Seeking memories of Lake Burley Griffin in summer 1963-64

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Subject: Seeking memories of Lake Burley Griffin in summer 1963-64
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Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2022 03:43:10 +0000
Please reply directly to Penelope if you can help her.

Margaret Robertson

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From: Penelope Grist <>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2022 at 10:34
Subject: Seeking memories of Lake Burley Griffin in summer 1963-64
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Dear fellow COG members,

I am a COG member, but also an art curator and writer – I would love to 
talk to any COG members who were in Canberra in 1963-64, and have 
memories of the birds as the lake filled.

I'm writing a short essay for a friend's exhibition catalogue and the 
brief is just a piece of writing on the topic of the Molonglo River or 
Lake Burley Griffin. A fellow COG member directed me to Steve Wilson's 
wonderful book Birds of the ACT: Two centuries of change and I was very 
interested in this paragraph in particular:

'The gates of Scrivener Dam were officially closed in late 1963; but a 
dry summer followed and a large swamp developed, reaching from the Dam 
to about Commonwealth Bridge. This immediately attracted an amazing 
number of swamp-loving species, some of them new to the ACT list. Heavy 
rain the following April caused the lake to fill for the first time, and 
the swamp birds dispersed.'

Do you remember this temporary swamp before the lake filled?

If you do, I would be very grateful if you could get in touch when you 
have a moment (my essay is due end of April) on  
or 0412 599 488 if you would be happy to have a chat on the phone about 
your recollections.

Warmest thanks in advance,

Penny Grist
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