Victoria's Forestry Heritage

A History of Management


Fire-awareness Magic Lantern slides


Up until about the 1950s the Forests Commission produced a series of 'Magic Lantern' slides promoting bush-fire awareness for projection in picture theatres around the State.

As indicated in the images, some of the slides were made by GUNN’S of Collins Place, Melbourne; and it appears that GUNN’S name was blacked out on others; those without attribution were made by T. W. CAMERON of Bourke Street, Melbourne.  

Although specific dates of manufacture can’t be determined, one slide depicts Sir Albert Arthur Dunstan KCMG, who was Premier of Victoria between 1935 and 1945.  The FCRPA appreciates the foresight of Andrew Pickworth (DELWP - Arthur Rylah Institute) who found these slides and a trove of photographic negatives (copies of some of which are also included in this website) and digitised them.



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