1. SIGNIFICANT DRYSTONE
CONSTRUCTIONS. Primarily we a seeking information
about significant drystone walls. In addition however, we
are also seeking any other information regarding the location
of, and types of other drystone structures that have been
constructed in Australia using traditional drystone walling
2. HISTORIES, STORIES
and MEMORIES. The narrative will include a range
of stories and anecdotes about drystone constructions. Can
you help with informative stories about farming facts and
practices, family and community stories and activities, mythologies,
legends and quirky anecdotes that may have grown up around
rural and inner urban drystone constructions.
3. ARTICLES / POETRY
/ PROSE and BOOKS As well as seeking traditional
drystone histories and technical details we also hope to uncover
a rich of array of poetry, prose, press articles and books.
Among these may be agrarian, and historical articles or writings
about evocative and romantic associations people often make
with drystone constructions.
4. MIGRANT HISTORIES
and COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN We are seeking information
about the migrants themselves, their craft and constructions
in Australia and any drystone stories, travel documents, artifacts
or other information about their new homeland or country of
5. DRYSTONE WALLERS
Can you help us with information about existing practicing
traditional Drystone Wallers and any historical information,
photographs, articles, and or stories, about the work practices
and philosophies of wallers who contributed to, or were responsible
for walls that shaped Australia's cultural landscape.
6. EXAMPLES OF STYLES
We are seeking historical and technical information
and drawings, line drawings and photographs of differing styles
of walling techniques and cope stone treatments.
7. FARMING RECORDS
and/ or MAPS Can you help with historical details,
and or copies, of farming records and maps that pertain to
drystone constructions either still in existence or partly
or wholly destroyed.
8. ARTIFACTS/ TOOLS
Can you provide details of, and possible access to donations
of or any tools or artifacts that could contribute to the
success and educative role of the Touring Exhibition. This
may include complete or even sections or remnants of old tools,
artifacts or other such memorabilia.
9. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS/
SKETCHES/ PAINTINGS Can you assist with the educative
role of this project by providing details and access to information
on, and or the availability of any originals or reproductions
of old photographs, sketches or paintings technical drawings,
The craft of drystone walling has influenced the design
of a significant range of local and international contemporary
sculptures such as those of TimJones and Nathan Perkins in
Keilor Victoria and Richard Harris and Andy Goldsworthy in
the Grizedale Forest in the United Kingdom. Can you help with
other information about Australian artists and or the location
of any other drystone sculptures that have been constructed
in Australia using traditional drystone walling techniques.
Drystone walls have become a major Tourist attraction in places
such as the Shire of Kiama in New South Wales' Entrance Gateways
and the Corangamite Arts' Drystone Heritage Trail in Victoria's
Western District. We a seeking information about other tourism
destinations or ideas.
The Municipality of Kiama in New South Wales and Corangamite
Arts in Camperdown and Melbourne's Living Museum of the West
in Victoria have undertaken significant heritage studies of
their local drystone walls. We a seeking information about
the existence of any other studies that may involve drystone
walls structures or walling techniques.
13. GROUPS AND
/ OR ASSOCIATIONS The Municipality of Kiama in
New South Wales has formed its own Drystone Wall Committee.
We hope to make contact with other Drystone Associations or
groups both within Australia and Internationally. Can you
provide other details?
14. ISSUES - HAVE
YOUR SAY. The protection
status of drystone constructions in Australia currently varies
from Municipality to Municipality. At this point in time there
is no State or National legislation to identify and protect
significant drystone constructions. The theft of stones by
indiscriminate gardeners, the heritage significance of the
walls together with farmers voice about the importance of
their walls as fencing and fire breaks, the need to protect
the habitat for flora and fauna and the need to protect important
aspects of our cultural landscape as housing and roads developments