Welcome

Dear Reader,

WIN_20171120_13_40_37_ProWelcome to my web portal. I acknowledge with deep respect the traditional owners of the land on which I live and work and the land referenced in may of  my writings. I acknowledged that this land always was and always will be Aboriginal Land. i pay my respects to Elders, past present and emerging. I am grateful to Elders whose names and images feature in my writings.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples are advised that some text and images may include references to deceased persons.

I invite you to explore my life and interests online using the menu on the right. My hope is that you will find material that will engage us in conversation and reflection.

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Tony

Single File Installation Brisbane

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Single File is a temporary artwork trying to turn the tide. Made up of several filing cabinets mounted on the bank of the Brisbane River, artist Warraba Weatherall’s installation explores notions of buoyancy within the city’s landscape. Strategically placed near the cultural precinct, Weatherall questions the Museum as a disciplinary institution where its archives reaffirm the rhetoric of colonialism. As an institution which retains a large collection of Indigenous artefacts and ancestral human remains, western interpretations render Indigenous cultures as ‘knowable’ and ‘possessable’. The artwork aims to encourage conversations around cultural repatriation.

Presented as part of Co-MMotion, Brisbane City Council’s 2018 Temporary Art Program, produced by people+artist+place.

This installation is best viewed at low tide. Expected low tides during the installation period are as follows:

Saturday 8 September: 2.55pm
Sunday 9 September: 3.44pm
Monday 10 September: 4.30pm
Tuesday 11 September: 5.15pm
Wednesday 12 September: 5.56pm
Thursday 13 September: 6.38pm
Friday 14 September: 7.21pm
Saturday 15 September: 7.31am and 8.08pm
Sunday 16 September: 8.11am and 9.02pm

Tony”s Will

41667342_10156864388312033_6589598074044153856_nToday I went along to a seminar on Wills and Bequests. I really don’t expect to have much left in the account when I start climbing that Stairway to Heaven so bequests aren’t really an issue. My will I suspect will primarily contain details of my Requiem desires and enough for a decent wake.

I am happy to send out final shout outs in the document so let me know if you would like to be included in the life credits roll call.

Today’s session included a chat with the State Library Foundation staff and arrangements for an assessment of my personal memorabilia as a possible donation in lieu of a bonfire or extra trip to Vinnies. Part of pre death planning is to archive what is fast becoming a major collection of digital images.

Not sure if I want to continue having an online presence post ashing although I suspect I will continue to get into a google search for birthdays I can’t attend. Open to volunteer social media geeks who want to keep me posting into eternity.

It’s really challenging when you don’t have heirs as such for whom you are responsible or who can lay claim to your physical heritage. Add to that the tyranny of distance which probably inhibits extended family members travelling interstate to lay claim to your microwave or fridge. Pity the poor executor with all those trips to Vinnies

So now it’s off to write the document and make sure it is legit with witnesses, signatures and no cartoons. I’m tempted to include my own eulogy and some background music for a series of public readings.

There is probably a little irony in doing this seminar on #RUOK Day

Just Dates September

September is

1-7   Spina Bifeda Awareness Week

     Fathers Day

2-8 Legacy  Week  /  Child Protection Week

3-10 National Threatened Species Week

3 – 9 National Stroke Week

6      Indigenous Literacy Day

    White Balloon Day

8     International Literacy Day 

9 – 15  Disability Action Week Queensland

10   World Suicide Prevention Day / RUOK Day

15 International Day of Democracy

16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

16-23 World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

21 International Day of Peace

29 Death of John Pat in Roeburne Prison (1983) prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Local Events in and around Brisbane 

July Retrospective

Welcome to the July retrospective where I look back at highlights from  my posts on social media for the month. This selection acts both as an archive and a reference for those who may have missed some of this material.

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Photography

Because of her, we Can (NAIDOC 2018)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

NAIDOC Week Brisbane 2018

Boundary to Boundary Walk 2018

Updated Albums

Torres Strait Islander Set

 

Readings

Religion

 

 

Events

38241969_2323571587970235_7888144207213232128_oThanks to Stephen Mam for last month’s invitation to join the staff and students at KGSC celebration of First Nation People and Black History Month with a tour of their Indigenous Garden – Jagum Barrambin.

The students were well prepared to take guests on tours and a couple tested my attention with a great Q&A session at the end of their presentation. Spot me with my hat in a few of the pics of the day!!

As a card carrying senior member of the community I love opportunities like this to engage with young people working for understanding and respect of cross cultural values.

 

Politics

Laugh of the Month

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Just Dates August

Queensland Multicultural Month

29 July – 5 August Donate Life Week

1-World Breastfeeding Week

3-16 Fair Trade Fortnight

4 National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

6 Hiroshima Day

6 – 12 Homelessness Week

8 Dying to Know Day

9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

11 – 19 National Science Week

12 International Youth Day 

14 Feast of Micah the Prophet

18 – 26 Seniors Week

17 – 24  Children’s Book Week

19 World Humanitarian Day / World Photo Day

23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

31 International Overdose Awareness Day 

Local Events in and around Brisbane 

June Retrospective

34066829_10156590908997033_2933120538958102528_nJune in the Southern hemisphere ushers in winter  with extreme variations of weather across the continent.

My  adopted home in Queensland allows me to  enjoy a mellow winter but the words of Michael Leunig

We give thanks for the blessing of winter:
Season to cherish the heart.
To make warmth and quiet for the heart.
To make soups and broths for the heart.
To cook for the heart and read for the heart.
To curl up softly and nestle with the heart.
To sleep deeply and gently at one with the heart.
To dream with the heart.
To spend time with the heart.
A long, long time of peace with the heart.
We give thanks for the blessing of winter:
Season to cherish the heart.
Amen

Michael Leunig Art The Prayer Tree, Collins Dove, 1991.

 June Photography