As part of a new Radio National series, ‘Shooting the Past’, Dr. Clare Wright speaks with Prof. Katie Holmes, Dr. John Cooke and Christine Kenyon about erosion and reclamation in the Victorian mallee, and the significance of photographic evidence for historical understanding.

The episode will be broadcast on Friday 13 October 2017 but you can listen online now (and see the photo of Flo and Bena and the mallee root) here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/shootingthepast/flo-and-bena-and-the-mallee-root/8838412

Image: A large Mallee root exposed by drifting sands during a drought, Mildura, about 1929. Over two feet of soil has blown away around the root. Museums Victoria Collections.