Andamooka, South Australia

As I have been going through my archives  I realised that my travelling along  the long road to the north did not start with the trip to Lajamanu as I had previously thought. I had actually been to Andamooka twice on roadtrips. The first road  trip to Andamooka was in the 1990s where I had made a few photos. I then returned to Andamooka around 2001 with Suzanne and we  stayed there for several days. I had  more  time to  photograph the landscape.

Linhof Technika 70
Andamooka, South Australia

The above image comes from the earlier trip in the 1990s. This  was on my own–a road trip in the VW  Kombi. It was a basically break from writing the PhD on Heidegger at Flinders University of South Australia.   Judging from the archives only a few photos were made  on the 1990s roadtrip.

Most of the photos that I made in and around Andamooka came from the latter 2001  trip with Suzanne,  when I had more time to explore the township and  the various mine tailings that were scattered through out the landscape and the township itself.    

However, there are some photos from the earlier 1990s  trip that have been sitting in the archive untouched, eg., this one.

Linhof Technika 70
tree, town, tailings, Andamooka

On the 2001 trip I made some  snapshots  of the  graves of  the opal miners, that picked up on a couple of  studies I made in 1990. One such study is this one:

Josef Sach, Andamooka

In the 1990s I was interested in making some kind of contact with the frontier of South Australia, which historically has been mining and pastoralism. The well known mining sites in South Australia were heritage ones, as they ( eg., the copper mines at Kapunda and Burra) were active in the mid-nineteeth century. Andamooka, however, looked to be a contemporary frontier.

Leica M4-P

2 responses to “Andamooka, South Australia”

  1. […] shelter or dugout can be seen here on my ‘On the Road’ Tumblr blog. I made a couple of colour photos on this […]


  2. […] project into focus. It is about walking in northern South Australia, and the earlier road trips to Andamooka and Lajamanu can be seen as precursors to walking in the northern region of South […]


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