Adelaide 1966 - 1999
Adelaide is generally known as a quiet, conservative city where not much happens. But behind this peaceful façade there is a darker reputation: one of a macabre place where strange crimes routinely occur. When Salmon Rushdie visited for the Adelaide Festival of the Arts in 1984 he caught a sense of this, prompting him to write on his return to London, “Adelaide is the perfect setting for a Steven King novel or horror film. You know why those films and books are always set in sleepy, conservative towns. Because sleepy, conservative towns are where those things happen.” Adelaide, 1966-1999 is an exhibition of photographs taken in and around Adelaide. The photographs are of places relating to the abductions and murders which have contributed to Adelaide’s infamy. The project covers a period of time commencing with the abduction of the Beaumont children in 1966 through to the discovery of barrels containing bodies in a bank vault in Snowtown in 1999. This work was exhibited at the Monster Children Gallery in Sydney in May 2008.