Australian Forest History Society Inc

The Society operates as a friendly network of people interested in the history of Australia's forests and woodlands. Members come from a wide variety of disciplines, backgrounds and walks of life. The society publishes a newsletter, organises conferences and encourages the study of Australia's forests in the past. It was formed in 1988 and became formally incorporated in the ACT on 27 May 1998. The Society has about 90 members and distributes its Newsletter to a number of libraries and institutions. If your organisation would like to be added to our mailing list, please send an e-mail to
The Society maintains contact with the Forest History Unit of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and with similar societies in other countries.
The Australian Forest History Society enjoys the active support and participation of New Zealand forest historians and welcomes the participation of forest historians from other countries, especially those in the Pacific region.
The Australian Forest History Society advances forest history through:
  • issuing a newsletter 3 times a year;
  • holding national conferences every 3-4 years; and
  • other means.
Aims and Objectives
The aim of the Society is to advance historical understanding of human interactions with Australian forest and woodland environments. The Society has the following objectives in support of the aim:
  • the conduct and encouragement of research and studies of Australian forest history;
  • the dissemination of scholarly research, studies and information on Australian forest history by publications, meetings, conferences, workshops, electronic means of communication or other means;
  • the promotion of interest in Australian forest history;
  • co-operation with organisations and persons within Australia or elsewhere having similar interests and objectives;
  • the identification of, and dissemination of information on, sources for forest history research;
  • the promotion of the retention and safe custody of source materials for forest history research.
The Society does not become involved in current debates on forest policy. It does not engage in advocacy except in relation to its aim and objectives. To ensure that the Society is seen to be free of any particular interest group, it has neither sought nor accepted sponsorship of its activities.


Sue Feary (NSW)


Jane Lennon


Kevin Frawley (ACT)


FintŠn ” Laighin (ACT)

Committee members

Gerry Fahey, Rob Robinson, Leith Davis, Peter Evans, Robert Onfray

Public Officer

John Dargavel


Fintán Ó Laighin (ACT)

Life Member

John Dargavel (ACT)

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