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Intelligence Department of New South Wales

1905 - 1919

Institution: Intelligence Department of New South Wales
In 1905 the Intelligence Department was established to make the attractions and possibilities of the State of New South Wales better known at home and a abroad, and to promote settlement on the land and to encourage immigration.

The major responsibilities of the Intelligence Department were immigration and tourism. The Department was to co-operate with the Agent-General in London to control the collection and dissemination of reliable information about the State. It was also authorised to render advice and facilities to immigrants and other intending settlers, advertise tourist resorts and assist people who wished to visit them, both locally and abroad.

On 1 January 1919 the Bureau divided into two separate agencies. The Immigration section was transferred to the control of the Minister for Labour and Industry, and the Tourist Bureau was transferred to the control of the Colonial Secretary.