out the kitchen window of our home at San Isidore (small,
rural community west of Wagga Wagga) it seems strange
that a vine and rose covered walkway and garden has
been known for the past twenty two years as the REDFERN
WALL. A small ceramic sculpture lovingly carved with
the names of many Koories who graced this space is a
special feature. Most identified themselves as the Redfern
Churchies who introduced us to the world of Father Ted
Church. During the eighties visits from our Redfern
friends, often led by William John Dixon (Johnny or
Dicko) were frequent. A carload would arrive in our
drive usually at night. A feed and sleep were priorities.
“We weren't stopped by the police once” was a comment
which meant it was a good trip. Relationships and understandings
grew and extended to embrace an amazing network of people.
Dicko helped us dig the first shovels of earth for the
Saboisky's Redfern Walk. Our visits to Sydney with our
four sons usually included making our way to St Vincent's
to attend the 10.00 am Sunday Mass and to catch up on
friends who had so mysteriously become part of our lives.
was a vibrant centre for so much social, theological
and personal reflection anchored in depthing human realities.
There were the funerals. So many!
garden continues to echo what is deep in our hearts;
a precious and unfolding story of our privileged connections
listed on the ceramic sculpture:
DIXON, ACKLAND BATES, ROY FRAIL, GLORIA SIEMSEN, MERVE
LEON, LILLIAN BATES, DAVE SMITH, ALAN WELDON, MARIA
TOOMEY, PATTY NEWMAN, CALEEN, DOUG BARRETT, BARBARA,
AUNTY JUDY GUNDY, JOSEPHINE GUNDY, TOMMY WARD, JULIANNE
BATES, PETER WHYMAN, WILLY DIXON, FREDDY BRIAR, DENNIS
JOHNSON, MAX GIBBS, DAVID WRIGHT, REVEL COOPER, DAVID
BATES, MERRILL BATES, MARY ANNE BATES, KIMBERLEY BATES,
CAROLINE BATES, DAPHNE BATES, BLUIE LEE, PRICILLA PANE,
PETER PARKS, AMELIA CAMPBELL, INGRID, ALICE DIXON, PATSY
by Joan and Peter Saboislcy