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Joadja Club Trip

Last weekend the Southern Highlands Photographic Society (SHPS) held a club field trip to Joadja. This historic village is nestled in the Joadja valley some 28 km from Mittagong in the Southern Highlands.

This site is of cultural significance due to kerosene shale being discovered there in the mid 1800’s. At its peak some 1200 people lived and worked in the valley. It is hard now to imagine a huge industrial complex of mines, a bank of retorts and a refinery. The shale was “cooked” in banks of retorts to release kerosene oil. This oil was then refined into paraffin was, kerosene, grease and oils.

Life was tough and the community was by necessity mostly self-sufficient.

I have visited Joadja now 4 or 5 times and I still see images everywhere! It is not an easy place to capture successful images. There is so much photographic material there, but there are mostly remnants and overgrown ruins of the original operations. The challenge is I think to try to un-clutter the mess. Instead of shooting wide, try going in close and concentrate on details. That being said I have also shot a number of very wide panoramas that I am happy with!

The bright sun just adds to the challenging conditions, especially if the scene has a couple of “hotspots” that spoil the composition.

Joadja is privately run operation more information can be found from their website Joadja Town.

 

Family Tree

Family Tree

Hiku Rust

Haiku Rust

Retort Pastels

Retort Pastels

Indoor Garden

Indoor Garden

Whomping Willow

Whomping Willow

Blue Danube

Blue Danube

Global Warming

Global Warming

Grab the bull

Grab the bull

Porthole

Porthole

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Helens Wonderful Wagga Kangaroos Banner

My friend Helen is a whiz with fabrics. Her main area of expertise is quilting and she runs patchwork & quilting classes.

In 2015 we will commemorate the centenary of Gallipoli and there will be a re-enactment of the Wagga Wagga Kangaroos 1915 recruitment march. Helen was asked by the organising committee to recreate the banner that was carried in the original march. After sourcing an historic photo she used software to create a huge poster. This comprised some 54 A4 sheets and formed the basis of the banner template.

All the pieces were sewn in place as applique on a standard domestic sewing machine. The banner took over 100 hours to complete over a period of ten weeks. You can see the extraordinary amount of detail from the photographs.

The banner was presented to the Honorable Dr Brendan Nelson who is the patron of the historic march. The banner is also to feature in the 2015 Anzac Day March.

The Australian War Memorial will also include images of the banner on its website.

For more information on Helen’s classes go to www.patchworkbliss.com.au

 

 

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Completed Banner

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Helen completes the final touches

 

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Banner detail 1

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Banner detail 2

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Banner detail 3