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Figure 9.5 Display of Great Barrier Reef coral for the Qantas office in Tokyo, 1961. Source:
QS189/1 Box 17 Item 73, Queensland Industry, Services, Views, People and Events;
Photographic Proofs and Negatives; Islands - Barrier Reef, Queensland State Archives,
Brisbane
so many other reefs. This also applies to One Tree Reef, but I see no reason
at all why all the reefs on the Great Barrier should not be rigidly protecte d. 19
Regardless of the prohibition of coral collecting, visitors continued to remove
specimens from the Great Barrier Reef throughout the 1960s. Coral was also used
for commercial and official purposes; collections were used to decorate Qantas
offices (Figure 9.5) , for instance, and a large collection, comprising over 1,350
coral specimens and six giant clams was displayed at the 1967 Exposition in
Montreal (Peel, 1966, p852 ). 20
Other than the informal collecting of souvenirs, coral collecting took place
in a more organised manner, encouraged by the Queensland Government, using
a system of coral collecting licences. Evidence of those licences survives in the
QSA for the period 1962-1969, and nineteen coral areas have been identified
using these records, but it is likely that the industry was more extensive than
the extant records indicate. The nineteen coral collecting areas that have been
reconstructed using archival evidence were located at twelve reefs and islands
(Figure 9.6) . The distribution of the coral areas indicates that during that period
the coral collecting industry exploited reefs in the vicinity of the major ports of
Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone, with a concentration of activity in
 
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