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Corporate entry CSIRO Division of Water Resources, Griffith [New South Wales] (1926 - )

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

11 November 1926
Griffith, New South Wales, Australia
Alternative Names
  • Centre for Irrigation and Freshwater Research (Also known as, July 1987 - December 1987)
  • Centre for Irrigation Research (Also known as, Jun 1982 - May 1987)
  • Citrus Research Station, Griffith (Also known as, 1924 - 1927)
  • Commonwealth Research Station, Murrumbidgee Irrigation Areas (Also known as, 1927 - 1939)
  • Division of Irrigation Research (Also known as, Jan 1967 - May 1982)
  • Irrigation Research Laboratory (Also known as, 1961 - 1966)
  • Irrigation Research Station, Griffith (Also known as, 1939 - 1961)
Reference No
CA 4468
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National Archives of Australia
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


The Division of Water Resources began as an organisation looking into problematic soil and irrigation in Murrumbidgee before shifting its focus to land survey and reclamation after a major flood and then drought in the region from 1939 to the early 1940s. During the Second World War the Division of Water Resources supplied vegetables to the allied forces based in the pacific. After the war the research carried out at the Division of Water Resources took on a more long term role focusing on potential future water and soil problems, and the role of water in the environment. This research included studies on the Murray Basin, water salinity and sustainable agriculture.

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