Archive for October, 2010

Mount Mee Region

October 23, 2010

Nice drive through the Mount Mee region, 60km north-west of Brisbane. A beautiful spring day.

Chouette virée dans la région du Mont Mee, 60 km au nord ouest de Brisbane. Belle journée printanière. 

Glass House Mountains in the background 

Week End in and out Brisbane

October 17, 2010

Jadwiga’s Name’s day

Friday evening at the restaurant


Surfer Paradise

wet feet


Tamborine Mountain

We have had a lot of rain the two last weeks, much more than usual for this time of the year. It is well to notice from this spot

Nous avons eu beaucoup de pluie ces dernières semaines, beaucoup plus que normal pour la saison. Cela se remarque depuis l’endroit ou nous sommes


Boondall Wetlands


The Tree

Went to the movies, saw “The Tree” from director Julie Bertucelli. Excellent film, strongly recommended.

“An arresting drama of loss and rebirth shaped by emotion, intuition and the elemental forces at work in its ravishing Queensland landscape”

Avons vu le film “L’Arbre” de Julie Bertucelli. Très bon film, hautement recommendé. Film très prenant, tourné dans le Queensland.

Dinner at Friends

October 3, 2010

We were invited Saturday evening for dinner at Basia and Krzysztof’s place (friends we recently met). The food was excellent and we had a jolly good time.

amazing strawberry

Australia – William Blandowski’s Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Aborginal Australia

October 2, 2010




William Blandowski’s Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia

A highly interesting and recommended publication of William Blandowski’s work, for the first time in English. The original title was “Australien in 142 photographischen Ausbildungen nach zehnjarigen Erfahrungen” and had been published some 150 years ago in Europe.

William Blandowski arrived in Australia in September 1849. In his ten years’ stay, Blandowski worked as a surveyor and gold-miner, travelled along the Lower Murray River and the Coorong and organised scientific expeditions in northwestern, central and southeeastern Victoria.

Blandowski warmly acknowledged the contribution Aboriginal people made to his expedition and to colonial science, but he was very critical of the colonist’s treatment of Aboriginal people.

When he left Australia in 1859, his priceless collection of images and specimens went with him. In 1862, he payed to have “Australien in 142 photographischen Ausbildungen nach zehnjarigen Erfahrungen” published.

Having lain in European archives for nearly 150 years, Blandowski’s amazing work is now published in English, for the first time.

Blandowski’s “Australia” is simultaneously an encyclpaedia of Aboriginal life, a visual record of Blandowski’s travels from 1849 to 1857 and a collage which combines photographs, original images and the works of other artists. Wether publication of “Australien” in English would have contributed to a more sympathetic feeling towards Aboriginal people in 1862 is speculative. Today our judgement should be on Blandowski’s capacity to communicate a unique vision of Aboriginal Australia to us, his audience.  (extract from book introduction)

Encyclopédie Illustrée de l’Australie Aborigène

Une réedition récente hautement intéressante et recommandée de l’oeuvre de William Blandowski, pour la première fois en anglais. La version originale en allemand intitulée “Australien in 142 photographischen Ausbildungen nach zehnjarigen Erfahrungen” avait été éditée il y a 150 en Europe. Il ne restait plus qu’un exemplaire, enterré dans des archives berlinoises.

William Blandowski arriva en Australie en septembre 1849. Durant son séjour de 10 ans, Blandowski travailla comme pasmentier  et chercheur d’or. Il voyagea le long du fleuve Murray et le Coorong et organisa des expeditions scientifiques dans le nord-ouest, le centre et sud-est de Victoria (province de Melbourne).

Blandowski reconnut chaleureusement la contribution faite par le peuple Aborigène à son expédition et à la science coloniale, mais il critiqua fortement le traitement infligé aux au peuple Aborigène par les colonisateurs.

Il quitta l’Australie en 1859, enmenant avec lui une collection précieuse d’images et de specimens. En 1862, il paya de sa poche pour la publication de  “Australien in 142 photographischen Ausbildungen nach zehnjarigen Erfahrungen”.

Après avoir passé près de 150 ans dans des archives berlinoises, l’oeuvre étonnante de Blandowski est publiée maintenant pour la première fois en anglais.

L'”Australie” de Blandowski est à la fois une encyclopédie de la vie Aborigène, un enregistrement visuel des voyages de Blandowski entre 1849 et 1857 et un collage qui combine des photographies, des images originales et des oeuvres d’autres artistes. L’idée que la publication d'”Australie” en anglais à l’époque (en 1862) aurait pu contribuer à des sentiments plus sympathique envers le peuple Aborigène n’est que pure spéculation. Aujourd’hui, notre jugement devrait porter sur la capacité de Blandowski à nous communiquer, nous son audience, une vision unique de l’Australie Aborigène.  (extraits de la note d’introduction du livre)   


Baobab or Adansonia Gregorii, after a drawing by Baines. In the foreground Pandanus Spiralis and Aborigenes hardening the tips of their spears in hot ash

An area at the bank of the Murray River. In the foreground, the Aborigines are making a canoe out of the bark of the red rubber tree. On the river there is an Aboriginal family with dogs who are crossing the Murray River in a bark canoe. Drawn by G. Mützel

Three female and two male Aborigines of the Yarree-Yarree tribe in Mondellimin, smewhat further inland, about 300-400 miles from the coast. After a photograph by W. Blandowski 

The two methods of making fire. In the foreground lies a killed emu, a stone axe, also a spear and throwing sticks. A family of Dacelo giganteus (Kookaburra) sit on an idian rubber tree making their ridiculous, hour long “Ha!He!Hi!Ho!Hu! and help pass the time for the Aborigines during the arduous fire making process. Drawing by G. Mützel 

Aborigines visit the colonists, help them cook, wash and carry wood and water in exchange for the paltry amount of one pound of flour daily. Drawing by W Blandowski

At the lower Murray River in South Australia, the deceased is wrapped in a blanket with his weapons and favourite items, placed on a frame and left lying in the sun. Drawing by W. Blandowski