The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Thu 15 Dec, 2011 11:59 pm

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Bruce at waters edge.

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View from part way up Frankland Range.

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View from near top of range near Terminal Peak.

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Pedder from Terminal Peak

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Scotts Peak dam site from Terminal Peak.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 12:03 am

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Pedder from Terminal Peak

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Looking west to where water had started backing up behind the Gordon Dam.

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Rain falling on the Franklands.

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One of Lake Pedder's many moods.

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Our campfire near Maria Creek.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 12:08 am

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Boiling the billy at our campsite behind the dunes north of Maria Creek.

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Mark holds our boiling billy over our campfire.

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Self portrait in front of campfire with SLR balanced on stick tripod.

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Crossing Maria Creek as we leave Lake Pedder

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The track back across the button grass plains.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 12:12 am

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Returning to Scotts Peak across the button grass plains with Terminal Peak on left and Mt Solitary on right.

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Bob setting a strong pace on the return to Scotts Peak.

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Bob gives this girl a lift over a boggy patch while Bruce looks on.

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A final rest break in sight of Scotts Peak dam site.

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Almost back at the Scotts Peak dam construction site.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Fri 16 Dec, 2011 12:14 am

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We line up at one of the construction workers' loos at Scotts Peak Dam site

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We had to fit our spare as a front tyre had been let down by having its valve removed.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby taswegian » Sat 17 Dec, 2011 8:20 pm

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memories anyone?
here's a bit of the true blue, dinky die Pedder sand
I've had this sitting in a cupboard gathering dust for yonks.

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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby MJD » Sun 18 Dec, 2011 7:10 pm

Great set of photos. I enjoyed looking through them. Thanks for putting them on the forum.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby Son of a Beach » Sun 18 Dec, 2011 7:52 pm

Thanks tas-man. That's a fantastic set of images. Beautiful as well as tragic.

It think that's the only photo I've ever seen of the original Lake Pedder, as well as the waters of the new lake building up behind the new dam.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby Nuts » Mon 19 Dec, 2011 9:00 am

Yes, nice one Ian. It's all been said and thought abt the dam but i also just like the old photo's, brings back memories from a 'daggier' age :)
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby Stibb » Mon 19 Dec, 2011 1:27 pm

Great stuff! THANKS for sharing :D
A couple of real gems there lol
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby north-north-west » Mon 19 Dec, 2011 7:13 pm

Funny, I don't remember the track being that muddy.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Tue 20 Dec, 2011 10:33 pm

north-north-west wrote:Funny, I don't remember the track being that muddy.

When did you walk into Lake Pedder, N-N-W? Do you have any photos?
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby north-north-west » Wed 21 Dec, 2011 6:37 pm

Lord, no, that was pre-camera days. I was still in high school. I could work out the exact dates, but it's not really worth the trouble. Roughly 40 years ago. 41 years probably, given my current age.
And we didn't go in from Scotts Peak, but from the Strathgordon Rd. Made it more fun.

Apart from the lake itself (which was a thing of beauty in SO many ways), what I remember most was the sweat and the mosquitoes.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby MJD » Thu 22 Dec, 2011 6:21 am

Lord, no, that was pre-camera days. I was still in high school...


Just a little tacker then? That's not you on Bob's shoulders is it? Even in a bygone era your mother should have warned you about strange men in underpants?
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby geoskid » Thu 22 Dec, 2011 10:01 am

MJD wrote:
Just a little tacker then? That's not you on Bob's shoulders is it? Even in a bygone era your mother should have warned you about strange men in underpants?

I would love to know what Bruce was thinking as he looked on :) :?:
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby north-north-west » Fri 20 Jan, 2012 8:22 pm

MJD wrote:
Lord, no, that was pre-camera days. I was still in high school...


Just a little tacker then? That's not you on Bob's shoulders is it? Even in a bygone era your mother should have warned you about strange men in underpants?

No, she didn't need to. I'd worked that out for myself by then.

I would have been thirteen and yes, still a 'little' tacker. But I didn't need to be carried anywhere. Hell, I outwalked most of 'em, even the teachers. Bunch of wimps. :wink:
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby Miyata610 » Mon 23 Jan, 2012 2:06 pm

I was still pre teen when this all happened.

