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Ink to Image: Celebrating James Patrick Sweeny: an ordinary man on an extraordinary expedition

Ink to Image: Celebrating James Patrick Sweeny: an ordinary man on an extraordinary expedition

In the annals of Western Australian exploration, the John Forrest expedition of 1874 stands as a pivotal moment, carving a path through the rugged inland from Geraldton to the Peake Telegraph station in South Australia.

At the heart of this historic journey was James Patrick Sweeny, a farrier whose role extended beyond the care of horses to become a chronicler of the expedition's everyday trials and triumphs.
 
As the great-grandson of James Patrick Sweeny, I am proud to unveil a unique photographic exhibition that not only pays homage to the remarkable journey undertaken by my ancestor but also sheds light on the often-overlooked perspective of an 'ordinary' man on an extraordinary expedition.
 
The cornerstone of this exhibition is the original diary of James Patrick Sweeny, a document that captures the essence of life on the trail, where the mundane and the extraordinary coalesce.
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    Event Showings

    18 Mar | 2pm - 4pm

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    Price

    Free Ticketed event

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    Location

    Perth Town Hall

    Cnr Hay and Barrack Street

    Perth WA 6000