Establishment Of Lamington National Park
The Lamington National Park unsurprisingly began with a campaign to preserve a mountainous resource-rich land in the 1890s. The campaign was sparked by Robert Collins, a passionate grazier who had learned about the world’s first national park in the United States. Robert Collins went on to get elected into the Queensland Legislative Assembly in 1896, and this afforded him a veritable platform to further push for the declaration of the area as a national park.
During the period, general sentiments were still mostly opposed to declaring the area as a national park especially since many in Queensland saw the land as an important timber supply and even a potential dairy farm. Against the backdrop, the campaign faced strong opposition at the time.