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Biographical entry Weir, Robert Edgar (1863 - 1947)

22 April 1863
Argyle, Scotland
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Public servant and Veterinary surgeon


Robert Weir was the first Government Veterinarian appointed by the Government of Western Australia. Having graduated from the Glasgow Veterinary College in 1884 he migrated to Victoria in the same year and set up in practice in Ballarat. In 1896 he moved to Western Australia to become the first veterinary surgeon to be appointed as a Government Inspector of Stock in Fremantle and, in 1904, Government Veterinarian. Between 1912 and 1924 he was Chairman of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia. Weir was a keen breeder of horses, particularly Clydesdales. He was an active office bearer of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia, being President in 1920. After retiring in 1924 he continued in private practice until 1946.



Life event - Retired
Life event - Migrated to Victoria
1896 - 1904
Career position - Assistant Inspector of Stock, Fremantle, Western Australia
1904 - 1924
Career position - Government Veterinary Surgeon, Western Australia
1912 - 1924
Career position - Chairman, Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia
Career position - President, Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Clark, William T., 'R. E. Weir, first State Chief Veterinary Officer and first Chairman of the Veterinary Board of Western Australia', Australian Veterinary History Record, vol. 72, 2015, pp. 1-8. Details

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