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MODERN DANCE ODORI. BLACK SUMMER Climate Change, Drought, Floods, Bushfires, Rainstorms. Australia 2020. FIRE AND WATER. ALL VIDEO AND MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER LAWRIE. PLEASE USE HEADPHONES
           
 
 

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  Mary  

MDO 187. If You Could See Mary Now If you could see Mary now I am sure you would not know her, she is so stout again as she was, and has not had a days sicknefs since she came here, she many a time pities you when she thinks of you all confined in the Gallowgate up three stairs while we are under a fine climate, with plenty of parrots flying over us, and in as delightful a country as any one could wish to live in.

John Kelly's Letter to his mother in Glasgow. 1839

 
 
 
  GREAT FIRE 5  

MDO 186. Great Fire at Alma 5 It is now apparent that all our penal statutes are inoperative to prevent bushfires. Some suggest as a precautionary measure, that our district roads should be taken advantage of and by ploughing two furrows along each side, and burning the grass on them when it would be safe to do so. This would effectively guard us against such widely spread destruction by fire as we have been subjected to.

Adelaide Chronicle 11 June 1868

John Kelly's Letter to his mother in Glasgow. 1839

 
 
 
  RIVER 1  

MDO 181. RIVER 1
In 1884, after a series of droughts, the Victorian Government began investigating large-scale irrigation. The Chaffey brothers had built a successful irrigation colony in California before deciding to investigate Australia’s potential. In 1887, the Chaffeys started building Australia’s first ‘irrigation colony’ at Mildura and Renmark on the Murray River. The first harvests in the mid-1890s were exceptionally good but by 1896 the Chaffeys’ Mildura Irrigation Company was in liquidation and hundreds of settlers faced foreclosure. 1887: Chaffey Brothers introduce irrigation on Murray River.

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John Kelly's Letter to his mother in Glasgow. 1839.

 
 
 
  LAKE  

MDO 171. THE LAKE The life of the spirit may be fairly represented in diagram as a large acute-angled triangle divided horizontally into unequal parts with the narrowest segment uppermost. The lower the segment the greater it is in breadth, depth, and area.
The whole triangle is moving slowly, almost invisibly forwards and upwards. Where the apex was today the second segment is tomorrow; what today can be understood only by the apex and to the rest of the triangle is an incomprehensible gibberish, forms tomorrow the true thought and feeling of the second segment.
At the apex of the top segment stands often one man, and only one. His joyful vision cloaks a vast sorrow. Even those who are nearest to him in sympathy do not understand him. Angrily they abuse him as charlatan or madman.
But despite all this confusion, this chaos, this wild hunt for notoriety, the spiritual triangle, slowly but surely, with irresistible strength, moves onwards and upwards.

 
 
 
  GREAT FIRE  

MDO 182. GREAT FIRE AT ALMA 1 Beside the great bush fire that decimated such an extent of country in the Hundred of Alma, and which started on Mr Joseph Kelly's farm, there have been four other fires on these Plains on a smaller scale. viz. on the farms of Messrs McKenzie, Odea, Greenshields and Watson; but by energetic efforts all were subdued without much damage being done. The continuous alarms which prevail on hot wind days is enough to make people nervous.

Adelaide Chronicle 11 June 1868

 
 
 
  GREATFIRE 2  

MDO 138. PRAY FOR WATER The 19th December will be remembered by the people here as Black Thursday. The day was fearfully hot. At 11 a.m. the thermometer stood at 110 in the shade. The wind was from the north, and was like the blast from a furnace. At about 1 p. m. a fire broke out in one of Mr J. Kelly’s grass paddocks, and in a few minutes it spread with amazing rapidity, laying waste cornfields, haystacks, stables, wagons, harness and agricultural implements of all kinds. The flames crossed wide and well beaten roads, and in one instance burning stuff was blown across ploughed land 40 yards wide. An area of 12 square miles was burnt, including 24 farms.

Adelaide Chronicle 11 June 1868

John Kelly's Letter to his mother in Glasgow. 1839

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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