The job: As a government employee, between 2018 and 2019 I was the Project Coordinator of the From Another View project, a State Library of Western Australia and Minderoo Foundation partnership. From Another View was a contemporary reimagination project of John Forrest’s 1874 trek from Geraldton to Adelaide, Australia.
In 1874, John Forrest set out with a party of men, including Aboriginal trackers Tommy Windich (Yinel) and Tommy Pierre (Berragul) to explore the ‘the nature of the interior’. It was with great pride that I discovered during this project that Yinel is my great, great, great, great Uncle. It was with a sense of wonderment this project uncovered new collections, and created new collections. Through the exhibition it portrayed that the trek team only survived because the Aboriginal people who already lived in the area, intimately understood their Country.
What I did: Project coordinated the project. This included 3 staff, an artist and surveyor. Liaised with 6 communities, 2 Ranger groups, and several Aboriginal Boards and organisations, libraries, art galleries, museums and local governments Curating the collections was a challenge. It would not have been possible without Yamaji, Martu and Aṉangu community members. They assisted us with understanding the importance of Ngurra (Country).