Shooting The Franklin

Early canoeing on Tasmania's wild rivers

by Johnson Dean.

Foreword by Bob Brown.

Paperback, 2002

John Dean's adventures on Tasmanian rivers started on the South Esk in his boyhood during World War II. From the heavy homemade canoes of those early days through to the rubber duckies that make modern rafting so much fun, John and his mates have done it all.

Through trial and a fair bit of error, they found their way down the Pieman, the King, the Franklin, the Gordon - wild rivers that had never before been navigated along their full length. Shooting the Franklin is packed with photographs of the Tasmanian wilderness, not just beautiful, but also historically important as a record of rivers now drowned by damming.

In this warm and funny memoir, you will meet John and the boyhood mates who shared his first adventures, and who stayed together to introduce their own children to the thrills of white water and the companionship of good friends.


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