I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Edna Walling (1895-1973) walks across a cow paddock and has a vision… "I shall build a village here," she said. And over time, that is exactly what she did.
Join author Sara Hardy as she explores the journey that led Edna Walling to create a village on a hill in Mooroolbark. Bickleigh Vale Village brought together Edna Walling's ideals and ideas about design, nature and community. It is her living legacy, an oasis of beautiful thinking.
She trained in theatre and dance at Dartington College of Arts, Devon, UK. Her plays have been performed in Australia, UK, Canada and USA. Sara was inspired to write her first biography, The Unusual Life of Edna Walling, after portraying the famous Australian landscape designer in a theatre performance. Her manuscript won the Peter Blazey Award for Life Writing (2004). Her second biography celebrates the sporting Australian opera singer and golf champion: Dame Joan Hammond. Sara has recently completed her first novel.
Yes, Edna Walling was certainly ahead of her times.. I've walked through Bickleigh Vale on one of those rare occasions it was open to the public. It is open every couple of years for the Open Garden's Scheme.