Our history

NPA ACT was founded in 1960 to lobby for a national park for the national capital, thanks largely to the efforts of a CSIRO botanist, the late Dr Nancy Burbidge. The dream of a national park by those early NPA members was realised in 1984 with the proclamation of Namadgi National Park.

First-hand published accounts and our Oral History Project provide a comprehensive record of the campaign to establish Namadgi National Park

Oral History Project

This Oral History Project was initiated in 1996 by founding members Reg Alder and Fiona MacDonald Brand and the Management Committee as a contribution to the 40th anniversary of the NPA ACT in 2000. Reg and Fiona conducted some initial recorded interviews between 1996 to 1998, and further interviews were recorded in late 1999 and early 2000 by Matthew Higgins, a freelance historian contracted to complete the project.

The original audio tapes and digital versions (MP3 format), and versions of the document in Word and PDF were deposited with the ACT Heritage Library in 2011.

Click on the names below to download each pdf.


Nancy BurbidgeJohn BanksKevin Frawley
Bob StorySheila KruseSyd Comfort
Jim WebbFiona MacDonald BrandLes Pyke
Julie HenryReg AlderAlistair Morrison
George ChippendaleCharles HillBeverley Hammond
Bill WatsonNeville EsauDen Robin
Ian CurrieLen HaskewEleanor Stodart
Bryan PrattTom UrenRoss Carlton
Babette Scougall

Papers and publications