Great pics, I think I recognize a Flinders Ranges H frame pack in there. Had one of those. Those tents bring back some memories
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Thu 07 Jun, 2012 9:33 am

bcshort wrote:Hi All,
Some of you may remember Short's Service Station, the Ampol on Davey St Hobart. Anyway When my grandfather and uncle were not running that, they (and the family) were keen bushwalkers. I'm recently become one of the family custodians of all the photos :)

I've put together all the Lake Pedder ones I could find. And put them in an album for your enjoyment.

http://gallery.me.com/chageaus#100307&b ... &view=grid

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Hi Ben, the link to your album is dead, so wondering if you would like to post your collection of photos direct to this thread so they are permanently available.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Thu 07 Jun, 2012 4:17 pm

tas-man wrote:As it is 40 years since I walked into Lake Pedder on December 15-17th 1971, I thought I would mark the occasion by scanning and sharing the rest of the Agfa CT18 slides I took over three days at Lake Pedder.

I have found a few more slides I took of that trip to Lake Pedder and have scanned them to add to this thread. They may not be speccy photography but are still a record of what once was.
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Scott's Peak Dam Road 1971

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Hydro "Bushwalkers" sign at Scotts Peak dam site 1971

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Line of Hydro white stakes across the Pedder plains
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Thu 07 Jun, 2012 4:47 pm

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Walking in to Lake Pedder across the button grass plains 1971

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Walking along Lake Pedder's beach towards the Frankland Range.

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Bob liloing on Lake Pedder
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Fri 08 Jun, 2012 12:09 am

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Standing knee deep out in Lake Pedder about 500 metres from the beach.

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A Tas Aeroclub Cessna is just a white speck against the Frankland Range after taking off from the beach.

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After walking the entire length of the beach, we start our climb up to Terminal Peak on the Frankland Range.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Fri 08 Jun, 2012 1:11 am

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An enthusiastic campfire was started to cook dinner!

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Bob heading out into Lake Pedder with his lilo, having to go out a long way to get enough depth to float in.

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A Melaleuca (squamea?) amongst the button grass.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Fri 08 Jun, 2012 1:31 am

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A creek crossing on the track into Lake Pedder with Terminal Peak on the left.

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Looking back to Terminal Peak as we left Lake Pedder. The line of the small creek in the photo above is identified by the line of low scrub.

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Button grass tufts well worn from being on the track line. Note flowering Melaleucas.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Fri 08 Jun, 2012 2:04 am

Last three slides -
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Walking past the Scotts Peak Dam construction site on the way back to our hire car.

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Some of the massive earthmoving trucks at the dam site.

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We walked down to the Huon River to view the dam construction.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Fri 08 Jun, 2012 2:54 am

Here's a little piece of history - my Hydro $1.00 Permit to use their private Gordon River Road to access Lake Pedder from Scotts Peak Dam. Of particular interest in the conditions of entry are the statement in the first paragraph "The Hydro-Electric Commission has been charged with the responsibility of protecting the fauna and flora of the area from users of the area . . ." and under "Wildlife and Vegetation" on Page 2 - "Removal of or damage to vegetation is prohibited." (but dam building is exempt!)

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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby MJD » Mon 18 Jun, 2012 8:36 pm

Nice bit of history. I like the permit!
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby tas-man » Tue 19 Jun, 2012 1:05 pm

The latest higher resolution updates to Google Earth's satellite photos south of Lake Pedder has revealed a portion of the track from Scotts Peak to the original Lake Pedder is still visible after no traffic for forty years. So it would seem that without active intervention to rehabilitate disturbed areas, human impact is going to take a long time to be erased by natural re-vegetation.

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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby Son of a Beach » Tue 19 Jun, 2012 1:10 pm

Well spotted tas-man. That's a very interesting project - to watch rehabilitation for that bit of track which is very unlikely to be used again.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby Phil » Tue 19 Jun, 2012 1:47 pm

Thanks for taking the time tas-man to share that latest round of pics and the hydro permit etc. Although I now have a sense of heaviness and sadness whilst sitting here at my computer (yeah thanks for that :wink: ) I really appreciate being able to 'experience' what this unique landscape once offered.
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Re: The ORIGINAL Lake Pedder

Postby Penguin » Tue 19 Jun, 2012 2:52 pm

I too have found this fascinating.

During my Uni of Melb days in the 70's some of my mates came down to do some of this walking. I could not come and have been annoyed with myself ever since.

Thanks Tasman for giving us all real insight into different days.

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