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THE COMPASS ROSE, Emu Constellation

Most maps depicting country/typography have a North, South, East, West directional finder, also known as ‘The Compass Rose’ within it.

So I thought it important if I was truly going to map South Eastern Australia and its waterways, my larger installation must have to include a Compass Rose.


In my art installation called ‘Barraimal’ (Emu) located in Brighton, the giant Emu Constellation is depicted. Within the installation is the Southern Cross and Pointers, amongst other constellations.

The Southern Cross and Pointer, once aligned, point direct South (hence Southern Cross) creating my vision of the ‘Compass Rose’


This is the only art installation in the body of work that doesn’t have or relate specifically to geography or typography.


•Authored stories by Carolyn Briggs (elder of Boonerwrung).  'The Barraimal' (emu).  'The Time of Chaos'.

•Late Pleistocene channels in Port Phillip by G.R. Holgate, B.R. Thompson, B., Guerin.

•Marine Geology of Port Phillip Victoria by G.R., Holgate, B., Guerin, M.W., Wallace & S.J., Gallager.

•Universe the Definitive Visual Guide.  DK. General Editor Martin Rees.

•The Book of Constellations by Robin Kerrod.

•Sky Watching by David H., Levy.

•Geology of Victoria, J.G., Dougloas & J.A., Ferguson (Eds).

•Vertebrate Palaenotology of Australasia, P., Vickers-Rich, J.M., Monaghan, R.F., Baird & T.H., Rich, E.M., Thompson & C., Williams (Eds).

•The Atlas of the Prehistoric World, Douglas Palmer.

•Wildlife of Gondwana, P., Vicker-Rich & T., Hewitt Rich.

•Kadimakara Extinct Vertebrates of Australia, P.V., Rich, G.F., Van Tets, F., Knight.

•Prehistoric Australia 4000 Million year of Evolution in Australia, B., Mackness.

•The Map Book, P., Barber.

•Melway Greater Geelong.

•Tress of Victoria and Adjoining Areas, L., Costermans.

  1.     Past work by Glenn Romanis. 

•Extracts and quotes from ‘Connecting Identities’ catalogue and website.

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