Dogs Queensland

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When Dogs Queensland was the Kennel Association of Queensland, they made a ground-breaking contribution to our dog world when they produced Australia's first series of Stud Books. Called the 'Canine Stud Books of Australia' these books were published annually from 1922-1947. As the only surviving source of  pedigree information of dogs of that time resident in Queensland and beyond, today they are rare and valuable.

History of Dogs Queensland

In 1897 the first show in Queensland was conducted using the Rules of the Victorian Poultry and Dog Club[4d]. Probably other Shows were also held before the Queensland Kennel Association was formed in 1921.

The Kennel Association of Queensland had working arrangements with NSW, Victoria, SA and Tasmania. But running alongside them and performing similar functions was the Queensland Kennel Club and the Queensland Board of Control. In other words there were three separate controlling bodies, each affiliating smaller bodies like breed Speciality Clubs and country Agricultural Societies, each registering their own dogs, each licensing their own judges, and each maintaining their own memberships and registrations. With fees paying clerical staff assisted by volunteers, this clearly unworkable situation lasted through the 1930s and 1940s.

Auspices with the Queensland Royal National Agricultural Society (RNA)

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In 1947, the Kennel Association of Queensland and the Kennel Club of Queensland, decided to mirror Victoria's very successful alliance with their Royal Agricultural Society by coming under the auspices of the RNA. With the third Controlling body, the Queensland Board of Control ceasing to exist, the other two used secretarial services provided by the staff of the RNA, to form Queensland Control Council (CCC). By 1955 a legal Constitution had been put in place between the RNA and CCC of Queensland demanding, among their requirements, that an RNA Representative was always on the CCC Committee. They published litter registrations from 1959[4b]. In 2012 they broke away from their alliance with the RNA, and became the Canine Control Council (Queensland) Ltd.

Dogs Queensland finds a Home

Meanwhile, in 1979, Mr Lyle Gearside, a prominent CCC Councillor, found 52 acres of suitable land at a suitable price in  Durack, a suburb of Queensland's capital city, Brisbane. The only problem was it was within the Brisbane City's 'Green belt' which meant it could only be used for 300 days a year! This amazing condition was eventually resolved and today, the CCC ground at Durack has become an enviable venue for the various activities conducted by what now trades as Dogs Queensland.

References and Further Reading

[4] 'An Historical Record of Australian Kennel Controls' published ANKC, Ascot Vale Vic 1988.

[4b] Ibid., The Canine Control Council, Queensland by D.W.Armstrong Pages 73-75.

Additional material for Queensland kindly supplied by Mr Vic Jones.