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Slate carvers of Willunga

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The 19th Century slate industry in Willunga is responsible for many historic slate roofs, both in Adelaide and interstate. But the Willunga district was also the home of a small number of men who were skilled at carving slate for various purposes. The most common use of carved slate was for gravestones, but mantelpieces and decorative reliefs were also created.

The most prolific carvers were:

but other carvings by William Henry Dawe, Thomas Trenowth, Thomas Hawken and Thomas Dennis Jackson are also in evidence.

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