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The Tasmanian royal kalendar, colonial register and almanack 1849, (Hobart, 1849), pp.97-98


Commissariat Department: Duties

The Commissariat raises, keeps, and disburses, according to fixed regulations, the whole of the funds required to carry on the foreign expenditure of the mother country.

Certain classes of payments are made under specific directions from the Treasury; other payments are made under warrants from the officers commanding, or (as in the case of the convict expenditure) of the governor of the colony. It is the duty of the Commissariat officer to call the attention of the officer commanding, or of the governor, as the case may be, to every instance in which a payment may be authorised at variance with the established regulations, or with any particular direction of this Board, as well as to report on the subject to the Treasury.

An account is constantly kept open, by means of the Commissariat chests, between the mother country and its dependencies in every part of the world (except India and Ceylon), and between all these dependencies; so that if a sum has to be received or paid in Canada, Australia, or China, for any branch of the public service, it may be done by a transfer in the Commissariat chest account, without any remittance. The Commissariat officers act, in effect, as sub-treasurers to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury in the foreign possessions of the Crown.

The financial functions performed by the Commissariat renders it indispensable that the officers of the department should act under the immediate orders of the Treasury, which cannot transfer to others the responsibility of the various operations connected with the provision, the custody, and the due appropriation of the funds which are required for carrying on the public service.

The Commissariat also provides, keeps in store, and issues the provisions, forage, fuel, and light for the use of all the different branches of the service abroad.

Salt meat, coals, candles, and some other articles, are procured by the Commissariat through the medium of the Admiralty and the Ordnance, while the fresh provisions are purchased on the spot.

The materials of various kinds required by the Ordnance, are also purchased by the Commissariat.

All description of transport, both land and water, is in the charge of and under the control and direction of the Commissariat Depmt.

The following is the authority for its present organization:-

Commissary-in-Chief’s Office,
March 19, 1810.

His Majesty has been pleased to command that the following regulations should be established and acted upon in all future promotions and appointments in the Commissariat.

That the gradation of rank be “Com-Gen”, “Dep Com-Gen”, “Asst Com-Gen”, “Dep Asst Com-Gen”, “Clerk”. No person to enter but as clerk — to serve 1 year before eligible for promotion. Deputy Asst to serve 4 years, or 5 from entrance as clerk before eligible. Assist 5 years as Assist, or 10 years from entrance as clerk before eligible. Dep to be 3 years in that rank before eligible. Service to be counted as actual service on full pay. No person to be appointed clerk previous to the age of 16.

Appointments held under the Royal Sign Manual

The comparative ranks are Com-Gen as Brig-Gen; Dep as Lt-Col, under three years as Major; Asst as Capt; Dep Asst as Lieut; Clerk as Ensign. See Army Regulations.

Rates of Full and Half Pay

Rank Ordinary full pay Extra war pay Extra climate pay to be drawn by officers serving in W. Indies & on the coast of Africa Charge pay Half pay Half pay after twenty years service as an officer and five years in last rank
  £.  s.  d £.  s.  d £.  s.  d £.  s.  d £.  s.  d £.  s.  d
Com.-General 4. 14. 11 1. 18. 0 ........ ........ 1. 9. 3 ........
          After 1 m. serve as Com-Gen.  
        To the offi. in charge, in the windw. & leew. is. comd. 1. 19. 3  
Dep.-Com.-Gen. 1. 8. 8 0. 9. 6 0. 9. 6 1. 8. 6 0. 14. 8 0. 19. 0
        At other stations    
        0 9 6    
        At stations where climate pay is allowed    
        0 4 6    
Asst.-Com.-Gen. 0. 14. 3 0. 5. 0 0. 5. 0 0. 4. 6 0. 7. 4 0. 9. 6
        At other stations    
        0 5 0    
Dep.-Assist.-Com.-Gen. 0. 9. 6 0. 5. 0 0. 2. 6 0. 2. 6 4. 4. 11 0. 6. 4
Com.-Clerk 0. 7. 6 ........ ........ ........ ........ ........
[J. Wood (comp.), The Tasmanian royal kalendar, colonial register and almanack 1849, (Hobart, 1849), pp.97-98.]

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