We hold the major correspondence series of the Surveyor General's Office (GRG 35/2).

The Surveyor-General's Office was part of the Lands Department, and reported to the Commissioner for Crown Lands and Immigration.

Most of the correspondence in this series relates to the survey of particular areas of land for settlement and mining.

Access conditions

Given the age of these records, most are available for general public access.

Indexes and special lists

Surveyor General's Office correspondence 1838 - 1864

This is the major correspondence series of the Surveyor General's Office.

These special lists are arranged chronologically.

You can use the year and file number to locate and order the record.

You can also make a Keyword Search on our ArchivesSearch catalogue  for the files in this era.

Special list for GRG 35/2 Correspondence files ('SGO' files) - Surveyor General's Office, 1838-1847

Special list for GRG 35/2 Correspondence files ('SGO' files) - Surveyor General's Office, 1848-1856

Special list for GRG 35/2 Correspondence files ('SGO' files) - Surveyor General's Office, 1860-1864

Types of records

Correspondence files consist of:

  • letters and other documents received by the Department
  • memoranda of action taken
  • internal reports or inquiries
  • brief notes outlining the reply (nineteenth century) or copies of letters sent (twentieth century). 

The correspondence focuses on matters requiring survey expertise:

  • requests for dimensions of sections
  • requests for water reserves
  • requests for surveys and re-surveys
  • and boundary disputes.