"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.

McHugh's Monographs

Peter McHugh (bio)

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Through 2018-2019 Peter McHugh posted the following series of monographs onto the internal ‘Facebook’ system of the Department of Environment Lands Water and Planning (DELWP).

The series was initiated to mark the centenary since the creation of the Forests Commission.  Titled ‘Forest Fortnight’, the series describes activities and personalities associated with forestry in Victoria, mainly over the 65 years that the Commission was operational.  Each fortnightly monograph was timed to mark a calendar event or to reflect the seasonal activities of forest management.  They are essentially brief but encourage the reader to follow up on topics of interest.

In introducing the ‘Forest Fortnight’ series, Peter noted that the family ancestry of DELWP, Parks Victoria, VicForests, Hancock Victorian Plantations and even the Country Fire Authority can all be traced back to the Forests Commission’s era.  The Commission also left a strong legacy of tradition, camaraderie and innovation which remains embedded in the DNA of these modern organisations.

Enjoy!

Monday 21 May 2018 - Radio ...

Sunday 27 May 2018 - Women pioneers (Ducks on the pond) ...

Friday 8 June 2018 - Fire towers and lookouts ...

Monday 11 June 2018 - Aircraft crashes on State Forest ...

Friday 20 July 2018 - Annie get yur gun ...

Thursday 26 July 2018 - Fire bombing ...

Monday 30 July 2018 - Boys with toys ...

Wednesday 1 August 2018 - Kittyhawk crash ...

Thursday 30 August 2018 - Gunyah Tree ...

Thursday 6 September 2018 - Lollipop Tree ...

Tuesday 11 September 2018 - Bees ...

Tuesday 11 September 2018 - 9/11 ...

Monday 24 September 2018 - Tall Trees ...

Friday 26 October 2018 - Stanley Huts ...

Thursday 8 November 2018 - Remembrance Day ...

Thursday 22 November 2018 - Forest Fortnight #1 - Introduction ...

Thursday 6 December 2018 - Forest Fortnight #2 - Chaos in the forests ...

Thursday 20 December 2018 - Forest Fortnight #3 - 1897 Royal Commission ...

Thursday 3 January 2019 - Forest Fortnight #4 - Black Friday 1939 ...

Thursday 17 January 2019 - Forest Fortnight #5 - They had not lived long enough ...

Thursday 17 January 2019 - Bushfire widows ...

Thursday 31 January 2019 - Forest Fortnight #6 - Biggles on patrol ...

Saturday 9 February 2019 - NASA ...

Thursday 14 February 2019 - Forest Fortnight #7 -  On the lookout ...

Thursday 28 February 2019 - Forest Fortnight #8 - Just like matchsticks ...

Tuesday 12 March 2019 - Minister toasted ...

Tuesday 12 March 2019 - Smoke haze ...

Thursday 14March 2019 - Forest Fortnight #9 -  Thomas and friends ...

Friday 15 March - Washington Winch ...

Thursday 21 March 2019 - Forest Fortnight #10 - Celebrating forests ...

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