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AUSTRALIAN Wild bushwalking ski touring canoeing and climbing magazine JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 1981


AUSTRALIAN Wild bushwalking ski touring canoeing and climbing magazine JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 1981

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A magazine with the title AUSTRALIAN / Wild / bushwalking ski touring / canoeing and climbing magazine / JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 1981 NZ$2.25* $1.95*". The cover shows a person wearing snowshoes and holding two ski poles, hiking on a snow covered mountain. The person is carrying a backpack and wearing sunglasses. They have a short haircut and are wearing a red t-shirt with black pants and red boot covers. The left side of the cover lists some articles featured in the magazine including "Ski touring and / ice climbing in the / Snowy Mountains" / "The untrodden / Lake St Claire / national park" / "We talk to Geoff Mosley" / "White Water!" / "Tents for ski touring". There is also large font, at an angle at the bottom right side of the cover that reads "First NEW Issue". There is also a stamp that reads "CAMPBELLTOWN CAVING AND OUTDOOR GROUP". On page seven of the magazine is an article named "Tasmanian Wilderness Development". There is a photograph of a river and a map of Tasmania featuring the Franklin and Gordon rivers in black and white.

Statement of significance

This collection of approximately 3000 items consists of ephemera, documents and personal artefacts relates to the life and work of Senator (Bob) Robert James Brown, one of Australia's most prominent conservationists and environmental activists. The collection is particularly strong in relation to ephemera from the 'Save the Franklin' campaign of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but also includes some pro-dam ephemera that shows the opposition's point of view. Material from the earlier 'Save Lake Pedder' campaign is also well represented.

Dr Bob Brown, a medical doctor, rose to prominence in the late 1970s after taking on the directorship of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society (TWS) and becoming one of Australia's most outspoken and high profile opponents of the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Commission's plans to flood the Gordon and Franklin Rivers in Tasmania's largely untamed southwest. Building on the impetus of earlier campaigns against the flooding of Lake Pedder, the TWS was spectacularly successful in galvanising national public opinion against the Gordon and Franklin dam proposal. This reached its zenith with the 'No Dams' campaign that commenced in 1981 and culminated in the July 1983 decision by the High Court of Australia against the construction of the dam. This decision also had broader political and constitutional ramifications because it was seen by some as an undermining of state rights, while others saw it as a milestone in national conservation awareness that underscored the power of environmental issues in national politics.

As a result of his very public efforts to preserve Australia's natural heritage Dr Bob Brown was made Australian of the Year in 1983, and received the UNEP Global 500 Award 1987, and the Goldman Environmental Prize USA 1990. He was elected as an independent to the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 1983 and has served as a federal senator for the Australian Greens since 1996.

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