- Presented in partnership between the State Library of Western Australia and the Minderoo Foundation, From Another View explores contemporary perspectives of John Forrest's 1874 trek from Geraldton to Adelaide
- The project will reinterpret the historic journey from different creative and community perspectives through artworks, regional displays, public programs, educational resources and a major exhibition at the State Library of Western Australia
- From Another View commences with a pop-up exhibition at the Museum of Geraldton from May 19, 2018
In 1874, John Forrest set out with a party of five men, including Aboriginal trackers Tommy Windich and Tommy Pierre, on a trek from Geraldton to Adelaide to explore the 'real nature' of the Western Australian interior.
In 2018, the State Library of Western Australia in partnership with the Minderoo Foundation, is embarking on a new journey of discovery to explore First Peoples' connections to the lands travelled by Forrest and his team.
Entitled From Another View: Tracking Exploration Stories in the WA Outback, the reinterpretation project will commence with a pop-up exhibition in Geraldton, include a number of regional displays, public programs and educational resources, and culminate in a major exhibition at the State Library of Western Australia in 2019.
The project also includes artist Bill Gannon who will visit key locations on the trek route and produce art inspired by the landscapes, communities and original photographs, diaries and maps relating to the expedition, held in the State Library of Western Australia's collections.
Aboriginal artists from key locations near the trek will also be engaged to provide creative interpretations of country and exploration histories.
From Geraldton, From Another View will travel to Wiluna, Laverton, Kalgoorlie and Ngaanyatjarra Lands, with planned activities in each location.
The original trek diaries, written by John and Alexander Forrest, have been digitised as part of the project and are available online via the State Library's catalogue at http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"This project is a perfect example of how the State Library continues to meet its commitment to treasuring the stories of Western Australia.
"The project will allow Western Australians to enhance their knowledge of exploration, and appreciate the many perspectives encountered by the expedition party and Aboriginal communities connected to the trek through their country and culture.
"The public can follow the progress of this exciting project online at the State Library website."
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