John Rhodes

Jon Rhodes

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Photographer and writer Jon lives locally in Thora/Darkwood and his just-released book Cage of Ghosts is a 320-page hardback, which is based on the exhibition of his photographs, shown at the National Library of Australia in 2007.

By examining in vivid detail, the histories of an extraordinary cast of ethnologists, antiquarians, surveyors, anthropologists and artefact collectors documenting Aboriginal culture, Rhodes takes the reader on a journey from Sydney and the rock engravings of the Eora people at Point Piper, Bondi, Allambie Heights and Mt. Ku-ring-gai, to ceremonially carved trees on Kamilaroi Bora ground near Collarenebri in north-western NSW. Then from the Djab wurrung paintings of Bunjil and his two dingoes in Victoria, to the Ngunnawal scarred trees in the nation’s capital, Canberra. By intermingling these esoteric narratives with personal observations, Jon solves many of the intriguing puzzles he investigates, but raises the one big question yet to be answered—when will the fundamental truth of the 140-year-long Australian Frontier War finally be publicly acknowledged and memorialised?

Jon will be launching Cage of Ghosts at the 2018 Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival.