The images below show the likely pre 1750 vegetation across our catchments. These maps and further information can be found in our 2016 Biodiversity Blueprint (pdf).
Changes with the arrival of Europeans
Some of the earliest European settlers in rural Victoria wrote first-hand descriptions of the land and their experiences. One collection is in the book Letters from Victorian Pioneers, written as a tribute to Governor LaTrobe when he left the colony in 1853. The Fiery Creek and Lake Bolac areas are mentioned in letters from Alfed Thompson, Thos Chirnside and Colin Campbell.
Agricultural intensification increased with closer settlement schemes in the early 1900s. An example of the attitudes towards the land around the Lake Bolac district at that time is given in the Ballarat Star newspaper series of aticles From Linton to Lake Bolac: Tapping Western Victoria(12 December 1904).