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Corporate entry Victorian Department of Agriculture (1872 - 1985)

Colony and State of Victoria

Victoria, Australia
Advisory or regulatory body and Agricultural industry
Reference No
VA 618
Legal Status
Australian Wool Realization Commission


Established in 1872, the Victorian Department of Agriculture was a branch of the Department of Crown Lands and Survey. The Department was mainly concerned with the control of stock disease. It gained its independence as a Department in 1890. In 1985 the Department changed its name to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.


 1872 - 1985 Victorian Department of Agriculture
       1985 - 1991 Victorian Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs
             1991 - 1995 Victorian Department of Agriculture [II]
                   1995 - 1996 Victorian Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals
                         1996 - 2002 Department of Natural Resources and Environment
                               2003 - 2013 Department of Primary Industries
                               2003 - 2013 Department of Sustainability and Environment
                                     2013 - Department of Environment and Primary Industries
                                     2013 - Department of Environment and Primary Industries

Related People

Published resources


  • Russell, Hamish, Bardsley, Barrie and Lawson, Robin, Reminiscences from the inside: bringing science to agriculture, a history of the Department of Agriculture, Victoria, 1946-1996 (Melbourne: the Authors, 2014), 120 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Public Record Office of Victoria, '3.2.1 Department of Agriculture 1872-1985 Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs 1985+' in List of Holdings 1985: Public Record Office (1985). Details


Resource Sections

  • 'VA 618 Department of Agriculture 1872-1985', in Public Record Office Victoria online catalogue, Public Record Office Victoria, 2002, Details

See also

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