"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.

Leon Pederick

Tree Breeder

Leon graduated from the VSF in 1950, and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Melbourne in 1955. Further study led to a PhD which was conferred at the University of Melbourne in December 1967. His thesis was "‘Cytogenetic Studies in Pinus radiata D. Don".

On graduation from the VSF he went to the Assessment School at Kinglake before working on assessment projects in a number of locations around Victoria for about five years. He was posted to the Wail Nursey for a time, before heading into research in the area of tree improvent and tree breeding. He was to work in this field until retirement in May 1993, and his contribution in this area in particular was very significant.

After finishing full time work Leon wrote about his family and working life in "A Forester's Tale - Memoirs of a Victorian Tree Breeder", and he has kindly given permission for extracts of that publication to be used on this site.

Those extracts are:

VSF Life
Assessment School Kinglake (this also appears in Life in Bush Camps)
Life in Bush Camps
Coool Waters (this also appears in Life in Bush Camps - and no, that is not a typo)
Research and Tree Breeding

But wait, there's more.

Leon also produced a video about assessing in the Glen Wills - Mt Bogong area in 1952-53, and this article about his pioneering P. radiata tree breeding programs.

See also - FCV Bulletin No 22

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