Message from David Luke
To the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria,
and Ms Julie Kesby, Secretary, Institute of Australian Geographers.

I had the privilege of working with the Soil Conservation Authority of Victoria for thirty years from 1963.  During that period I accumulated many reports and land studies, and other publications relevant to my career.  I have described them in a little more detail below, and also have a more detailed listing which I can provide if you are interested.

I am not in a position to continue storing these, and I am keen to find a home for them in any organisation which may find them of some value.  As you would probably understand, I can't bear the thought of them being consigned to a rubbish skip, which could be their fate if I can't give them away. 

To start with, I have what may be a complete set of the Soil Conservation Authority "TC reports"; the land studies covering most of the State by catchment as well as the Mallee report.  Also there are many LCC Study Reports; the studies, and draft and final recommendations.  I have flood and drainage studies; dryland and irrigation salinity management plans.  There are over one hundred CSIRO Rural Research magazines dating back to 1952; and a collection the Soil Conservation Service of NSW Journals almost complete from 1947.  There are also teaching kits such as a folder with three teaching units on Dry Land Salting; "Why Worry About Salt - salinity slide set; "Rivers Changing Through Time slide set"; SCA's "Soil Experiments and Field Activities for Schools".  All in all the equivalent of six or seven milk crates in volume.

If you would let me know if either of your organisations are interested in having these reports, I would be pleased to hear from you.  Alternatively, I would appreciate it if you know of another organisation which may be interested.  The documents are all stored at my home in Bendigo. 

David Luke
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