The "Civil Branch" correspondence tends to be concerned with those matters previously dealt with in the general series (CSO 1 and CSO 5), with the exception of convict administration and the relations of Van Diemen's Land with the other colonies. No hard and fast rule can be stated, however, and it is not difficult to conclude that the division of labour on a subject basis (if that were reason for the creation of the "branches") broke down in practice.
An undated schedule apparently drawn up when this division was planned gives some idea of what the functions of the "Civil Branch" were intended to be: Civil Branch: Aborigines, Aide de Camp, Caveat Board, Comm[issaria]t as regards Treasury, Clerical, Comptroller [General of Convicts] as regards Roads, Customs, Councils [Executive and Legislative], Education Board, Miscellaneous, Orphan Schools, Post Master General, Queen's Orphan School, Registrar-General, Roads, Survey, Treasurer &c, Van Diemen's Land Co.
Analysis of subjects dealt with in the correspondence largely confirms this departmental allocation, but the "Civil Branch" was not confined to this area of administration, nor can one be sure that any of the subjects dealt with by this "branch" will not also be found in either or both of the other two.
These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archives