Terania Creek and the Forging of Modern Environmental Activism

  • Vanessa Bible

Part of the Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History book series (PSWEH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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    Pages 1-7
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    Pages 35-55
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    Pages 57-80
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 107-114

About this book


This book tells the story of Terania Creek – the world’s first direct action blockade in defence of a forest, occurring in Australia in 1979. Contrary to claims that the Australian counterculture was a mere imitation of overseas models, the Australian movement, coalescing with a home-grown environment movement, came of age at Terania Creek. After five years of ‘polite’ campaigning failed to stop the logging of ancient Gondwanan rainforest, an organic and spontaneous blockade erupted that would see the forging of a number of ingenious blockading techniques and strategies. The activist repertoire developed at Terania Creek has since echoed across the country, and across the Earth. This book draws on extensive oral history interviews as well as photographs taken of the protest in 1979; such rich source material brings the story to life. Terania Creek and the Forging of Modern Environmental Activism will therefore appeal to both a scholarly audience as well as activists, practitioners, and counterculturalists.


Non-violent Forest blockade New South Wales, Australia Activism Logging Countercultural community International consequences Conservation Campaigning Peaceful protest

Authors and affiliations

  • Vanessa Bible
    • 1
  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of New EnglandArmidale, NSWAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70469-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70470-8
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