Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. will email a .jpg file of the original of the letter below to interested persons.
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University of Melbourne
Carlton, N.3, 26th October, 1955
The Town Clerk,
I do not regard the project to preserve a sanctuary as something put up by a few sincere but sentimental fanatics. The small group at Beaumaris is ahead of its time and deserves every support from the leaders of the community Victoria is lagging behind all the other States of the Commonwealth in preservation schemes, and Sandringham could give a real lead to other centres. As you probably know, the need for preservation of natural features is being increasingly recognised in America and Britain In Britain a Government authority, the Nature Conservancy, under the direct authority of the Lord President of the Council has been set up, and almost every month very large areas of natural countryside are set aside for the benefit of posterity. A similar move in under consideration in Victoria, but by the time it is under way I am afraid that a great many areas of unique character will have been destroyed.
I understand that the best area comprises about eight building blocks, and that it is hoped to save at least four of these. My own view is that a sanctuary of this kind should be as large as possible if preservation of the native vegetation is to succeed and I earnestly hope that you will be able to preserve the whole area as a native park. I feel sure that the group of local residents will be happy to assist in its maintenance and protection.
PROFESSOR OF BOTANY.