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Last week I talked about the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival 2014 and mentioned the Walking Tour of Murrumbeena with a particular focus on one of our famous artistic families, the Boyds. I did this last Saturday, if you missed it there’s another one this coming Saturday starting at the same place and same time. It’s a great little walk with lots of history of the area and a focus on Merric Boyd.
Merric Boyd was one of our foremost potters and has been named as the father of studio pottery in Australia. After attempting several different careers such as farming and religion Boyd successfully threw his first pot, at the age of 20 in 1908 he started a career. Story has it the first pot he threw on the wheel was perfect but if you’ve done any pottery you know how hard that is. I’ve done some and never managed to get anything right on the wheel.
I won’t give you too much more as you can get much more than I’d give you by doing the walk on Saturday and listening to historian, Colin Smith. If that’s not possible, the council has made it feasible to do the walk by yourself with the magic of modern technolgy and have placed eight information sheets on the ground with a map and QR codes, all you need is a little time and a smart phone; they even give you a choice of either reading the information or listening to it. If you still can’t get there the other option is to go to this website and you can both see the text and hear the audio as they appear using the QR codes.
Here’s where I give you something pretty to look at. I’ve taken various photos as illustrations but I might give a little text to illustrate the illustrations (I really should try and get illustrate in that sentence a few more times to make it totally unintelligible except with intense photographs…I think I’ll move on before it gets even more silly).