The Franklin River. By Gracie Howe. History of the Franklin River. During 1966-1973 , a campaign was created to help save Lake Pedder. This became the genesis for the Franklin River campaign. The Tasmanian Wilderness Society was formed in 1976 to help support the campaign.
By Gracie Howe
Between 1976-1980 more and more pressure was laid upon the state government to save the river as it was now heavily backed up with the help of celebrities, colour publications, slide shows, public meetings and guide books.
During 1981 Aboriginal artefacts and sites had been discovered, dating back to 24,000-8,000 years BP, in the lower parts of the Franklin adding to the sites value.
In 1982 Robin Gary won 19 of the 35 seats available and kept the procedure of damming the Franklin.
1984- TWS became The Wilderness Society and took on national wilderness conservation issues, including Kakadu and the Daintree rainforests.