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Northern Territory - Organisation

Department of Public Health (1916 - 1928)

Northern Territory of Australia

Government Agency and Government Department

The Department of Public Health was created in 1916 when the Government Medical Officer was also appointed as the Acting Chief Health Officer. This appointment brought the medical department and the health office together to form one department. In 1928 this department also took on responsibility for Aboriginal Affairs and therefore became known as the Health and Aborigines Branch.


 1869 - 1874 Medical Officer, Palmerston
       1874 - 1885 Colonial Surgeon for the Northern Territory
             1885 - 1916 Medical Officer
             1912 - 1916 Health Office
                   1916 - 1928 Department of Public Health

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George