This section includes substantial or noteworthy reports and reviews relating to the Department of Agriculture (and its successors) and to agriculture in South Australia.
Strategic Plans and Reviews
One of the early strategic reviews of the Department of Agriculture was prepared by Marshall Irving, the then head of the Department. The request came from the Premier for the Director of Agriculture to provide Cabinet with a clear statement of the aims and objectives of his Department.
“The Objectives of the Department of Agriculture” was submitted to the Government at the end of 1971 and can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
The Callaghan Report, which led to the implementation of the regionalisation concept from the mid 1970s, was prepared by Sir Allan Callaghan, a former Director of Agriculture.
A review of the Department of Agriculture in the Light of Changed and Changing Needs–Part 1 (PDF 154.6 KB)
A review of the Department of Agriculture in the Light of Changed and Changing Needs–Part 2 (PDF 227.1 KB)
A review of the Department of Agriculture in the Light of Changed and Changing Needs–Part 3 (PDF 221.7 KB)
Reported by: Sir Allan R. Callaghan, C.M.G. Adelaide, December 1973
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SAGRIC 83 - Planning of Department of Agriculture services for South Australians over the next decade ()
Department of Agriculture, South Australia, October 1982
SAGRIC 84-87 - Planning of Department of Agriculture services for South Australians ()
Department of Agriculture, South Australia, October 1983
Department of Agriculture - Serving South Australians ()
Department of Agriculture, South Australia, September 1985
Directions in South Australian Agriculture 1987-89 ()
Department of Agriculture, South Australia, September 1986
Corporate Directions, 1989-1990 ()
Department of Agriculture, South Australia
In 1991/92, primarily responding to the impacts on SA of the collapse of the State Bank of SA consulting firm, McKinsey and Company were commissioned to undertake a review of the Department of Agriculture's activities and strategies. To read the summary of findings and recommendations from this 5-month review click on the link below.
Major Technical Reports
The Agriculture Technical Report Series spanned 1982 to 1992 and can be access via the following link: Index to the Dept of Agriculture Technical Reports 01-275 (PDF 93.3 KB).
Some of the more significant reports have been scanned and are directly accessible through this web site. All volumes of the series are available from the Waite Library.
Agriculture in South Australia (PDF 7.6 MB)
Technical Report 1
The Role of SAGRIC in Marketing (PDF 3.3 MB)
Technical Report 16
Agriculture in the South Australian Economy (PDF 4.6 MB)
Technical Report 25
Review of Research Centres (PDF 4.4 MB)
Technical Report 32
A Review of the Operation of the Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Campaign in Pastoral Areas of South Australia (PDF 5.3 MB)
Technical Report 42
Ruminant Industry Research Review (PDF 7.0 MB)
Technical Report 59
A History of the Agricultural Bureau, Women's Agricultural Bureau and Rural Youth Movement in South Australia 1888 – 1985 (PDF 4.7 MB)
Technical Report 120
Evaluation of Drains and Weirs in the South East of South Australia (PDF 2.0 MB)
Technical Report 122
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Other Historically Important Books, Reports and Publications
There are a number of books and publications listed below that have historical importance and which have been scanned and made accessible directly through this part of the History of Agriculture website.
Department of Agriculture - Annual Progress Report (PDF 573.6 KB)
December 31st, 1886
One Hundred Years on the Land covers The History of the Agricultural Bureau of South Australia
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Introduction (PDF 287.3 KB)
Chapter One – The First Ten Years (PDF 2.5 MB)
Chapter Two – The New Century (PDF 2.4 MB)
Chapter Three – Prosperity and Depression (PDF 2.7 MB)
Chapter Four – Another War and Boom Times (PDF 2.1 MB)
Chapter Five – An Era of Specialisation (PDF 1.9 MB)
Chapter Six – The Eighties and Beyond (PDF 1.4 MB)
A History of the Department of Agriculture by John Love
Summers, W.L., 1908,Notes on Agriculture in South Australia(pdf 9.5 MB), C.E. Bristow, Government Printer, North Terrace, Adelaide.
This paper presents a general view of conditions and proposals in South Australian Agriculture in 1908. It gives a fair indication that agriculture was flourishing and viable listing export values with the wheat industry exports valued at £2,152,842.
Smith, Clarence J., 1940s. Farm & Station Implements (PDF 3.5 MB), Sharples Bros., Catalogue and General Printers, Adelaide, South Australia.
History of Yorke Penninsula article by Frank Pearson
This article covers the development of Yorke Peninsula from the preiod of pre settlement of the state until the early 1900s. It describes the districts and leading farmers of Yorke Peninsula, along with the difficulties they experienced and their successes, particular the innovations developed to make agriculture profitable and sustainable. After settlement, Yorke Peninsula was primarily a pastoral region. In the latter half of the 1800s it trnasitioned to cropping, integrated with animal production.
Frank Pearson was appointed to the Department immediately after World War 1, moved through positions of District Agricultural Advisor to Chief Agronomist, before retiring in mid 1960s. The article is likely to have been written early in Frank's career with the Department.