"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.

Reforesting - Overview

Brian Fry (bio)

Article being developed.

The second progress report of a Royal Commission on Foreign Industries and Forests, in the colony of Victoria in 1872, included a recommendation for the establishment of a State nursery near Macedon railway station “with the object of raising useful timber trees for distribution to selectors, and for the planting of reserves denuded of indigenous timber”.  Accordingly, the Macedon State Nursery, the first in the colony, was established in that year.

Finding that the one nursery could not keep pace with the constantly increasing demand for trees, the Creswick State Nursery was established early in 1888 at Sawpit Gully under John La Gerche, the local forester. At the same time Inspector Blackburne started the Havelock State Nursery (Carisbrook) and a small local nursery was operating in the You Yangs.

The Strzelecki Project

Brian Fry, 2018 (bio)

This article is getting a makeover

One of the most significant reforestation projects, the South Gippsland Reforestation Project, centred on the eastern portion of the Strzelecki Ranges, which had been opened up to settlement in the 1880s, and later for Soldier Settlement following World War I.  This is well described by WS Noble

The Toorongo Plateau

This article is being  developed, but the gallery below shows areas on the plateau as they were in about 1942.