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Corporate entry Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (1926 - 1949)

Commonwealth of Australia

From
21 June 1926
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
To
19 May 1949
Functions
Industrial or scientific research
Reference No
CA 486
Legal Status
Agency of the Commonwealth of Australia
Location
Melbourne, Victoria

Summary

Established in 1926, the CSIR worked for over twenty years, undertaking scientific research in Australia's primary and secondary industries. In 1949 the Council was renamed the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and continues to operate under this name.

Timeline

 1916 - 1920 Advisory Council of Science and Industry
       1920 - 1926 Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry
             1926 - 1949 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
                   1949 - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - Records, 1916 - 1918, MS 038; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Bastian, J. M.; McBean, D. McG.; Smith, M. B., 50 Years of Food Research, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1979. Details
  • Currie, George; Graham, John, The Origins of CSIRO: Science and the Commonwealth Government, 1901-1926, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1966, 203 pp. Details
  • Rivett, R., David Rivett: Fighter for Australian Science, R. D. Rivett, Camberwell, Victoria, 1972, 225 pp. Details
  • Schedvin, C. C., Shaping Science and Industry: a History of Australia's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1987, 400 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Alvarez, Amaya Jane, 'Invisible Workers and Invisible Barriers: Women in the CSIR in the 1930s and the 1940s', in Farley Kelly (ed.), On the Edge of Discovery: Australian Women in Science, Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 77-103. Details

Conference Papers

  • Schedvin, C. B. and Trace, K., 'Aspects of the Pre-War History of CSIR', in Paper for the Australian Association for the History and Philosophy of Science Conference, Melbourne, 1976, 1976, p. 21. Details
  • Spink, John, 'Australian Physics and the Evolution of CSIR', in Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science, Congress, Canberra, 1984, pp. 1-27. Details

Journal Articles

  • Currie, George and Graham, John, 'CSIR 1926-1939', Public Administration, vol. 33, 1974, pp. 230-52. Details
  • Currie, George; Graham, John, 'Growth of Scientific Research in Australia: the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Empire Marketing Board', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 1, no. 3, 1968, pp. 25-35. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9680130025.htm. Details
  • Gentilli, J., 'A History of Meteorological and Climatological Studies in Australia', University Studies in History, vol. 5, 1967, pp. 54-88. Details
  • Schedvin, C. B., 'Environment, Economy and Australian Biology 1890-1939', Historical Studies, vol. 21, 1984, pp. 11-28. Details
  • Turner, A. W., 'Gilruth's Work with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, 1929-1936', Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 13, 1937, pp. 112-115. Details
  • White, Frederick, 'CSIR to CSIRO - the events of 1948-1949', Public Administration, vol. 34, no. 4, 1975, pp. 281-93. Details

Theses

  • Alvarez, Amaya, 'Writing about Women in the History of Science: a Study of Women at the CSIR 1930-1950', MA thesis, University of Melbourne, 1993. Details

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