midnight oil, diesel and dust, peter garrett, burra, south australia, trevor barre
Canon 650D, 70-300mm, 1/40th, f7, ISO100

In 1987, Australian rock band Midnight Oil released its 6th studio album, titled ‘Diesel and Dust‘. The album cover featured a rural house located just outside Burra in South Australia.

The album spoke about the environment and the struggle of Indigenous Australians, both of which were important to the band and their lead singer Peter Garrett.

Not only was the album credited as being one of their best, the album cover also won an award for best cover art. Obviously, the finished album photo taken by famed photographer Ken Duncan looked slightly different in appearance to the above photo of the house as it stands today.

Qantas also used the location for one of their advertisements which no doubt has been seen wide-world.

Unfortunately time and the elements have not been kind to this house and it is in need of urgent repairs to restore it to its original condition. The current owners are undertaking some repairs but due to the expense they are limited in what can be done.

Perhaps those who have benefited from this lovely old house in outback South Australia should step up to the plate and assist the owners in the restoration.

Just a thought.

Living each adventure,
Trev and Chris Barre


Midnight Oil ‘Diesel and Dust’ house in Burra in need of urgent repairs
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