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Biographical entry Johnstone, Robert Nairn (1884 - 1935)

20 March 1884
Glenaroua, Victoria, Australia
7 June 1935
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Robert Johnstone was a veterinarian whose career with the Victorian Department of Agriculture was largely concerned with the outbreak of infectious diseases among farm animals and their control. In his official capacity he assisted with the investigation and control of blackleg disease in Tasmania in 1918 and rinderpest in Western Australia in 1923. As Senior Veterinary Officer Johnstone was responsible for planning and co-ordinating animal disease control activities in Victoria. He was actively engaged in educating the public, being one of the lecturers on the Victoria Government's School of Agriculture on Wheels and giving many radio talks. Johnstone published extensively in the Victorian Journal of Agriculture on a wide variety of topics from laminitis to Newcastle disease. For many years he was honorary registrar of the Veterinary Board of Victoria.



Education - Licentiate in Veterinary Science
Education - BVSc, University of Melbourne
1910 - 1926
Career position - Veterinary Officer, Victorian Department of Agriculture
1915 - 1916
Career position - Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force
1926 - 1934
Career position - Senior Veterinary Officer, Victorian Department of Agriculture
1934 - 1935
Career position - Superintendent of Livestock and Chief Veterinary Inspector, Victorian Department of Agriculture
Career position - President, Veterinary Association of Victoria

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Journal Articles

  • Lacy, Margaret, 'Robert Nairn Johnstone 1884 - 1935', Australian Veterinary History Record, 73 (2016), 15-28. Details


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