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Collections in Perth: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records


23. Science and Research

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was established in 1926 and was responsible for scientific research into, and the promotion of, primary and secondary industry in Australia.

During the 1930s and 1940s, CSIR set up divisions dealing with animal health and nutrition, soils, plant industry, fisheries, food preservation and transport, entomology and forest products. Research expanded rapidly after World War II. By 1949, CSIR had become the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and was active in primary, secondary and tertiary industry matters.

In 1949 each State appointed a CSIRO committee. Membership of the first Western Australian committee consisted of 20 people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Eventually CSIRO began to develop along divisional (research) lines, although in WA this occurred mainly in the early 1980s.

  • 1926–49: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), State Committee, WA (CA 4825)
  • 1939–49: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Division of Fisheries, NSW (CA 7836)
  • 1949–86: CSIRO, State Committee, WA (CA 4849)
  • 1950–51: CSIRO, Division of Fisheries [II], Perth (CA 4854)
  • 1952–69: CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology, Perth (CA 4855)

The Records

WA STATE COMMITTEE MINUTES OF MEETINGS, CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, 1926–86
Perth
Series: K640
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1926–49: Commonwealth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), State Committee, WA (CA 4825); 1949–86: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), State Committee, WA (CA 4849)
PAPERS RELATING TO TUNA/FISH RESEARCH, D L SERVENTY, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1937–51 (CONTENTS RANGE: 1914–94)
Perth
This series contains papers about D L Serventy's research into fish species, particularly tuna.
Series: K1343
Quantity: 2.01 metres
Recorded by: 1937–38: CSIR State Committee, WA (CA 4825); 1939–49: CSIRO, Division of Fisheries, NSW (CA 7836); 1950–51: CSIRO, Division of Fisheries, Perth (CA 4854)
PHOTOGRAPHS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF RESEARCH, D L SERVENTY, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1937–69 (CONTENTS RANGE: 1928–64)
Perth
A collection of photographs taken by D L Serventy and others as part of research into fish and bird life.
Series: K1346
Quantity: 6.12 metres
Recorded by: 1937–38: CSIR State Committee, WA (CA 4825); 1939–49: CSIRO, Division of Fisheries, NSW (CA 7836); 1950–51: CSIRO, Division of Fisheries, Perth (CA 4854); 1952–69: CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology, Perth (CA 4855)
FOLDERS OF SUBJECT-BASED CORRESPONDENCE, D L SERVENTY, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1937–69 (CONTENTS RANGE: 1885–1975)
Perth
This series contains correspondence from D L Serventy on natural history, mammals, general subjects, conservation, whales, Antarctica, CSIRO administration, travel and field trips, and press and film.
Series: K1348
Quantity: 1.98 metres
Recorded by: 1937–38: CSIR State Committee, WA (CA 4825); 1939–49: CSIRO, Division of Fisheries, NSW (CA 7836); 1950–51: CSIRO, Division of Fisheries, Perth (CA 4854); 1952–69: CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology, Perth (CA 4855)
WA STATE COMMITTEE CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ALPHABETICAL ORDER, SUBJECT CATEGORY, 1949–86
Perth
This is the main correspondence file series of the WA CSIRO State Committee. The papers it contains are controlled alphabetically within various subject categories including general, State Committee, CSIRO divisional files, communication and industry liaison, and visits.
Series: K637
Quantity: 3.24 metres
Recorded by: 1949–86: CSIRO State Committee, WA (CA 4849)
PAPERS RELATING TO BIRD RESEARCH, D L SERVENTY, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1951–69 (CONTENTS RANGE: 1865–1983)
Perth
This series contains papers about D L Serventy's research into bird species, particularly mutton-birds. It contains Serventy's own notes and correspondence as well as material acquired from other bird life authorities.
Series: K1344
Quantity: 6.12 metres
Recorded by: 1951–69: CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology, Perth (CA 4855)
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, D L SERVENTY, ALPHABETICAL SERIES, 1951–69 (CONTENTS RANGE: 1922–79)
Perth
This series contains correspondence about D L Serventy's scientific research. The correspondence is with individuals (mostly scientists) and organisations, and covers a range of matters including data, administrative details and various scientific and community activities.
Series: K1347
Quantity: 1.98 metres
Recorded by: 1951–69: CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology, Perth (CA 4855)

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