The Story Teller sculpture
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
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