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Biographical entry La Gerche, John (1845 - 1914)

Born
22 May 1845
Vigntaine du Sud, Jersey Island, Britain
Died
18 November 1914
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Forester

Summary

John La Gerche, born on the island of Jersey in the English Channel, arrived in Melbourne in March 1865. He ran a small sawmill in the Wombat State Forest from 1870-1875. As Crown Lands Bailiff and Forester, he supervised timber cutting and thinning operations in the Ballarat-Creswick State Forest. John La Gerche undertook early trials of establishing Eucalyptus globulus near Creswick, and raised Eucalyptus camaldulendis and Eucalyptus cladocalyx seedlings in the government's Creswick nursery in the late 1890s.

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Events

1882
Career event - Crown land Bailiff and Forester, Agriculture Branch of the Departments of Lands and Survey
1899
Career event - Assistant Inspector of Forests, Forests Branch of the Lands Department

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Taylor, Angela, A forester's log : the story of John La Gerche and the Ballarat-Creswick State Forest, 1882-1897, Melbourne University Press, Carlton South, Vic., 1998, 224 pp. Details

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