Victoria's Forestry Heritage

A History of Management

Leon Pederick

Tree Breeder

Leon graduated from the VSF in 1950, and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Melbourne in 1955. Further study led to a PhD which was conferred at the University of Melbourne in December 1967. His thesis was "‘Cytogenetic Studies in Pinus radiata D. Don".

On graduation from the VSF he went to the Assessment School at Kinglake before working on assessment projects in a number of locations around Victoria for about five years. He was posted to the Wail Nursey for a time, before heading into reseacrh in the area of tree improvent and tree breeding. He was to work in this field until retirement in May 1993, and his contribution in this area in particular was very significant.

After finishing full time work Leon wrote about his family and working life in "A Forester's Tale - Memoirs of a Victorian Tree Breeder", and he has kindly given permission for extracts of that publication to be used on this site.

Those extracts are:

VSF Life

Assessment School Kinglake (this also appears in Life in Bush Camps)

Life in Bush Camps

Coool Waters (this also appears in Life in Bush Camps - and no, that is not a typo)

Research and Tree Breeding

But wait, there's more. Leon also produced a video about assessing in the Glen Wills - Mt Bogong area in 1952-53. 


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Featured Publications


Circumspice '59
- Lawson, Smith & Fry

Leon Pederick - A Forester's Tale


The Eddy Papers


Brian Doolan's Papers


The Bjarne K Dahl Trust has given the FCRPA permission to provide a link to, and use extracts from, Bjarne K Dahl's Journey authored by Peter Evans.


Chapter 7 of Falvey L and Bardsley B (1997)  is entitled Forestry at Creswick and the University, 1910-1997. The chapter is made available with permission from the authors.