"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.

Jim McKinty & Bert Semmens

VSF students 1934-36

Paraphrased from Jim’s notes and from Bert’s unpublished Recollections: My career in Forestry

John (Ansis) Heislers’ Career in Forestry

Arnis Heislers, 2018 (bio)

John was one of 88 persons interviewed in 1993 by Greg Borschmann in an oral history project of persons involved with Australia’s forests and woodlands (The People’s Forest). I have drawn on my father’s tapes for much of the following account.