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The Flight of Ducks

The Flight of Ducks

The Flight of Ducks was Australia's first online Ph.D. A continuously evolving and layered work, it is part history, part data-base, part postcard, part diary, part museum, part poem, part conversation, part shed. As an Australian on-line documentary it spans more than 70 years. F.J.A. Pockley travelled to Central Australia in January 1933 where he undertook a private camel expedition from Hermannsburg Mission to Mount Liebig. He brought back cinefilm, photographs, journals and aboriginal ceremonial objects. The collection provides insights into the end of the frontier period when there were still isolated groups of Australian Aborigines yet to experience non-aboriginal contact. His companions were also interesting men. They were: Hezekial, an aboriginal guide; the remarkable T.G.H. Strehlow; artist, Arthur Murch and animal and skull collector, Stanley Larnach.


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