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Franklin River, 1983

The proposed damming of the Franklin River in Tasmania led to one of the largest environmental protests in Australian history. Click on the images below for photos, videos and more information. Suitable for years 3 to 6.

Did you know?

Aboriginal people lived in Kutikina Cave on the Franklin during the last ice age (about 20,000 years ago). The cave is thought to be the world’s southernmost site of human habitation at that time.

Take the quiz

How much do you know about the Franklin River? Check out the Kids learning space pages above, then see how many answers you can get right!

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Do the exercise

What arguments were used by supporters and opponents of the plan to dam the Franklin River? Pay close attention to the Kids learning space pages above, then see how many answers you can get right!

Start the Franklin River
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Watch the videos

Take a journey down the Franklin River with botanist Antonius Moscal.

Journey down the Franklin River 3:49

Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office

Franklin River campaign on ABC Education website
1986 ABC TV report about the fight to save the Franklin River, led by the Tasmanian Wilderness Society. Duration: 6:58.

Tasmanian Wilderness on the UNESCO website
'A Marvel of Nature' video, maps and photo gallery. Duration: 2:42.

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