Mind Exploration

I could never imagine being driven to undertake a gruelling journey such as that of Ernest Shackleton, Burke and Wills or Australian Antartic Explorer, Douglas Mawson. Yet I have been drawn away from the trodden paths by the same fascination of the unknown. My writing has enabled me to follow in my maternal great grandfather's steps and explore and survey new and different regions.

My exploration all takes place within the mind. Writing fills a very real genetic need, enabling me to be a kind of geographer, surveyor and explorer all at the same time.

My great grandfather stepped into 'the boiler' when he traced the steps of the intrepid explorers who had gone before him, surveying vast tracts of western Queensland. In his journal he writes of enduring the most severe conditions in a region where "a solitary shepherd or stockman in charge of sheep and cattle endure their periods of isolation in a round of existence that can be scarcely called life."

Here at my desk, a solitary writer, I am spared such excruciating conditions, but the demands of being a writer, explorer, are considerable. The 'little voices' in my head demand expression and so I must come, on a daily basis, to purge myself of the words that threaten to flood my system and drown my sanity. I cannot hold them back. No dam is big enough. These words simply must find expression as my quest to unravel the unknown, to unlock the secret of creativity continues. No sooner does one idea gain life on the page than another bubbles to the surface demanding equal space.

Follow the pathway of a famous explorer and discover secrets that will enhance your creativity.
Heather Blakey

Charles Kingford Smith - A Famous Australian Pioneer

‘I myself today maintain that the crossing of the Pacific by Smith and Ulm was thegreatest feat ever, [greater] even thanlanding a man on the moon. It took 25,000 human beings to put a man on the moon. To fly the Pacific it took two men with terrific interest, terrific inspiration and the backing of some of his great country men.'

Charles Kingsford-Smith has been called the world's greatest aviator. His record breaking flights and almost superhuman flying skills are legendary.

Learn from the Pioneers

There are important lessons to be learned from the pioneers. When you research and find out all you can about a significant person or event, it reminds you of just how much work is involved to achieve success. No success comes overnight!

Charles Kingsford-Smith pioneered more long distance routes than any pilot in history. He lived and died for flying. He was one of the really genuine achievers, an honest achiever, a pioneering achiever. A man who faced the odds and overcame them.

Charles E. Kingsford-Smith : The Man on the 20 Dollar Note

Create a Museum Exhibit to celebrate a pioneer's mind.

How do we properly remember and commemorate a significant person and event? Do we emphasize the legend or the historical reality? Do we emphasize the feat? Or the qualities and characteristics of the person who achieved it? Or do we emphasize the whole person, and therefore include any faults or dark elements that might be there?

You can explore this idea through Burke and Wills or someone of the stature of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.

As you create an exhibit keep in mind the following considerations about creating a museum exhibit: An exhibit should combine historical information with effective display techniques to produce an informative, entertaining and accurate presentation.

What stories do you want to tell? What messages doyou want to convey? What ideas and impressions do you want the public to take away from the exhibit? How do you decide what information to include and what to exclude? For example, do you stress factual details, or give a broad outline? Do you stick to facts only, or include opinions and judgements? Do you raise ideas and issues explicitly, or let people ask their own questions about the exhibit? Do you stress the feats and the achievements involved, or do you include failures and weaknesses?

Who is your audience? What approach or emphasis might be most appropriate for them?

What look and feel do you want your museum exhibit to have? How does this reflect the content?

How would you like your audience to interact with your exhibit? Consider building in an interactive element.

In addition you should ensure that:

Labels are relevant and ‘add’ to the story the symbol or object tells. Consider the length of your labels. How much text will your audience read?

There is continuity of language and style throughout the exhibit. What is the reading level of your audience?

Your exhibit is supported by research.

Different media, where appropriate, are utilised in your display (e.g. audio, visual, tactile).

All objects, images, audio etc are sourced and credited. For example:‘Scale model of the Southern Cross made by Austin Byrne. Completed 1938.’

There is a balance between text and objects.

Your exhibit complements the materials/information it presents.

Between May 31 and June 9, 1928, Kingsford Smith, with C.T.P. Ulm, H. Lyon and J. Warner made the first air crossing of the Pacific from Oakland, Calif. via Honolulu and Suva, to Brisbane, Qld. in the Southern Cross.

What have you learned from this research and presentation? How can you apply insights to your own life as a writer or artist?

Make a small exhibition in honour of your own creative endeavours. What would you include?

This template has used elements of the famous Burke and Wills painting by Sidney Nolan (1917—1992) Collection Nolan Gallery, Cultural Facilities Corporation Canberra