Two inspiring ex-Elizabethans

I recently photographed two ex-Elizabethans with very similar back stories.

As young teenagers, both Angela Bannon and Cath Kerry travelled to Elizabeth from England as Ten-Pound Poms, attended Elizabeth High School and studied and worked as teachers before moving on to other careers.

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Angela, a practising artist, lived in Elizabeth during her formative years, which she believes “is when you become the person”. She says she felt a real sense of community there, which led to her involvement in local government and various community groups, and an important contribution as partner of the late Premier, John Bannon.

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With an inherited love of food, it is no surprise Cath left teaching to pursue a very successful career as a chef and restaurateur. She speaks about her and her family’s time in Elizabeth with a great deal of passion and positivity, saying “for us, it was the land of opportunity”.

In later years, Angela and Cath would encounter the stigma so often attached to coming from Elizabeth. As is often the case, this centred around the question, “what school did you go to?” Both found the reactions to their answers very amusing.

Some big news

Fortuitous to spend time with two people with fascinating migrant stories, as it’s just been confirmed that I’ll exhibit photos from the Elizabeth Project at the Migration Museum in Adelaide during the SA Living Artists festival, SALA, in August 2019 (registration yet to be completed and accepted). A book of the project is under way and the plan is to launch it there. Watch this space!


Holdens no more

It was sad to see that all the Holden signage has been removed at the Elizabeth factory. This is a stark visual representation of the major changes under way in Elizabeth. Hopefully the Lionsgate Business Park, the new occupant of the site, will prove a success.

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Suburban Landscapes

In an earlier post I included a photograph from the series ‘Suburban Landscapes’, an assignment I completed while studying photography in Adelaide back in the early 1980s.

The initial idea was to revisit old haunts in the foothills out back of Elizabeth, where I explored and played as a child. The plan was to take photographs that evoked nostalgia for that time in my life.

I soon discovered, however, that the proliferation of new housing was far greater than I’d anticipated, so I decided instead to document those changes.

I presented the photographs in a hand-made book, with the photographs in a sequence that began with empty paddocks, showing the gradual intrusion of development through to completed houses, shops and churches.

Revisiting this project was intriguing in the context of my current ‘This is Our Town’ initiative on Elizabeth.

It’s apparent that my approach at the time was highly influenced by a favourite photographer of mine, Robert Adams, an influence that continues to this day.

suburban landscapes cover The book cover. Nice house in the Fields for just 32.5K!

untitled-1   View from Blair Park Dve.  Craigmore

untitled-2  Blair Park Dve. Craigmore

untitled-3  Christine Ave. Hillbank

untitled-4 copy  Wanbi Crt. Craigmore

untitled-5 copy  Waltham Cnr. Craigmore

untitled-6 copy  Marian Cres. Hillbank

untitled-7 copy  Rear view of Hilltop Bve. Hillbank

untitled-8 copy  Stanley St. Hillbank

untitled-9 copy  Gladman Cl. Hillbank

untitled-10 copy  Craigmore Christian Centre