Tasmania's Heritage

Agency Details

Agency Number: TA315
Title: GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
Start Date: 01 Jan 1825
End Date:
Description:

With the separation of the Colonies of NSW and Van Diemen's Land by the Order-in-Council of 14 Jun 1825,separate Commissions were issued to the Governor of NSW for each Colony. During his absence from Van Diemen's Land the Lieutenant-Governor appointed by Warrant under the Royal Sign Manual and Signet administered the Colony. With full independence in 1856 the local representative of the Crown was commissioned as the Governor. (For details of the Office and the officers who held it, see the Guide to the Public Records of Tasmania, Section Two).

Information Sources:

Legislation Administered:

Legislation Creating:

Imperial Order-in-Council of 14 Jun 1825 (proclaimed at Hobart on 3 Dec). Reconstituted by Letters Patent in 1880 & 1900

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

Functions Performed:
10 GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNANCE [1]
Controlled Agencies:
TA768 MEDICAL DEPARTMENT 12 Sep 1803 06 Jan 1904
TA58 COMMISSARIAT DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1804 31 Dec 1895
TA932 NAVAL DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1807 31 Dec 1827
TA686 POST AND TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT 16 Oct 1813 14 Feb 1901
TA60 CONVICT DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1818 31 Dec 1877
TA151 COLONIAL SECRETARY'S OFFICE (1) 01 Jan 1825 31 Dec 1856
TA61 CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1827 31 Dec 1901
TA465 ROYAL DERWENT HOSPITAL 01 Jan 1827 30 Nov 2000
TA982 INVALID DEPOT, NEW NORFOLK 03 Apr 1827 20 Jun 1848
TA1568 ROYAL TASMANIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS 01 Jan 1828
TA336 HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE, CASCADES 01 Jan 1877 31 Dec 1890
TA1546 STATE RELIEF (BUSH FIRES) COMMITTEE 11 Feb 1967 31 May 1968
TA978 THE PRICES INQUIRY BOARD 16 Aug 1988 31 Mar 1989
Previous Agencies:
TA863 LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR'S OFFICE 16 Feb 1804 03 Dec 1825
Subsequent Agencies:
TA980 COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE 01 Jan 1859 05 Dec 1885
Related Agencies:
NG1091 SIR ROBERT GEORGE CROOKSHANK HAMILTON 30 Aug 1836 22 Apr 1895
NG457 GEORGE STRAHAN 01 Jan 1838 31 Dec 1887
NG723 ALAN HAMILTON 01 Jan 1860
NG2184 GORE BROWNE FAMILY 01 Jan 1861 29 Dec 1898
NG2226 ALLARDYCE FAMILY 09 Jul 1889 01 Mar 1983
NG1736 STANLEY AND PEARL BURBURY 01 Jan 1909 31 May 1995
Series Created By Agency:
GO59  COPIES OF OFFICIAL NOTICES IN THE HOBART TOWN GAZETTE. 06 Jul 1816 10 Aug 1826
AE675  SUMMARY OF GOVERNMENT NOTICES AND ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTATION 13 May 1817 24 Dec 1839
GO26  LETTERBOOKS OF DESPATCHES SENT TO THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE. 18 Dec 1818 23 Dec 1836
GO52  LETTERBOOKS OF GENERAL OUTWARD CORRESPONDENCE. 21 Nov 1820 24 Feb 1912
GO25  LETTERBOOKS OF DESPATCHES SENT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 16 Jan 1821 21 Jan 1911
GO39  MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESSED PRINCIPALLY TO THE GOVERNOR. 23 Nov 1821 13 Oct 1926
GO17  DESPATCHES FROM THE TREASURY TO THE OFFICER- IN-COMMAND OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES IN THE COLONY. 30 Nov 1821 21 Dec 1833
GO2  DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES. 28 Aug 1823 31 Oct 1835
