The zealous conservator : a life of Charles Lane Poole by John Dargavel

By John Dargavel

In an age of awareness approximately conservation, this can be a valuable biography of a guy with a passionate force for forests. Charles Lane Poole (1885-1970), Western Australia's first Conservator of Forests, is the mistaken hero of this biography. influenced via the beliefs of wooded area conservation and its technological know-how, he their dictates in Western Australia and internationally. Poole was once the 1st guy to try the duty of coping with and maintaining Australia's extraordinary jarrah and karri forests at a time once they have been being felled for railway sleepers. This interesting biography follows his existence from his beginning in England in 1885 to eire, France, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Western Australia, Papua New Guinea, Canberra, the place he tested Australia's nationwide forestry tuition, and Sydney, the place he died in 1970.

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28 (Courtesy Battye Library, 012675D) 47 The Zealous Conservator later found ‘a particularly sound and able man’, and the man he took over from, the Acting Inspector-General of Forests, A. G. 14 Then he was off on a tour through the major jarrah and karri forests in the Southwest of the State. He inspected the nursery at Hamel, and after a few days in the office took a trip around the main jarrah sawmills.

The old trading and slaving port at Freetown and the Peninsula of hills behind it made up the Colony that Britain had governed formally from 1808, but the large hinterland behind it had been a British Protectorate for barely twenty years. 6 Aberdeen, Sussex, Dublin, Hastings, Waterloo: the settlement’s names evinced the Colony’s British past. Most of the Colony’s population was Creole, descended from slaves freed from Britain and Nova Scotia and transported to this ‘Land of Freedom’ at the end of the eighteenth century.

Most notable were Philip Collier, who had persuaded Hutchins to write his report and was Charles’ first Minister, and Walter Kingsmill in the Legislative Council who became a lasting supporter. There was also a group of ninety-eight people drawn from the University, the timber industry and the general community who formed the Australian Forest League. Charles’ major difficulties were that control of the remaining forests was fragmented, and that the timber industry was monopolised to a greater extent than anywhere else in Australia.

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