Mayne-Wilson & Associates

Dry stone walls are part of the landart of rural Australia, bold sculptural structures in the landscape, defining the landform and expressing the toil and craftsmanship of our forebears.

Bringing their wall building skills with them from Britain and Ireland, the early settlers used locally available rock in old volcanic areas to build boundary fences, animal pens and retaining walls until 1880, when wire became cheaply available for farm fencing.

Several types of construction were used, but the most common was the A-frame, double skin wall, with large coping stones These have endured best, and are found in the western districts of Victoria, in Kiama and Lismore shires in NSW, and a few in Tasmania. Other types of walls are found in the Blue Mountains, mostly in association with walking tracks.

Studies have been made of these walls, and their heritage significance assessed. Those in Kiama shire have recently been recorded by Mayne-Wilson & Associates of Paddington, Sydney.

Guidelines for assessing, conserving and restoring dry stone walls are available from Mayne-Wilson & Associates by contacting them via their e-mail address:

02 9380 8311
Telephone: 02 9380 8211

or by writing to 106 Boundary St., Paddington 2021.

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