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About .....  Kim Peart

Born in 1952, Kim was raised in Tasmania, the island state of Australia, where he knew a land of adventure as a child in Howrah, and with Scouts and Army Cadets as a teenager. Watching the space race around the planet, he dreamed of being an astronaut, but could never match those grades, so pursued art instead. In his first year at work, Kim watched the Moon landing at 12:56pm on Monday 21 July 1969, when workers downed tools to go to a TV next door to see this historic event.

Kim had an art studio in the home of a wise old English gentleman, Aubrey Berkerley, who everyone called Bark, and many came to ask his advice. Bark had once trained race horses. Kim once asked him, "Bark, what is the most important thing in life?" After a minutes silence, Bark answered with one word, "Confidence."

While pursuing art and environmental studies in Tasmania, the spirit of adventure rose again when Kim founded a Viking Society in 1975, pursuing the history and culture of the Norse, making chainmail and reenacting aspects of history. This led to many school visits and public displays.

The environment of the Solar System came calling in 1976, with proposals for orbital space settlements by the Princeton physics professor, Gerard K. O'Neill, and the L5 Society set up to chase the dream. Kim founded the Hobart L5 Society in Tasmania, later called the Southern Cross L5 Society, which went national in 1982 with a launch in Sydney, and is now called the National Space Society of Australia.

Years went by and the dream of space settlement remained just that. In the 1980s Kim became concerned about survival question on Earth, and set out to explore how humankind could live in harmony with Mother Nature on this planet. Ideas were explored in a small paper in 1993 called Keys to Survival. But, no matter how many ways he moved the pieces around, the puzzle could never be solved on Earth alone.

When investigating indigenous wisdom, Kim heard a Papuan from New Guinea speaking on the radio, who travelled around Papua New Guinea gathering stories and insights. William Takaku said, "Nature is culture. We must learn from Nature. When man sees himself as separate from Nature, he is doomed."

Reflecting on those words, Kim applied the wisdom from the forests to his Western scientific mindset, and came to see that the progress of life had a driver, in the form of natural laws. The most primal force at work in the Universe is expansion, now understood to have sent the cosmos from nothing to infinity at the dawn of space-time 13.8 billion years ago. The universe is still expanding. Expansion could be seen when stars explode to spread dust into space to make planets. Expansion can be seen on Earth where life goes from microbes to humans, who then build the machines that take life into space. Kim wondered if this was all a big giant monstrous accident, or was natural law driving life in some direction. Natural laws were in full working order at the dawn of time, and all that has happened has been a revelation of their function in form and action. Just as fish came out of the see to become animals, could the time have arrived for life to expand into space? Of itself, life cannot expand into space, and is trapped on Earth. The only way that life could expand into space is with machines built by humans. Kim wondered if this could be the role of humans in the Universe, where expansion is a primal force at work, driving the progress of life to ever more diverse forms. Machines may be seen as the next phase in the expansion of Nature, and therefore, somewhat natural, in terms of natural law.

Kim began exploring what the future could be like, if humans did expand beyond Earth and begin to live among the stars. He concluded that in space, everything would be different. Space provided the missing pieces for the Earth puzzle, so that it now became possible to work out how humans could live in harmony with Mother Nature on Earth. Kim could now see that we needed to expand into space, if we wanted to live in harmony with Mother Nature on Earth. To stubbornly resist expansion was to be at war with the primal forces in the Universe, to be in conflict with Mother Nature. These observations were presented in a document in 2006 called, Creating a Solar Civilisation ~

Kim saw the need for a global campaign, to lift the human game from Earth into space, a giant leap to the Liberty Line, a sustainable industrial presence beyond Earth, where all further space development would be free. He suggested that a campaign of ten million space pioneers would be needed, to mobilise public support and win political collaboration.

Kim has investigated the carbon crisis that drives global heating, sea level rise, climate change, changes in plant biology, and ocean acidification, finding that there is a survival level threat looming, which we ignore at our peril. The carbon crisis could have been entirely avoided, if we had run with expansion beyond Earth when this became possible in the 1970s. As a consequence of failing in expansion, too much fossil fuel has been burnt for too long, now driving pressure cooker conditions on this planet, and the potential of rapid change to a hotter environment on Earth, which human society may simple not cope with, or have a future in.

Kim saw that his suggestion of a global campaign of ten million space pioneers was quite realistic, when a former Russian leading arms designer launched a space nation called Asgardia in October 2016, on the eve of the United States presidential election, attracting interest from over half a million would-be space settlers in a couple of weeks. By extension, a well-presented vision could hope to attract ten million space pioneers within a year. The call waits.

