Digging history – with Paola Balla

PB%20Two%20Willy%20Wag%20TailsTwo talking and twitching Willy Wag Tails escort me round the footy oval, edged with blue stone wretched from the quarry by Italian migrants, after being worked by generations of Kulin.

Sunrise, and West Footscray is almost pretty. Rosella rifle in grass lumpy with little hills and gullies. Story goes this ground sits atop a car dump.

Here one Sunday morning cheering on my son, a man with café latte breath slurps at me that a sinkhole opened up during a seniors match in the fifties.

Towards Tullamarine a plane rumbles, the traffic begins to hum and blow, I smell toast and walk home.   (Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba & Gunditjmara woman, artist, mother, curator and educator who likes to tell stories)


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