Forestry

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The Indian Forestry Department of India was created in 1867, under the leadership of Dr Dietrich Brandis [1]

FIBIS resources

  • "The Indian Forest Services in the India Office Records: Questions and answers for researchers" by Ian Baxter FIBIS Journal Number 30 (Autumn 2013) pages 23-31

Training of Officers

  • 1867 - 1885 student officers received training in France and Germany.
  • 1885 -1906 student officers received training at the Royal Indian Engineering College at Coopers Hill in Surrey, UK.
  • 1906-1927 student officers received training via Oxford , Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities.
  • 1927 -1938 student officers were trained at the Imperial Forest Research Institute at Dehra Dun, which had been established in 1906.

Some sources of records

Asian and African Reading Room (British Library)

  • Names of individuals may be found in the annual directories on the open shelves
  • The forestry department was considered part of the Public Works Department. References to employment service may , therefore, be found amongst the L/PWD records at the British Library. For example, L/PWD/8/11 relates to Birth/baptismal certificates in candidates' application papers for the Royal Indian Engineering College at Cooper's Hill 1871-1903.
  • L/PJ/6/776 – relates to Birth/baptismal certificates in Indian Forest Service candidates' application papers (1906)
  • Forest Department 1893-1900 Information to be found in L/F/10 221-228
  • See also Bengal Civil Servants 1706 - 1917 where it is indicated that there are over 50 'misfiled' record copies of Uncovenanted Officers in the Forestry Dept between the covenanted servants for 1884 and 1885 (L/F/10/45 - IOR Neg 57085-6 )
  • For more about the L/F/10 records, see L/F/10 Records of Service 1702-1928

Records Online

Lists of Officers in Survey and Forest Departments on 1st October 1873 Pdf download from Pahar- Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset.

Z-Force in Burma, WW2

Employees of the Burma Forest Service, the Bombay Burma Trading Corporation and Foucar Brothers, one of the large timber companies operating in Burma, were recruited to the 'Z-Force', a WW2 joint Allied reconnaissance and sabotage unit, who became 'Johnnies'. It was decided to recruit volunteers who were prepared to go into Burma, hide themselves in selected areas, and report back any information that they could pick up. "All had a thorough knowledge of the jungle, its inhabitants, and their language; all were tough and used to living on their own far from civilization; and all possessed courage of outstanding quality".[2][3]

Also see

Books by Forest Officers are included in

External links

"Wood Who Buried In Woods: Hugo Wood- 1870 to 1933" Keralaarchaeology.com.

Historical books online

Editions of Indian Forester are available from KrishiKosh, Institutional Repository of Indian National Agricultural Research System, with links to pdf downloads
Vol 25 1899, Vol 28 1902, Vol 29 1903, Vol 30 1904, Vol 31 1905, Vol 32 1906, Vol 33 1907, Vol 34 1908, Vol 35 1909, Vol 36 1910
Vol 37 1911, Vol 38 1912, Vol 39 1913, Vol 40 1914, Vol 41 1915, Vol 42 1916, Vol 43 1917, Vol 44 1918, Vol 45 1919, Vol 46 1920
Vol 47 1921, Vol 48 1922, Vol 49 1923, Vol 50 1924, Vol 51 1925, Vol 52 1926, Vol 53 1927, Vol 54 1928, Vol 55 1929, Vol 56 1930
Vol 57 1931, Vol 58 1932, Vol 59 1933, Vol 60 1934, Vol 61 1935, Vol 62 1936, Vol 63 1937, Vol 64 1938, Vol 65 1939, Vol 66 1940, Vol 67 1941, Vol 68 1942
Jungle by-ways in India; leaves from the note-book of a sportsman and a naturalist by Edward Percy Stebbing 1911 Archive.org. The author spent sixteen years in the Indian Forest Service
The company is mentioned evacuating the European families of its forest officers in 1942, in Songs of The Survivors, page 56, stories about the Goan community and the Trek Out of Burma in 1942.
The Jungle In Sunlight And Shadow by FW Champion 1934. Pdf download, Digital Library of India. Archive.org version.

Notes

  1. Dietrich Brandis - Wikipedia.
  2. Medals of Major C.G. ´Micky´ Merton, November 25, 2010 spink.com, now an archived page.
  3. Denis Wilmot Rae, born circa 1908, an archived webpage.