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Ruth Crow Walks

Lorna Hannan and Hannah Morphy-Walsh

Presented in Season 1 2021

Commissioned by Arts House as part of Refuge 2021

Wed 28 April, 5pm
Sat 8 May, 4pm
Wed 12 May, 4pm


Duration: 90 minutes

Suitable for all ages – children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

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Wed 28 April & Wed 12 May will involve walking outdoors in most weather and different terrains including cobblestone, dirt tracks, asphalt and grass, for 90 minutes. Sat 8 May will take place in a park and involve no walking.

Auslan interpreters available on request for Sat 8 May event – email Samira Farah before Fri 2 May to book.

Take a stroll through North and West Melbourne and hear the stories beneath the pavers and in the trees.

Combining the local community and history-based ethos of Refuge’s Ruth Crow Corner conversations with an exploration of the neighbourhood surrounding Arts House, Crows Corner Walks provide opportunities to discover the stories of the local streets, trees and waterways.

All walks will include guest speakers and cups of freshly brewed Ruth Crow tea.


Ruth Crow organiser Lorna Hannan shares her thoughts on each event:

Wed 28 April, 5pm – Walk
This event will commence at the Billabong, Royal Park (Flemington Rd/adjacent to North Park Tennis Courts)

“Explore the world as the sun goes down – a world that contains elements that are far older than us – the trees.”

Sat 8 May, 4pm – Speakers Corner
This event will take place at North Melbourne Community Centre Oval
49-53 Buncle St, North Melbourne

“Ruth Crow had plans for how we could live in the city; she wanted a city that brought people together. How can we reach out towards realising that plan today? Join us to share your ideas for the future.”

Wed 12 May, 4pm – Walk
This event will commence at Errol Street Reserve
Errol St, North Melbourne

“No matter how much we try to control the water, the water seeks its own paths and makes its own way through our world. So we explore where it takes us.”

“Looking with fresh eyes at the world around us. The damage we have done and the solutions we are seeking.” – Lorna Hannan, 2021.


About Lorna Hannan

Lorna Hannan has lived in North Melbourne for over 50 years and watched the many changes that have made it a distinctive place to live in. Her father was the headmaster of the Errol Street State School, the school that all four of her own children attended as well as a mix of cousins and later quite a high proportion of her grandchildren. Links with the area have given Lorna's life a richness that she treasures and many stories to enjoy and retell. Refuge gives her the opportunity to harvest these stories and to savour the arts of conversation.

About Hannah Morphy-Walsh

Hannah Morphy-Walsh writes, tends gardens and is an avid collector of anecdotes. She draws on her love of storytelling to inform her daily life. Hannah is currently Community Liaison – Indigenous Cultural Program at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Artistic Credits

Lead Artists - Lorna Hannan and Hannah Morphy-Walsh

Supported by – Arts House is a key program of the City of Melbourne, and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Image – by Anu Kumar.