Legacy Publications

Last updated:11 July 2023

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Records were the quickest way to circulate immediate results of research, field work or other events and eventually became a formal printed series of reports, most made publicly available. These Records commenced in 1941 and continue to this day.

Confidential Records

During the 1950s and early 1960s, the Darwin Uranium Group of BMR prepared a number of reports on uranium exploration, mining, and related topics.  Produced in the same format as the BMR Records, many were published in that series, but some contained sensitive information which prevented their release for years.   These became known as the Confidential Records, a separate series to the main Records.

Legacy Reports

Reports were introduced in 1948 and were specifically intended to provide a broad audience with the preliminary results of investigations in a formal publication.

Legacy Bulletins

The purpose of the Bulletins was to present broad regional or thematic summaries of the agency's investigations, often aggregating results described in a number of earlier Records, Reports or other publications.


The BMR Journal of Australian Geology & Geophysics was started in March 1976. In 1993, it became the AGSO Journal of Australian Geology & Geophysics.  After 24 years, 17 volumes and a change of policy, it was incorporated into the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences.

BMR Research Newsletter

The BMR Research Newsletter began in 1984 as a way of disseminating information on the organisation's research and resource assessment projects relevant to the exploration industry.

Petroleum Search Subsidy Act publications

The search for oil in Australia in the 1950s was hampered by a lack of detailed knowledge of the nation's sedimentary basins. The PSSA helped to improve this situation by offering financial incentives to companies drilling in regions with petroleum potential and published the results in these series of reports.