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
26 August 2010
Interactive multi-media artist
Firstly, running along the base of this image is a drawing of two native plants Indigofera Australis and Banksia Marginata. Following this is a key and location for a map illustrating the soil type of the region. The actual map is in the top left section of the work. On this day we met up with Clare Claydon of the Bayton Sidonia Landcare Group who shared with us the groups work in improving the situation of native plants in the region. Clare told Jonathan that the she was hopeful that with a very careful land care program plants like the Old Mans Beard (the plant with the yellow flowers) and the sedge along with the happy wanderer that stop erosion by holding the ground together could be reintroduced on a larger scale. One of the main concerns was the Banksia Marginata seen in the top left corner of the image. This native plant only exists in a few small pockets. One problem is that people collect the seeds which reduce that plants genetic diversity in the wild. On the right is a drawing of a plant native to the region whose common name is the Paper Flower. On the left is a small drawing of a clustered Everlasting whose scientific name is Chrysocephalum Semipapposum Astereae. In the top right section is a historical document that focused on land clearing in the region.