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Agency Details

Agency Number: TA1568
Title: ROYAL TASMANIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS
Start Date: 01 Jan 1828
End Date:
Description:

In 1828 Lt-Governor Arthur set aside 13 acres for a collection of native plants and appointed William Davidson as Superintendant. In 1843 control was transferred to the newly formed Botanical and Horticultural Society of Van Diemens Land which soon became the Royal Society of Tasmania. By 1856 the area of the Gardens had increased to 20 acres and by 1863 there were 20,000 visitors annually. The Gardens were returned to the Crown in 1885 and a board of Trustees, including representatives of the Royal Society, was established to manage them. On 17 September 1967 permission was granted for the Gardens to be styled "Royal". From 1 July 1990 the Gardens came under the administrative control of the Department of Parks, Wildlife and Heritage although the Trustees continued to have a policy-making role.

In 1993 the Department of Environment and Land Management took over control, followed by the Department of Primary Industry Water and the Environment in 1998.

With the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Act 2002, the Gardens became a State Government statutory organisation, managed by a Board of seven members. In 2006 the Gardens became part of the Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts. In 2009 the gardens became part of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

Information Sources:

Website, Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts 2006

Legislation Administered:

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Act 2002

Legislation Creating:

Administrative action.

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

Controlling Agencies:
TA315 GOVERNOR'S OFFICE 01 Jan 1825
TA207 TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS TRUST 18 Jan 1886 25 May 1953
TA208 TRUSTEES OF THE TASMANIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS 29 Nov 1950
TA913 DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, WILDLIFE AND HERITAGE 17 Jul 1989 02 Feb 1993
TA1018 DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND LAND MANAGEMENT 02 Feb 1993 18 Sep 1998
TA1542 DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT 18 Sep 1998 05 Apr 2006
TA1708 DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM, ARTS & THE ENVIRONMENT 05 Apr 2006 11 Feb 2008
TA1752 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, PARKS, HERITAGE AND THE ARTS 12 Feb 2008 30 Jun 2009
TA1807 DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES, PARKS, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT 01 Jul 2009
Previous Agencies:
NG1525 ROYAL SOCIETY OF TASMANIA 01 Jan 1843
Series Created By Agency:
AB834  SPECIMEN FOLDER OF NEW ZEALAND FERNS. 01 Jan 1870 31 Dec 1885
AB831  SCRAPBOOKS OF ENGLISH MAGAZINE ARTICLES RELATING TO GARDENING. 01 Jan 1870 31 Dec 1900
AB843  PHOTOGRAPHS. 01 Jan 1870 31 Dec 1984
AB832  SPECIMEN BOOK FOR TASMANIAN FERNS. 01 Jan 1900 31 Dec 1900
AB829  UNIDENTIFIED INDEX AND LIST OF SPECIES OF IRIS AND NATIVE FLORA. 01 Jan 1918 31 Dec 1950