West Australian Postcards Series

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west australian postcards

West Australian Postcards

In 1989 marked the publication of my West Australian Postcards series. Starting out with just one lens and one 35mm film camera I set about the self inspired project to make a postcard series of a region that I have been associated with all my life.
 
The common theme for the series was the coastal ribbon of national park located between Cape Leeuwin in the south and Cape Naturaliste in the north. The region is broadly referred to as the Margaret river Region. Scattered between the two capes are the coastal hamlets of Augusta, Hamelin Bay, Margaret River, Prevelly Park, Gracetown, Cowaramup, Smiths Beach, Yallingup and Dunsborough. Named after the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park, this was the first postcard series in Western Australia to focus on a national park and reserves theme.
Over 25 years and 1.5 million postcards later, I tell the story behind creating this award winning West Australian Postcard Series. Stormlight Publishing 25 years of south west postcards is a fascinating look at how I came to photograph, produce, publish and distribute postcards in a time prior to digital technology and mobile phones.

Margaret River Postcards

Margaret River Prevelly Park Postcard
Margaret River Prevelly Park Postcard Leeuwin Naturaliste Series 2004 (C128)

Augusta Postcards

Augusta Blackwood River postcard
Augusta Blackwood River postcard Leeuwin Naturaliste Series 2011 (C150)

Hamelin Bay Postcards

Hamelin Bay Postcard
Hamelin Bay Postcard sunset Cape Leeuwin 2000 (C120)

Cowaramup Postcards

Cowaramup Wilyarbrup Cliffs Postcard
Cowaramup Wilyarbrup Cliffs Postcard 2004 (C130)

Yallingup Postcards

Surfing Yallingup Postcard
Surfing Yallingup Postcard Leeuwin Naturaliste 2007 (C130)

Boranup Postcards karri forest

Boranup Postcard
Boranup Postcards karri forest Margaret River 1992 ( C0171 C117)

Cape Leeuwin Postcards

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Postcard
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Postcard Leeuwin Naturaliste Series 1998 (C9806 C103)

Prevelly Park Postcards

Prevelly Park Postcard
Prevelly Park Postcard surfing Maragret River 2002 (C116)

Gracetown Postcards

Gracetown surfing postcard
Gracetown surfing postcard Leeuwin Naturaliste Series 2012 (C160)

Smiths Beach Postcards

Smiths Beach Gunyulgup Brook Postcard
Smiths Beach Gunyulgup Brook Postcard 2001 (C109)

Cape Naturaliste Postcards

Cape Naturaliste Postcard Shelley Beach
Cape Naturaliste Postcard Shelley Beach 1990 (C9015 C107)

Cave Postcards Margaret River

Lake Cave Postcards Suspended Table Margaret River
Lake Cave Postcards Suspended Table Margaret River 2002 (C122)

Southern Forests and Southern Coast Porongurup and Stirling Range Series

With the success of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Series I was able to expand the national park postcard range to include the Southern Forests Series, South Coast and Porongurup and Stirling Range Series. The card range eventually extended east to Esperance with Cape Le Grand National Park, and west to Albany near Torndirrup National Park. Neighboring Denmark and William Bay National Park followed. Postcards were added from the south west's mountainous regions: Porongurup Range near Mount Barker with the rugged Stirling Range National Parks.  In the south west more postcards were made of D' Entrecasteaux National Park and Walpole Nornalup National Park near Walpole. The postcards also reached the forested regions of Northcliffe, Shannon National Park, Windy Harbour and Pemberton.

This makes it the most extensive West Australian postcards series of national parks to date.

Karri forest Postcards

Karri forest postcards Pemberton
Karri forest postcards Pemberton region Sothern Forests Series 2008 (C217)

Walpole Postcards

Walpole Postcards Walpole Nornalup National Park
Walpole Postcards Walpole Nornalup National Park 1996 (C9610)

Porongurup Postcards

Porongurup Postcard
Porongurup Postcard Porongurup National Park 1996 (C9604)

Denmark Postcards

Denmark Postcards Ocean Beach
Denmark Postcards Ocean Beach Wilson Inlet 2006 (C305)

Windy Harbour Postcards

Windy Harbour Postcard
Windy Harbour Postcard Salmon Beach 2004 (C221)

Hopetoun Postcards

Hopetoun Postcard Fitzgerald River National Park
Hopetoun Postcard Fitzgerald River National Park 1996 (C9611)

Pemberton Postcards

Pemberton emus postcard Southern Forests Series 2009 (C218)

Stirling Range Postcards

Stirling Range Postcards
Stirling Range Postcards Stirling Range National Park 2006 (C404)

Albany Postcards

Albany Postcard Torndirrup National Park 1996 (9607)

Northcliffe Postcards

Northcliffe Postcard Lane Poole Falls
Northcliffe Postcard Lane Poole Falls Southern Forests Series 1992 (C9207)

Esperance Postcards

Esperance Postcards Cape Le Grand National Park
Esperance Postcards Cape Le Grand National Park 1996 (9605)

Bluff Knoll Postcards

Bluff Knoll Postcards Stirling Range National Park
Bluff Knoll Postcards Stirling Range National Park 1994 (C9402)

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