Minute Paper: Report on and List of Railway Plans and Sections etc which were destroyed in the fire, 25th September 1882


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82/1325                                  Department of Public Works
Railway branch,
Engineer-in-Chief’s Office,
Sydney 25th Septr 1882
Minute Paper
Subject:- Forwarding copy of the Engineer-
in-charge of Trial Surveys’
Report on destruction of
Railway Plan, etc, by fire
at the Garden Palace, 22nd inst.
I have the honour to
forward for the information
of the Minister for Public
Works a copy of Mr Herbert
Palmer’s report relative to
the destruction by fire of
Railway Plans, Sections, etc,
etc, at the Garden Palace
on the 22nd instant.
John ??
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September 22, 1882
The Engineer-in-Chief for railways
I have the honour to report that
the following Plans & Sections, and
Field Books, and all other documents
(as far as I can recollect) connected
with the various extensions of the
Railway, have been destroyed thought
the burning of the Garden Palace.
All Working Plans, Sections,
Filed, and Level Books, Proclaimed
Plans as far as plotted, Cross
Sections, and all other data con-
nected with the final surveys
of the following Extensions:
Homebush to Waratah
Orange to near Parkes
Cootamundra to Gundagai
Blaney to Carcoar, & towards Cooma
Bungendore towards Cooma
From 24th Mile on Illawarra
Railway towards Kiama
Young towards Cowra.
Also, the whole of the Plans and
Sections, and Field Books, etc, of all
the Trial (?) Surveys that have been
made since I took charge of the
Trial Survey branch in 1874.
The Working Plans and
Sections of the Narrandera and
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Jerilderie Extension were in the
Public Works Offices, and have
consequently been saved, and
there are Lithographs of the
Working Plans and Sections of
the following Contracts
Glen Innes to Tenterfield
Goulburn to Bungendore
Murrumburrah to Young
Macdonaldtown to 24th Mile (Illawarra line)
The proclaimed Plans of the list above,
with the exception of the Murrumburrah
and Young Extension, have been de-
stroyed but copies of the Glen Innes
and Tenterfield, Murrumburrah and
Young, and Illawarra line, have been
deposited in the various District Police
The List attached shews the
different Plans, etc, which are usually
kept in your office, but which at the
time of the fire were in use in my
office, and were destroyed.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient servant,
(Signed) Herbert Palmer

From record series NRS 906 Colonial Secretary: Special Bundles – 1879-82 Garden Palace (applications for space in, report of the Colonial Architect on the fire, newspaper reports of the inquiry into the fire, re records lost in the fire, etc [1/2527.2]