Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna (Angair Inc)
While visiting Anglesea in spring of 1968, Edith Lawn innocently picked spider orchids for her art class to draw and learnt not only how much the locals prized the district’s flora, but also that she had broken the law.
Edith was horrified by her actions and wondered if other visitors were unaware of the laws protecting the indigenous fauna and flora. To make amends, she initiated a public meeting in Anglesea on 27 April 1969, to establish a society to protect the local flora and fauna. And so, Angair was born.
Could Edith have possibly imagined that such a successful conservation organisation would flourish, and five decades later, we would be celebrating 50 years of caring for the environment?
Not only has Angair grown to a membership of over 600, it has also notched up a long and remarkable list of initiatives and achievements.
As you enjoy our special local natural environment, pause to reflect that the beauty of this relatively unspoilt stretch of the Surf Coast is due in large part to the foresight of Angair’s founders and the determination and hard work of several particularly dedicated individuals and the many members who’ve followed since 1969.
You can read more details about Angair’s achievements and milestones in Angair: the first 50 years.