Saving Poulton Park: Campaigning to maintain an entire living river system

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This research used archive materials including photographs, correspondence and submissions to explore the role of education in an environmental campaign fought from 1971 to 1974 to save the natural features of a small bay in southern Sydney. The Save Poulton Park campaign focussed on conserving suburban bushland, maintaining tidal influence and protecting a pristine mangrove forest.It highlighted the importance of maintaining entire living river systems in the face of indiscriminate actions of municipal councils, industries and individuals. Poulton Park was a wonderful education resource and a valuable outdoor laboratory for students. School students were part of the campaign, delivering evidence of pollution to local government. This education component encouraged families to interact with and understand the benefits and beauty of tidal wetland systems and suburban bushland, developing a lived sense of belonging within the more-than-human world and articulating a sense of dependency upon it.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2021
Event39th Annual Conference of the Australian Historical Society - UNSW Sydney and State Library of NSW, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 29 Nov 202102 Dec 2021 (Conference website) (Wayback link to schedule, abstracts)


Conference39th Annual Conference of the Australian Historical Society
Abbreviated titleUnfinished business
OtherThe Australian Historical Association is delighted to be holding the 39th AHA Conference at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. The AHA 2021 Conference will bring together scholars from across the disciplines with a shared interest in history. The conference is open to academics, students and community members wishing to share their research and hear about the latest developments in history studies. The conference will be held at and sponsored by UNSW Sydney and the State Library of NSW, and the theme for 2021 is Unfinished Business.
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