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At Arthur’s Seat, atop a 15-acre pastoral property surrounded by rolling hills you'll find Charlie’s Auto Museum, the culmination of a dream for Charlie Schwerkolt and at 85 years old, he is still living it in this extraordinary place. While there are now over 120 assorted motor vehicles in this museum, the collection goes way beyond cars.
16. Something To Talk About
When Giuliana’s parents passed away in 2012, she and husband Jason moved into the family home to look after the farming side of the business, beginning a life and passion they didn’t know they had.
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When you hear the words “you’re going to have a baby, there is often joy and a little uncertainty especially if you are a first time parent, but hearing “you are having twins” is a completely different story.
24. Riding Proud
Horses can read body language and intuit feelings. They are keenly sensitive, highly intelligent and exceptionally patient. This is why they are the ultimate therapy animal facilitating healing of the body, mind and spirit.
32. Ready To Go
Rhiannon Lester has never been afraid of a challenge, personally and professionally. In April, Rhiannon took part in the Australian Masters Athletics Championships at Albert Park, and is ready to take on her next challenge
The Power Of Art
Kerryn Knight is an elegant and well spoken art therapist has a passion for helping others and, later in life, discovered her true path, combining her love of psychology and art.
48. The Rhythm Of Life
Ross Manning is a Brisbane-based artist who has been creating immersive light and sound works for nearly a decade has his work on display at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until July.
50. The Artful Photographer
For two decades, Tom Putt has followed his passion for fine art and landscape photography. Ever since he picked up a camera at the age of 13.
56. Recipe For Happiness
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If you could design your own happiness, what would it look like? Is this even possible? Transformational Life Coach and author, Iesha Delune thinks it is and she outlines the formula in her new book, The Happiness Recipe
60. You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down
Amy Fox is one tough cookie, a young woman who decided to not let a health issue define her. Instead of lying down and giving in when she had to endure numerous surgeries, the young woman made the plan to use her illness to help others, and so the Low Tox Fox was born.
68. A Slice Of Italy
Angelo Branca was raised in a family of seven children. The head chef at Manhattan Restaurant in Mornington runs the business with his sister, Rose, both whom understand the true meaning of hospitality.
72. Call Me Bond
William Bond grew up with a palate for wine. With a father who was a wine judge at the Royal Melbourne Show, young William would pick him up with his mum and take him home after the judging.
76. The Good Food Bakery
Tammy Gunn has combined her talents with those of partner and chef, Shane, to create the first ever fully gluten free bakery in Mornington.
79. Crossword 82. It's All about Family
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Peninsula events A TASTE OF IRELAND
May 2 Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World’s most loved nation in one incredible live performance. Told through Irish music and dance, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ explores magical tales, spanning generations of Irish storytelling and culture. Frankston Arts Centre, 27 Davey Street, Frankston, Victoria Ph 9784 1060 www.artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au
MORNINGTON MAY RACE DAY
May 7 Head to the pristine surrounds of Mornington Racecourse to enjoy a relaxing day at the races. Experience first class racing action at one of the most picturesque racecourses in Victoria. Mornington Racecourse 320 Racecourse Rd, Mornington Ph 5975 3310 www.mrc.racing.com
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May 4 Set in the Mornington Peninsula Hinterland town of Red Hill, this monthly market of over 300 stalls is all about celebrating hand made products. Expect to meet emerging artists, taste-test local produce and see one-of-a-kind products. Red Hill Recreation Reserve 184 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill www.craftmarkets.com.au
May 4 In recent years the Gatekeepers Cottage has been 'home' to over 40 artists in residence at Police Point Shire Park, Portsea. Cameron Robbins work, Solar Loggerheads is on display in the MPRG foyer in conjunction with the exhibition "In the valley". The Gatekeeper's Cottage at Police Point Shire Park (Point Nepean) 5 Franklands Drive, Portsea Ph 5950 1580 www.mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au
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May 26 The Briars Craft and Produce Market will be a fantastic day out for friends and family to enjoy a quality home-made home grown market. Purchase the freshest produce from across the region and engage with our talented stallholders who love their arts and craft. The Briars 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha Ph 5976 3266 www.craftmarkets.com.au
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Connection Story & photos by Andrea Louise Thomas
t Arthur’s Seat, atop a 15-acre pastoral property surrounded by rolling hills and the sound of neighbouring cattle lowing, is a surprising place, Charlie’s Auto Museum. It’s the culmination of a dream for Charlie Schwerkolt and at 85 years, he is still living it in this extraordinary place. While there are now over 120 assorted motor vehicles in this museum, the collection goes way beyond cars. continued next page...
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Automobile enthusiasts will be wowed by the sheer variety of vintage, rare and unusual cars, but also by the comprehensive scope of the items on display. There are petrol bowsers, license plates, engines, model cars, advertising signage, car parts, car badges and even motor-themed teapots! In addition to the cars and auto memorabilia are bicycles, bottles and beer cans, keys and playing cards, replica planes and boats, old cameras and radios, even vintage sewing machines, record players, washing machines, fans and a player piano complete with rolls.
Oldest in the car collection is the 1914 Studebaker SC14, though he also has a 1911 Studebaker horse-drawn buggy. In fact, it all began with Charlie’s love of the Studebaker. He and a handful of friends set up the Studebaker Club in 1967. This is where his collection started, with a few Studebakers and a dream to set up a car museum. Studebaker made many an interesting vehicle and Charlie was always on the chase for the rarest of the rare. “In the Studebaker Club, we always wanted to have something no one else had; mine was the US Mail Truck,” he says. It occupies its own corner of the museum.
