Archive for May, 2017

Photos by team member Beth Macraild O’Loughlin of the Looking Through Windows team on location, May 22-26th, lead by Dr Lorina Barker – gathering stories of forced removal and dispossession from members of the Bourke and Brewarrina communities.

SVM documenting conversations and interviews on video, Beth on photography, Simon Mellor with music and song and local artist Brian Smith leading painting activities.

This leg of the project was additionally supported by the JNC Group

Our heartfelt thanks to Muda Aboriginal Corporation, 2Cuz FM – with special thanks to Dennis and Alex and to the gracious and generous folks who shared their stories, songs, tears and laughter with us.

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Here’s a piece from musician, performer and songwriter, Simon Mellor, who’s joined the team working on Lorina Barker’s Looking Through Windows Project.

We’ve already got a couple of new songs that Simon’s written, inspired by the Back To Brewarrina event held in March. There’ll be more to come in the collaboration between Lorina as oral historian and Simon as songwriter. There’s so much that’s already emerged around the folk and country music tradition of the people of Bourke and Brewarrina. Another way of telling and passing on the stories of families that have had a connection to the Old Brewarrina Mission.

This is Simon’s work with the Kiah Preschool kids in Moree that he did last year with Beyond Empathy.


And you’ll find a song penned and recorded by Simon featured on a CD with the kid’s book, written by Ahn Do “What Do They Do With All the Poo From All The Animals At The Zoo?” illustrated by artist Laura Wood



SVM is currently commissioned to produce a short  promotional video for Not-For-Profit social housing provider Homes North.

May 1st saw the official opening of a new housing complex in Armidale NSW.