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The Battle of the Blue Gums

During the 1930s, two forests were under threat – the Blue Gum Forest in the Blue Mountains and the Blue Gum High Forest in suburban Sydney. Discover how pioneer conservationists like Myles Dunphy and Annie Wyatt successfully rallied to protect these forests. How did these forest battles contribute to the modern Australian conservation movement? How are these forests faring today – at a time of burgeoning population increase, habitat loss and climate change?


SUGGESTED READING

  • Corey J. A. Bradshaw and Paul Ehrlich, Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie, Australia, America, and the Environment, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2015
  • Alex Colley & Henry Gold, Blue Mountains World Heritage, Colong Foundation for Wilderness, 2004
  • Drew Hutton & Libby Connors, A History of the Australian Environment Movement, Cambridge University Press, 1999
  • Peggy James, Cosmopolitan Conservationists, Greening Modern Sydney, Australian Scholarly, 2013
  • David Lindenmayer, Stephen Dovers and Steve Morton, Ten Commitments Revisited, Securing Australia’s Future Environment, CSIRO Publishing
  • Daniel Lunney, Pat Hutchings and Dieter Hochuli, The Natural History of Sydney, Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Sydney, 2010
  • Andy Macqueen, Back from the Brink: Blue Gum Forest and the Grose Wilderness, 2007
  • Geoff Mosley, Battle for the Bush, the Blue Mountains, the Australian Alps and the Origins of the Wilderness Movement, Colong Foundation/Envirobook, 1999
  • Martin Mulligan & Stuart Hill, Ecological Pioneers, A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action, Cambridge University Press, 2001
  • Eric Sanderson "Manhattan Project – what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago", TED Talk


COURSE OUTLINE
Blue Gum Forest Campaign, Blue Mountains

  • Background to saving the Blue Gum Forest in the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains
  • How the campaign transformed the popular 1930s bushwalking movement into environmental advocacy
  • Current environmental threats

Blue Gum High Forest Campaign, St Ives

  • Background to the establishment of the Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve
  • Annie Forsyth Wyatt’s 1930s campaign to save the Blue Gum High Forest
  • Community campaign to save forest in 2007
  • Current environmental threats


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Know how saving the Blue Mountains Blue Gum Forest was a critical step in building NSW’s national parks movement
  2. Develop an awareness of forest ecology and the history of forest protection
  3. Discover the significant people who contributed to the protection of forests including Alan Rigby, Myles Dunphy, Annie Wyatt, Boulder Byles, Charles Bean, David Stead, Cresswell O’Reilly
  4. Understand the responses of governments, including the NSW and Australian Government to environmental threats since the 1960s including world heritage listing
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The Battle of the Blue Gums

<p>During the 1930s, two forests were under threat – the Blue Gum Forest in the Blue Mountains and the Blue Gum High Forest in suburban Sydney. Discover how pioneer conservationists like Myles Dunphy

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