The Story Teller sculpture

Storyteller sculpture, Burswood Park, Perth

Public Art : The Storyteller sculpture

Sculptors : © Joan Walsh-Smith and Charles Smith

Description : Over sized bronze statue of Dame Mary Durack, renowned chronicler of Australian History, conversing with her ' young self' as a child. In her hand is her book: The Swan River Saga

Date Unveiled : 1995

Location : Burswood Park, Burswood, Perth, Western Australia.

Inscription:

The Storyteller
Mary Durack

The subject matter and inspiration of this work is Dame Mary Durack, renowned chronicler of Australian history, engaged in dialogue with her 'young self' as a child.

As the adult figure she takes the role of an ancestor passing on the family history. The two Marys', child and adult, share a sense of purpose; their attention is riveted to each other and the volume they hold , "The Swan River Saga."

In this play and in her book "To Be Heirs Forever Dame Mary captured the essence of life in Perth in colonial days.

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