Until May 1840, the returns of this series consist of reports by the Colonial Treasurer on the state of the financial resources of the Bank of Van Diemen's Land, such reports resulting from the agreement between the Government and the Bank that if public moneys were deposited in the latter the Government should have the right to inspect. These reports list the resources of the Bank under various categories of currency, e.g., Spanish dollars, British gold, British silver, Treasury bills, etc. From 12 May the banks made their own returns in the form of a balance sheet itemised by the types of credits and debits. After November 1841 the returns were made in accordance with S. 22 of the Act 5 Vict. No. 17, which demanded quarterly returns
they continue to be monthly, however, until June 1842. The banks represented are: Derwent, Commercial, Bank of Australasia, Union Bank of Australia, Bank of Van Diemen's Land and Colonial
their branches are also represented. There are also various items of correspondence, such as covering letters from bank managers explaining particular items, circulars calling for the returns, correspondence concerning the arrangement whereby the Commissariat deposited public money with the banks.
These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archives