Welcome to the Burke & Wills Environment Expedition Visual Journal.
The artwork takes the form of a series of postcards from Ben Beeton highlighting and documenting the people, the land and changes in Australia's environment since the original expedition. These postcards seek to intrigue and encourage students to reflect and examine the history of Australia through deep time.
Journal images are presented in 3 sections:
Section 1: Melbourne to Menindee
Section 2: Menindee to Coopers Creek
Section 3: Coopers Creek to the Gulf of Carpentaria (still in progress, to be completed in 2011)
Some images include links to videos on Youtube Videos
31st August 2010
Interactive multi-media artist
In 1860 Burke and Wills heading north made it to the Murray river at Swan Hill. In the Purple circle we see Jonathan and Steve re-enacting the Burke and Wills crossing. On the right are four images of the environmental scientist Fern Haines. Fern is Victoria’s coordinator for the Murray Darling Basin Authority Native Fish Strategy. In the top image in green Fern is holding a Murray Code that is a native to the Murray Darling Basin, as you can see she is very happy. Fern says that if the native fish in the river are healthy then the river is healthy. Underneath this in red Fern is holding an introduced Carp which was introduced in the 1960’s. This fish eats the eggs of the native fish. Underneath this in green Fern is holding a Silver Perch. This native fish is particularly popular in the Loddon River where Fern has been working on building up their numbers. Underneath this in red is an introduce fish called the wether lowche. In the bottom left is an image of Pyramid River which is where we interviewed Fern. The scientist Doug Small was with us and said that he had not seen it so high since the 1970’s. In this image we also see a range of my illustrations of the native plants.
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