Tag Archives: This is a River

William McHughes & the East Wellington Chapel

By Michelle Murray 2015   Autumn 1866. “Big Jimmy” shaved off his beard and caught a cold. Then he died. Young William buried his father as a Christian would, despite the opposition of the old men. Spring. William got himself baptized by the man who brought Jesus to Lake Alexandrina, the missionary George Taplin. After […]

The Maria: arrival of European Law

PLEASE NOTE: Some people may find the content of this post to be distressing. It describes a series of events that occurred in the 1800’s along South Australia’s Coorong that involved both Aboriginal people and European colonisers.   In July, 1840 the colony of South Australia was four years old. News had reached the authorities […]

Kylie Kain: a portrait

by Heather Millar Kylie Kain is a singer/songwriter who lives on a cattle farm on the southern Fleurieu with her three children. Kylie’s song ‘Stompin the Ground’ – written for Reconciliation Week in 2014 – won the National Sing Loud Competition for best original song, judged by Gurrumul and Delta Goodrem. The song is on […]

Michelle Murray: a portrait

By Heather Millar Writer and storyteller Michelle Murray is driven by the need to understand herself and the family she has chosen – she is a white woman married to an Aboriginal man, with whom she has two children. Synergistically, Michelle’s latest project, the Meeting of the Waters, is one of a number of creative […]

A Manifold Poem

  In our last ‘The Dirt’ blog for Manifold Portrait I introduced Caroline Reid – go read that blog here- and Caroline has now put up some of her thoughts over on her blog, including a lovely poetry response ‘Into Spring’.   Here’s an excerpt:   The falling dirt is gentle,  a soft sound None […]

Owen Love: a portrait

photo by Richard Hodges by Heather Millar Playwright, theatre performer and diesel mechanic Owen Love is one of the artists featured in Meeting of the Waters, a project supported by Country Arts SA involving a residency at Wellington, the development of a series of short films, interviews and blogs posts featured on a website – […]

Welcoming The Words In

Another of the artists I’ve invited into conversation with Manifold Portrait recently joined Jess and I in our ongoing discovery here.   Writer and excellent human, Caroline Reid joined us in the park last week and yesterday. Caroline currently calls Adelaide home and so she and I have shared the car journeys from Adelaide to […]

This Is A River. This Is A Community. This Is Art.

  Although I’m currently based in Adelaide for other work, the Riverland is my heartland and my home. My parents, grandparents, siblings and many other family live here. I have a rich and supportive network of friends and community here. I was born here (in Waikerie). This country calls to me in my dreams when […]

Netting New Faces

  Last week Jess and I started exploring ideas for ‘visual elements’ for Manifold Portrait. Ie. things in the space that people see and that *hopefully* allow and encourage them to see Rotary Park in a new way. Jess started weaving a little face with string into my wire wastepaper basket and we decided that […]

How to Begin: Just Begin.

  There’s something quietly powerful about just starting. Activity breeds more activity. It gives others permission to follow suit.   This ‘trueness’ has followed me around in many pairs of gloves over the last few years. I’ve encountered it over and over again in the Renew Movement (and it’s Creating Spaces conference in 2013), in […]