I had a very interesting meeting with Lise Summers at the State Records Office of Western Australia, Perth last week.
They are very interested in supporting artists in their historical research, and she is particularly interested in the Bride ships and the emmigration of the Cotton Mill girls from Lancashire in 1863. This is where the original ship ‘Tartar’ passenger list is held, as well as countless documents I look forward to finding time to research!
We discussed how the Industrial revolution enabled WA immigrants to come to here and settle, how the Charterists and Fenian’s came over as convicts, aswell as many escaping by choice a growing industrial world to a more agricultural one.
There is potential to create work for an exhibition next year in Oct/Nov.