Celebrating history and craft in equal measure, South Australian miniatures artist JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick and comedian Jimmy Rees have joined with the extraordinary crafts people of Australia to recreate remarkable moments in Australia’s history-in glorious miniature.
Supported by the hosts, local artisans accepted the challenge to hand build dioramas representing intriguing events that have all but vanished from living memory. Over three episodes of the Tiny Oz series they visit Broome, Sydney and late 1800s Adelaide, where hot air balloon flights fascinated and scandalised crowds of South Australians.
They also speak with historians, librarians and archivists who provide details about these historic events. Using images from the State Library’s collection, our model shows the Adelaide Botanic Gardens when large crowds gathered to watch daring aeronauts ascend into the wild blue yonder. It was produced over many hours by the amazingly skilled people at the South Australian Model Railways Association.
The model itself will be on display in the State Library foyer from 13 April to 29 May. Come in and take a look at the wonderful skilled artistry of the model makers.
The episode featuring the balloon flights in Adelaide, and the State Library of South Australia, screens on Tuesday 3 May on ABC TV and iview.
The first successful balloon ascent in Adelaide, Saturday 24 June 1871. SLSA: B13519