"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.

Paul Barker

Joining the Victorian Public Service (VPS) as an Administrative Officer in 1964, Paul worked in several agencies before joining the FCV in 1982. Due to deteriorating health, Paul left the VPS in 2003 after an almost 40-year career.

Over his working life, Paul developed a knowledge and understanding of Victoria’s bureaucratic heritage, and the documents and systems that underpin its legacy. During his later career, and in retirement, Paul has assisted bureaucrats, authors, students, researchers, NGOs (including, importantly, the FCRPA) and others wanting to draw on this valuable historical resource. Paul continues to be an essential ‘go-to’ specialist for those interested in Victoria’s forest history.


FCV Records

The following documents and links provide a guide to accessing records relating to the Forest Commission Victoria.

Forest History in Victoria: A Guide to Government Records 1836-1994, Heather McRae, Conservation and Natural Resources (1994)

This guide directs readers to relevant publications, libraries, archives, and organisations for further information, and covers original unpublished records such as files, volumes, index cards, maps, plans, photographs, films and computer records, with a particular focus on records of the former Forests Commission of Victoria, 1919-87.

Public Records Office Victoria, Series VPRS 11563

This record series constitutes the general correspondence registered by the Department of State Forests (Forests Commission) during the period 1920-1983.

Alternatively a spreadsheet listing correspondence files is available for viewing and download, along with instructions. The content of these documents was sourced from VPRS 11563 by Amy Young (1998), and recently updated by Paul Barker (2020).


FCRPA Records

The FCRPA holds a number of documents at the Beechworth Museum.