"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.

Koala Park started in 1942 - "Our Principal, EJ Semmens BSc, he conceived the idea and pushed forward this idea of about 20 acres fenced park around Slaty Creek in Creswick State Forest ... and 20 or 30, or something like that, bears were located there and we built paths and little bridges and counted bears occasionally and generally assisted in this activity ... ".  Bill Meadows (bio) in his Oral History.