Bright Pictorial Heritage 1850 to 2011

Memorial Arboretum

About this Project
Brief History of Bright
Historical Timeline
Old Tobacco Sheds and Gold Museum
Boys' Camp
Bright Cemetery
Courthouse and Lockup
Beautiful Trees in Bright
Memorial Arboretum
Gold Mining
Canyon Gold Sluicing Site
Freeburgh and Germantown
Baker's Gully Reserve
Bright Railway 1890 to 1983
Early Horseraces
Early Miniature Car Races
Huggin's Lookout
Clear Spot, Apex, Tower Hill Lookouts
Walking Tracks
References and Bibliography

2010* Arboretum

The Bright Memorial Arboretum is situated in Mountbatten Avenue, Bright. This area, originally a Forests Commission Victoria Pine Nursery, was converted into a Seed Garden in 1973 with the aim of supplying seed for the Forests Commission Victoria nurseries at Macedon and Creswick.

A wide variety of trees were planted, not all were successful. A helicopter carrying out a fuel-reduction burning operation crashed near Wandiligong on 19 April 1978.

Two Forest Officers, Peter Collier & Stan Gillett & the pilot, John Byrnes, lost their lives. It was decided to develop the former Seed Garden into a Memorial Arboretum in memory of those killed.

The Memorial Arboretum was officially opened on 14 December 1984. Shortly afterwards the Forests Commission Victoria was reorganised and, with changing personnel, the Memorial Arboretum only received minimal maintenance.

In May 2002, a Friends of the Bright Memorial Arboretum was formed and now has over 40 members. The Friends Group is an advisory body to the Department of of Sustainability & Environment, which is very supportive.

It is planned that regular maintenance will be carried out and further development will take place as funds become available.

The photos were taken on a visit by the author and mate to the Arboretum in December 2010.


2010* Arboretum

2010* Arboretum

2010* Arboretum

Comments welcome, to  Bob Padula