Lois was born in Creswick in 1939, and she attended both Creswick State School and Ballarat High School.
David was born in Richmond on 22 April 1937. His early years were spent following his father, Kristian, around the forests of Victoria, until the family finally settled at Buxton.
Moray Guild Douglas graduated from the Victorian School of Forestry in 1949 and was first posted to Kinglake West. After a brief time with the Assessment Branch he was moved to the Orbost District in 1951. He was moved to Swifts Creek (then in the Bruthen District) in 1956, and was promoted there as the District Forest Officer for the newly-formed Swifts Creek District in 1960. In 1962 he was appointed the DFO for the Macalister District (Heyfield) then DFO in Mansfield in 1964 and DFO in Mildura in 1967. Moray was promoted to Assistant Divisional Forester in Bairnsdale in 1972, a position he retained until 1983. Moray earned the Diploma of Forestry, Victoria with his thesis: The management of Alpine Ash stands for timber production with emphasis on the economic aspects.
Moray was writing a book that was not quite finished when he died in 2007. That book has now been edited and is available on this site.
Alan gained the Dip For (Cres.) on graduation from the VSF in 1948. He was then awarded the BSc For (Melb) in 1953, and the MF (Calif) in 1959.
"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)