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RESEARCH | Territories & Pathways

March 7, 2013


Here are some extracts from research completed for Aboriginal and Cultural Heritage Assessments produced last year. Over a few projects, I endeavoured to consider the interweave of geography and history with a view to recognising that sites alone are not representative of the Aboriginal view of land and culture. In fact, I think a focus […]

PS | Bunya Pine III

December 1, 2011


Not long ago I wrote a post and co-produced an artists book about the removal of a majestic bunya pine from the grounds of the Aspley Hotel. With the A-frame sign suddenly appearing on the footpath inviting people inside, I presume that the tree was removed to open up  the side/rear entrance. Though perhaps pruning […]

STORY | Tree of Knowledge Memorial

November 26, 2011


Turning into the main street of Barcaldine from Blackall, a mysterious black cube appears – it commands attention. While large structures, say silos and mining plants, are not unusual in rural landscapes they are rare in townships. Buildings don’t tend to be larger than the largest tree. In Barcaldine, the largest buildings are the historic […]

BOOK | Bunya Pine: Araucaria bidwillii

November 15, 2011


John and I have produced an artists book about the removed Bunya Pine. Based on the earlier blog post, this work is as an exercise in place writing and documenting local events. It’s been posted to Scribd.

LOSS | Bunya Pine II

November 9, 2011


After yesterday’s quiet vigil as our neighbourhood bunya pine was removed, following are some photographs of the site where this historic and majestic tree once stood, now bereft. Early morning … Mid-afternoon … Yesterday, I contacted the hotel to ask why the tree was being removed but they refused to comment until the manager was […]

LOSS | Bunya Pine

November 8, 2011


Storm brewing. Photo: JM John Armstrong. 2010 I’ve maintained a vigil today, nothing dramatic, just quiet observation of the removal of a majestic old bunya pine at the back of the Aspley Hotel. The 25 metre tree has been part of the local landscape for as long as I can remember, having initially moved to […]