Country Roads Board

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Shield of the Country Roads Board

The Country Roads Board (CRB) was the government authority responsible for the construction and maintenance of main roads in the State of Victoria, Australia between 1913 and 1983.[1] Its first chairman was William Calder who remained in charge until his death in 1928.

Another prominent Chairman was Donald Victor Darwin who took over in 1949, and steered the board through a massive post-war expansion program. Responsibility for major roads in Melbourne was shared with the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works, until all road responsibilities were passed to the CRB in 1974.[2]

The Country Roads Board was abolished and succeeded by the Road Construction Authority on 1 July 1983 by operation of the Transport Act 1983. This step occurred as part of a suite of major institutional changes in the Victorian transport portfolio affecting roads, trains and trams and related matters.

The Road Construction Authority was later merged with the Road Traffic Authority on 1 July 1989 to form the Roads Corporation.[3] The Roads Corporation is still in place today and trades as VicRoads.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Country Roads Board". Public Record Office Victoria online catalogue. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  2. ^ School of Historical Studies, The University of Melbourne. "Country Roads Board - Entry - eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of Melbourne Online". Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  3. ^ See the Transport (Amendment) Act 1989.

Further reading[edit]

  • W. K. Anderson (1994). Roads for the people : a history of Victoria's roads. Hyland House. ISBN 1-875657-23-1.