One Day Hill is a place people can stand one day to look back on our time and say, “This is what mattered”. In every age, there are works of art and acts of public courage that matter. In retrospect, these may be seen as being few and far between, but what is important is that they occur. One act here triggers another act there. Hope is a chain reaction.
One Day Hill is an attempt to capture aspects of Australian culture which are threatened and hopefully assist in their preservation. This is a period of acute historical transition, similar in kind perhaps to the period of change that occurred between 1900 and the start of World War 1. The world is falling into blocks. There is much talk of war. God is invoked by leaders on all sides. Our focus is constantly being directed away from ourselves with a consequent loss of confidence in our stories, our histories. Australia is a land of myth and magic; its great stories are the equal of anywhere else’s. The stories that constitute our everyday lives also need proper telling since these are the way we find the wisdom and courage to withstand the collisions of daily living.
One Day Hill is an acknowledgment that we cannot stand alone. Depression and loneliness are defining characteristics of our time, particularly among young people. But if individuals can find just one other person who shares their vision and resolve to act upon it, they can impact on that vast mysterious entity called human reality – at first in small ways, but one day, perhaps long years later, as part of something that comes booming into popular consciousness with the force of history.
One Day Hill is the belief our best is not behind us, that historical defeats pass like the night – then comes the next bright dawning.