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Agency Details

Agency Number: TA28
Title: ANIMALS AND BIRDS PROTECTION BOARD
Start Date: 01 Jan 1929
End Date: 01 Nov 1971
Description:

Prior to 1928 fauna was protected by the Crown Lands and Police Departments. In view of the economic value of the trade in the furs of native animals and the need to safeguard against over exploitation of this resource, the Animals and Birds Protection Act was passed in 1928. This led to the creation of the Board to administer the Act and to represent all interests concerned with native fauna. The Police Department enforced the Act. The Animals and Birds Protection Act 1919 nominated the Commissioner of Police as ex-officio Chief Inspector.

In particular, the Board was responsible for the protection, conservation and regulation of the wild animals and birds of the State, including habitat protection. The work of the Board included publishing leaflets and posters which gave advice on the correct method of pegging animal skins to dry and a series of posters to educate the public on the value of native birds as Nature's 'pest controllers'.

Weaknesses in its ability to protect habitat was a principal reason for its ultimate amalgamation with the Scenery Preservation Board to form the National Parks & Wildlife Service in 1971.

Information Sources:

Parks and Wildlife Service website

Legislation Administered:

Animals and Birds Protection Act 1928

Legislation Creating:

Animal and Birds Protection Act 1928 (19 Geo. V No.51)

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

National Parks and Wildlife Act 1970

Functions Performed:
5 CULTURAL AFFAIRS [1]
8 ENVIRONMENT [1]
18 SPORT AND RECREATION [1]
19 TOURISM [1]
Controlling Agencies:
TA69 LANDS AND SURVEYS DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1804 23 Dec 1970
Subsequent Agencies:
TA26 NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICE 01 Nov 1971 01 May 1987
Related Agencies:
TA27 SCENERY PRESERVATION BOARD 26 Nov 1915 01 Nov 1971
NG2012 ERIC G MCRAE 01 Jan 1930
Series Created By Agency:
AA612  GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE (FIRST SERIES). 01 Jan 1922 31 Dec 1970
AA592  MINUTES OF MEETINGS. 16 Apr 1929 26 Oct 1971
AA636  PRESS CUTTINGS. 01 May 1933 31 Jul 1969
AA613  GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE (SECOND SERIES). 01 Jan 1934 31 Dec 1971
AA700  PAPERS AND PROCEEDINGS FROM AUSTRALIAN FAUNA AUTHORITIES CONFERENCES. 01 Jan 1936 31 Dec 1970
AA622  LOGBOOKS OF HUTS ON WALKING TRACKS. 01 Jan 1940 31 Dec 2002
AA699  CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO AUSTRALIAN FAUNA AUTHORITIES CONFERENCES FILE H/16. 01 Jan 1948 31 Dec 1965
AA614  SUNDRY CORRESPONDENCE, UNREGISTERED. 01 Jan 1958 31 May 1969
AA698  SURVEY OF LICENCE BOOKS. 01 Jan 1959 31 Dec 1970
AA642  LIST OF INTERSTATE EXPORT AND IMPORT PERMITS ISSUED. 02 Oct 1959 30 Jun 1969
AA643  LIST OF OVERSEAS EXPORT PERMITS ISSUED. 02 Oct 1959 10 Jul 1969