In October last year after I visited Clark Dam, one that controls the Derwent River’s waters, I posted my story and at least one of the photographs published in today’s paper appears to be a cut down version of my photographs. I have never added copyright protection to my photos so I am glad to have been of assistance in getting the message out and showing the community what has been removed.
Clark Dam is isolated and remote and few people drive there: the gravel road leading to the Dam at Butlers Gorge would not be driven on in hire cars by tourists, so I am guessing the person who removed these plaques is probably a fisherman who visits the area ready to put a boat out onto Lake King William. It is someone with local knowledge that few people will be in the area. The plaques would have offered some resistance during their removal – they were strongly attached – so it seems to me that a purposeful perhaps pre-planned effort has been made by the thief.
Recently I was in the vicinity, but having previously walked in the area I bypassed the Dam wall so I missed seeing the gaping ‘holes’. I would have been horrified. Whether the taker took the plaques for reasons of greed or souveniring, they are markers of early mid-20th century Tasmanian history and need to be returned – if not reinstalled, then dropped on the doorstep of a police station.
Anyone with any information about the theft is asked to call police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Where ever we walk some sort of crime is likely to have been committed in past years, centuries, or millennia – that is, if the concept of crime is part of the culture.
In the past week, Tasmanian police have been hopeful for a breakthrough in the search for Lucille Butterworth, a young woman who has been missing for almost half a century, believed murdered. Reports indicate that police ‘have the best lead yet with credible new information leading them to the lonely gravelled roadside area 8.5km from the Granton turn-off on the Lyell Highway’. The location is next to the Derwent River.
Having seen the latest news media photos, I remember walking this section of the road on my jaunt from Granton to New Norfolk. It was the section where no road verge offered protection from the traffic and I needed to walk on the tarmac. No sign of human habitation. Only vehicles with their racing drivers charging along the highway. I had no clairvoyant moments that day – I never felt the presence of anyone interred in the land nearby. But I hope the scientific and systematic exploration of the area between the road and the Derwent River will bring answers to the many questions which the family have lived with for decades.
Lucille disappeared at a time in history preceding the invasion of mobile phones. By all accounts she waited for a public bus in Hobart’s northern suburbs but the bus never arrived so she accepted a ride with someone in a passing car. These days, a person in a similar situation would simply phone a friend or a relative for help.
Should a blog reader have more information about Lucille Butterworth’s disappearance please contact Tasmania Police.