The project curator Raelene Marshall sought
assistance and information from professionals and the public to
identity dry stone sites of significance that included sheep dips,
sheep washes, garden retaining walls other important dry stone
constructions. The research also brought to light a range of modern
day dry stone sculptures in public and private garden settings.
A comprehensive questionnaire was designed to
gather information from interested parties and volunteer researchers
from a range of backgrounds contributed a wealth of knowledge
and expertise. In addition the services of professional research
historian Dr Carlotta Kellaway were invaluable in locating relevant
and previously inaccessible information in publications, public
records files, Government Instrumentalities and State Library
and map. Her historical research and expertise facilitated the
positioning of the dry stone wall story within overall context
of the history Australias settlement.
The research process uncovered written and oral
histories, old photographs, farming records and documents, press
clippings, poetry and prose together with stories and documentation
about migrant craftsmen with dry stone walling skills from Anglo
Celtic and European backgrounds. The research continues
The Dry Stone Walls Association of Australia invites
you to participate in our Online
Survey to assist in broadening the current knowledge
base on Dry Stone Walls in Australia.
We here at The Dry Stone Walls Association of Australia
would greatly appreciate your contribution.
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