Shooting At the Moon was published independently, by MPA Publishing Pty Ltd, in 1994 to document the stories of Australian peaceworkers in the lead up to and following the UN elections. The book was launched by Gareth Evans at the National Press Club in September, 1994, following a launch in Phnom Penh by Prince Norodom Sirivudh at the National Museum.
Independent publisher and journalist, Marje Prior, recorded more than 75 interviews with the Australian military contingent, Australian Federal Police, UN personnel and contractors, electoral officers, returnees from the border camps, aid workers, diplomats, politicians and business people.
Marje invited internationally known photographer, Heide Smith, to accompany her on two of her visits to Cambodia during the dry and the wet seasons in 1993. With the assistance of a government grant, Heide’s photography was also exhibited at the Sydney Town Hall in 1994 to welcome back the first contingent of UN peacekeepers from Cambodia and at Old Parliament House in Canberra.
These stories combined with Heide’s photography capture the emotions, the views and experiences of Australians working in Cambodia at a particular point in time. It also provides an understanding of the complexities of UN peacekeeping and Australia’s early involvement in these missions.
Pictured above is Heide Smith and Marje Prior at Battambang.