Way back in 2008 (unbelievable !) myself and journo Peter Michael travelled ‘out west’ to the tiny little outback hamlet of Urandangi on the Queensland / Northern Territory border. It was something of an eye opener.
The Mail Online contacted me recently after seeing my Instagram post of a Urandangi image selected from my archive. Their plan was to feature my 2008 images and update the story on the ‘forgotten’ settlement. It has now been published (25th October 2020) at … https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8821909/
The article leads with my pics of Urandangi local Mark Webb, his wife and seven children, who then were existing in a battered leaky caravan with no power or ‘facilities’. One of the comments Mark made at the time was “We are out of sight, out of mind, and no one cares”. They were not on their own … most residents were living in similar circumstances in dysfunctional caravans or makeshift iron and timber ‘humpies’ with no running water, power or sanitation.
The Mail story and pics then moves to the role of Pam Forster in the community. When I visited twelve years ago Pam had just taken over as publican of the ‘Urandangi Hotel’ … the ‘Dangi Pub’. Fast forward to today and she is still there at the pub (the only substantial building) where she operates all the business in town … watering hole (literally), CentreLink office, store, petrol station, post office, flying doctor agent … and more. Now seventy years old she has become a local legend and mentor to the entire community.
Below I have posted six of my seventeen images that appear in the new Mail Online article … jump to the link to see more here and read the text. (n.b … six of the images were part of my portfolio that won ‘Best Photo Essay’, Queensland Media Awards 2008. Also, the pic of the small child on the road graces the cover of my book ‘To Be Indigenous’ which can be found here at … https://www.briancasseyphotographer.com/books/
Images © Brian Cassey 2008 … from top … Mark Webb’s family camp, a child at play at Urandangi, Pam Forster just after she took over the ‘Dangi Pub’, the town ‘drunk tank’, Norm and Mavis Wilde at their wrecked van home, local Sonny Mick at his ‘humpy’.