Voyagers – A Tribute to Australia’s Cameleers


Between the 1860s and the 1920s around 2,000 cameleers, with over 20,000 camels, came to Australia from Afghanistan, Baluchistan and what is now Pakistan. In those days, before motor vehicles, camels were the ideal pack animal and were well equipped to cope with the harsh environment of the Australian Outback. Continue reading “Voyagers – A Tribute to Australia’s Cameleers”


Trade Hall Lane’s Ball


This rather different piece of art work (is it competition to the Mall’s Balls?) is a colourful addition in one of Adelaide’s narrowest roads. The inflatable ball is wedged between Enyesbury College and Faraway House in Trades Hall Lane. Continue reading “Trade Hall Lane’s Ball”

Narrabundah – The Little Hawk


I actually called into the Narrabundah Shops (Narrabundah is a relatively close suburb to the city centre though somewhat off the tourist map) to have breakfast at a nice looking café I had spotted a little time before. It was closed. In fact everything was closed apart from an IGA store (supermarket) and the place was pretty much deserted, as well as looking rather decrepit (that is apart from the café and a couple of restaurants which I have not frequented). Granted, it was 8am on a Sunday morning – though that doesn’t account for the decrepit look! Continue reading “Narrabundah – The Little Hawk”


Ainslie’s Sheep


The selection of Canberra, in the early 1900’s, as the new capital of Australia has often been referred to as the waste of good sheep grazing land or a good sheep station spoiled. It has also been, and still is by some, referred to using even mostly derogatory terms but let’s keep to the sheep for now. Continue reading “Ainslie’s Sheep”




Yerrakartarta (the title of this artwork) is a Kaurma Aboriginal word meaning ‘at random’ or ‘without design’. The Kaurma people are the indigenous inhabitants of the Adelaide area. Continue reading “Yerrakartarta”


Art Barton Park – The Hidden Treasures Of Lavender Bay


Art Barton Park is small ribbon like park, a couple of metres of densish growth, on either side of the walking path along the east side of the beautiful Lavender Bay on the North Shore, across the Harbour Bridge and a stones throw to the west of Luna Park. Continue reading “Art Barton Park – The Hidden Treasures Of Lavender Bay”


Luna Park – Just for Fun and Art


If you only go to Sydney’s Luna Park to have your photo taken in front of the funfair’s iconic clown face (based on Old King Cole) entrance then it’s worth the trip.

Luna Park is modeled, in art deco style (look at the towers by the entrance), on similar parks in Melbourne and Adelaide (the latter of which closed as Sydney was opening) and on the world’s first Luna Park which opened on Coney Island, New York in 1903. Continue reading “Luna Park – Just for Fun and Art”


The Australian National University Sculpture Walk


I had lived in Canberra for some 14 years and the last place I would have thought of going for a walk, let alone a walk to see modern sculptures, would have been the grounds of the Australian National University. Continue reading “The Australian National University Sculpture Walk”


Art In The Pacific


On the Ile des Pins primary and lower level secondary schooling is available. Students must move to Noumea to finish their secondary schooling and go to university. Many go overseas for the later – most to France or Australia/New Zealand. Continue reading “Art In The Pacific”


Mansudae Art Studio


The output of this art studio can be seen everywhere in North Korea.

Every statue of the leaders, every painting/image (as opposed to photograph) of the Leaders right down to the lapel pins worn by every citizen and all the great monuments such as the Monument to the Foundation of the Korean Workers Party were designed and, in the main, produced here. In addition to this, the studio has very active painting and pottery sections (among its thirteen sections). The studio’s most recognisable piece of work is the Mansudae Grand Monument in the city centre. Continue reading “Mansudae Art Studio”