Rebecca Butterworth

My Work...

  1. Kerryn Manning: the most famous Austrlaian you've never heard of.
    Kerryn Manning: the most famous Austrlaian you've never heard of.
    Kerryn Manning lies in the middle of a harness racing track, folding herself into the emergency position as 10 horses and their sulkies bear down on her, at most 10 metres – or half a second – from crushing her to death. "That's me," says Manning's husband and business partner, Grant Campbell, pointing to one of the drivers about to run her over. He points to another, earlier, photo of the accident. "See there? She's already halfway into the air." Our team has a great wealth of experience and strongly believe that there should be no mystery to the client. We aim to make our designs as clear and easy to understand as possible.

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  2. The Lay of the Land
    The Lay of the Land
    I'M STANDING in a concrete pit, up to my elbows in manure, staring at the backsides of 28 dairy cows, most of which are trying to kick me in the face. My husband, who recently resigned from his city office job, sprays a row of cows' teats with iodine and strides off in his plastic apron and gumboots to muster the muscle-ripped Jersey bull from the wrong paddock. I never thought I'd be doing this, and I can't help smiling. For one week, Andrew and I are giving my parents a holiday from the dairy. I say holiday, but they're dairy farmers: instead of going to the beach, they've decided to redo the irrigation system. I say ''our'' farm, because my five brothers and I grew up here, but it's not mine. And soon, it may never be.

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  3. Altered States: Acquired Brain Injury in Australia
    Altered States: Acquired Brain Injury in Australia
    WHEN Brian Scanlon left the office one wet night in 1988, he drove away as the much liked and respected managing director of canning giant SPC. Within minutes, that life was gone. ''I was coming from Shepparton to Benalla. The motorcycle was coming from Benalla to Shepparton. We hit,'' he says, smacking his hands together lightly, like he's telling a bedtime story. He points up, indicating that the biker was launched into the air. ''And I don't remember. Because something switched off in my head. But he came over and smashed into me, then - dead, dead, dead.''

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  4. Pot Luck: Medical Cannabis in Australia
    Pot Luck: Medical Cannabis in Australia
    Within an hour of taking a couple of drops of cannabis oil in a cup of tea, Natalie Daley, 32, feels relief. “It helps me sleep. It stops the vomiting. It feels nice and I can function.” Natalie has adrenal cortical carcinoma — a rare, aggressive and likely terminal cancer. When she was first diagnosed, chemotherapy nausea kept her on the couch for weeks at a time, unable to play with her four young children or even cook a meal. After a friend suggested she try cannabis oil to help relieve her symptoms, she found some on the black market. “To me it’s not a drug, it’s a medicine. I feel like I may have a second chance at life – to be able to see my kids grow up and hopefully grow old with my husband.” But because the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is illegal in Australia, Natalie is worried about being arrested. “I am worried about the police turning up on my doorstep, and I don’t really need that extra stress.”

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  5. Big, Strong & Vegetarian
    Big, Strong & Vegetarian
    It’s inau­ga­ra­tion day in the US, 2001. It’s cold and wet. The pho­to­graph shows Noah Han­ni­bal, a young Aus­tralian, wear­ing noth­ing but box­ers, flanked by dozens of Amer­i­can po­lice of­fi­cers in full ri­ot gear, be­ing led away from Presi­dent Bush and his wife. Han­ni­bal got three steps from Lau­ra Bush be­fore the Se­cret Ser­vice buried him. What re­al­ly stands out, though, are Han­ni­bal’s legs. Thick, hard mus­cles bulge from his knees and dis­ap­pear in­to his stars and stripes satin shorts. His calves are solid lumps of meat. Even among the tough­est cops, Han­ni­bal is the clos­est thing to Su­per­man in that pic­ture. Ad dicam semper quo, at mei modus minimum iudicabit. Hinc nostrud blandit ius no, nostro utroque ea vel. Eam an ignota civibus recusabo. Te dico bonorum quo, stet voluptatibus signiferumque vis in.

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