A Forester's Log: the Story of John La Gerche and the Ballarat-Creswick State Forest 1882-1897

A Forester's Log: the Story of John La Gerche and the Ballarat-Creswick State Forest 1882-1897

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A Forester s Log is a unique forest story, told from a forester s viewpoint the view of John La Gerche, one of the first generation of foresters in Victoria, who managed the Ballarat Creswick State Forest in the late nineteenth century. La Gerche s Letter Books and Pocket Books have survived to provide a rare insight into a bailiff-forester s burdens in the 1880s and 1890s. As a bailiff, he daily had to confront prop cutters and woodcarters, scamps and vagabonds who constantly defied forest regulations. His pioneering work helped shape today s forested landscape around the Central Victorian goldfields town of Creswick, the home of forestry . In the detailed correspondence between this amateur forester and his bureaucratic masters lies the human story of an ordinary yet remarkable man, endeavouring to strike a fair balance between the competing demands of local woodcutters and distant officials. Angela Taylor reads between the lines to create a beautifully perceptive portrait of a vanishing character type the truly committed public servant. A Forester s Log is an illuminating and charming book which will appeal to a wide range of readers, both urban and rural,show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 127 x 180.34 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 16wraps
  • 0522848397
  • 9780522848397
  • 1,484,523

About Angela Taylor

Angela Taylor has a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Sydney, a Diploma in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and a Diploma in Education from Monash University. She completed her MA in Public History with first-class Honours at Monash University in 1997. She has worked variously as a teacher, lecturer, researcher and archivist in Australia and overseas.show more