William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts SanctuaryWilliam Ricketts Sanctuary is set in the natural environment of the Dandenong Ranges. This is a place of beauty and tranquillity where Kiln-fired clay sculptures of Aboriginal figures are displayed half-hidden among the rock, ferns and Mountain Ash. Deeply felt connections to the earth mother and the spirit of the land are explored in 92 sculptures of people and animals, which merge with the natural surroundings. The sanctuary is a place of quiet reflection, which people travel across the world to visit, time and time again.

William Ricketts – Artist/Philosopher
Born in 1898 in Richmond, Victoria, Australia.

William Ricketts settled permanently in Mt. Dandenong in 1934.


William was an artist with skills in playing the violin, crafting jewellery and clay modelling. He made many trips to Central Australia to live with the Pitjantjatjara & Arremte Aboriginal people whose tradition & culture inspired his sculptures.

William Ricketts was a naturalist who was concerned at the mass destruction of the environment and its habitats over many years. Rather than living cells creating individual life forms, Williams’ philosophy was that everything that exists on earth is the making of one life, which everything fits into.

He died in 1993 at the age of ninety-four.

This tour can be combined with other tours in the Dandenongs or the Yarra Valley.

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