GO1  DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 29 Aug 1823 28 Dec 1932
GO23  INDEXES TO DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 01 Jan 1825 31 Dec 1885
GO60  GOVERNOR'S COMMISSIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS. 01 Jan 1825 31 Dec 1869
GO141  PHOTOGRAPHS. 01 Jan 1825 31 Dec 1942
GO33  GOVERNOR'S DUPLICATE DESPATCHES RECEIVED BY THE COLONIAL OFFICE. 12 Feb 1825 27 Dec 1855
GO30  LETTERBOOK OF DESPATCHES SENT MAINLY TO THE TREASURY. 01 Jan 1826 18 May 1839
GO53  PRIVATE SECRETARY'S LETTERBOOKS. 02 May 1826 14 Jan 1869
GO31  LETTERBOOK AND REGISTER OF DESPATCHES SENT TO THE COLONIAL AGENT. 20 May 1826 18 May 1834
GO54  LETTERBOOKS OF LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR'S MEMORANDA ADDRESSED TO THE COLONIAL SECRETARY. 26 Jun 1826 24 Jan 1837
GO21  REGISTERS OF DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 02 Aug 1826 16 Dec 1963
GO37  REGISTERS OF DESPATCHES SENT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 02 Jan 1827 01 Dec 1966
GO55  LETTERBOOK OF LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR'S CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESSED TO CROWN LAW OFFICES. 09 Nov 1827 09 Sep 1836
GO3  DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY AND UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE RELATING TO ADVANCES TO EMIGRANTS. 15 Nov 1831 12 Dec 1834
GO120  PROCLAMATION OF AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A PUBLIC POUND AT NEW NORFOLK. 30 Jan 1832 30 Jan 1832
GO43  REPORT OF ALEXANDER MACONACHIE ON CONVICT DISCIPLINE, AND ASSOCIATED PAPERS. 01 May 1837 30 Jun 1837
GO44  JUDGES' REPORTS OF SUPREME COURT CRIMINAL CASES, AND ASSOCIATED CORRESPONDENCE. 20 Jan 1840 27 Dec 1841
GO45  CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED RELATING TO THE SUSPENSION OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARY AND THE SOLICITOR-GENERAL. 01 Jan 1841 31 Dec 1843
GO74  COPIES OF ENCLOSURES TO DESPATCHES SENT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 06 Nov 1841 01 Jul 1910
GO40  MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESSED TO THE PRIVATE SECRETARY. 27 Jan 1842 13 Dec 1924
GO61  COPIES OF PAPERS RELATING TO THE FINANCIAL CLAIMS OF THE COLONY ON THE IMPERIAL GOVERNMENT. 01 Jan 1845 31 Dec 1867
GO62  COPIES OF CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM THE MIDLAND AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION. 01 Jan 1846 31 Dec 1847
GO38  INDEXES TO DESPATCHES SENT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 27 Jan 1847 31 Dec 1884
GO46  REPORTS OF THE COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF CONVICTS. 06 May 1847 14 Aug 1857
GO121  REGISTER OF CONVICTS FOR WHOM ENQUIRIES WERE MADE. 01 Jan 1850 31 Dec 1868
GO63  MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS. 01 Jan 1855 31 Dec 1930
GO122  REGISTERS, LISTS AND ASSOCIATED PAPERS RELATING TO PERSONS INVITED OR ELIGIBLE TO BE INVITED TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE. 01 Jan 1855 31 Dec 1973
GO64  REGISTER OF APPLICATIONS FOR FREE PARDONS. 06 Mar 1856 30 Dec 1856
GO142  PLANS. 01 Jan 1858 31 Dec 1972
GO65  REGISTER OF PARDONS RECEIVED FOR SIGNATURE AND RETURNED. 08 Aug 1859 22 Oct 1862
GO58  TRANSMISSION REGISTER OF PAPERS REFERRED TO VARIOUS OFFICERS. 09 Aug 1859 05 May 1863
GO66  REGISTER OF GRANT DEEDS RECEIVED FOR SIGNATURE AND RETURNED. 10 Aug 1859 03 Dec 1861
GO5  CIRCULAR DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 18 Apr 1860 27 Dec 1932
