Natasha Cica

Dr Natasha Cica is the Director of the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania and founder of the Hobart-based consultancy, Periwinkle Projects. Born, raised and living in Tasmania, Natasha has commented on politics and culture for a wide range of publications, including the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, the Australian Financial Review, Griffith Review, the Mercury, Quarterly Essay, Island and Inside Story. Natasha also helped establish online venture newmatilda.com in 2004 as its founding editor. She has also worked as a lawyer and parliamentary adviser and at public interest think tanks in Europe and Australia.

 


Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a lost Tasmanian Wilderness

Natasha Cica

In 1972 Lake Pedder in Tasmania’s untamed south-west was flooded to build a dam. Wilderness photographer Olegas Truchanas, who had spent years campaigning passionately to save the magnificent fresh water lake, had finally lost. The campaign, the first of its kind in Australia, paved the way for later conservation successes, and turned Truchanas into a Tasmanian legend.

Pedder Dreaming quietly evokes the man, the time and the place. Truchanas, a Lithuanian émigré, is a stalwart adventurer, loving family man, activist, thinker, survivor and artist. Australia on the cusp of environmental awareness is the time, and Lake Pedder and the south-west of Tasmania, the place – wild, pristine, wondrous.

Through those who were closest to him, Truchanas emerges, as does his influence on early conservation in Tasmania, and the small group of landscape artists, the Sunday Group, who admired his passion for the lake and were inspired by it. Stunningly illustrated with original Truchanas photographs from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, and artwork from the Sunday Group, Pedder Dreaming captures the brutality, raw beauty and vulnerability of the Tasmanian wilderness and the legacy of one man who had the vision to fight for it.

BIOGRAPHY/HISTORY/ILLUSTRATED
Published:
Australia 2011 · UQP

Reviews
‘Stunningly illustrated with original Truchanas photographs from the 1950s through to the1970s and with artwork from the Sunday Group, Pedder Dreaming captures the brutality, raw beauty and vulnerability of the Tasmanian wilderness and the legacy of one man who had the vision to fight for it.’ Launceston Examiner

‘With this book, Cica has done Truchanas justice. Style sweetly matches substance.’ Canberra Times 

‘Truchanas, a wilderness photographer and post-war Lithuanian immigrant to Tasmania, has reached an almost mythical status in the minds of conservationists, photographers and artists alike. Cica's book offers a beautifully illustrated exploration of the reasons why.’ Sunday Tasmanian

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