"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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The Carver Papers

This collection of historic forestry documents was put together by ME Carver. "Carver’s papers, Forestry in Victoria 1838-1919 are considered by some historians as the authoritative source. Maurice Carver was a clerk in the Forests Department where, in the late 1920s, he was given the task of destroying ‘inactive files’. This task may have led him to compile his history. He indexed reports, gazette references and other documents up to 1919 and provided an overview. He produced staff lists for 1908 and 1917, but did not include nursery and plantation staff as these staff were neither listed nor counted by the Public Service." ( See: VSF Origins, G Fahey)

At this stage what is available through this site are separate, but large, packages which cover the entire collection. There is a lot of work to do to make the collection more accessible, and that will be done as quickly as possible.


Did You Know?
  • The FCV was an early adopter of the possibilities offered by satellite imagery.

    "In mid-1972 and again in 1973, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration will fly experimental spacecraft instrumented to study earth resources from space. These spacecraft will be called Earth Resources Technology Satellites (ERTS) A and B."

    "The scale of ERTS imagery (approximately 1:1,000,000) will limit resolution to approximately 700 feet. However, as yet the interpretation of this imagery is an unknown art. It is conceivable that subtle features that are lost on a mosaic of ordinary air photos will be noticeable on 100m x 100m photos taken under conditions of uniform lighting. The immediate problem will be to learn how to make use of this imagery. To this end, the Forests Commission will undertake studies relating to forestry.
    See: Small Format Aerial Photography, R Spencer, VSFA Newsletter 30 (May 1972) p29.

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  • The FCV started using small format photography in forest management in the early 1970s.

    "Aerial photography is often required to record local changes in the years between major surveys or to provide additional detail in selected areas. Such information may include details of species and growth, or changes such as new roads, tracks, firebreaks, boundaries of clearfellings, replantings, burns, insect and disease attack and so on."

    "For these purposes, simple, cheap and rapid methods of obtaining supplementary photographs using 70mm and 35mm cameras have been developed."
    See: Small Format Aerial Photography, R Spencer, VSFA Newsletter 30 (May 1972) p43.

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  • "A photograph in the The Age on 28/1/1954 showed three messmate poles passing through Melbourne on their way from Mt Cole to the ABC transmitting station at Lyndhurst near Dandenong, The largest of these was 112 ft long with a 31 in. under bark butt diameter and 11 in. top diameter. The price received for this pole was 9/- per lineal ft. at roadside.

    Recently twenty-five 70 ft poles with a 6 in. top diameter averaged 14 in. diameter at the butt and 10 in. at the centre. From June 1950, to January 1954, seventy poles of 90 ft. or longer have been sold from Mt. Cole."

    S. Calder, Beaufort. VSFA Newsletter No.2, March 1954
    The Age Article

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