources

  • Evans, Caroline, Protecting the Innocent: Tasmania's Neglected Children, Their Parents and State Care, 1890-1918, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1999, 251 pp, http://eprints.utas.edu.au/14453/. Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Evans, Caroline, Protecting the Innocent: Tasmania's Neglected Children, Their Parents and State Care, 1890-1918, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1999, 251 pp, http://eprints.utas.edu.au/14453/; Wettenhall, RL, A Guide to Tasmanian Government Administration, Platypus Publications, Hobart, 1968, 206 pp.

Prepared by: Caroline Evans