"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.

McHugh's Monographs

Peter McHugh (bio)

Throughout 2018-2019 Peter McHugh posted a series of monographs onto the internal ‘Facebook’ system of the Department of Environment Lands Water and Planning (DELWP).

The series was initiated to mark the centenary since the creation of the Forests Commission. Titled ‘Forest Fortnight’, the series describes activities and personalities associated with forestry in Victoria, mainly over the 65 years that the Commission was operational. Each monograph was timed to mark a calendar event or to reflect the seasonal activities of forest management. They are essentially brief and aimed at capturing attention, and as such do not necessarily reflect the terminology employed in the main body of the website.

They outline the multi-faceted operations of the FCV in the community and its relationships with individuals and other organisations, and provide good background material enabling later expansion if possible.

In introducing the ‘Forest Fortnight’ series, Peter noted that the family ancestry of DELWP, Parks Victoria, VicForests, Hancock Victorian Plantations and even the Country Fire Authority can all be traced back to the Forests Commission’s era.  The Commission also left a strong legacy of tradition, camaraderie and innovation which remains embedded in the DNA of these modern organisations.

A selection of these are reproduced below as downloadable PDFs.


Get Lost .... (aka Forest mapping)

The forest assessors ....

Grand Design .... (aka Forest industry planning)

On the piste .... (aka FCV and ski rsort management)

Blue Wiggles .... (aka Fire logistics officers)

Box of Wonders .... (aka Archie and Edna Hair)

Keep the home fires burning .... (aka Emergency firewood supplies)

Pons asinorum .... - (aka East Gippsalnd wooden carvings)

Lake Elizabeth ....

Boys Camp - Noojee ....

Boys Camp - Rubicon ....

Surround and drown .... - (aka Firefighting pumps and equipment)

Blitz Trucks, Armoured Cars, Fire Boats and Pigs .... - (aka Firefighting equipment post WW2)

Boneshakers, Rattletraps and Jalopys ....

VL3AA ....

Firebombing ....

Whirlybirds ....

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