5. Nature Walkabout: Vincent Serventy 1967

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I include ‘Nature Walkabout’ both as a personal indulgence and as a representative of the times, and I believe, of several similar TV series and documentaries shown around the world in the ‘60s. (I look forward to readers’ examples of these).

There is a wonderful freshness, enthusiasm and honesty about ‘Nature Walkabout’. Shot in black and white, production values are low, but this adds to its unvarnished charm as author and conservationist Vincent Serventy travels Australia in his battered old 4WD with wife, Carol, and kids. There is a delightful lack of pretension in the documentaries, a simple joy in being in Nature unmediated through elaborate clothing, equipment and agendas (compare this with the modern day!). I was very jealous of their wild, nomadic life, as they scruffed about remote bush places looking for wildlife, mostly in dirty old clothes and bare feet (Vincent himself is reputed not to have worn shoes until he was 11!). Many of the places they found were genuinely remote and unheard of by the majority of Australians, and the wildlife was equally ‘new’ to most.

As the Serventys were West Australians it was refreshing to see so much of this huge, but oft-overlooked state, and the show also introduced the mildly eccentric – and later controversial – naturalist Harry Butler to Australian audiences, and his love of reptiles – which are so often reviled and persecuted – shines through. (Harry Butler went on the make his own very good TV series, ‘In the Wild’, which, in a more modern fashion, carried on the tradition of ‘Nature Walkabout’; some examples here, though full, original episodes, are hard to find: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=In+the+Wild+with+harry+Butler+youtube&ru=%2fvideos%2fsearch%3fq%3dIn%2bthe%2bWild%2bwith%2bharry%2bButler%2byoutube%26FORM%3dVDRESM&view=detail&mid=ABC66A948BB77468B0EFABC66A948BB77468B0EF&&FORM=VDRVSR ).

Vincent Serventy fought tirelessly for the Australian environment, doing all he could to protect places such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Dryandra Woodlands of Western Australia (his book is considered a classic of its type: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3531023-dryandra-the-story-of-an-australian-forest ) and Lake Pedder in Tasmania. ‘Nature Walkabout’ helped set the stage for these campaigns and re-introduced Australians to their environment after the ravages of two World Wars and The Depression.

I cannot find anything remaining for viewing of ‘Nature Walkabout’ except for snippets, so it is lucky that a tribute has been compiled by the strangely named ‘Incognito Damit’. The tribute is excellent and don’t be put off by the strange avatar that has been created to narrate it: Tribute to the TV Show “Nature Walkabout” – Bing video

Also enjoy the first-class music of Sven Libaek, highlighted in the tribute.

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