ST ARNAUD HISTORY MOSAIC WALL
The St Arnaud History Mosaic Wall is a large mosaic that portrays the history and community of St Arnaud. Sally Pritchard was the local artist who, assisted by students from the St Arnaud Secondary College, and residents who were interviewed for their memories of the town, along with others, detailed the history of the town to accompany the mosaic.
The Northern Grampians Shire kindly donated the labour of their workers to erect the concrete wall that would display the mosaic, using materials provided by Neighbourhood House fundraising. Despite the heat, the industrious Shire workers finished the wall in Market Square in quick time.
The panels were transported from the House to Market Square and were mounted to the wall by the capable members of the St Arnaud Men’s Shed. Then the arduous task of grouting the entire mosaic began. This took eight hot summer days and completed the creation of the mosaic wall.
The unveiling ceremony was held on the 15th March 2017. The emcee for the ceremony was Councillor Merrilee Reid and featured speeches by St Arnaud Neighbourhood House Manager Heather Stevenson, St Arnaud Secondary College Assistant Principal Vanessa McCormick, and Northern Grampians Shire Mayor Tony Driscoll.
After the ceremony, the students and residents responsible for documenting the history of the town and those responsible for the creation of the mosaic proudly unveiled the completed project. The mosaic wall was handed over from the St Arnaud Neighbourhood House to the Northern Grampians Shire on behalf of the community and can be viewed in Market Square, St Arnaud.