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Former photographer Terry Milligan, now known as Venerable Ekaggata, was born in San Francisco and lived in various locations in the USA and Australia before discovering the small town of Braidwood, near Canberra. He ran the general store and gallery at nearby Mongarlowe from 1994 to 1999. An exhibition of Milligan’s photographs of Braidwood and district personalities, Remembering the Present, was held at the Canberra Art Gallery and Museum in 2000, and later showed at the New South Wales Legislative Assembly buildings and the Grafton Regional Gallery. Photography critic Robert McFarlane found it ‘impossible not to be moved by [the photographs’] priceless nature’. The photographs, many of which are held by the National Library, are collected in Milligan’s book Remembering the Present: a Braidwood portrait (2000). Milligan became a Buddhist monk in Western Australia in 2002. He now divides his time between monasteries in Australia and northern Thailand. Although he has abandoned most encumbrances he still takes photographs, recently compiling a book of portraits of Karen people he sees on his rounds.

Updated 2017