"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.

Aerial Seeding - Native Forest


Aerial seeding as part of the process of regenerating harvested native forest in Australia was first undertaken in Victoria in 1964.


This article is being developed.

 Not in the World.
It would be for Australian eucalypt seed. Ron Grose - Heyfield Autumn 1964 [article in Australian Forestry]
The second aerial sowing of eucalypt seed took place in the Barmah Forest [Black Swamp] in 1965. The aircraft was a Cessna 180 equipped with wing pod seeders (Plate 10.7) and had been successfully used on a previous occasion by Grose et al (1964) for seeding a cut-over Eucalyptus delegatensis forest.
The block was sown with 3/4lb. (Eucalyptus camaldulensis - River Red Gum) seed per acre in early June 1965. Aerial seeding of 150 acres took 27 minutes and cost 45 cents per acre. This price covered the return ferry of the aircraft (250 miles) and an aerial reconnaissance prior to seeding.

There is a photo in the collection somewhere of a Pawnee seeding.

How & when did we transition to helicopter seeding?


Cartoon - Ben Buckley aerial seeding, Swifts Creek
About 1965
Source: B Dexter


Calibrating aircraft for river red gum seed, Black Swamp, Barmah Forest. Ron Grose (3 from left), Barrie Dexter (kneeling)
Autumn 1965
Source: B Dexter


Image by A Rawady - Piper Pawnee off to aerial seed (1/237)
About 1965
Source: B Dexter


Photograph taken by G Self : Cessna 180 sowing red gum in Barmah Forest
Autumn 1965
Source: B Dexter


Aerial Seeder on Jayrow Bell 206
Dan Darcy at Noojee (3/241)
About 1995
Source: B Rees