Cunningham, T. Murray

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Cunningham, T. M.
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Forester
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T. M. Cunningham made important contributions to forestry on which the silvicultural methods that are in use today for wet sclerophyll forests have been based. His work in Victoria, and that of several other people, showed that ash species (Eucalyptus regnans) will not regenerate adequately unless a heavy cut is made, the under-storey largely removed and an effective seed bed prepared.

Murray Cunningham was born in the small town of Mathinna in north east Tasmania and joined the Tasmanian Forestry Commission in 1949 after graduating in forestry. In 1955 Cunningham was awarded a PhD fellowship from Australian Paper Manufacturers to study at the University of Melbourne using sites in Victorian wet eucalypt forests. Cunningham's PhD studies greatly advanced the understanding of the silviculture and management of E. regnans forests. He focussed on factors controlling seedling regeneration, including seed development, seedfall and the fate of dispersed seed, seed germination and seed survival, and seedbed preparation. Cunningham's findings, combined with those of Max Gilbert, laid the basis for developing the operational techniques for harvesting and regeneration of wet eucalypt forests. Cunningham became a Commissioner at the Tasmanian Forestry Commission until his retirement in the mid 1980s. In 1985 he received the NW Jolly Medal for his promotion of a balanced forest management ethic, which included the recognition of non-wood values.

  • Education - PhD, University of Melbourne, School of Forestry
  • Award - NW Jolly Medal, Institute of Foresters Australia

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  1. Cunningham, T. Murray
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. The Study of Australian Eucalypts
    McCarthy, Gavan; Smith, Ailie; Moje, Christine; Rigby, Rebecca
    Published: eScholarship Research Centre, 2013
  3. Control of the understorey in wet eucalypt forests.
    Cunningham, T.M. and Cremer, K.W.
    Published: 1965
    Series: Australian Forestry, 29, 4-14
  4. Seed and seedling survival of Eucalyptus regnans and the natural regeneration of second-growth stands.
    Cunningham, T.M.
    Published: 1960
    Series: Appita, 13, 124-131
  5. The natural regeneration of Eucalyptus regnans. Bulletin No. 1.
    Cunningham, T.M.
    Published: School of Forestry, University of Melbourne, 1960
  6. Seed production and seed fall of Eucalyptus regnans (F. Muell).
    Cunningham, T.M.
    Published: 1957
    Series: Australian Forestry, 21, 30-39
  7. Regeneration of harvested forests.
    Gilbert, J.M. and Cunningham, T.M.
    Published: 1972
    Series: Appita, 26, 43-45
  8. A History of Innovation: Eighty-five Years of Research and Development at Forestry Tasmania
    Elliott, H.J., Felton, K.C., Jarman, S.J. and Stone, M.G.
    Published: Forestry Tasmania, 2008
  9. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000

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