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Corporate entry Defence Research Centre Salisbury (1978 - 1987)

Commonwealth of Australia

3 April 1978
Salisbury, South Australia, Australia
31 July 1987
Defence Research and Defence Industries
Reference No
CA 3040
Legal Status
Agency of the Commonwealth of Australia
Salisbury, South Australia


The Defence Research Centre Salisbury (DRCS) was established in 1978, when the Weapons Research Establishment was divided into four separate laboratories. These were the Electronics Laboratory, Weapons Systems Research Laboratory, Advanced Engineering Laboratory and Trials Resources Laboratory, collectively known as an administrative group as the Defence Research Centre. In July 1987 the Defence Research Centre became part of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

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