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William Ricketts Sancutary

William Ricketts Sancutary, originally uploaded by kara melissa.

Ali’s parents, Peter and Moira, took Darryl, Ali and I to the William Ricketts Sanctuary, located in the Dandenong Ranges, not too far from Melbourne.

William Ricketts was an Australian potter and sculptor of the arts and crafts movement. Born in Richmond, Victoria in 1898, William settled permanently in Mount Dandenong, Victoria in 1934. Although not trained as a potter and never technically superior (his works large and small frequently exhibit cracking) the power of his vision of a modern Australia which embraces the Aboriginal spirituality and respect for the natural world has assured his place in the public favour.

As a lover of trees and nature myself, and an interest in sculpture, I kind of ‘went to town’ snapping photos while we were at the sanctuary. Some where just of beautiful trees — as the Dandenong Ranges are breathtaking and very lush and green — while others were of his individual sculptures.