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The modern conservation movement begins

Lake Pedder Christmas card, 1973

Lake Pedder Christmas card, 1973
NAA: A3382, 1973/82

Lake Pedder in Tasmania is at the heart of the Lake Pedder National Park, and was considered a place of great natural beauty. It was flooded by the Tasmanian Hydro-electric Commission in 1972 despite strong local and national opposition. The protestors' campaign is often credited with starting the modern conservation movement in Australia.

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