"The past is never fully gone. It is absorbed into the present and the future. It stays to shape what we are and what we do."
Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, Inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, August 1996.

A Foresters' Life

Frank Smith

Material provided by Roger Smith


Frank was, at age 15, the youngest student ever to enter the VSF, and when he retired in 1974 he would become the longest-serving forester to be employed by the FCV.  You will see that he had a long career working in both plantations and native forests, and a very strong connection to the Otway forests. The Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) that were established in the Aire Valley Plantation in the 1930's, and are now inside the Great Otways National Park, are an important component of his legacy to forestry in Victoia.

Both of the letters in this article below are published with the permission of his son, Roger.


Redwood sawlogs from the FCV Aire Valley plantings of the late 1920s-early 1930s at a Woodend sawmill. "Specialty timber products have been cut from Sequoia sawlogs for many years now, starting with the 1929 plantings at Depplers Creek." Roger Smith, September 2021

September 2021
Source: D Endacott

Frank Smith, 1936
Source: R Smith