Gary Presland is the author or co-author of twelve books and more than fifty published articles on subjects related to his research interests.  His most recent book is a history of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, due to be published  in July 2016.  His currently available works are listed below.


First People

First Residents of Melbourne’s Western Region (Revised Edition)


The Place for a Village

The natural history of Footscray

The Whitehorse landscapes: as seen by the first settlers

Understanding our natural world: the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria 1880-2015


For God’s Sake Send the Trackers

Recently published articles by Gary Presland

‘FGA Barnard — Naturalist, historian and committed Kewite.’ Victorian Historical Journal 90: 121–133, 2019

‘Dredging Up History: The Remaking of Melbourne’s Swampy Landscapes.’ Proceedings of of Urban History Planning History Conference: Remaking Cities, 410–419, 2018     [https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/plus/s/ykBU3HN9tuv4X8q#pdfviewer]

‘The Kulin people and the failure of the Aboriginal Protectorate during the superintendency of C J La Trobe.’ LaTrobeana 16: 5–13, 2017

‘Aboriginal mortuary practices in Victoria’ in G. Hutchinson In memorium: a guide to the history and heritage of Victoria’s Cemeteries. Melbourne. Hardie Grant Books/ Dept of Health, 2014

‘A boggy question: differing views of wetlands in 19th century Melbourne’ The Victorian Naturalist 131:  96–105, 2014

‘Core values in Aboriginal religions’ The Beacon July 2013: 6–9, 2013

‘I sailed under four flags’ The Log 45(3): 148–151, 2012.

‘The natural environments of La Trobe’s Melbourne’ La Trobeana 10(3): 35–42, 2011.

‘Landscapes of 19th century Melbourne’ Ancestor 30(6): 12–15, 2011.

‘The development of Melbourne’ Agora 1: 47-52, 2011.

‘The role of naturalists in environmental conservation’ Transactions of the Royal Society of Victoria 122 (2): xci–xcv, 2010.

‘Policing the Port Phillip District of NSW’ Journal of Police History 1: 4–8, 2010.