GO12  COLONIAL OFFICE DESPATCHES ACKNOWLEDGING DESPATCHES FROM THE GOVERNOR. 29 Apr 1860 25 Aug 1926
GO4  SEPARATE, SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 27 Aug 1860 21 Dec 1931
GO41  CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM COLONIAL AND STATE DEPARTMENTS. 23 May 1861 11 Dec 1919
GO47  CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED ABOUT MILITARY MATTERS. 14 Dec 1861 30 Sep 1870
GO56  LETTERBOOKS OF GOVERNOR'S MEMORANDA ADDRESSED TO MINISTERS. 24 Dec 1861 14 Feb 1888
GO67  JOURNALS OF EXPENSES OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT. 01 Jan 1862 27 Jun 1949
GO16  UNCLASSIFIED COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE COLONIAL OFFICE. 14 Apr 1862 05 Oct 1932
GO19  DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE GOVERNORS OF OTHER COLONIES AND STATES. 17 Nov 1862 18 Jun 1917
GO48  CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED ABOUT NAVAL MATTERS. 08 Feb 1863 25 Aug 1925
GO18  COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED FROM BRITISH DEPARTMENTS OTHER THAN THE COLONIAL OFFICE. 16 Mar 1863 12 Jun 1924
GO24  PRIVATE SECRETARY'S LISTS OF DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 01 Jan 1866 30 Jun 1877
GO49  CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED RELATING TO FOREIGN CONSULS IN THE COMMONWEALTH. 12 Nov 1866 25 Nov 1933
GO27  LETTERBOOKS OF CONFIDENTIAL DESPATCHES SENT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 21 Apr 1869 29 Dec 1913
GO6  "LIBRARY" DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE COLONIAL OFFICE. 04 Jun 1869 22 Dec 1932
GO32  LETTERBOOK OF DESPATCHES ON CONVICT MATTERS SENT TO THE HOME OFFICE. 25 Nov 1869 09 Sep 1879
GO50  BILLS RECEIVED FOR ASSENT AND ATTORNEY- GENERAL'S REPORTS ON LEGISLATION. 15 Oct 1870 24 Dec 1901
GO7  "GENERAL" DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 31 Aug 1871 28 Dec 1908
GO8  DESPATCHES TRANSMITTING COPIES OF TELEGRAPHIC DESPATCHES FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 16 Jul 1874 14 Jun 1923
GO68  GOVERNOR'S SPEECHES OPENING PARLIAMENT, ADDRESSES-IN-REPLY, ADDRESSES TO THE CROWN, AND ASSOCIATED PAPERS. 22 Jul 1874 29 Jan 1933
GO42  CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED FROM OTHER COLONIES AND STATES. 19 May 1875 11 Dec 1902
GO57  REGISTERS OF OUTWARD CORRESPONDENCE. 01 Oct 1878 28 Feb 1902
GO9  "HONOURS" DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 30 Nov 1878 21 Dec 1931
GO13  COLONIAL OFFICE DESPATCHES ACKNOWLEDGING AND REPEATING TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED FROM THE GOVERNOR. 08 Apr 1881 05 Dec 1894
GO22  REGISTER OF SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 29 Dec 1881 03 Dec 1904
GO51  REGISTERS OF INWARD CORRESPONDENCE. 10 Jan 1882 09 Oct 1907
GO10  "FEDERAL COUNCIL" DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 24 Oct 1889 30 Dec 1898
GO28  LETTERBOOK OF DESPATCHES SENT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE FEDERAL COUNCIL. 07 Jan 1890 15 Jan 1899
GO14  COLONIAL OFFICE SCHEDULES OF DESPATCHES SENT TO THE GOVERNOR. 07 Aug 1896 31 Dec 1958
GO72  REGISTERED CORRESPONDENCE. 01 Jan 1900 31 Dec 1987
AC227  REGISTERED CORRESPONDENCE, NEW SERIES. 01 Jan 1900 31 Dec 1987
GO125  VISITORS BOOKS. 22 Oct 1900 28 Nov 1973
GO20  DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH. 24 Dec 1900 24 Sep 1929
GO124  INVENTORY OF FURNITURE AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE. 01 Sep 1901 31 Mar 1913
