Field Trip Study - New Norcia Benedictine Monastery, WA, Jan 2013

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I just came back from 5 days at the New Norcia Benedictine Monastry guesthouse retreat.  So many of the textures and shapes. But I was so conscious the whole time walking through their 'museum' with photographs of the Indigenous 'schools' which, in essence, supported the Stolen Generation. I couldn't photograph those photos on the wall because of cultural laws around photographs, but there you go. In one way, a peaceful place. I'm sure the Somme in France looks pretty peaceful today too.

In every setting, corner, building, open space, under the trees, I heard - in my head of course - the laughter and cries of children. It is a haunted place. 

 

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