Victoria's Native Vegetation: History, Heritage, Politics

This webinar was recorded and is freely available for online viewing and sharing:

In recognition of 2020 as the UN International Year of Plant Health, this webinar will illuminate the challenging and contested past, present and future of Victoria’s native vegetation.

Professional historian Dr Gary Presland, author of many books about Victoria’s natural and human heritage (including Understanding our natural world: the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria 1880-2015) will speak on 'The nature of Melbourne’s history', about the importance of native vegetation in understanding past human activity.

Professor Mike Clarke from the Research Centre for Future Landscapes at La Trobe University will consider the place of fire in the history of Victoria’s vegetation: 'The Bush will be OK, it’s evolved to cope with fire…hasn’t it?'.

Dr Lilian Pearce is an environmental historian and a research fellow on the ARC-funded project Owning nature: mapping the contested country of private protected areas (University of Tasmania & RMIT). Her presentation, 'Critical Histories for Ecological Restoration', will consider the changing role of history in ecological restoration theory and practice.

The discussion will be chaired by Professor Alistair Thomson of Monash University.

To register and receive the Zoom link a few days before the event, please click the Send RSVP button at the foot of this page. 

Mountain Ash 2013 - burn edge from 2009   International Year of Plant Health - logo, 2020

Image credit: Mike Clarke, Cambarville, Victoria. This 2014 photograph shows a dead Mountain Ash tree that most likely began its life before Europeans landed in Australia. The dense saplings surrounding it germinated in the weeks following the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009.

This webinar is part of an ongoing seminar series, Making Public Histories, that is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Click HERE to learn about other events in the series.

We thank the series sponsors, Monash University Publishingthe Monash University History Program and the Old Treasury Building:

Monash University Publishing - some current titles         

Old Treasury Building                                      Monash University History Program

and the organising partners:

Old Treasury Building     Monash University History Program      HCV



November 10, 2020 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Zoom webinar
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Margaret Birtley · · 0418 814 957

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