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Billy tea, Mern Merna Station, South Australia
[100 Photographs, pl. 056]
Gelatin silver print
David Moore Estate
© Courtesy of the David Moore Estate
Mustering sheep is a long, slow process in the outback where few fences exist to contain the animals. I spent the day with John Spiers, his father Henry and Ian Stephenson to bring 1200 sheep for crutching. A pause for billy tea brewed on a small fire at mid-morning provided a welcome respite. Conversation was minimal and even the horses and dogs appeared weary.
Alan Davies, The State Library of NSW
This photograph was included in the David Moore 100 Photographs series that toured the State Library of NSW (titled David Moore 100 photographs) in late 2005. The exhibition then travelled to Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, in 2006, changing its title to David Moore A Vision, 1927-2003; and then to Bendigo Art Gallery (2006), Shepparton Art Gallery (2006), Albury Regional Art Gallery (2007), Gold Coast City Art Gallery (2007), Wollongong City Gallery (2007), Mildura Arts Centre (2008), and finally to LaTrobe Regional Gallery (2008). A Limited Edition of the series was also produced.