Unique IDAG-0076DescriptionThe Building Surveyor had statutory responsibilities under the Sydney Corporation Act 1842 to regulate buildings in the City.
The first Building Surveyor was Michael Golden who was appointed as Superintendent of the Building Act. He was Building Surveyor from 3 May 1847 to 23 April 1857. The next Building Surveyor, W H Barron, also acted as the City Surveyor. On 9 March 1858, the position of Building Surveyor was abolished and replaced by four District Surveyors. These positions did not last and in 1860 David McBeath was appointed as Building and District Surveyor.
The City of Sydney Improvement Act 1879 established the office of City Building Surveyor and created for the first time a (barely) workable legal framework for exercising effective regulatory control over building work.
In 1881 the offices of City Architect and City Building Surveyor were amalgamated with the appointment of Thomas Sapsford.CreationResolution of Council 3 May 1847AbolitionResolution of Council 1881
Start date3rd May 1847End date qualifierbyEnd date31st December 1881Relationship legacy dataRELATED TO: Sydney City Council OR-0001 (03/05/1847 to 31/12/1881)
RELATED TO: Building and development regulation FN-0010 (03/05/1847 to 31/12/1881) Source System ID76