John Mulvaney reshaped Australia - Bob Brown

Media Release 22 September 2016


Professor John Mulvaney was a unique historian and archaeologist who gave Australia a new, more truthful insight into its ancient human history and who helped save some of the most remarkable places in the nation, Bob Brown said in Tasmania today.

"He brought a new truth to ancient history and was also eager to save the beauty of the nation, from its Franklin River gorge country in Tasmania to mature European trees facing demolition to make way for the National Museum in Canberra.

"John Mulvaney brought much-needed gravitas and authority to the campaign to save from logging Tasmania's Recherche Bay peninsula where French scientists and the Palawa people met up in 1793. He weighed into saving the Franklin River in Tasmania and the Daintree rainforest in northern Queensland, and was ready to bring his globally-celebrated scientific knowledge to bear in many other environmental campaigns," Brown said.

"In unfinished business, John wanted the million Aboriginal stone carvings on Western Australia's Burrup Peninsula near Karratha - one of the world's greatest ancient art sites - protected from the expansions of the offshore gas processing industry and given the World Heritage status they deserve. This was opposed by Premier Colin Barnett.

"John Mulvaney was a warm-hearted, generous and inordinately wise Australian," Brown said.

Jenny Weber
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