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Corporate entry Acclimatisation Society of Victoria (1861 - 1872)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Association and Society or membership organisation
Melbourne, Victoria


The Acclimatisation Society of Victoria replaced the Zoological Society of Victoria in 1861. The Society was responsible for managing the Melbourne Zoological Gardens. In 1872 the Society's name was changed to reflect its broader interests, becoming the Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria.


 1857 - 1861 Zoological Society of Victoria
       1861 - 1872 Acclimatisation Society of Victoria
             1872 - 1910 Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria
                   1910 - 1957 Royal Zoological and Acclimatision Society of Victoria

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Published resources


  • Minard, Peter, All things, harmless, useful and ornamental: environmental transformation through species acclimatisation, from colonial Australia to the world (Chapel Hill, NC: University of Carolina Press, 2019), 196 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Gillbank, Linden, 'A Tale of Two Animals: Camel and Alpaca - Zoological Shaping of Mueller's Botanic Gardens', Victorian Historical Journal, 67 (1) (1996), 83-102. Details
  • Gillbank, Linden, 'Animal acclimatisation: McCoy and the menagerie the became Melbourne's zoo', Victorian Naturalist, 118 (2001), 297-304. Details
  • Gillbank, Linden, 'Of weeds and other introduced species: Ferdinand Mueller and plant and animal acclimatisation in colonial Victoria', Victorian Naturalist, 124 (2) (2007), 69-78. Details
  • Minard, Peter, 'Assembling Acclimatization: Frederick McCoy, European Ideas, Australian Circumstances', Historical Records of Australian Science, 24 (2013), 1-14. Details


Resource Sections

  • 'VA 3123 Royal Zoological and Acclimatisation Society', in Public Record Office Victoria online catalogue, Public Record Office Victoria, 2002, Details


  • Minard, Peter, 'A history of zoological acclimatisation in Victoria, 1858 - 1900', PhD thesis, University of Melbourne, 2014, 319 pp. Details

See also

  • Minard, Peter, 'Salmonid acclimatisation in colonial Victoria: improvement, restoration and recreation 1858-1909', Environment and History, 21 (2) (2015), 177-99. Details

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