Alan Eddy Remembers
Alan Eddy graduated from the VSF in 1948 and went on to have a long and distinguished career in the FCV and CFL. More needs to be written here but at this stage the focus is on putting onto this site what we might call the "Eddy Papers".
The first of those papers, The Forestry Family, is available at this link, and it is a "must read" if you wish to get a real flavour of the times from Alan's graduation onwards. The "Family", as Alan so rightly calls it, worked under conditons that are unimaginable today. Below are more of Alan's recollections, and there are still more to come.
Softwood Plantations in NE Victoria
Victorian Government Strategy
Bernie Evans (Bio)
This article is derived from a paper presented to the
Murray Valley League for Development and Conservation Seminar
Wodonga, 30th March 1988
A Significant Contribution
Athol Hodgson, who died on 5 August 2018, made a significant contribution to Victorian forestry in a number of areas. Born in Wagga Wagga in 1930 he spent his early years on the family farm at Nariel in North East Victoria where, on at least one occasion, he helped the family protect the property from bushfire. Schooling at Nariel, Corryong and then Bendigo High School provided him with the qualifications to enter the VSF from which he graduated in 1950. He went on to get his Degree at the University of Melbourne in the mid-1950s.
‘a glorified landscape gardeners’ Role in Forestry in Australia
Gerry Fahey (bio)
This article is from a paper delivered at the AHA Conference, Canberra, July 2018.
the undue weight given to the plaque; Johnstone’s absence from early records; being overlooked by other writers and animosity with his contemporaries,
these elements have created a fog so thick that the researcher has little hope of seeing through to the fact:
That John Johnstone, Superintendent of State Plantations, “a glorified landscape gardener”, was the reason a School of Forestry was established at Creswick in 1910."
Gelignite Can Be Very Useful Stuff
This article is based upon a conversation between Bernie Evans and Richard Rawson in August 2018
On his first visit to the FCV District Office at Swifts Creek in early 1960, while he was assessing in the area of Davies Plain, Bernie was to find the District Forester, Moray Douglas, sitting in his office with feet on a footstool comprising a number of boxes of gelignite. Now, even in those days that seemed a little unusual. Powder magazines were a common feature of FCV locations, but they were not usually located in the main office.