Bob Brown

Quick Facts

  • Name: Robert (Bob) James Brown
  • Born: 27 December 1944, Oberon, New South Wales.
  • Co-founder the Australian Greens Party
  • Leader of the Australian Greens Party, 1992-2012
  • In 1986 he was shot at during protests against logging at Tasmania’s Farmhouse Creek.
  • Founder of the Australian Bush Heritage Fund (now Bush Heritage Australia)
  • Is a keen photographer


Bob Brown studied medicine and surgery at Sydney University. He worked as a surgeon in Canberra, Darwin, Alice Springs and London, before moving to Tasmania in 1972. Here, Brown became actively involved in the Tasmanian environmental movement and politics. In 1978 he was appointed director of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society (now The Wilderness Society) and famously led the successful campaign against the construction of the Franklin Dam in 1982-3. He was among 1,500 people arrested at the blockade of the dam and spent 19 days in prison. On the day of his release, Brown was elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly, where he served for ten years.

Bob Brown entered federal politics in 1996 when he was elected to the Senate. In addition to environmental issues he also became a leading anti-war voice when the Iraq conflict began in 2003, called for independence for West Papua and Tibet, and has also been a long-time supporter of gay rights.

In April 2012 Bob Brown announced his resignation as leader of the Greens Party and as Senator.



  • Norman, James  Bob Brown: A Gentle Revolutionary, Allen and Unwin 2004
  • Bob Brown has published a number of books including Wild Rivers (1983), Lake Pedder (1986), Tarkine Trails (1994), The Greens (1996) (with Peter Singer), Memo For A Saner World (2004), Valley of the Giants (2004), Tasmania's Recherche Bay (2005), Earth (2009) and In Balfour Street (2010).