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Nash, Brian John (1946–1987)

With deep regret we record that Brian John Nash passed away suddenly on 18 December 1987, after a brief illness, at the age of 41.

“Nashy” as he was fondly known to his many friends, commenced his forestry career with the Forestry Commission of NSW in 1965 as a Trainee Forester. He studied at the University of New England at Armidale, and at ANU, completing his degree in 1970.

His initial appointment was to Bombala, where he met and married Donna, and where their four children were born. During his nine years at Bombala he worked on all facets of Commission activities in that District and gained expertise in roading, plantation forestry and hardwood logging.

In 1979 he transferred to Casino District and broadened his experience of hardwood forestry, and, during the rainforest controversy, served for a time in the Regional Office.

Promotion in 1982 saw him take up the position of District Forester at Urbenville, where he brought his plantation expertise to bear on the expanding southern pine afforestation program.

Nashy was born on a dairy farm near Macksville and was very proud of this fact. His farming background gave him great empathy with rural folk and assisted him to establish the great rapport he had with the people amongst whom he worked.

He had an irrepressible sense of humour that made him great company, and no matter how serious a situation was, he could always be depended upon to inject a note of often outrageous levity.

Both he and his wife Donna were very active members of the communities they lived in, and in his passing the community at large has lost the kind of man it can ill afford to lose.

He was a man who lived by high personal and professional standards, and his pursuit of both is reflected in the fine family he and Donna raised, and in the work that he did.

With his death we have lost a cherished colleague; to his wife, Donna, and children Karina, Shannon, Megan and Dayne, the Institute extends its deepest sympathy on their tragic loss of a loving husband and a wonderful father.


Original publication

  • IFA Newsletter, vol 29, no 2, June 1988, p 20

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