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
Interactive multi-media artist
25 August 2010
Firstly, running along the base of this image is a drawing that I imagined the crater which we were going to see may look like. I placed an image of the expedition drawn by Ludwig Becker at the foot of the crater. After Tullamarine we travelled to Lancefield. In the Lancefield region we passed by a monument commemorating that on August the 23rd 1860 had camped near the monument. In the top right corner we see several drawings. Two of these drawings depict a special crater which is actually not a crater at all. On August the 25rd 1860 the Burke and Wills expedition passed by what Ludwig Becker (the expeditions artist) described as an ancient crater. Two days later he drew the “crater” from memory. On approaching the “crater” having not seen the Becker drawing I did a drawing of what I imagined the crater may look like. As seen in the next detail it turned out neither of our depictions were accurate. Next to these drawings is an image depicting fire. I noticed a lot of burnt trees from the recent bushfires, this drawing reflects on that observation. On the bottom left of this image we see images of Jonathan King (documentary coordinator and presenter) and Michael Dillon (camera man and director) making the documentary about the expedition. In the top left we see images of our Pajero four wheel drives provided for the expedition by Mitsubishi. In the middle section of the image is a drawing of the storm that we travelled through. At the base of the storm is Ludwig Becker’s drawing of the Burke and Wills expedition traveling across the landscape.