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A Whisper from the Past
Produced by: Nick Franklin
In Australia, the world's driest continent, the north eastern state of Queensland is in the grip of the worst drought in 100 years, and the state government is pushing hard for one of the country's most beautiful valleys to be dammed. However, the Mary River is one of the last breeding places for a strange and ancient fish held sacred by the Gubbi Gubbi people, who were brought up to believe they must do everything they can to protect the fish. In 'A Whisper from the Past' the ABC's Nick Franklin explores how an indigenous elder is pursuing her belief in the Queensland lung fish', known to her people as 'Dala', to save the valley. This program was produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as part of our Global Perspective series about belief.

Program Credits

A Whisper From the Past was produced by Nick Franklin. This program airs as part of our international Global Perspective series on Belief.


A New Dam for the Mary Valley
A Queensland news story about the proposed dam.

Queensland Lungfish
The Australian Museum provides photos of and facts about the Australian lungfish or "Dala".

Explore Cooloola's Mary Valley
Information about the Mary Valley's attractions, businesses, and the proposed dam.

Dam the Mary River? - Save the Mary River!
The campaign to stop the building of the Traveston Dam across the Mary River

Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment
by: Jacques Leslie 2005
Discusses how world dams have affected the communities near the dams' construction.

Gaining Ground
by: Jennifer A. Clack, James Orville Farlow 2002
Details the journey of the lungfish from water to land, and how this journey affected evolution.

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