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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Denny Hamill dies 1st Jul 04

Renowned West Coast identity Denny Hamill, aged 65, died last night on the eve of the 21st anniversary of the High Court ruling saving the Gordon and Franklin rivers (1st July 1983).

MrHamill, who lived at Strahan, died during major heart surgery at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

He captained the former Morrison cruise boat Jay Lee M which took hundreds of blockaders up to Butler Island on the Gordon River in 1982-3 for the Franklin dam protests.

“He has gone boating. He will be missed around here”, one Strahan resident said today.

“He never stopped talking about the Gordon and the Franklin” said life-long friend Mr Reg Morrison who owned and funded the Jay Lee M.Mr Morrison also built the famous “Denison Star” which put Gordon River cruises on the national tourist map.

“Denny was a great West Coaster: a great Tasmanian. He shared with many his sense of the power of the land, of our extraordinary island,” said author Richard Flanagan who had been on a number of trips up the rivers with Mr Hamill.

“Denny was an authentic West Coaster. He loved the Gordon River and

took people from all over the world to see and understand it. Denny will be celebrated for his great wit and humanity- he was a self-made man who contributed greatly to what the west coast has become today” said Senator Bob Brown.

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