"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.

Historical Videos

The FCRPA has a YouTube Channel containing a number of historical videos related to forestry activities.

The Association remains indebted to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image for digitizing these movies from the original films held by the Forests Commission
and for their ongoing care and management of the original film stock.

The two Isuzu tanker videos connected through this page were produced by Rawdon Sthradher. Rawdon was originally a photographer and video producer with the Soil Conservation Authority and then CF&L in all its various guises for 12 years. He freelanced for the next 20 years, and in that time still did quite a bit of work for Fire Management, Fisheries and other sections of the Department.

Links to individual films are provided below:

The Sugarloaf - Rubicon Hydro Electric Scheme

From the Bush to the Bungalow

Bushfire - Corryong District - 1978

Forests Commission Fire Equipment Depot

Green Gold

The Assessors

Harvest of the Hills

Eastern States "Timber Industry Stabilisation"

The 16th Construction (Forestry) Squadron

Opening of Tamboritha Road, Gippsland

Under Cover

7th British Commonwealth Forestry Conference

Water Against Wildfire

Among the Hardwoods (WA)


2004: Isuzu FTS 750 4x4 Tanker, Diesel

Forests of Ash, 1993

The Water & Foam videos are presented this way because of YouTube restrictions on size. Will seek to connect them at some stage.

Water & Foam - Part 1

Water & Foam - Part 2

If Only the Trees Could Talk


The Eternal Forest


Dedication of Peacock Memorial  - VSF

The Living Forest

Forests Forever (WA)

Forestry in the Otways

Rails to Rubicon

The Hand of Man

Calling VL3AA

Learn to Live with Fire - Advertisements - 1 of 5

Learn to Live with Fire - Advertisements - 2 of 5

Learn to Live with Fire - Advertisements - 3 of 5

Learn to Live with Fire - Advertisements - 4 of 5

Learn to Live with Fire - Advertisements - 5 of 5

A Story of Sirex noctilio

2006: Isuzu FTS 750 4x4 Tanker, Diesel with CTI