ABC video clips sourced for the Australian curriculum in partnership with Education Services Australia
Search Video Library
- Video Clip
- Alpine Protest [1:05]
- ABC News
- 11th January 1980
- Demonstration to save Victoria's alpine forests, 1980
- Download Clip [3.76 MB]
- Learning Area
- English, Geography, History, Science
- Media, Reading and viewing, Historical knowledge and understanding, Life and living
What is this?
A keyword is a term used to describe an object that helps it to be found again by browsing or searching.
By adding keywords you will help others find content for a particular subject more easily on this site.
Please separate your keywords with a comma. For example: conservation, water, environment.
› Add a keyword
This clip, from ABC News, highlights a protest in central Melbourne that was carried out to draw attention to the plight of Victoria's alpine forests. This 1980 report filed by reporter Graham World features demonstrators carrying a 'coffin' filled with eucalyptus seedlings to the steps of Victoria's parliament house.
This clip is a valuable resource for the historical study of the environment movement. It shows a protest in 1980 against logging of mountain ash in the Alpine National Park in Victoria.
This demonstration is significant in the way that it uses a theatrical technique to draw attention to the potential loss of one of Australia's native alpine trees, the mountain ash. Those involved in the mock funeral were prevented from carrying the coffin filled with eucalypt seedlings to the top of the Parliament House steps in Spring St, Melbourne. They nevertheless spoke to the media, paraded the coffin along the front of the steps, and handed out seedlings to passers-by. They then continued on into the city to spread their message.
Linda Parlane, spokesperson for the group, explains that its aim is to stop the logging of stands of precious mountain ash, a species she says is 'crucial to the integrity' of the whole alpine area.
More videos like this in:
Metadata © Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Education Services Australia Ltd 2010 (except where otherwise indicated). Digital content © Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2010 (except where otherwise indicated). You may view, display, print out, copy and modify this material for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material.