The State Library of Western Australia in partnership with the Minderoo Foundation presents, ‘From Another View’, a contemporary reimagination project of John Forrest’s 1874 trek from Geraldton to Adelaide, Australia.

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John Forrest and his exploring party leaving Perth on horseback. State Library of Western Australia (024264PD) Image sourced from collection of photographs from the Royal Western Australian Historical Society

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. Follow the project team as it engages with communities in Yamaji country, the Western Desert and Ngaanyatjarra Lands to explore First Peoples connections to the lands travelled by by Forrest and his team in 1874.

The project will reinterpret the historic trek from different creative and community perspectives through artworks, regional displays, public programs, educational resources and a major exhibition at the State Library in 2019.

Join the State Library on this journey:

Collections:   Search existing collections held at the State Library of Western Australia.

Community Engagement:   Engagement with communities throughout May and June through pop-up exhibitions and heritage sessions.

Creative interpretation:    Indigenous Creative Fellows and Bill Gannon will be involved in art practice and interpretation between May and December 2018.

Public Exhibition:   Join the State Library for the culmination of the project in an exhibition in Perth in 2019.

Education programs:  Will be available online late 2018.