Metal for Water

Metal for Water

Metal for Water – Major Mitchell and Captain Sturt Exploring the Murray-Darling Mile by mile over red dirt Exchanging their iron tools For water and safe passage Stone now cast aside This the new message For we all wear cloaks . . . This cloak, covered with metal bottle-tops and including a fox-fur, references introduced […]

Talismans for Dreamtime

Talismans for Dreamtime

Talismans for Dreamtime – 40,000 years ago Fishing for cod and perch On the edge of Lake Mungo Warm in their possum skins Under the Murray Pines Men, women, children Living round the shore-lines For we all wear cloaks . . . In making a work evocative of Lake Mungo, with its extraordinary significance in […]

Lessons from Merbein Historical Society headquarters

Lessons from Merbein Historical Society headquarters

Located in the main street, Merbein Historical Society Rooms house a wealth of artefacts and information about the local area.  President and Research Officer, Bernadette Wells, generously opened the rooms and assisted with my research.  We focused on Lake Hawthorn and the Lake School on its shores. She uncovered some interesting information about my father’s side […]

swings & merry-go-rounds: revisiting Lake Hawthorn

swings & merry-go-rounds: revisiting Lake Hawthorn

These photos of the now deserted playground are so poignant in terms of childhoods past: my own memories of being driven by the lake regularly on the way to visit my grandparents in Birdwoodton and Merbein; my parents stories of playing on its shores and swimming in its waters; and those of my father, uncles […]