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Corporate entry Defence Standards Laboratories (1953 - 1974)

Commonwealth of Australia

30 October 1953
Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia
19 September 1974
Analytical Services and Defence Industries
Reference No
CA 2556
Legal Status
Agency of the Commonwealth of Australia
Maribyrnong, Victoria


In October 1953 the Defence Research Laboratories became known as the Defence Standards Laboratories. Another name change took place in September 1974, the Laboratories becoming the Materials Research 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