The working dogs are the unpaid farm workers, rain hail or shine they are the farmers right hand, out there doing what they do best. They’re always thinking, they’re always wanting a job to do and it can be anything; working sheep or cattle or just out on the farm fencing, making hay, maintenance or company in the workshop repairing machines and equipment.
The dogs are much loved, you can see it in their faces, happy to jump in the the ute to go collect the mail and carry out a couple of errands. That’s where I met them, I was in the middle of the road photographing a collection of rural mailboxes when an old friend pulls up with his workers gathered excitedly on the back of the ute ready for any attention that might come their way.
The mailboxes are a storey themselves, as individual as their owners and very unique in the choice of shape, construction and material used. This collection of post boxes is a sculpture repeated all over rural Tasmania and is not just restricted to this area alone.
These postboxes are on the Northern end of a 63km long Island of the South Coast of Tasmania. Mail is as important to the Islanders as the working dog is to the farmers here.
Mike Briggs | North Bruny Island July 2018