Post War Boxes
For many years i have engaged in a body of work called the Farm Series. I look at my continued interest in an area where I and previous generations of my family grew up, despite the fact the family has no connection with the place today. I am interested in the family history and yarns connecting me with this place, and in observing the commonplace things from my childhood that are no longer used. In this work, the apples from the farm are packed in wooden boxes. Today cardboard boxes are used instead of the wooden boxes we children nailed up in the thousands before the season began. Box wood was difficult for farmers to obtain after the war, and there were many yearns around of how the wood was sourced from the sawmills before the fruit was to be picked. It is another sign of the passing of time, and the end of an era. The overlaying map is the mid 20th century map of the area in Ballandean, Southern Queensland, where our farm was.