By Margaret Mitchell, friend and fellow bushwalker.
Jean Blackman passed away on 8 March 2023. We thank Margaret for sharing these memories of Jean with us. Margaret walked with Jean on NPA bushwalks for 30 years. Margaret thanks the staff of the Summit Care Nursing home in Randwick for their care for Jean and their kindness.
Jean gave such happiness to us walkers over many decades.
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By Rodney Falconer, NPA Member
Haydn Grinling Washington was born on 12th September 1955 and died at 2 am on 10th December 2022.
Haydn was a formidable and relentless fighter for the environment, for wilderness and for nature in general. He gave his life generously to many great causes. His charismatic and energetic leadership prompted many others to join in. Together we surfed the great wave of conservation, so successful in the days of the Wran government and for some years after. He helped significantly in the lasting protection of other wild areas including many wilderness areas, the rainforests, the south-east forests and the Gardens of Stone.
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Celebrating Bob by Anne Reeves OAM
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David Tranter was born in 1929 and spent his early years in far north Queensland. At University in Brisbane he became involved with the Queensland National Parks Association. Years later he moved to Sydney and met Paul Barnes. That led to David becoming a founding member of the NSW National Parks Association (1957).
David, along with wife Helen, had a strong love of bushwalking and natural areas, and remained a member of NPA until his death in July this year.
David was active with the National Parks Association for many years. In the early years he was involved with the efforts to establish what became the National Parks and Wildlife Service and associated legislation. He served on State Council for many years, including as Secretary. During his time as Secretary, NPA was active in preparing detailed submissions to the Commission of Inquiry into the National Estate (c 1973). These submissions included the various park proposals prepared by the organisation and was accompanied by a chartered flights to show the National Estate Committee some of the proposed areas in Sydney, the Hunter and the Blue Mountains.
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Lynne Hosking, President, Armidale Branch NPA
Beth was deeply committed and concerned for the preservation of native flora and fauna in healthy landscapes, terrestrial and riparian.
Her activism began in the 1960’s with concern over a road proposed through New England National Park. She also became concerned with the plight of northern NSW rainforests threatened by logging in places such as Terania.
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Catalina Arrogante Mitchell
July 2nd 1953 – July 26th 2021
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