Good Reading : August 2015
COFFEE TABLE FOR THE LOVE OF NATURE It all began with an Englishman. In 1929 Francis Ratcliffe was brought to Australia by the CSIR (now the CSIRO) to study flying foxes. Shortly after, he wrote to his family that ‘the more I looked, the more I realised that never in my life or dreams had I been in such incredible country.’ His passion for the country would mean he would live the remainder of his life Down Under. In 1963 when the World Wildlife Fund’s Ian McPhail visited Australia, he met Francis who argued that Australia needed a national entity to help protect the Australian environment. As a result, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) was born. Francis died in 1969 but the ACF has continued as his endur ing legacy, a strong and effective voice for the environment for the past 50 years. Heartland is a celebration of the first 50 years of the ACF, with stunning, original photographs from MAP group providing a timely reminder of ‘this incredible country’ and why we all, as Micheal Leunig says in his foreword, ‘need to know it, love it, enjoy it – and do all that you reasonably can to rescue and protect it.’ OF NATURE anEnglishman. an Englishman. the Australian environment. As a result, the GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING AUGUST 2015 54 Heartland is published by Echo Publishing, rrp $49.95.