David was born in 1946 at Sandringham, due to father Norm finishing his Forestry degree at Melbourne University. His first memories are of the Upper Murray Forest District and, after the 1953 move to Daylesford, the Wombat Forest. His working life was in manufacturing and toolmaking.
He has served on several forest and land management advisory committees, notably a 30 odd year stint on a Ministerial advisory committee, the Victorian Mineral Water Committee.
He is a local historian, publisher of local history and has previously been a long serving curator of the Daylesford Museum and the Committee of the Central Highlands Historical Association. He worked closely with John Wright on the publication of “A Fraternity of Foresters”, and his imprint, Jim Crow Press, published the book.
Peter studied Applied Chemistry at RMIT before running away to the circus, spending the next forty years in the technical side of the theatrical arts.
Bernie graduated from the VSF in 1959 with an Associate Diploma of Forestry, and then went on to obtain the Diploma of Forestry in 1975. With the FCV he was first engaged in assessment and district work in a number of Gippsland locations and Mansfield, before becoming Silvicultural Officer from 1975 to 1978.
Geoff grew up in Stawell and graduated from the VSF in 1971. In 1972, he worked at Toolangi on Ash regrowth thinning, and during 1973/74 he completed a forestry degree at Melbourne University. He moved to Forrest in 1975 and supervised logging and regeneration operations on the Otway Ridge.
In 1978 he was transferred to Powelltown as Assistant District Forester responsible for fire protection and forest operations. In 1981 he moved to Horsham as Fire Protection Planning Officer for the Western half of Victoria, and after the formation of CFL in 1984 he was appointed as Assistant Regional Manager – Operations for the Horsham Region.
In 1993 he was appointed Senior Forester and Fire Management Officer for the Horsham Forest Management Area a position which he held up until his retirement. In 1985 he was certified as the Level 3 Fire Controller at Horsham, a position he maintained for 26 years. He was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in 2004.
Since retiring from the Department in 2011 he has worked in the local timber industry as a VicForests licensee.
"Let us regard the forest as an inheritance, not to be destroyed or devastated, but to be wisely used, reverently honoured and carefully maintained. Let us regard the forest as a gift, entrusted to any of us only for transient care, to be surrendered to posterity as an unimpaired property, increased in riches and augmented in blessings, to pass as a sacred patrimony from generation to generation."
Baron Ferdinand von Mueller - Suggestions on the Maintenance, Creation and Enrichment of Forests (1879)