Agency VA 572
Zoological Board of Victoria
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Date Range: 1937 - 1995
 
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Background: Establishment of the Royal Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria (VA 3123) and the Melbourne Zoological Gardens

In October 1857 the Zoological Society of Victoria was formed with the aim of the introduction and acclimatisation of animals, birds, fishes, and plants, both useful and ornamental. The Melbourne Zoological Gardens were the first to be established in Australia. The first collections were housed in the Richmond Paddock opposite the Melbourne Botanic Garden. In 1861 the title was changed to the "Acclimatisation Society of Victoria", in 1870 to the "Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria", the prefix "Royal" being added in 1910. The animals were transferred to the present site in Royal Park in 1862. Although acclimatisation was one of the objects during the first decade at Royal Park, the efforts of the Society were gradually directed towards developing the Gardens and acquiring animals for exhibition purposes.

Establishment of the Zoological Board of Victoria (VA 572)

The Royal Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria controlled the Zoological Gardens until 1937 when financial difficulties were encountered and the Society requested the Victorian Government to assume responsibility for the Zoological Gardens and its extensive collections. As a result the Zoological Gardens Act 1936 appointed the Zoological Board of Victoria, a statutory body, on which the society was represented until its final disbandment in the 1950s.

Functions

Functions administered under the Zoological Parks and Gardens Act 1967 namely responsibility for the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, from 1975 the Werribee Fauna/Zoological Park, and from 1978 the Sir Colin Mackenzie Fauna Park (Healesville Sanctuary) including:

- the exhibition of zoological specimens to the public,

- the scientific study of zoological specimens,

- the instruction and entertainment of the public,

- the protection, preservation, management and care of the wildlife,

- the protection or preservation of the wildlife habitat including native plants and trees

This agency was succeeded by Zoological Parks and Gardens Board (VA 4289) in 1995.
 
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? 1898 - ? 1957 Register of Animals Received at the Zoological Gardens VPRS 2226 North Melbourne Open
? 1898 - ? 1957 Register of Deaths of Animals and Birds at the Zoological Gardens VPRS 2228 North Melbourne Open
1858 - ? 1950 Minute Books VPRS 2223 North Melbourne Open
1923 - 1951 Register of Subscribers, Register of Subscribers to Annual Reports, List of Periodicals Subscribed to VPRS 3407 North Melbourne Open
1937 - 1942 Animal Deaths (1937); List of Employees (1937) and Ticket Issue Register (1937 - 1942) VPRS 3415 North Melbourne Open
1937 - cont Wages Registers VPRS 2233 North Melbourne Open
1947 - Register of Catering Supplies VPRS 3417 North Melbourne Open
1947 - 1952 Register of Outward Donations VPRS 3410 North Melbourne Open
1992 - 1994 Records of the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens and Related Organisations VPRS 8850 North Melbourne Part Open
1992 - 1994 Database of Records in VPRS 8850 of the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens and Related Organisations VPRS 8851 North Melbourne Open
Circa 1861 - cont Stile Register VPRS 3404 North Melbourne Open
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1937 - 1995 Zoos VF 180
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1937 - 1973 Chief Secretary VRG 26
1973 - 1983 Conservation VRG 55
1983 - 1990 Conservation, Forests and Lands VRG 75
1990 - 1995 Conservation and Environment VRG 94