"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.


This page will provide access to historical maps as they become available. These maps will also be connected to articles when appropriate.

1939 Fires

This map has been derived from an FCV map produced in 1939. The map provides an indication of the extent of the fires across the State during the 1938/39 fire season. Given the scale and the limitations that would have been inherent in producing the original map, DO NOT expect this map's boundaries to be accurate enough to use at a local level.

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Erica, Tyers, Thomson Tramlines and Sawmills (1910 -1950)

This map is derived entirely from maps prepared in 1983 by Mike McCarthy of the LRRSA. While Mike's maps have been used, there may be inaccuracies in the digitisation processes that have produced this map.

To present the map in a relatively uncluttered form, location labels will only appear as popups at this stage. Move your mouse carefully over the location to see the name and type of the location.

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Mt Disappointment Tramlines & Sawmills

This map is based upon tramline data prepared by Colin Harvey, and other locations from a 1970 FCV Map preeared by M Wade. Have confidence in the tramline routes, but the sawmill location information needs to be checked. It is however, useful as an indicator of the extent of timber harvesting in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

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Central Highlands Tramlines & Sawmills -late 1800's to the 1940's

...  at one point in the 1920s it was theoretically possible to travel between Warburton, Powelltown, Gembrook, Noojee, Longwarry and Gembrook by tramway! A couple of gauge changes would have meant hopping off one tram onto another but you could do it." M McCarthy (July 2020)

This map is based solely on information generously provided by Mike McCarthy, who is a member of the Light Rail Research Society of Australia and the author of several books related to Victoria’s history of sawmilling, and the use of tramlines to move sawlogs to mills and sawn timber to market. It has been prepared by digitizing seven maps provided by Mike. Six of the maps overlap to some extent and the image below shows the areas of each map from which data have largely been extracted.



There are about 392 sawmill sites and approximately 1134 km of tramline shown on this map as a whole. The map by map breakdown is:

  • Gembrook - 88 sawmills & 200 km of tramline.
  • Longwarry - 40 sawmills & 120 km of tramline.
  • Neerim - 29 sawmills & 102 km of trmaline.
  • Noojee - 36 sawmills & 118 km of tramline.
  • Powelltown - 131 sawmills & 395 km of tramline.
  • Tanjil Bren - 16 sawmills & 30 km of tramline.
  • Warbuton - 52 sawmills & 169 km of tramline.

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Macalister River Watershed 1959

In 1959 the FCV produced a highly detailed map of the Macalister River watershed.

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FCV Administration Boundaries, Reserved Forest, Species Distribution - June 1928

This Map was included with the document produced by the FCV for the 1935 Empire forestry Conference

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Forestry Locations

Firebombing Bases

With a lot of assistance from Bryan Rees, the map below shows the location of past and present firebombing bases.

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Other Locations

You will find an excellent site about Fire Towers here

This map is intended to show historic forestry locations (camps, towers,roads, offices etc) with popup photos, but it is still in development. The firebombing bases in this map do not reflect the latest information in the map above. New location information will be added as it is prepared.

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