Kim suggests that action for human survival needs to begin this year (2019), with a ten year plan of action to win the Liberty Line, and secure our cosmic survival. He suggests that with direct access to the virtually infinite energy well of the Sun in space, it will be possible to beam this power to Earth to use in extracting excess carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, to stop the planet heating up. Extracted CO2 could be broken into oxygen and carbon, with the carbon processed into a useful resource for Earth and space industries. This is all possible, with direct access to the power of the Sun in space.

Reading up on James Lovelock, Kim became aware that our star is now 35% hotter than at its birth 4.5 billion years ago, and has so much fuel in reserve, it will burn fiercely over the next 5 billion years, until expanding to the orbit of the Earth as a red giant. That is basic astronomy for a star like our Sun.

Kim could also see that with an industrial presence in space, we could build an adjustable sunshade above the Earth, to cool the planet, prevent a rapid rise in heat, and begin to win back a safe Earth. Once the Liberty Line had been secured, there would be no further cost on all future space development. Space factories could be put to work to make robot machines that could be sent to Earth to clean the plastic from the oceans. Shuttles sent to Earth simply glide to the surface. Most of Earth's heavy industry could be relocated in space. The way would be open for a slow Earth movement, with airships for transport and travel, and able to reach any location on the planet. Humans would be able to design a new society that would live in harmony with Mother Nature, rather than be at war with the Earth. In space life could be fast, to fly between the orbital cities that would be scatted across the Solar System.

Since 2006 Kim had worked on the shape of a global space campaign and how it would work, using all the technical tools now available to connect globally to plan local action. In 2008 he began exploring the virtual world of Second Life as a global campaign platform, where meetings can happen via avatars, displays set up, and models built of the future in space. These findings are included in a document called, The Message, which includes a warning from the stars, and why there has been no sight or sound of any alien civilizations ~

Kim suggests that the stars are now in our hands, if we will awaken to the need to run with expansion for human evolutionary survival. On Earth alone the future is bleak. From space we will be able to win back a safe the Earth, as we also secure our cosmic survival. On Earth alone, we face great risk. Kim suggests that we need to find our confidence, as Bark once said, and we need the spirit for adventure, like that of the Vikings, and act on a future with a future among the stars. If we love this Earth, if we love life, we must now engage in the adventure that we must have, to survive.


In the beginning, there was a bear: Kim Peart in baby land.


Then there was a never ending adventure: Kim in the middle, age 10, at his bush cubby in the Howrah Hills.


A wise old English gentleman, Aubrey Berkerley, known as Bark, who advised Kim on the life benefits of confidence.


Kim in the spirit of the Vikings, seeking adventure. Kim's motto: Go Anywhere, Do Anything, Fear Nothing.
The Viking spirit of fearlessness is tempered by a foundation of careful planning and compassion.


The national launch of the Southern Cross L5 Society in Sydney in 1982, later to be renamed the National Space Society of Australia.


An article published on Kim's paper in 1994, called Keys to Survival.


Seeing the need for community activity, Kim proposed a Sky Walk along the Howrah Hills in 1996.

Urban Environmentalist Acknoweledged ~   In January 2007 Kim was included in “The A List” by the Mercury newspaper in Tasmania, which featured 200 movers and shakers. He was included on this list at 115 in regard to, “An urban bushland conservationist who has worked tirelessly over the years to maintain walking tracks and protect wildlife from the encroachment of bush-front housing developments.” Princess Mary of Denmark, who was born in Tasmania, gained the number one place on the list.


Kim behind the banner he made in 1997, engaging in the call for West Papuan self determination, next to West Papuan refugee Rex Rumakiek.


Kim researched and wrote A Brief History of West Papua, and later came to understand how West Papua was linked to the 1969 Moon landing, as a dark episode in human history. The western Papuans were supposed to get a vote on self-determination by 1970, after Indonesia displaced Holland as the colonial power in 1962. Instead of the United Nations running a full plebiscite, Indonesia was allowed to run the vote, by selecting 1025 male elders, to be lectured under the shadow of guns, and told to step over a line drawn in the dirt as a the method of voting. That is how a territory the size of France was pushed into Indonesia. At the time of the rigged vote, Neil Armstrong was stepping onto the Moon, and President Nixon was on a state visit to Jakarta, drawing reporters away from New Guinea. West Papuans are eternally the ghosts in the Moon landing. Kim believes that the western Papuans should be allowed a proper plebiscite on their self-determination.

The news never ends on a never ending conflict ~

Papua unrest turns violent, leaving two civilians, one soldier dead
Tasha Wibawa & Nurina Savitri, 29 August 2019, ABC News Online
"At least one soldier and two civilians have died in the latest violence in the embattled Indonesian province of Papua. Since last week thousands of people have taken to the streets across Indonesia's easternmost territory for protests believed to have been initially sparked by racist comments made towards Papuan students in Surabaya over allegations of a damaged flagpole. Indonesia's national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo told the ABC a riot started as 150 residents protested in front of the office of the local regent in the town of Deiyai. The protesters were demanding another referendum on whether the region should remain part of Indonesia.”

