In this textile design, Bruce Goold has developed the Bogong moth as a significant (though slightly off-beat as appropriate for a Mambo product) Australian symbol contrasting with his more familiar Australian symbols, the kangaroo, cockatoos and waratahs.
Bogong moths have an important place in Australian history and are of special interest to Aboriginal people. The Australian Capital Territory used to be the home of the Bogong moth eaters, the Ngunnawal people who used to roam the Brindabella Mountains eating Bogong moths and living off the land, hunting kangaroos, spear fishing in the Murrumbidgee River and gathering local berries and wild fruits from plants.
The main breeding ground of the Bogong is the pasture land west of the Great Dividing Range. Sometimes, during the migratory flights of the Bogongs, winds blow them over the dividing range to the eastern seaboard. This is the cause of the intermittent "Bogong Plagues" in the cities of Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, as shown on television footage of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games fireworks.
Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Curator, 2001.