"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.

David Endacott

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 Evans

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 Evans

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 Evans

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.