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COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE LIST 1904-1920

Do you have ancestry in the Public Service?

This is a crucial genealogy tool, providing details of people employed by the commonwealth in two records - one taken in 1904 and the other in 1920. If you have ancestry who worked in government roles during this time, it's an absolute must!

1904
This List of Permanent Officers of the Commonwealth Public Service as published June 1904 gives details of over 13,000 people employed throughout Australia. It is arranged by department, and by state where applicable. This is the first Commonwealth Public Service list. 

1920

This List of Permanent Officers of the Commonwealth Public Service as on 30th June 1920 gives details of over 22,000 people employed throughout Australia. It is arranged by department and by state where applicable.

Information included:

  • Name
  • Full date of birth
  • Full date of first appointment
  • Office (position) appointed to
  • Division
  • Class or grade
  • Salary (including rent)
  • Deductions for rent
  • District allowance
  • Miscellaneous allowance
  • Date present salary received from
Other information included in the 1920 volume:

  • Rates of annual salary assigned to certain positions
  • Post office classifications
  • Classification of telegraphists
  • Special district allowances
  • Comprehensive index to permanent commonwealth officers

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