"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.

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  • "As regards hardwood plantations, it was considered that these should be confined to the treeless plains of the northern districts, as the expenditure that would be necessary for plantations elsewhere could be more usefully applied in improving and protecting the extensive young forests of natural growth." Source: Handbook of Forestry in Victoria, 1928

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  • "A forward step was the establishment in 1926 of a Silvicultural Branch to conduct investigations into the methods of treatment and growth of both local and introduced species." Source: Handbook of Forestry in Victoria, 1928

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  • "Here it may be permitted to express keen gratification and pride that the first Victoria Cross gained by an Australian soldier was won by Albert Jacka, an employee of the Department." Source: SFD, Annual Report, 1914/15

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