I'm producing a 55-minute radio documentary about the history of camping in Australia. When you think about it, camping is how everything got started here. Today's recreational or holiday camping was preceded by a century and a half of camping by necessity: settlers, explorers, gold-diggers, rural itinerant workers, all camped in their thousands. Camping folklore evolved in these contexts, and is reflected in 19th century Australian songs, poems and paintings. Australian camping techniques, technology and terminology owe a considerable debt to Aboriginal camping practices. So it's a rich history, and I'm fortunate to be working with a historian who's doing some really solid research into the area. But I'm looking for campers to interview too.
One of the interesting things about camping is that it seems to remind people of the past - of earlier camping experiences, previous campsites. Maybe it's because campfires are good places for reminiscing, or maybe it's because we tend to return to favourite camping sites year after year, even from one generation to the next.
If you're a camper with something to say about the history of camping in Australia, or about how camping allows you to connect to the past, can you get in touch with me?
Producer - Social History Unit
ABC Radio National
GPO Box 9994
Sydney NSW 2001
ph. +61 2 8333 firstname.lastname@example.org/rn/hindsight