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Tasmania’s Wilderness Battles

Tasmania’s Wilderness Battles: A History is a 2008 book by environmentalist . “Spent [His Life] fighting Tasmanian environmental battles” Greg Buckman, Who has [1] The book looks at the wilderness areas of Tasmania which have been the focus of extensive conflict over environmental issues. Buckman presents a record of some of the significant events in conflict, primarily from the viewpoint of an environmentalist. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


The book has several primary themes, including:

  • Hydro Tasmania , [7] about the issues of the Franklin Dam and Lake Pedder
  • Forestry, [8] with the final section focusing on Gunns
  • Mining, [9] focusing on Mount Lyell
  • National Parks [10]

The black and white photographs included capture the iconic characters of the major environmental battles of the era Examined being white, and include pictures of Eric Reece , Olegas Truchanas , Doug Lowe , and Bob Brown .

Tasmania’s Wilderness Battles is one of a number of books that were published in the 25th anniversary of the halting of the Franklin Dam project, one of which is described in the book, [1]and in which Buckman was active. He has also been involved in campaigns to save Tasmania’s forests. Since the early 1990s he has been associated with the Tasmanian and Australian Greens . [2]

The book was launched in Hobart on 12 June 2008 by a Green senator, Christine Milne, outside the Tasmanian State Parliament. [11]

The book was longlisted for the 2009 John Button Prize. [12]

Critical reception

Stephenie Cahalan, reviewing and contrasting Tasmania ‘s Wilderness Battles and Geoff Law’ s The River Runs Free , notes that environmental issues and the political and legal issues have been raised. Green party candidates or featuring strongly in policy and debate. ” By including excerpts from the 1998 Labor Green Accord, Tasmania’s Wilderness Battles , Cahalan writes, “helps to detail an important feature of Tasmanian political history which is frequently referred to but seldom explained.” [13]Buckman “studies Tasmania’s three big industries – hydro-electricity, mining and forestry – and provides surprisingly easy reading for what is essentially a meticulous reference book.” She praises her indexes and detailed timeline, a thorough assembly of facts and figures, combined with a light tone. [13]

Susan Austin, writing in GreenLeft , describes Buckman’s section on national parks as “a little dry and detailed” but aims at the way, throughout the book, “time and time again Buckman exposes the ‘development at all costs’ attitudes of present and past state and federal governments “. [14]

Use in education

The book is used for teaching Environmental Studies in Victoria, Australia , [15] and Washington State University , Vancouver’s history program. [16]

See also

  • Franklin Dam controversy
  • Tasmanian Wilderness Society



  1. ^ Jump up to:b Moore, Matthew. “The day the tide turned” Sydney Morning Herald(June 28, 2008)
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Tasmania’s Wilderness Battles
  3. Jump up^ “Greg Buckman” . Australian Broadcasting Corporation (RadioNational). June 18, 2008 . Retrieved June 5, 2012 .
  4. Jump up^ Ambrose, Margaret (2008-10-01), “Tasmania’s Wilderness Battles.” (Book review) “, Habitat Australia , Australian Conservation Foundation, 36 (3): 29 (1), ISSN  0310-2939
  5. Jump up^ Robin, Libby (2009-03-01), “Tasmania’s Wilderness Battles: A History.”,Australian Historical Studies , University of Melbourne, Department of History, 40 (1): 114-115, ISSN  1031-461X
  6. Jump up^ Paice, Jon (2009), “Reviews: Tasmania’s Wilderness Battles: A History [Book Review]”, Australian TAFE Teacher , 43 (1): 29, ISSN  0815-3701
  7. Jump up^ Buckman (2008), chapters one to three, pp. 3-66
  8. Jump up^ Buckman (2008), chapters four to seven, pp. 67-54
  9. Jump up^ Buckman (2008), chapter eight, pp. 155-174
  10. Jump up^ Buckman (2008), chapters nine to eleven, pp. 175-288
  11. Jump up^ Milne, Christine (16 June 2008). “The Continuing Struggle” . Tasmanian Times . Retrieved 5 June 2012 .
  12. Jump up^ Literary Awards: John Button Prize. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  13. ^ Jump up to:b Cahalan Stephenie (December 2008). “Reviews: The River Runs Free, and Tasmanian Wilderness Battles” . FR38 . Walleah Press . Retrieved 5 June 2012 .
  14. Jump up^ Austin, Susan (23 August 2008). “A Proud History of Environmental Struggle” . GLW Issue 764 . GreenLeft . Retrieved 5 June 2012 .
  15. Jump up^ Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies Resources 2012-2016 , updated February 2012. Victorian Certificate of Education. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  16. Jump up^ Washington State University, Vancouver. Retrieved 6 June 2012.

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