Group VRG 34
Agriculture
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Date Range: 1872 - 1996
 
Description of this GroupDescription of this Group
In 1872 a Minister of Agriculture was appointed and assumed responsibility for functions previously administered by the Chief Secretary (VRG 26). A Department of Agriculture (VA 618) was also established in 1872, initially as a branch of the Department of Crown Lands and Survey (VA 538), but in 1882 it became a department in its own right.

Following the re-election of the Kennett Government in April 1996 the Agriculture portfolio was merged with parts of the Natural Resources and Energy and Minerals portfolios to form a new Agriculture and Resources portfolio. The Minister for Agriculture was succeeded by the Minister for Agriculture and Resources (VRG 122).

Location of Records

Some records have been transferred to the Public Record Office, but holdings are patchy.

See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.2.0 (Agriculture), 3.6.9 - 3.6.10 (State Forests), 3.6.11 (Fisheries and Wildlife), 3.6.12 - 3.6.19 (National Parks).

Ministers

Minister of Agriculture 1871-1881
Minister of Agriculture 1884-1985
Minister of Agriculture 1992-1996
Minister of Water Supply and Agriculture 1881-1884
Minister in Charge of the Wheat Scheme 1923-1924
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs 1985-1992
Minister for Ethnic, Municipal and Community Affairs 1991-1992
Minister for Food and Agriculture 1992-1992

 
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Agencies within this GroupAgencies within this Group
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Date within Group Agency Title Agency Number Agency Hierarchy
1872 - 1882 Department of Crown Lands and Survey VA 538 Sub Department
1872 - 1985 Department of Agriculture VA 618 Dept. of State
1915 - 1996 Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria (formerly known as the Veterinary Board of Victoria 1888-1997) VA 1148 Statutory Authority
1919 - 1932 Mildura Vineyards Protection Board VA 681 Statutory Authority
1932 - 1996 Victorian Dairy Industry Authority (formerly Victorian Milk Board 1932-1977) VA 711 Statutory Authority
1934 - 1995 Grain Elevators Board VA 1057 Statutory Authority
1936 - 1981 Chicory Marketing Board VA 3133 Other Instrumentalities
1938 - 1991 Western Metropolitan Market Trust VA 1473 Statutory Authority
1979 - 1988 Young Farmers' Finance Council VA 1460 Other Instrumentalities
1983 - 1985 State Chemistry Laboratory VA 2829 Statutory Authority
1983 - 1988 Rural Finance Commission VA 1073
1985 - 1995 Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (known as Department of Agriculture 1991-1992; Department of Food and Agriculture January 1992 - October 1992; Department of Agriculture 1992 - 1995) VA 2649 Dept. of State
1987 - 1996 Swine Industry Projects Advisory Committee VA 2995 Other Instrumentalities
1995 - 1996 Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals VA 3744 Dept. of State
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Date within Group Function Title Function Number
1872 - cont Agriculture VF 245
1873 - 1874 Herbarium VF 26
1873 - 1874 Botanic gardens VF 27
1875 - 1890 Forests VF 30
1903 - 1913 Herbarium VF 26
1906 - cont Veterinary services VF 110
1910 - 1913 Fisheries and wildlife VF 98
1910 - 1913 Fisheries, commercial licences VF 230
- 1911 Meat inspection VF 126
1981 - cont Animal protection VF 111
- 1983 Grain storage and loading facilities VF 161
1983 - 1988 Rural finance VF 112
1983 - 1988 Settlement schemes (soldier settlement) VF 113
1983 - cont Health sciences branch VF 114
1983 - cont Chief chemist's group VF 115
1985 - 1985 Fisheries, commercial licences VF 230
1992 - cont Grain storage and loading facilities VF 161
- 1996 Rural affairs VF 321