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Now showing in Victoria — you can be part of it!

Beyond Reasonable Drought is a Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House travelling exhibition in association with the MAPgroup — Many Australian Photographers. It features images by some of Australia’s best photographers, who documented the impact of the recent drought on the land, people and psyche of rural and urban Australia.

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Photograph of Lee Kernaghan by Robbie K

I am very proud to be a patron for Beyond Reasonable Drought and pay tribute to our farming families and all those whose stories you will experience in words and images in this wonderful exhibition.”

— Lee Kernaghan, Exhibition Patron

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The Photographs

  • John Pargeter, water rights, 2008
  • Lake Eyre from the air, 2010
  • Sunday morning after Black Saturday, 2009
  • Around Hamilton, 2009
  • Richard Bowden and his dog Nuggett,  2009
  • Mary River, 2008
  • Black Saturday bushfires, 2009
  • Boyd Thornbury, 2007
  • Rolling out feed in a barren landscape, 2007
  • Unique shearers kitchen, 2007
  • Fruit orchards – all cut back to roots  2007
  • Ian the truckie, 2007
  • The sheep will have to go…, 2007
  • $4k per meg, 2007
  • There’s always hope, 2007
  • Jim Davey, 2007
  • After the Grampians bushfires, 2006
  • Chris Nicholls, Painter, 2007
  • Knackery No.5, 2006
  • Gol Gol Creek, 2008
  • Tracks in the riverbed, 2001
  • Mount Lyndhurst station, 2001
  • Water tank production, 2008
  • Three trees, 2007 & 2008
  • Drought 03 – Continuing Drought 07  (left) 2003 & (right) 2007
  • Drought sign – long term stage 4 water restrictions, 2007
  • Dead Citrus Orchard, 2007
  • Kevin Cock watches his mature citrus trees burn, 2007
  • The Bridge to Bonnie Doon, 2007
  • Patterns of devastation, 2003
  • Sunset on Hay Plain, 2006
  • Dusty day’s end, 2006
  • All dressed up and nowhere to row, 2007
  • Low tide on Lake Wendouree, 2007
  • ‘If you could only save one thing...’, 2006/07
  • Coleen Houston, 2007
  • Plug the pipe, 2007
  • Rumleigh cotton farm with no cotton, 2007
  • Cattle muster on Fossil Downs Station, c.1990
  • Green Lake – this was full of life once, 2008
  • Drought bus through pub window, 2007
  • Momentum, 2005
  • Liberation, 2005
  • Dry as the bones on the bottom, 2002
  • Flying out over the channel country, 2002
  • Water sign ahead! 2007
  • Cattle muster, 1991
  • Road side sale—making ends meet
  • Donald Sampson
  • Yards
  • Remember when…, 2007
  • Lake Burrumbeet, 2007
  • Droving
  • Girl in the reservoir  2007
  • Sam Dodd, 2008
  • Stony Creek Reservoir, 2006
  • The blackboard of an outback town, 2006
  • Dust storm, 2007
  • Failed harvest, 2006
  • Gippsland floods, 2007
  • Sons and father, 2006
  • Removing a sheep from a bog, 2002
  • Dead sheep, 2002
  • Dust to dust, 2002
  • Following the fenceline, 2002
  • Spirit and Resilience, 2007
  • Tending melons by a dam, 2007
  • Dead carp, 2007
  • Water marks on exposed red gum, 2007
  • Charlie Farrar in a dust storm, 2002
  • Weed seed, 2002
  • Waiting for rain, 2002
  • Rounding up a stray, 2002
  • A dry and dusty life, 2002
  • The Darling River, 2007
  • Rain over Burra, 2007
  • Rainwater carwash, 2004
  • Once was a lawn, 2002
  • An eye on the drought, 2007
  • Relentless, 2002
  • The silver lining is Australian humour, 2007
  • Still empty after all these years, 2007
  • Aerial #8, 2007
  • Feeding lick block,  2002
  • Sandy Kidd,  2002
  • Father and son on the Diamantina River,  2002
  • Kangaroo desperate for water, 2002
  • Stress, 2002
  • Drought on Oxley Station, 2002

Each of the photographs in the Beyond Reasonable Drought has been geotagged with the location where it was taken.

You can check out the map over at Flickr or—for a richer experience—download this KML file and view the photographs in Google Earth.

Screenshot of the Beyond Reasonable Drought tour in Google Earth

This exhibition was first shown at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House during 2008. The exhibition content is being updated as part of the tour to Victoria from February to June 2013, funded by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program (NCITO).