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Corporate entry Defence Research Laboratories (1948 - 1953)

Commonwealth of Australia

1 July 1948
Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia
30 October 1953
Defence Research and Defence Industries
Alternative Names
  • Defence Research and Industrial Laboratories (Parallel)
Reference No
CA 2555
Legal Status
Agency of the Commonwealth of Australia
Maribyrnong, Victoria


The Defence Research Laboratories were established in Maribyrnong, Victoria, in July 1948. After October 1953 the Laboratories operated under the name of Defence Standards Laboratories.


 1922 - 1948 Munitions Supply Laboratories (MSL)
       1948 - 1953 Defence Research Laboratories
             1953 - 1974 Defence Standards Laboratories
                   1974 - 1994 Materials Research Laboratories
                         1994 - 2002 Aeronautical and Maritime Research Laboratory

Published resources


  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Melbourne, 1995, 267 pp. Details


  • Sherratt, Tim, review of Cain, Frank, 'Arming he Nation: a History of Defence Science and Technology in Australia' (1999), Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 13, no. 4, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, 2001, pp. 538-539. Also available at Details

Online Resources

See also

Ailie Smith