Annual General meeting and general business meeting of Lake Pedder Restoration Inc

Members are invited to attend the Annual General meeting and a general business meeting of Lake Pedder Restoration Incorporated on Saturday, 18 November 2017. Members will meet for lunch at the State Cinema, 375 Elizabeth St, North Hobart with the AGM to commence at 1:30 PM in the meeting room upstairs, followed by the general business meeting.

We have a full and interesting agenda and look forward to what will be a most stimulating meeting.

Peter Fagan
Convenor

Friends of Lake Pedder remember Les Southwell

Lake Pedder Restoration members and friends of Lake Pedder are mourning Les Southwell, who passed away whilst bushwalking in Victoria’s high country on Saturday 16 September, aged 88.

Some thoughts and memories from Lake Pedder Restoration members:

I believe Les Southwell’s book The Mountains of Paradise: The wilderness of South-West Tasmania was the best comprehensive book on Lake Pedder at the time of its publication (1983) – or possibly since, with statements of alternative engineering possibilities drawn from Les’ engineering knowledge, and his superb photography.

Being a VERY determined person, Les self-published and self-distributed and so the book didn’t go into as many corners as it might have, where it could have educated more fence-sitters and decision makers. Les was a member of the Pedder 2000 Victorian Branch for some years.

We should acknowledge this remarkable man.

Melva Truchanas

Annabelle Richards and I talked of Les and his dedication to the Melbourne Pedder group since 1995. Les hosted meetings at his home and visited us at the Pedder office in Hobart when on his annual bushwalks to Tasmania.

I remember him as quiet, self-sufficient, intelligent; and passionate about our wilderness.

Hilary Bennell

My first memory of Les was seeing this figure standing for hour after hour in knee deep water at Lake Pedder — hence his great photographs in The Mountains of Paradise.

Chris Cowles

His contribution was huge … those glorious photos, the early book on the South-West and his constant campaigning on Pedder and keeping the vision alive in Melbourne till TWS formed.

Karen Alexander

Les was a great soul. I enjoyed the chats we shared and would notice the twinkle in his eyes when he spoke about the beauty of the South West.

Stephen Curtain

Lake Pedder from the Franklands. Les Southwell

Lake Pedder from the Franklands. Les Southwell

A media statement from The Wilderness Society follows:

MEDIA STATEMENT – 19 September 2017

RENOWNED WILDERNESS MAN, LES SOUTHWELL, DIES AGED 88.

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

“Les Southwell, a Melbourne engineer, was one of the most remarkable wilderness walkers in Tasmania in the high age of wild country adventure last century. He first came to Tasmania in the early 1960s and, via the original Lake Pedder, walked to Federation Peak, the most remote mountain in Australia. Subsequently, in scores more trips, he bush bashed into other remote places including Pokana Cirque, Lake Curley, the Denison Range and the Gordon Splits,” former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today. “Les was a vigorous advocate for saving the Franklin and Gordon rivers from damming.”

“Les Southwell’s 1983 book ‘The Mountains of Paradise: the Wilderness of South-west Tasmania’ is a classic of Australian wilderness photography. His depictions of Lake Pedder National Park are now national treasures. Until the end, Les was a crusty advocate for restoring Lake Pedder,” Bob Brown said.

Victorian environmentalist Karen Alexander OA said that “Les had a very long dedication to conservation, from the Lake Pedder campaign to Fraser Island, the subject of his first book, and the Franklin. He saw the value of photography to convey the good message about wild places, like Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas who also died in the wild. Les kept the campaign for Tasmania’s South-west wilderness alive in Melbourne after the loss of Lake Pedder, paving the way for saving the Franklin. As a civil engineer, Les had argued strongly for alternative solutions to the flooding of Lake Pedder.”

“Half a century ago Les observed that for Tasmanian politicians ‘the idea of the wilderness experience seemed incomprehensible and they often seemed hostile to the very notion’. Nowadays wilderness is arguably Tasmania’s greatest tourism drawcard, thanks to advocates like Les Southwell,” Bob Brown said.

The Wilderness Society paid tribute to Les, describing him one of the vanguard in Australian wilderness photography. “Images of Lake Pedder and other spectacular wild places still stand as technical masterpieces and continue to serve as inspiration to both photographers and wilderness campaigners alike,” said Society spokesperson and Tasmanian Campaign Manager Vica Bayley.

News coverage:

Lake Pedder Restoration Inc. meeting

Members are invited to attend the next Lake Pedder Restoration Inc meeting this Saturday, 1 July 2017. It begins 10.15am in the meeting room, upstairs at the State Theatre, 375 Elizabeth St, North Hobart.

Following the business meeting, Peter Fagan will deliver an illustrated presentation on the range of options for the Huon pond – that is the body of water that would be left behind the Scotts Peak and Edgar dams once the Huon-Serpentine impoundment is drawn down to a level that allows Lake Pedder to be restored. There are several options, and
members will be invited to express their opinions on them. Friends of Lake Pedder are invited to join us for the presentation.

