Des Collins & Alan Lynch. Between 1979 and 1983 almost all eastern Australia was affected by a major drought. Throughout Victoria, in the 12 months prior to January 1983, rainfall was less than 70 % of the long-term average. The summer of 1982-83 is best remembered for the Melbourne dust storm on 8 February, followedContinue reading “Greendale – 1983.”
Monthly Archives: June 2022
Major bushfires for the Forests Commission in 1982-83.
1982-83 was a long and hectic fire season for the Forests Commission with 823 fires and the total area burnt of 486,030 ha, which was well above the 11-year average of 141,000 ha. Ash Wednesday on 16 February 1983 was only part of the story. The main fires within the Fire Protected Area (FPA), whichContinue reading “Major bushfires for the Forests Commission in 1982-83.”
Lost Children’s Tree.
On Sunday morning, 30 June 1867, a group of young children from Connells Gully near Daylesford wandered into the bush past familiar shallow gold diggings to look for wild goats. William Graham, aged 6½, his brother Thomas, 4 years 3 months, and Alfred Burman aged 5, crossed Wombat Creek and headed towards Muskvale. But whenContinue reading “Lost Children’s Tree.”
State Forest Signs.
In 2010 a new policy manual was developed for State forest entry and directional road signs. Over the preceding decades, the standards, materials and colours of State forest signs had drifted to become a visually messy hodgepodge, as each district often did their own thing, The new signs replaced the old, routed timber ones whichContinue reading “State Forest Signs.”
Keep the home fires burning.
The Victorian Firewood Emergency. The 1940s were a busy and difficult time for the Victorian forestry profession. One of the pressing requirements placed on the Forests Commission during World War Two was to organise emergency supplies of firewood for civilian heating and cooking because of shortages in the supply of coal, briquettes, electricity and gas.Continue reading “Keep the home fires burning.”