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Corporate entry Bureau of Mineral Resources (1946 - 1992)

Commonwealth of Australia

11 June 1946
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
13 August 1992
Earth Sciences and Resources
Reference No
CA 218
Legal Status
Agency of the Commonwealth of Australia
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory


The Bureau of Mineral Resources was created in June 1946, for the purpose of providing advice and research for the mining industry. The Bureau was situated in Melbourne, Victoria, from 1946 until 1948, when it moved to its Canberra location.


 1946 - 1992 Bureau of Mineral Resources
       1992 - Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO)

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Published resources


  • Wilkinson, R., Rocks to Riches: the Story of Australia's National Geological Survey (St Leonards (N.S.W.): Allen & Unwin, 1996), 446 pp. Details

Conference Papers

  • Fisher, H., ''The Bureau of Mineral Resources' Contribution to the Geological Mapping of Australia', in Edgeworth David Day Symposium: Geological Mapping of Two Southern Continents: the Geological Mapping of Australia - From David to 1:50000; the Geology of Antarctica-Exploration to Exploitation? edited by D. F. Branagan; G. S. Gibbons and K. S. Williams (Sydney: Edgeworth David Society, 1988), pp. 55-59.. Details

Edited Books

  • Johns, R.K. ed., History and role of government geological surveys in Australia (Adelaide: South Australian Government Printer, 1976), 111 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Muhling, Peter and Collins, Bob, 'Dr (Doc) Norm Fisher', Newsletter, Earth Sciences History Group, 44 (2013), 6-14. Details
  • Withnall, Ian, 'From tunneller on the Western Front to Director of the Bureau of Mineral Resources: the war service and career of P. B. Nye', Newsletter, Earth Sciences History Group, 45 (2018), 33-7. Details


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See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Branagan, D. F., 'Öpik, Armin Aleksander (1892-1983), Palaeontologist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2012), pp. 247-8. Details
  • Branagan, D. F., 'Noakes, Lyndon Charles (1914-1990), Geologist, Coast Watcher and Public Servant' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2012), pp. 223-4. Details
  • Laurie, John R., 'John Helsby Shergold 1938-2006', Memoirs of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists, 34 (2007), 1-16 . Details
  • Mackenzie, Doug, 'Ian Sweet d. 28 December 2013', TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, 171 (June) (2014), 39. Details
  • McCracken, Ken, 'Rayner, Jack Maxwell (1906-1982), Geophysicist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2012), p. 330. Details
  • Shephard, Denis, 'Geophysical Instruments in the National Historical Collection', Preview, 163 (2013), 21-7. Details

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