Welcome to The Island Continent!
The online archive for Australian popular culture, 80s and Bonza nostalgia.
The aim is to archive and record this period of our history that otherwise would be fading away gathering dust. It celebrates the good times, the colour, fashions, the people, the places, the vibe and the humour. I have dug deep down into my the moth balled archive boxes to uncover those lost gems I have collected over the last 30 years. Frustrated with the lack of online resources documenting this colourful period is why I launched The Island Continent. I love Australian culture, I don’t cringe but I also am quite aware of its cringeworthy nature. The content on this site is presented with a cheeky smile and a wink. There is no philosophical analysis of our image, just a laugh and a chuckle of our colourful and unique past. The isolation of Australia has given us a unique and colourful identity, a unique visual language. I look at our culture as if through the eyes of the rest of the world, through technicolour glasses. Just like our flora and fauna we are exotic creatures.
The aim of The Island Continent is to curate and document a colourful digital archive of the lost Australian image. This content is published for educational, historical, research, cultural & non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgement to the original author / publisher / artist will always be given. Where the original copyright owner of content is unknown which is sometimes the case with ephemera and found material, I always do my best to find a credit to put to any content. I do not claim any copyright to content on this site unless it is my own work. If you are seeking commercial usage for any content you must seek usage rights from the original creators for your purposes. If you are the original copyright owner and you object to any of the content published on The Island Continent please contact me via the contact page and I will kindly remove the content of objection.
Who is behind The Island Continent bizo?
My name is Eamon Donnelly (born 1981) an Illustrator, Designer, Artist, Photographer and obsessed Australian cultural Archivist. I am recognised nationally for my Milk Bar photography project and for my artworks which draw upon the Australian vernacular of the 1980s. I have exhibited my work in Australia, UK and the USA with three solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, spoken at various design conferences and illustrated for a variety of international brands and publications including Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Billboard, Mens Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Complex, ESPN, GQ, Runners World, Golden Plains Festival, Rip Curl, Red Bull, Mountain Dew, Maxim, Advertising Age, VH1 and Playboy. Drawing on my vast personal archive of Australian culture, I launched The Island Continent in 2012, an online archive for the Australian image, culture and history. I have spent the last 30 years collecting an expansive archive of Australian art, design, photography, literature, popular culture, Television and Commercials, much of which has been the basis for my inspiration as an artist and illustrator.
After the launch of The Island Continent in 2012 I self published Milkbar: A Photographic Archive Vol 1. which has been acquired by the State Library of Victoria and the Melbourne Museum Library for their collections and sold over 400 copies since its release. The Milk Bar project has been reported on in The Age, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph newspapers and I have spoken on ABC774, 3AW, Triple RRR and Sydney’s 2SER radio and appeared on Inside Art TV on Melbourne’s Channel 31 and Channel 9s Today Show. In 2014 I was chosen to exhibit my Milk Bar photography across 520 flag banners in the City of Sydney for the annual Art & About Festival where I was also a panelist at a public forum discussing Milk Bars at Sydney’s Customs House Library. In 2015 I spoke at The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra about The Island Continent and my archive and art at the 8th Print Symposium conference. I am dedicated to documenting Australia’s changing cultural landscape and ensuring that its history and cultural stories are preserved for generations to come.