AustLit logo
y separately published work icon The Coral Battleground single work   prose  
Issue Details: First known date: 1977... 1977 The Coral Battleground
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'The Great Barrier Reef lies off the coast of Queensland: 2000 kilometres of spectacular coral reefs, sand cays and islands, Australia’s most precious marine possession. Teeming with life, it covers 350,000 square kilometres.

'In the late 1960s the Reef was threatened with limestone mining and oil drilling. A small group of dedicated conservationists in Queensland – John Büsst, Judith Wright, Len Webb and others – battled to save the Ellison Reef from coral-limestone mining and the Swain Reefs from oil exploration. The group later swelled to encompass scientists, trade unionists and politicians throughout Australia, and led in 1976 to the establishment of a guardian body: the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

'That it still survives is a legacy of activists, artists, poets, ecologists and students. In 1967 they were branded as ‘cranks’; now they should be recognised as ‘visionaries’. ' (2014 publication summary)

Exhibitions

12374422
10944614

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • West Melbourne, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria,: Nelson , 1977 .
      Extent: xiv, 203p.p.
      Description: map
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography p.197-199.
      ISBN: 0170051668
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1996 .
      Extent: 203p.
      Edition info: 20th anniversary commemorative edition.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography: p.198-199.
      ISBN: 0207190593

Works about this Work

Mary Cresswell Reviews The Coral Battleground by Judith Wright Mary Cresswell , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain [Online] , September 2015;

— Review of The Coral Battleground Judith Wright , 1977 single work prose
Kate Livett, of Judith Wright, The Coral Battleground Kate Livett , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 1 2015; (p. 215-218)

— Review of The Coral Battleground Judith Wright , 1977 single work prose
Change and Damage Beyond Belief : Judith Wright's The Coral Battleground Tristan Foster , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Verity La , June 2014;

— Review of The Coral Battleground Judith Wright , 1977 single work prose
The Coral Battleground Fiona Capp , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 November 2014; The Age , 8 November 2014; The Canberra Times , 8 November 2014;
The Environmental Ethics of Australian Nature Poems Norbert H. Platz , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Making Space Meaningful 2007; (p. 81-101)
‘The basic contention inspiring this paper is: poets care about Australia’s physical environment and human survival in Australia. Australian literature contains a substantial body of knowledge that could be deployed to constitute the imaginative core of an environmental ethic. Thus a great many Australian literary texts could be studied with the purpose of helping to usher in the desirable concept of an environmentally literate community. The essay is divided into two sections. Section one will provide a brief survey of environmental ethics. This survey is followed by the exposition of six deontic or prescriptive outlines, to be supplemented by some eudaemonic considerations. The latter envisage the notion of the ‘good life,’ in harmony with nature. In section two, important insights furnished by environmental ethics will be used as an orientation towards identifying the environmental concerns shown in a variety of Australian nature poems. Among the authors considered are Bruce Dawe, Dorothy Hewett, John Kinsella, Mark O’Connor, John Shaw Neilson, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), and last but not least Judith Wright. As will be seen, there are many convergences and correspondences between the basic claims made by environmental ethics, and the environmental insights and experiences that have been accumulated in a noteworthy corpus of Australian nature poems. What is enshrined in these poems is the ‘collective prudence,’ not only of a cultural elite, but also of the modern Everyman.’ (Author’s abstract p.81)
Kate Livett, of Judith Wright, The Coral Battleground Kate Livett , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 1 2015; (p. 215-218)

— Review of The Coral Battleground Judith Wright , 1977 single work prose
Mary Cresswell Reviews The Coral Battleground by Judith Wright Mary Cresswell , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain [Online] , September 2015;

— Review of The Coral Battleground Judith Wright , 1977 single work prose
Change and Damage Beyond Belief : Judith Wright's The Coral Battleground Tristan Foster , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Verity La , June 2014;

— Review of The Coral Battleground Judith Wright , 1977 single work prose
Torn Between Art and Activism Tim Bonyhady , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Eureka Street , May vol. 15 no. 4 2005; (p. 24-26) Local Global , no. 3 2007; (p. 19-23)
Bonyhady examines the conflict experienced by Judith Wright between her commitment to activism and her vocation as a poet.
The Environmental Ethics of Australian Nature Poems Norbert H. Platz , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Making Space Meaningful 2007; (p. 81-101)
‘The basic contention inspiring this paper is: poets care about Australia’s physical environment and human survival in Australia. Australian literature contains a substantial body of knowledge that could be deployed to constitute the imaginative core of an environmental ethic. Thus a great many Australian literary texts could be studied with the purpose of helping to usher in the desirable concept of an environmentally literate community. The essay is divided into two sections. Section one will provide a brief survey of environmental ethics. This survey is followed by the exposition of six deontic or prescriptive outlines, to be supplemented by some eudaemonic considerations. The latter envisage the notion of the ‘good life,’ in harmony with nature. In section two, important insights furnished by environmental ethics will be used as an orientation towards identifying the environmental concerns shown in a variety of Australian nature poems. Among the authors considered are Bruce Dawe, Dorothy Hewett, John Kinsella, Mark O’Connor, John Shaw Neilson, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), and last but not least Judith Wright. As will be seen, there are many convergences and correspondences between the basic claims made by environmental ethics, and the environmental insights and experiences that have been accumulated in a noteworthy corpus of Australian nature poems. What is enshrined in these poems is the ‘collective prudence,’ not only of a cultural elite, but also of the modern Everyman.’ (Author’s abstract p.81)
The Coral Battleground Fiona Capp , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 November 2014; The Age , 8 November 2014; The Canberra Times , 8 November 2014;
Last amended 6 Aug 2015 12:33:53
Subjects:
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australian seas,
Newspapers:
    Powered by Trove
    X