A NEW APPROACH TO INDIGENOUS HOUSING IN THE WA KIMBERLEY REGION

It’s expensive to build and maintain houses in remote parts of Australia, the cost steadily increasing with distance from capital cities and regional centres. The rigours of our tropical climates require a determined approach to maintenance & repair – none of it cheap, all of […]

TEACHING AT A REMOTE INDIGENOUS SCHOOL

It’s one of our most important responsibilities, and one of our biggest challenges – delivering relevant education to kids in remote indigenous communities. It was a real pleasure to visit just such a community and see a school that’s doing just that – mixing the […]

Streeter's Jetty leads into the mangroves in Broome

POSTCARDS FROM THE KIMBERLEY

I moved across the top of Australia, from Cairns to Broome in September 2014. Here’s the photo collection from my first weeks in the remote north-west, where I had the unusual experience of watching the sun set into the sea instead of rising from it, […]

Australia's first act of reconciliation between indigenous people and Europeans - June 1770

THE JAMES COOK LANDING RE-ENACTMENT 2013 – COOKTOWN FNQ

In June of 1770, the British vessel HMS Endeavour was sailing along the far north Queensland coast. Captain James Cook and his crew had travelled far since leaving England in August 1768. Their luck was not with them this day and the Endeavour struck a […]

WHEN THE WET SEASON GETS GOING THE RIVERS START FLOWING

Here in far north Queensland, it’s almost always hot. Hot and dry, or hot and wet. Our dry season runs from May to November, and “the wet” can get going any time from early December. That’s when the monsoon moves south from Asia, bringing heavy […]