The earliest Records also pre-date the BMR’s formation. In 1941 several committees were established to advise the government on mineral resources considered vital for the war effort. Their reports were mimeographed and not widely distributed, so were not considered publications at the time. After the war, however, many were revised, printed and released as Mineral Resources of Australia Summary Reports. When the Bureau of Mineral Resources was created in 1946, the original mimeographed versions became, retrospectively, part of a continuing series of reports intended only for internal use or for limited distribution. As the BMR expanded its activities, the Records became the quickest way to circulate immediate results of research, field work or other events and eventually they became a formal printed series of reports, most made publicly available. The Records continue to this day.
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