A Stone Upon A Stone is a travelling exhibition that tells the story of Dry-Stone-Walling in south-east Australia.
A Stone Upon A Stone is a large exhibition that consists of collected memorabilia, artefacts and of a series of twenty-four narrative panels each 1metre wide x 2metres high. It was developed in collaboration with eleven Victorian Local Government councils together with Parks Victoria, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and Mt Annan and the Shire of Kiama in NSW. The curator Raelene Marshall worked closely with each council and associated individuals and key interest groups to facilitate the broader community consultation.
Until this time this was a story that had never been told.
The consultation process was fundamental to the development of the exhibition. It included input from over four hundred people who contributed in a variety of ways to gathering the overall story about the valuable contribution made by the early immigrants to the shaping of our cultural landscape.
More information can be found about this exhibition at the Stone Upon A Stone website. <www.astoneuponastone.com>
Short Story by V. Edwards
About a dry stone wall at Altona 76 years ago (1926)
The Edwards Family, comprising 7 boys and 2 girls lived in Upton Street, Altona, now known as Altona Meadows.
On a mushrooming season we would go together on a cold and foggy morning to pick mushrooms for this was the way of life to get extra pocket money (its not like today). We would sell the mushrooms to the stores in Footscray and Melbourne.
One little boy, about eight (8) years old then, on one morning came across a dry stone wall when he was mushrooming in the field. This dry stone wall was to come to be a great help to me in my life to come.
For it was built so strong I wondered who built it so many years ago. Where was the person who built this wonderful wall so strong and tall, for what use? I said to myself I would like to be like this wall so solid and strong and be around for a long time.
When I was 14 years of age I went away by myself to work in the country. I worked many places in Australia. At times I would be down in myself, lonely and missing family and mother and friends still living in Altona.
But I would always think of the dry stone wall that I looked at some years ago. To be strong like that wall and stand strong in oneself and keep going on is to be happy again.
So after many years away I came back to Melbourne to live at Altona again and to visit and look at my dry stone wall again. But my sadness, the stone was gone owing to the building development in this area called Altona Meadows.
I often think about this wall, what was it used for, did the home owners take the stones to use for their garden surrounds, it may be so.
I met a wonderful girl called Renee Barnes, came from a place called Bianden (???) in the country. We married and had two children, Lorraine and Carol. I built a home at 35 McBain Street, Altona for the family to live in, wonderful family very much like my stone, strong and tall in many ways.
My partner after 58 years together is at rest now. Renee has given me great strength to live on. Time will come for me to go just like my wonderful dry stone wall so it be life.
This ends the story about a dry stone wall many years ago.