From Another View

Tuesday 07 May 2019
  • Exhibition exploring the legacy of John Forrest’s 1874 trek in shaping Western and South Australian exploration history opens.
  • The project will contribute to a more balanced and inclusive understanding of Western Australia’s history including perspective of Aboriginal peoples.
  • Creative responses to the project themes have been developed by Aboriginal artists in three communities and artist Bill Gannon who followed the original trek route.

A new exhibition exploring John Forrest’s 1874 expedition into the Western Australian interior, from Champion Bay to Adelaide, opened today.

From Another View is a partnership project between the State Library and Minderoo Foundation, which reimagines the history of WA exploration from multiple community and creative perspectives.

Through art, research and community engagement, From Another View examines how journeys of exploration affected Aboriginal people at the time, and how they resonate with Aboriginal communities today.

The project team engaged with select Aboriginal communities along the route, from Geraldton to Wingellina/Irrunytju to broaden the understanding of exploration and cross-cultural encounters.

The exhibitions span three sites: The State Library (7 May – 19 July 2019), Gallery Central, North Metro TAFE (30 May – 22 June 2019) and Museum of Geraldton (2–26 July 2019). Gallery Central and the Museum of Geraldton will host the creative responses to exploration and living on Country, and include Queensland artist Bill Gannon and Aboriginal Creative Fellows from Yamaji Country, Western Desert and Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

“This exhibition is a demonstration of the complexity of our history; exploring historic and cross-cultural understandings of people, natural resources and landscapes in Western Australia.

“I particularly want to thank Andrew and Nicola Forrest and the Minderoo Foundation for supporting this project.

“The Forrest family has given the team at the State Library the freedom to explore all aspects of this journey and it is clear they want to champion the inclusion of multiple perspectives in the records of our state’s history.”

Media contact: Kym Coolhaas 0417 306 221 or 6552 5400 or Charles Hayne at the State Library on 0403 948 319

Last updated on: 10 September 2019