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Reading List – Those Dry Stone Walls Revisited with Bruce Munday

Newly Published And In Stock!

Beautiful stone was nature’s gift to South Australia, and an irresistible building material for early settlers. Many stone walls, without mortar or with no more than mud to stem the breeze, have defied gravity and the elements all these years. Or did gravity combine with friction and deft balance to sustain them? 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.

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.

Join Bruce and Kristin Munday as they traverse 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.

Far from being a dying craft, dry stone walling is enjoying a renaissance, continuing to make a statement across the South Australian landscape. Inspired by the success of his first book, Bruce Munday travelled further afield unearthing stories behind dry stone walls old and new. In this enlarged edition of Those Dry Stone Walls Revisited, rich with beautiful imagery of walls and the stories behind them, he shares his knowledge and experience, with step-by-step instructions, to inspire you to follow in the footsteps of our early settlers and today’s artisans to start building your own.

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