Joining the Victorian Public Service (VPS) as an Administrative Officer in 1964, Paul worked in several agencies before joining the FCV in 1982. Due to deteriorating health, Paul left the VPS in 2003 after an almost 40-year career.
Over his working life, Paul developed a knowledge and understanding of Victoria’s bureaucratic heritage, and the documents and systems that underpin its legacy. During his later career, and in retirement, Paul has assisted bureaucrats, authors, students, researchers, NGOs (including, importantly, the FCRPA) and others wanting to draw on this valuable historical resource. Paul continues to be an essential ‘go-to’ specialist for those interested in Victoria’s forest history.
The records below are available here primarily because of Paul's endeavours.
The following documents and links provide information about, and access to, records relating to the Forest Commission Victoria and earlier agencies.
Forest History in Victoria: A Guide to Government Records 1836-1994, Heather McRae, Conservation and Natural Resources (1994). This guide directs readers to relevant publications, libraries, archives, and organisations for further information, and covers original unpublished records such as files, volumes, index cards, maps, plans, photographs, films and computer records, with a particular focus on records of the former Forests Commission of Victoria, 1919-87.
Public Records Office Victoria, Series VPRS 11563. This record series constitutes the general correspondence registered by the Department of State Forests (Forests Commission) during the period 1920-1983.
The FCRPA holds a number of documents at the Beechworth Museum.
Paul recovered the pre 1919 records, Peter Evans typed the original list and Paul did some further editing which has produced the list below.
In October 2022 Paul finished a more complete listing of FCV files for the period 1919 to 1937, and in December 2022 for the period 1938 to 1958.