Memorial service for Max Angus

A Celebration of Max Angus’ life was held at Turnbull Funeral Parlours, Letitia Street North Hobart on Tuesday 7th March, 2017.

Several hundred friends joined Max’s family to farewell this artist, writer and gentleman.

A wonderful display of Max’s art, the several books he authored, his tools (watercolour paints, brushes and easels), his Order of Australia and his war service medals sat at the front of the room (see photos below), beneath a photograph of Max painting taken just weeks before his passing.

Max’s son Peter told the compelling tale of Max’s life from the muddy dirt streets of Battery Point where he grew up to his work as a sign writer and in the war effort, to his career as a professional artist.

Max’s grandchildren – Richard, Nick and Sally also spoke – their faces coming alive with the stories of their grandfather and his positive, inquisitive and attentive disposition.

Melva Truchanas, Elspeth Vaughan and Patricia Giles and others spoke of their old friend and fellow artist with fondness and gratitude. Representatives of the arts community and the conservation movement attested to Max’s hard work and dedication.

There was a lovely festive morning tea after the service – a testament to Max’s spirit.

It was truly a celebration of a life well lived.

Adam Beeson
Co-Convenor, Lake Pedder Restoration

Friends of Lake Pedder mourn passing of Max Angus

Lake Pedder Restoration and friends of Lake Pedder throughout the world are mourning Max Angus, who passed away in late February, aged 102.

Max was a regular visitor to Lake Pedder from the early 1950s. He worked strenuously to save Lake Pedder before it was inundated, using his skills as an artist and a communicator to try to persuade decison makers and the broader community of the need to preserve this unique and remarkably beautiful landscape.

Following the inundation of Pedder, Max continued to raise awareness, through his own paintings and by writing and publishing The World of Olegas Truchanas, which celebrated the life and achievements of his great friend, photgrapher Olegas Truchanas.

He continued to paint Lake Pedder from memory until the end of his life and many of his paintings, along with his recollections of the struggle to save the lake are to be found in his last book, Pedder: The Story – The Paintings, published in 2008.

Max has been featured in newspaper articles many times over the years, always finding a new way to express his passion for Lake Pedder and his hope that it would one day be restored. A fine article about Max, written with affection by Linda Smith, appeared in The Mercury on October 4, 2014 – see Max Angus celebrates 100th birthday.

Max Angus – self portrait

Max Angus – self portrait

A personal tribute to Max that demonstrates his commitment to the natural environment and his skill as an advocate for it was published in Tasmanian Times by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

A Celebration of Max’s life will take place at the Turnbull Funeral Parlours, 71 Letitia Street
North Hobart, at 11.30am on Tuesday 7th March, 2017.

Max Angus in 1984, launching Doug Lowe’s book The Price of Power

Broadcast of Restoring Lake Pedder panel discussion

An edited version of the panel discussion about draining and restoring Lake Pedder, held at Wild Island on Thursday 1 December, has now been broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program (Paul Barclay presenter). To listen to the program or download the MP3 file, click here.

The panel discussion was moderated by Natasha Cica – Director of Kapacity.org, author of Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a Lost Tasmanian Wilderness and co-editor of GriffithREVIEW39: Tasmania – The Tipping Point?

Other participants were:

  • Peter Thompson – Broadcast journalist and educator
  • Saul Eslake – Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania, member of the board of directors, Hydro Tasmania and former chief economist of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia and the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group
  • Ruth Langford – Yorta Yorta woman and member of Tasmania’s Aboriginal community
  • Richard Eccleston – Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania
  • Emma Anglesey – Tasmanian musician
  • Luke Wagner – Landscape painter

Please find time to listen to this discussion on the future of Lake Pedder.

On 6 February, Peter Thompson spoke with Helen Shield on ABC Local Radio in Tasmania about the RN Big Ideas panel discussion. A link to Peter’s discussion with Helen will be provided shortly.

Is restoring Lake Pedder Tasmania’s Next Big Idea?

Members of the public are invited to attend a panel discussion about draining and restoring Lake Pedder, to be held at Wild Island at 5-7 pm on Thursday 1 December. Wild Island is located at Shop 8, The Galleria, 33 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania.

The event will be recorded for broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program in January 2017.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Natasha Cica – Director of Kapacity.org, author of Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a Lost Tasmanian Wilderness and co-editor of GriffithREVIEW39: Tasmania – The Tipping Point?

Other participants are:

  • Peter Thompson – Broadcast journalist and educator
  • Saul Eslake – Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania, member of the board of directors, Hydro Tasmania and former chief economist of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia and the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group
  • Ruth Langford – Yorta Yorta woman and member of Tasmania’s Aboriginal community
  • Richard Eccleston – Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania
  • Emma Anglesey – Tasmanian musician
  • Luke Wagner – Landscape painter

Places are limited and tickets can be purchased online. For full details and bookings, click here.