The 1977 Direct Action Crew

30th Anniversary of Greenpeace in Australia

Some members of the original team who were a part of the first Greenpeace direct action in Australia gathered in Sydney in September, 2007, 30 years after the campaign against Australia’s last whaling station at Albany, Western Australia.

At a function to honour the Greenpeace Australia co-founders, Jonny Lewis (www.jonnylewis.org) dedicated the night to the memory of Fernando Pereira, the photographer who was killed in the 1985 bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.

Also remembered was the late Bob Hunter (http://www.bobhunter.org/), a Greenpeace founder, who came from Canada to Australia in 1977 to lend his expertise honed in the North Pacific against the Soviet whaling fleet.

Pictured left to right:

Jodi Adams, the first coordinator of Greenpeace in Australia;
Richard Jones,
animal rights campaigner who registered Greenpeace in Australia;
Steven Jones,
a member of the 1977 direct action team;
Tom ‘two harpoon’ Barber who piloted a Zodiac during the first direct action;
Chris Pash (hogging the microphone) who reported on the direct action in 1977 and who has written a book, The Last Whale, about the campaign;
Jean-Paul Fortom-Gouin
who financed, planned and piloted a Zodiac at the first campaign;
Jonny Lewis who planned the direct action, piloted a Zodiac and who formed the Whale and Dolphin Coalition which morphed into Greenpeace Australia;
American Pat Rose Farrington
who was a key figure in the 1977 protest at the gates of Australia’s last whaling station;
Canadian Bobbi Hunter, Greenpeace’s first treasurer and the first woman to place herself in front of a harpoon, and who played a key role in the 1977 direct action in Australia;
Aline Charney Barber, a member of the 1977 anti-whaling direct action team.

– Chris Pash

 

(First Posted Monday, October 15, 2007)

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