GO133  JOURNALS OF EXPENSES FOR MAINTENANCE AND STATIONERY STORES. 01 Jan 1902 31 Dec 1971
GO11  "MISCELLANEOUS" DESPATCHES RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 30 Jan 1902 24 Mar 1930
GO35  COPIES OF DESPATCHES SENT TO THE GOVERNOR- GENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH. 21 Jul 1904 06 Dec 1930
GO75  COPIES OF SEPARATE, SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL DESPATCHES SENT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 31 Dec 1909 31 Dec 1972
GO34  COPIES OF DESPATCHES SENT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 14 Jan 1911 11 Aug 1933
GO36  COPIES OF DESPATCHES SENT TO GOVERNORS OF OTHER COLONIES AND STATES. 16 Sep 1911 05 Jul 1918
GO86  COPIES OF TELEGRAMS AND CABLEGRAMS SENT. 26 Jul 1912 18 Apr 1916
GO82  TELEGRAM AND CABLEGRAMS RECEIVED. 23 Aug 1912 20 Apr 1916
GO89  MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE, ARRANGED BY FILE TITLE. 01 Jan 1914 31 Dec 1970
GO93  MACQUARIE ISLAND FILES. 01 Jan 1916 31 Dec 1943
GO15  DOMINIONS OFFICE SCHEDULES OF TELEGRAMS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR. 08 Feb 1926 31 Dec 1944
GO79  INWARD AND OUTWARD DESPATCHES, WITH ASSOCIATED CORRESPONDENCE, TO AND FROM SECRETARY OF STATE. 01 Jan 1933 31 Dec 1981
GO80  SUBJECT INDEX TO INWARD AND OUTWARD DESPATCHES. 01 Jan 1933 31 Dec 1933
AC232  SAMPLE STATIONERY. 01 Jan 1935 31 Dec 1982
GO91  MISCELLANEOUS STAFF MATTERS. 01 Jan 1937 31 Dec 1953
GO130  STAFF FILES. 01 Jan 1938 31 Dec 1958
GO109  CORRESPONDENCE AND ASSOCIATED PAPERS RELATING TO THE "PATRIOTIC PADDOCK", GOVERNMENT HOUSE. 01 Jan 1940 31 Dec 1946
GO71  ALPHABETICAL REGISTER OF TASMANIAN WAR CASUALTIES WITH NAMES OF RELATIVES TO WHOM LETTERS OF SYMPATHY WERE SENT. 01 Jan 1941 31 Dec 1945
GO131  KITCHEN GARDEN BOOK. 01 Jan 1942 30 Apr 1945
GO132  INDEX TO PERSONS INVITED TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE. 01 Jan 1948 31 Dec 1958
AC228  FILE RELATING TO PROPOSED ROYAL VISITS. 01 Jan 1949 31 Dec 1952
GO134  JOURNALS OF EXPENDITURE UNDER THE GENERAL AND GARDENS AND PASTURES ACCOUNTS. 15 Jun 1949 31 Mar 1960
GO136  ADDRESSES OF WELCOME. 01 Jan 1951 31 Dec 1963
GO88  MISCELLANEOUS UNREGISTERED CORRESPONDENCE. 01 Jan 1953 31 Dec 1960
AC229  FILE RELATING TO FLOOD DISASTER. 01 Jan 1960 31 Dec 1960
AC230  CORRESPONDENCE AND ASSOCIATED PAPERS KEPT BY LORD ROWALLAN RELATING TO HIS MEMORANDUM ABOUT THE RIGHT OF STATE GOVERNORS TO HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO THE CROWN. 01 Jan 1961 31 Dec 1961
GO137  GOVERNOR'S WEEKLY PROGRAMMES. 02 Jan 1966 19 Jan 1969
GO77  SCHEDULES OF DESPATCHES SENT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. 01 Jan 1967 31 Dec 1967
GO118  CORRESPONDENCE AND ASSOCIATED PAPERS RELATING TO THE BUSHFIRE DISASTER FEB 1967. 01 Feb 1967 30 Nov 1967
GO90  VISITS BY SIR EDRIC AND LADY BASTYAN. 01 Jan 1968 31 Dec 1971
GO138  GOVERNOR'S DAILY PROGRAMMES. 17 Jan 1968 25 Dec 1972
GO139  DAILY BRIEFS. 26 Nov 1968 26 Oct 1972
GO143  AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE AND GROUNDS. 04 Nov 1969 04 Nov 1969
AC233  PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS RELATING TO ALTERATIONS AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE. 01 Jan 1985 31 Dec 1985
AC231  CONSIDERATION OF LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS NECESSARY IN TASMANIA FOLLOWING PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO REMOVE LEGISLATIVE LINKS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM. 18 Sep 1985 18 Sep 1985