This is the story of a string of flukes. Really it starts in 1959, but we’ll get back to that later. Recently, Jean Jackson purchased a 35mm slide projector from a tip shop. It was a Hanimex carousel projector, high tech in its day, and she chose it from a row of other solid, functional […]

From Utah to down under – Meet Hunter Birch

Hunter Birch is a Wilderness Ranger at Zion National Park, Utah. During a recent 6 month stay in Tasmania, he discovered Wildcare and participated in 2 working bees with Friends of the Franklin River and Friends of Melaleuca. After safely returning to work in the U.S. – amidst dealing with crowds and search and rescues […]

Melaleuca through Andy’s Eyes

Melaleuca through Andy’s Eyes a b  c  Photographer in residence during Friends of Melaleuca‘s working bee in March 2020 was Andy Johnson, of Hillvale Photos in Brunswick, Melbourne. These are some of the images he took during the working bee. Although Andy loves old style film cameras, these ones were taken with a digital SLR […]

Melaleuca – a poem

The COVID-19 lock-down has given some Wildcare Friends of Melaleuca members time for reflection and creativity. Rob Banfield, still dreaming of Melaleuca, wrote this poem inspired by the recent working bee.         Melaleuca At least that’s what she’s called now. We wonder about her name when the ice crept down… Sun dazzles expectant […]

Friends of Melaleuca

Wildcare Friends of Melaleuca – fish oiling, drain digging, brush cutting and weeding as far away, the world starts to change FOM Working Bee 2020 Wildcare By volunteer Pip Jones with photos by Andy Johnson. As the world began to change and news of an escalating coronavirus crisis began to reach Australian shores, 17 volunteers […]


GREETING CARDS FROM MELALEUCA The Deny King Heritage Museum Collection Erika Shankley Looking for something unique from the far south west?  Visitors to Melaleuca can now take home a bit of memorabilia with greeting cards now on sale at the Deny King Heritage Museum.   These cards are also available from the Wildcare shop. Photographs by […]

Melaleuca Working Bee, March 2019

Melaleuca Working Bee, March 2019 by Cathie Plowman A team of 13 keen volunteers gathered at Melaleuca on 13 March 2019 for the annual working bee. Participants either arrived by plane that morning or had already arrived by boat. For those flying in, there were first-hand views to be had of the legacy of the […]

Big Teeth at Melaleuca!

Friends of Melaleuca WILDCARE

BIG TEETH!  by Janet Fenton Oh rats! I checked the Friends of Melaleuca hardware supplies at Melaleuca in January, and was surprised by fragments of orange leather. The gloves! Someone’s got busy teeth. Long-tailed mice are the prime suspects, having been the culprits for minor offences around Melaleuca on frequent occasions. This small native mammal, […]

Who is Erika Shankley?

Friends of Bass Strait Islands

Erika Shankley is a Wildcare volunteer whose unbounded enthusiasm contributes to Wildcare efforts across the Board (literally – Erika is a current Wildcare Board member). In this changing world, Erika hopes to be able to find emerging opportunities to further enhance the natural values of Tasmania’s wild areas. We hope you will join her. Erika […]

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