Lake Pedder: The Journey to Restoration

An exhibition, auction and dialogue.


“Is there any reason why Tasmania should not be more beautiful on the day we leave it, than on the day we came?
If we can revise some of our attitudes towards the land under our feet – if we can accept the role of a steward, and depart from the role of the conqueror; if we can accept the view that man and nature are inseparable parts of the unified whole
– then a Tasmania that is truly beautiful can be a shining beacon in a dull, uniform and largely artificial world.” 

Olegas Truchanas, 1923 to 1972


In early November 2019, the Sidespace Galleries walls were adorned with emotive, mystical images, photos, paintings and media clippings of lost heart of Tasmania’s South-West Wilderness, Lake Pedder.

Pieces came from an impressive range of famed Tasmanian artists: Olegas Truchanas, Patricia Giles, Margaret Forsyth, Max Angus, Elspeth Vaughan, Ralph Hope-Johnstone with Diane Masters, Philip England, Andy Szollosi, David R. Blühdorn, Steven Crump and Dan Broun. 

Over the course of the week more than 400 people visited the exhibition, as well as the many more who attended the numerous associated panels and auction with helped raise $20,000k for the campaign.

The exhibition was a momentous event for the campaign, demonstrating the rapid growth of community support behind restoring Lake Pedder.

Everyone exited the gallery a little lighter than they entered, all leaving passing comments of encouragement: “goodluck”, “keep going, no matter what”, “I hope this campaign can Restore the Lake.”.
The campaign to Restore Pedder is alive and stronger than ever – We invite you to revisit the exhibition, virtually, below.


Special Events and Panel discussions


The Exhibition Auction Pieces

Patricia Giles
The Lake, Mt Solitary and Mt Anne in background 1968


Patricia Giles
Frankland Range across the beach 1968


Patricia Giles
Frankland Range


Patricia Giles
Beach & Frankland Range 1968


Patricia Giles
Early Camp (1957 with Mary Davis)


Patricia Giles
Frankland
Range beyond a Pedder beach pool


Andy Szollosi
Lake Pedder 2018


Patricia Giles
Beach & Grass Sketch 1968


Margaret Forsyth

Lake Pedder 2018


Max Angus

Summer at Lake Pedder – with Mt. Anne on the horizon


Max Angus

Lake Pedder beach in summer


Max Angus

Lake Pedder/Sydney Opera House


Elspeth Vaughan

Lake Pedder from the Coronets


Diane Masters

Unique State -Telopea truncata – the Tasmanian waratah


Olegas Truchanas, 1923-1972

Early morning mist with a small tree


Olegas Truchanas, 1923-1972

The Lake, clouds, reflections and Frankland Range beyond


David R. Blühdorn

Keeping Faith

Sunset as aged Melaleucas watch and wait for the impoundment to subside



David R. Blühdorn

First Glimpse from the Coronets Track (March 1972)



Max Angus

Pedder – The Story the Paintings


Rare one-off archive photos of Lake Pedder, Cibachromes by Ralph Hope-Johnstone, 1917-89

Lake Pedder cradled beneath the Frankland Range


Rare one-off archive photos of Lake Pedder, Cibachromes by Ralph Hope-Johnstone, 1917-89

The Serpentine River flows out of Lake Pedder


Rare one-off archive photos of Lake Pedder, Cibachromes by Ralph Hope-Johnstone, 1917-89

Lake Pedder with Lake Maria and creek in the foreground


Rare one-off archive photos of Lake Pedder, Cibachromes by Ralph Hope-Johnstone, 1917-89

The fluted pattern of Lake Pedder’s beach in summer


Rare one-off archive photos of Lake Pedder, Cibachromes by Ralph Hope-Johnstone, 1917-89

Lake Pedder, the Frankland Range (foreground) and Mt Anne (background right)


Rare one-off archive photos of Lake Pedder, Cibachromes by Ralph Hope-Johnstone, 1917-89

“Jewel of the wilderness” from the Frankland Range


Rare one-off archive photos of Lake Pedder, Cibachromes by Ralph Hope-Johnstone, 1917-89

Maria Creek spills through the dunes and across the beach