26.9.07

Fata Morgana


Have just received a publisher's advance. To write a book about Ludwig Becker, the German artist/scientist who went with Burke and Wills on their doomed expedition to, and across, central Australia. It's not a large amount of money but enough, with the help of the credit left on my card, to make a pilgrimage to Becker's grave. I'm going with an artist friend who'll bring a camera and use it, and other means, to document the trip visually. We'll fly to Melbourne in about ten days times and there look at the art works Becker left behind from the expedition, and other sojourns in Australia - especially Tasmania. Then we'll set out to retrace his journey, which, for various reasons, differed from that of the more famous Burke and Wills. Ultimate destination is a spot on the Bulloo River in south west Queensland, not far from Thargomindah, where Becker died and was buried. I'll keep a journal of the two week trip and write it up with various digressions, mostly into the life Becker led before he came to the antipodes, and what he did here in the ten years before he enlisted with the mad Irishman ... it's pretty ... exciting ...


Image: Border of the Mud-Desert near Desolation Camp. March 9t 1861. Ludwig Becker.

5 comments:

jacky said...

Congratulations!! Wonderful news. Plotting a phantastic phantasmatic journey. (Fata Morgana, is that just north of Ignis Fatuus ...?)

chiefbiscuit said...

Congratulations! Something to look forward to - which is always good. Sounds amazing. Looking forward to reading the accounts. And then the book!

mintabiegeoff said...

I am fairly sure my family is descended from Becker's brother. My Grandmother always told me my great-great-grandmother was lady in waiting to Queen Victoria. I know Becker had close contacts to her Court. I assume it was through his brother who married the lady in waiting. I have camped on Koorliatto Waterhole when it was in flood in 1987. It is absolutely beautiful. Could you put me on a mailing list for when your book is published.

Martin Edmond said...

by all means Geoff - do you want to send me an address at:

mjedmond@optusnet.com.au

book is meant to be out next March. would love to talk more about your family connections sometime.

mintabiegeoff said...

Thanks. Will email you my address.
Geoff