This building dates from the Second World War Soldier Settlement Scheme on Flinders Island. This was a crucial turning point in the island's history: between 1951 and the early 1960s over 33,000 hectares of land was drained and cleared for farming and the population more than doubled in size.
The building was known as the Works Office. It was located at Summer Camp, the main field headquarters for the Land Settlement Scheme. From this office the Overseer issued instructions for jobs and checked work tickets recording the week's work before sending them to the Pay Office.
When the last Overseer departed in 1964 the Works Office remained untouched. It was relocated to the Museum site in the 1970s and is exhibited just as it was. Items addressed to and written by the Overseer are still on the desk.