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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Wielangta auction a success 3rd Feb 06

More than $70,000 was raised for Senator Bob Brown’s court action against Forestry

Tasmania as the public bid for art and memorabilia at a fundraising auction in Melbourne

last night.

Items from Senator Brown’s childhood and activist days proved popular with the bidders,

with a single circular rock the Senator collected on a Franklin River rafting trip in 1976

selling for $1000.

“I give enormous thanks to the Abrahams Gallery and the auctioneer, Martin Gallon, for

donating their time and expertise to this venture and I’d like to thank everyone involved

for their generosity and interest in this case.

“This is a big boost for the Wielangta Forest and its wildlife,” Senator Brown said.

Some of the auction highlights include:

• $1050 for a tin of Lake Pedder Pennies, collected by Brenda Hean (who later died in the

‘Save Lake Pedder’ plane crash).

• $1800 for a limited edition ‘Lake Pedder’ book, unopened, 1986.

• $900 for a ‘Lake Pedder’ watercolour by Margaret Forsyth, given to Bob as a Christmas

present while he was in Risdon prison, Christmas 1982.

• $700 for ‘My Very First book’. Inscription: Trunkey Public school 1950. Presented by Mrs

R. Williams to Robert Brown for Neat Books 1st class 1950.

• Framed Franklin River blockade poster $1200

• $3600 for a John Wolseley colour lithograph

• $1300 Buddhist beads and ornate purse blessed by Dalai Lama

• $1700 for ‘Labyrinth’by Peter Dombrovskis, cibachrome print, iconic Tasmanian

wilderness picture that Bob had made up in Melbourne to hang in his office when he won

his Senate seat in 1996.

• $700 for a ‘piece of shit’ constituent’s letter, sent to Bob in 1998 after he moved to

replace the Lord’s prayer with a minute’s quiet reflection at the start of each Senate sitting


The case resumes on Monday in the Federal Court in Hobart.

Further information: Ebony Bennett 0409 164 603 or visit for more

information about the case