Conference 2015

Ninth conference of the AFHS, Mount Gambier, SA, October 2015

The ninth National Conference of the Australian Forest History Society Inc was held at Mount Gambier, South Australia from 21-24 October 2015. The majority of papers from the conference can now be accessed below on this page. Download the programme of the 2015 conference and field trip as well as the proceedings below.

Proceedings of the The Ninth National Conference 


  1. The Waite Arboretum ─ Science, Trees and Technology
    Jennifer Gardner
  2. Early Forest management in Scotland’s Plantations
    Sybil Jack
  3. Forestry in New Zealand’s Changing Landscape [forthcoming]
    Ewan McGregor
  4. Environmental Wicked Problem Solving: A case for History

    Lizzie Summerfield
  5. Plantations and Playwrights ─ a history of Indigenous Australians’s involvement in the plantation industry [forthcoming], Sue Feary
  6. Julia Marion Harvey Hale, Sawmiller
    Peter Evans
  7. A review of the early years of jarrah dieback research in Western Australia
    Elaine Davison
  8. Surrey Hills, the birthplace of industrial-scale eucalypt plantations in Australia
    Robert Onfray
  9. Mueller’s Legacy: The Yates in Melbourne’s Rotary Park.
    Ian Ferguson
  10. A Pictorial history of South Australian forestry
    Rob Robinson
  11. The lives of forty South Australian foresters
    John Dargavel
  12. History and consequences of limited eucalypt forests in the lower south east of South Australia
    Brian Gepp
  13. The South Australian Press and the forest influence debate: 1830-1954
    Stephen Legg
  14. The Planted Landscape: forest transformation in the Upper Clarence catchment, northern NSW
    Jane Lennon
  15. Evolution of sawmills in east coast eucalypt forests in the 1950s.
    Curly Humphreys
  16. Cork oak plantation trials in Victoria
    John Taylor
  17. Playing sad havoc with our forests: foresters versus railway sleeper-hewers in Victoria
    Andre Brett
  18. Forum Summary: South Australian plantation ownership and management-the past influencing
    future prospects [forthcoming]
    Rob Robinson

    An Ode to Mark Allen
    Stephen Legg

Podcast episode

In 2016 Steven Legg talked on the Exploring Environmental History Podcast about the inluence of forests on climate based on his paper presented at the Mt Gambier conference. Listen to the twopodcast episode using the players below.