A Papuan Christmas is a poem about West Papua, written for an exhibition on West Papua as part of Human Rights Week in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1997, where West Papuan refugee, Rex Rumakiek, attended the opening, with a talk by Tasmanian politician, John White MP, who later that day read the poem out in the Tasmanian Parliament, so that it is now permanently recorded in the Hansard.
A Papuan Christmas
Far away in Europe
in 1848
the island of New Guinea
was carved up like a Christmas Cake
A quarter to the Germans
a quarter to the Brits
and half for the Dutch
a three way split
Did anyone ask the Papuans
Did anyone say please?
Were they invited to the party?
Or was someone being mean?
Far away in Europe
half way round the world
the destiny of Papua
was legally upheld
Now the people cry
“Freedom from the yoke
freedom from the colonialist
who treat us like a joke!”


Kim's painting of Clydes Island is sent to East Timor in 2002, to celebrate their independence from Indonesian colonial rule.


A photo came back with President Xanana Gusmao holding Clydes Island in East Timor.

Heritage Research Published ~   In 2007 Kim undertook a study of winged effigies found on old gravestones in Tasmania and came upon a fallen memorial in St Matthew’s Anglican church yard in Rokeby, featuring a winged effigy in the form of a cherub’s head. Only some of the wording on the grave stone could be read, telling of the death of 15 year old Susannah Musk in a boating tragedy in 1855, that also claimed the lives of five others when returning across Ralphs Bay from the funeral of another young girl, who had died of burns. Having an interest in preserving heritage, he organised for this memorial stone to be restored, which was completed after moving north to Brisbane in late 2007. Having undertaken extensive research into Susannah’s story and relating events, Kim wrote the story of this maritime tragedy, called Susannah’s Angel, which was subsequently published in the Tasmanian Times and also the Independent Australia, as The Sad Cherub of Susannah ~,3894


The Fort ~   In 2006 Kim was engaged in a project with the Kangaroo Bluff Battery, commonly known as The Fort. Built in the 1880s out of fear of a Russian invasion, the Fort was part of the Defences of Hobart around the River Derwent


Kim played at the old Fort as a child, where gangs waged imagined wars.  


Firing live ammunition was banned in the 1890s, when one of the great projectiles hit the sand dunes of Sandy Bay, across the river, causing great alarm.


For many decades two of the great guns lay on the ground.


One year the Army Reserves remounted the great guns on concrete boxes, where they now remain, silently watching over the harbour, ready to repel any ghost fleet invasion.


Kim at his computer working on the development of the virtual world as a global campaign platform.


In 2007 Kim proposed a way to remember the Moon landing, by focusing on the moment the event happened in 1969, which was 12:56pm in eastern Australia. Though time zones change, the moment stays the same.


Kim marries Dr Jennifer Bolton in 2013: they become collaborators with the founding Space Pioneers in 2011.


Kim and Jennifer moved to Ross in Tasmania in 2015, where they applied for the Ross Bridge to be included on the National Heritage Register, unsuccessfully, as was the later application by the Northern Midlands Council. Built in 1835-1836 by convicts from Britain, sent to the island when it was a prison colony called Van Diemen's Land, this is the only bridge in the world from that age, with carvings along all the arches.

Heritage and Flood Plans Needed at Ross ~


There are 186 carvings along the arches of the Ross Bridge. The king on the bridge is believed to be a portrait of the Danish adventurer, Jorgen Jorgenson, who ruled Iceland for two months in 1809, and was dispatched to Van Diemen's Land as a convict in 1825. In the British Empire, Jorgenson was a myth in his own life, popularly known as the ex-king of Iceland. Next to the the king is the queen on the bridge, believed to be Norah Corbett, the wife of Jorgenson. Norah was an Irish convict with a fiery temperament, who Jorgen met in the bush near Ross when working as a police constable. Norah had run away to join a sheep rustling gang. They were an odd couple, as he was the son of the Royal Danish clockmaker who could read and write in many languages, and she never learnt to read or write.


In 2018 Kim and Jennifer organised a two day event in Ross, to examine the WWII history of the district, when an inland fuel depot was built at Ross during the fear of a Japanese invasion. With air fields north and south of the depot, a military base nearby, and a military hospital in Campbell Town, preparations had been made to turn the Ross district into an unsinkable aircraft carrier ~


Kim Peart's avatar in Second Life, Starfarer, who made the national news with a story on Kim in the ABC News Online in 2017.


The torus space station that Kim built in Second Life, in which weekly meetings are held to explore space. The discussion in progress was about growing food in space.


