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Scenery Preservation Board
Agency Number:
Start Date:
26 Nov 1915
End Date:
01 Nov 1971
The acquisition, management and preservation of land of scenic or historic interest. 

The Board established an Office to carry out its day-to-day management functions. Section 13 of the Scenery Preservation Act 1915 provided for Boards to be proclaimed for the management of specific areas and these acted as agents of the Scenery Preservation Board. 

The Scenery Preservation Board was the first authority in Australia to be set up for the creation and management of parks and reserves. Yet, ironically, Tasmania was the last of the Australian states to establish a National Park. On 29 August 1916, Mt Field -- known until 1937 simply as National Park -- and Freycinet became Tasmania's first national parks. Six years later, following long campaigning by Gustav Weindorfer and others, a scenic reserve and wildlife sanctuary covering an area of 63 900 ha were established between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair.

The evolution of the Boards was straightforward except for the Tasman Peninsula, where the Scenery Preservation Board resumed direct control in 1950 before reconstituting a specific Board in 1962. In the late 1960s the operations of the Board (and the complementary Animals and Birds Protection Board) were reviewed and moves towards integration were begun by winding up the subsidiary Boards in National Parks as they came up for renewal in 1968. The sole exception was the Tasman Peninsula Board (TA 437). The remainder were replaced by sub-committees of the Scenery Preservation Board. 

In 1970 the Government legislated to create a National Parks and Wildlife Service and the 3 Boards began to integrate their activities in preparation for the formal amalgamation which occurred on 1 November 1971.
Information Sources:
Parks and Wildlife Service website
Legislation Administered:
Scenery Preservation Act 1915
Legislation Creating:
Scenery Preservation Act 1915 (6 Geo. V No.15)
Legislation Abolishing Agency:
National Parks and Wildlife Act 1970
Controlling Agencies:
Lands and Surveys Department (TA69)01 Jan 180423 Dec 1970

Lands Department (TA902)23 Dec 197001 May 1987
Subsequent Agencies:
Tasman Peninsula Board (TA437)01 Jan 196231 Dec 1968

National Parks and Wildlife Service (TA26)01 Nov 197101 May 1987
Series Created By Agency:
AA577 General Correspondence - Unregistered.30 Jul 190315 Jan 1971

AA615 Register of Scenic Reserves.01 Jan 191631 Dec 1948

AA264 Minutes of Meetings.07 Jun 191625 Oct 1971

AA608 Letterbook.19 Aug 193001 Sep 1947

AA610 General Correspondence - Port Arthur Scenic Reserve.01 Jan 193831 Dec 1966

AA17 Ledger.01 Jan 193831 Dec 1960

AA576 General Correspondence - registered.14 Mar 193830 Nov 1973

AA632 Cash Book - Port Arthur.04 Aug 193820 Apr 1967

AG83 Plans of Developments by Parks and Wildlife Service25 Nov 193823 Dec 2005

AA624 Cash Books.19 Dec 193831 Dec 1966

AA622 Logbooks of Huts on Walking Tracks.01 Jan 194031 Dec 2002

AA581 Bound Volumes of Correspondence relating to Entally House.01 Jan 194731 Dec 1959

AA637 Press Cuttings.01 Mar 194731 Oct 1971

AA627 Cash Book - Entally House.01 Jan 194831 Dec 1967

AA578 General Correspondence relating to Entally House.18 Oct 194824 Jun 1965

AA619 Visitors' Book - Entally House.09 Dec 195023 Nov 1952

AA641 Miscellaneous Inventories, Signs and Maps.01 Jan 195531 Dec 1977

AA626 Cash Book - Coles Bay.03 Jul 195919 Apr 1967

AA617 Cradle Mountain Visitors Books.21 Oct 196022 Nov 1976

LSD346 Monthly Summaries of Accounts.01 Jan 196131 Dec 1971

AA625 Loan Items - Cash Account.01 Jan 196231 Dec 1965

AA678 Photographs of Signs to Be Considered under Defacement of Property Act 1898.01 Jan 196231 Dec 1969

AA609 General Correspondence - Northern Office.01 Jan 196531 Dec 1973

AA772 Photographic Register of Advertising Signs Considered under the Defacement of Property Act 1898.18 Sep 196816 Jul 1985

AA620 Walk Register - Cradle Mountain.09 Apr 196910 Apr 1977

AA603 Minutes of Meetings of the Lake St Clair Special Committee.31 Jul 196923 Aug 1971

AA602 Minutes of Meetings of the Mt Field National Park Special Committee.01 Aug 196911 Oct 1971

AA605 Minutes of Meetings of the Tasman Peninsula Special Committee.01 Aug 196930 Sep 1971

AA606 Minutes of Meetings of the Northern Scenery Special Committee.29 Sep 196927 Sep 1971

AA607 Minutes of Meetings of the South West National Park Special Committee.03 Jan 197030 Sep 1971

AA604 Minutes of Meetings of the Cradle Mountain Special Committee.14 Feb 197022 May 1971

AA623 Letterbooks - Waldheim19 Oct 197023 Nov 1973

AA618 Visitors Book - Richmond Gaol24 Oct 197029 Nov 1970