Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address Nora Creina Road, Near ROBE
Locality ROBE
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Robe Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Former CSIRO Field Research Station (including shed, water tank, yard fencing and gates)
Registered Name Former CSIR/CSIRO Field Research Station, including shed, water tank, yard fencing and gates
Significance This Field Research Laboratory has great importance in the history of Australian and international biological and agricultural science. At this site Mr Hedley Ralph Marston (later Dr H R Marston FRS) and co-workers successfully carried out fundamental research from 1935 to 1955 into a debilitating disease in sheep known as 'Coast Disease' in South Australia. Their work confirmed that the disease was caused by a deficiency of the trace element cobalt. During its operation the laboratory/field station attracted visits from a procession of eminent agricultural biochemists, and other scientists. Indeed, the CSIRO used to showcase the investigations to illustrate the best of the scientific research being carried out by CSIRO scientists.
Subject Index Scientific facilities - Agricultural Research Facility
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 12-FEB-1998
LGA Robe
State Heritage ID 16230
Heritage Number 16480
Section 16 a - it demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the State's history
g - it has a special association with the life or work of a person or organisation or an event of historical importance
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5464/91 F15911 A1


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