In 2018 Kim developed a writing technique with poems, working via his avatar in Second Life. One of his poems, Mad as Mad, was published recently (August 2019) in a book called Roads in a Yellow Wood. Find more of Kim's poems here ~

Mad as Mad

Dad went mad
found naked on the wood
holding an axe
wasn't good

All the chooks were beheaded
one still running around
nowhere fast
the cat was never found

The dogs had been hit by a car
both dead
waiting to be buried
"Would you like to be fed?"

Aunt Matilda thought that'd work
get the bugger down
but Dad was busy swearing
news had reached town

A siren could be heard
there may be no happy ending
the neighbours dog was barking
people were staring

Then Dad snapped out of it
went in for tea with gran
never happened again
just mad as mad

NOTE ~   The poem Mad as Mad began life in the 1980s as an idea for a painting, and instead became a word picture. 


Kim's poems, written via his avatar in Second Life, are put into a Notecard and lodged in an illustrated board in the Poems Galley, where visitors can click on the board to get the Notecard with the poem. In the Poems Galley, Kim enslaves words to make oars to row the verse boats across the Sea of Poems, and hope they don't hit rocks and sink, or even worse, get becalmed and forgotten.


The Gallery that Kim designed and built in Second Life, as a place to exhibit art, which is like having a 4-dimensional interactive website.


Kim's art gallery in Second Life, called Jaqui Art Explorer, located next to a train line and by the Papwpaw train station. A good spot for Second Life train spotting.


A few of Kim's paintings in real life on show in his gallery in Second Life.


As a writing exercise in Second Life, Kim writes a daily Doggo Wisdom, on thoughts that might blow through the mind of a dog, and puts them into a Notecard in the Dog Rocket in the Poems Galley. There are 135 now, going up. A few of them follow ~

Doggo Wisdom

"Look left and right
the world seems complex,
now look inside
for a good mood reflex."

"The wind blew past,
all silent and empty,
not a thought in the air,
I sat like a sentry."

"A dog is a noble creature,
though often small in size,
bubbling with a ready grin,
to make your heart capsize."

"Would I go to Mars
even if it's free,
I want to know,
is there a tree?"

"Walking on sand
with stick in jaw
wishing for master
to throw it some more."

"Have ya heard me poem?
All woof and bark,
rouff and howl,
a growl from my heart."

"A bone of contention
gnawed on both ends
the two of us glaring
is the art of friends."

A Few Paintings by Kim Peart


A 1969 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Waves' ~ My first oil painting.


A 1969 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'The Rocks'


A 1969 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'The Boat Hoist on the Rocks'


A 1969 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Sea Breeze'


A 1969 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'The Dairy'


A 1969 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Clarence High School'


A 1970 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Transition'


A 1970 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Rest'


A 1974 painting by Kim Peart of a view across Kangaroo Bay in Bellerive, on a sunny windy day.


A 1972 Painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Wendy Town'


A 1972 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Beach Time'


A 1973 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Fantasy Land'


A 1982 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Self Portrait'


A 1982 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Three Yobbo Vikings Wondering What in the Hell to Do Next'


A 1996 Painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Viking Night in Murdunna'


A 1988 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Murdunna Bay'


A 1990 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Grave Island'


A 1988 Painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Still Life Murdunna'


A 1990 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Roaring Beach'


A 1990 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Childhood'


A 1989 Painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Edward Bear'


A 1988 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Sunset over Murdunna'


A 1990 colour sketch by Kim Peart ~ 'Sunset Drive'


A 1988 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Eaglehawk Neck'


A 1996 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Clydes Island'


A 1990 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Silent Screaming' ..... a self portrait


A 1990 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Beware the Dogs'


A 1992 Painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Old Dog and the Moon'


A 1994 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Old Shoes'


A 1998 pencil drawing by Kim Peart - 'Bush Track'


A 1993 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Winter Trees'


A 1994 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Bluff'


A 1998 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Athena'


A 1998 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Twilight Tarn'


A 1998 Painting by Kim Peart ~ 'A Yellow Chested Bird turning into a Yellow Chested Bird'


A 1998 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Noisy Legs'


A 1998 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Gulf War'


A 1998 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Milk'


A 1998 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Byron Bay Lighthouse'


A 2000 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Skull'


A 2000 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Flaming Skull'


A 2000 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Tree Heads'


A 1998 painting by Kim Peart called The Hut.


A recent photo of the survivor hut in the forest, where fires at times rage.


A 1998 painting by Kim Peart called Moss Forest


A 2006 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'No Man is an Island'


'No Man is an Island' ~ detail.  


A 2006 art object by Kim Peart ~ 'Barbed Wire Canoe'


It was in the front yard in 2006 ~ 'Bath'


A 2008 painting by Kim Peart ~ 'Brisbane to Byron Bay'


Painting the fig tree at Byron Bay.


Hutch on the sand dunes at Byron Bay.

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