I've spent a lot of this Christmas/New Year period working on
transcribing the letters and postcards I scanned with Pam on my
last trip to Mildura. While a lot of the content I I was initially interested
in focused on those that were written while Oz (Pam's grandfather)
was setting up his block it's impossible not to be drawn into piecing
together the letters as a timeline.
The more we transcribe the more we want to read, to understand
what happened before - its like a book where the chapters have been
mixed up and you want to understand how everything fits together.
context is everything
This is a beautiful postcard we found amongst all the letters,
dated 29 February 1916.
"Dearest Myrtle, I suppose you will have most of the letters I have written since Xmas. I hope so at any rate. By the time you receive this I hope to be away from here & hope to be able to put the address on my letters. As there is absolutely no news to tell you so will say goodbye for the present. Yours lovingly Ozzie."
Katy Mutton is a Canberra based, Australian Visual Artist whose practice is informed by an ongoing concern around trauma and warfare and how these relate to our cultural identity and history. For more information on her artwork visit www.katymutton.com