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Reading List – A Closer Look at Those Dry Stone Walls Revisited

“The legendary topic is that shepherds built the wall in their spare time – and all I can say is if that be true they must have had a lot of  spare time” – Northern Argus, 1941

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The South Australia landscape welcomed the use of stone as an irresistible building material for early settlers. Bruce and Kristin Munday traversed South Australia in search of those walls, seeking answers and documenting the adventure. Discover historic masterpieces and insights into rural life in the years following European settlement. And meet the custodians of the walls, rightly proud of this heritage, who shared their stories in this newly revised, second edition of “Those Dry Stone Walls Revisited”.

In particular they have ventured further into the rangelands of SA where early pastoralists built with literally the only material locally available: stone. It is again about the people Bruce and his wife, Kristin, met as they travelled, about the tales they shared with us and the leads they gave them. But perhaps, more than anything else, it is about the value people attach to their unique heritage.

South Australia has a unique natural landscape, rich in stone. Out of need, early settlers used this abundant building material, to shape their days . Bruce Munday’s newly revised second edition is about the further journey that took Bruce and his wife, Kristin, to new places in South Australia as well as back to the old where often things are now different.

“The rainfall boundary, as fixed by Mr. Goyder is very accurate and fairly defines the line which at present divides the purely pastoral country and the rest of the Colony” – South Australian Parliamentary Papers, Report of  Runs Commission, 1867

” Should  fire come up the hill from that likely direction, ‘We will fight it on the wall’ was the  motto.” – Barbara Wall, reflecting on Ash Wednesday 1983

Bruce Munday grew up in Geelong with a burning ambition to play football for his beloved Cats. When that was not going to happen, he completed a PhD in physics and then spent four years researching the magnetoelastic properties of antiferromagnetic materials. Alas, he found that his penchant for the esoteric cut him off from many of his friends. So he moved into teaching where he had a captive audience.

In 1974 he and Kristin Munday bought a farm in the Adelaide Hills. There they raised sheep, cattle and three children, planted many trees and messed with rocks. When the kids left home Bruce established his own business as a communications consultant in natural resource management and discovered how much he enjoyed sharing stories with people living on the land – particularly those who love the land and want to conserve it.

Kristin Munday grew up in Melbourne lacking any ambition to play football but with an abiding passion for photography.

Bruce and Kristin sold the farm in 2017 and moved to the Aldinga Arts Eco Village where Bruce has continued to arrange stones.

Format Paperback
Size 240 x 195 mm
ISBN 9781743059999
Extent 192 pages