Gerry is a librarian at the University of Melbourne, and manager of the Creswick Campus Historical Collection. He is researching the early history of the Victorian School of Forestry.
Noel's (Mopsy) first job in 1956 was an assistant patrolman with the Orbost Shire. He started work with the Forests Commission in 1957 when he was employed as a treemarker to assist with surveying roads in the Cann River District.
David entered the VSF in 1963 and eventually completed a PhD in 1975 on the calcium nutrition of Radiata Pine. He spent his entire career in forest R & D with a focus on soils and nutrition of native forests and softwood plantations. He retired in 2000 as Inaugural Director of the Forest Science Centre, an alliance between the University of Melbourne and Centre of Forest Tree Technology of the Department.
He became a part time consultant in forest science and permanently retired when aged 69 years to free up time for Hazle and himself to enjoy their 5 beautiful grandchildren. Guiding lights during his rewarding and enjoyable career included, but were not restricted to, Ron Grose, Fred Craig, Barrie Dexter, Kevin Wareing, Joan Kirner, Bob Smith, Richard Rawson, Mike Leonard, Gary Morgan and John Turner.
Brian graduated from the VSF in 1961, and from 1962 to 1966 he was posted to both the Swifts Creek and Mansfield Forest Districts, and then to Assessment Branch before spending a year at Rennick.
"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)