I collect things to give other people the benefit of seeing something interesting
This place is a real museum full of history. The collection spans over 100 years. It’s a step back in time and a reflection on progress. There are so many things to see and contemplate that it’s hard to take it all in with just a single visit. The displays are thoughtfully arranged. Each car has a sign explaining where and when it was made. Many of the displays also have quirky stories attached to them. And if there isn’t a sign for it, Charlie can probably fill you in. His encyclopedic knowledge of cars and everything that relates to them is quite incredible.
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Charlie’s dream was also his destiny. He had owned and operated a thriving forklift business for many years, but once technology came in, Charlie decided to make a hasty exit. He didn’t want a bar of it. Charlie left the forklift business in the hands of his son (also named Charlie) and moved to Arthur’s Seat to set up his car museum. It’s been open since 1988 and all that time, Charlie has been adding to the collection. He’s greeted thousands of curious visitors over the years with his cheeky grin and boyish charm.
Opening the museum made many differences in Charlie’s life and all of them were positive. He had the opportunity to pursue his real passion, the thrill of the chase finding new and interesting things for the collection and a chance to meet new people. On one occasion a lovely Dutch lady came into the museum with her family. She definitely caught Charlie’s eye. He was determined that she was not leaving until he had her phone number. She gave it to him and suggested he call her in two weeks. He called her two days later and within a year they were married right there in the museum. They are still married. Though she has now moved into a nursing home due to advancing Alzheimer’s Disease, Charlie visits her every single day taking their beloved dog Lucy to give her comfort. That’s love.
things has its own story of how and when it was made, whom it came into contact with and the things that it has seen. The din of conversation inside those sheds would be deafening – you see, it’s just like people – everyone has a story and the museum is Charlie’s. Charlie’s Auto Museum is at 185 Purves Road, Arthur’s Seat. www.charliesautomuseum.com.au
At the real heart of Charlie’s collecting is a desire to connect with people, in a place where he feels at home, where he always knows the language and where he has something to offer that often could not be found anywhere else. It’s the ultimate show and tell experience. It’s not that he needs to have things. He likes to share what he has found. “I collect things to give other people the benefit of seeing something interesting,” he says. The museum was never about making money; it’s about people. Having this museum gives Charlie a raison d’être, a sense of identity and the opportunity to share what he knows with others. The collection is the ultimate conversation starter for a man who is actually quite shy underneath. This museum is a place of memories for Charlie and for everyone who visits. His very first car is there, a 1954 Hudson Super Wasp, and the tales it could tell, well, just imagine. Imagine that every single piece in that collection of hundreds of thousands of individual
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and other genres. The festival line-up includes both old favourites and hot new artists that are making waves in the music industry and there is sure to be something in the program to suit everyone’s tastes.
Jazz and blues will still be a highlight of this four-day celebration of music, art and heritage from across the peninsula. With twenty venues around town and three days of free street entertainment, the dynamic music program stretches the broad spectrum of jazz, blues
The 2018 festival saw Mornington come alive with a showcase of entertainment including such headlining acts as Cookin’ on 3 Burners featuring Andrew De Silva and Kylie Auldist singing hits from The Big Chill, and Australian music legends Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier at The Grand. Songbird Clare Bowditch took centre stage for
ach year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend Main Street Mornington is abuzz with the sights and sounds of the Mornington Winter Music Festival.
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MORNINGTON thisWinter an intimate performance at the stunning The Mornington Regional Gallery. The much-loved saxophone maestro Wilbur Wilde packed out The Royal hotel and Sydney retro jazz band Mary Heart had the Mornington Yacht Club dancing. The Saturday street program was alive with six music zones featuring live music from 11am to 5pm. With ticketed and free performances across more than 20 venues in Mornington and street entertainment for the whole family, the festival is a wonderful celebration of music. The event has grown to include more live performances and free or low-cost activities that the whole family can enjoy. Street Corners, bars and restaurants will come alive again over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Friday 7th – Monday 10th June, 2019. Last year a produce and food street market lined the pavements, providing all bit the music and food to soothe the soul. There was
farm fresh eggs and produce, artisan breads, specialty homemade condiments and sauces, and great cafes for a bit of breakfast or lunch. The spirits of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and more were channeled by some of Melbourne’s hottest musical maestros. This year’s Mornington Winter Music Festival will continue to be a true celebration of jazz, blues, and soul with more hosts some of our music industries iconic and upcoming performers. Venues across Mornington provide the perfect place to soak up the soothing tunes of the festival, making the Queens’ Birthday weekend an unforgettable experience. For the full program visit: www.morningtonmusicfestival.com.au
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By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni
hen Giuliana’s parents passed away in 2012, she and husband Jason moved into the family home to look after the farming side of the business, beginning a life and passion they didn’t know they had.
We are very hands on and love imparting our knowledge to customers who are buying a hen as a pet
For this former corporate couple had lived a very different life until then. Although Giuliana had grown up on a chicken farm, it was far removed from the new life she and Jason had been thrown into at the farm. After five long years building the business from scratch on the family farm, the couple and their daughter relocated to the peninsula in 2017 to continue their journey and sell backyard hens. “Even though I grew up working with chickens, it is very different when you actually have to build and run a business. Jason and I have learned so much about farming and ourselves over the course of our journey it has been amazing,” said the couple from their property in Merricks. “When we first started out on our original family farm, we removed all the old cages and started a new free-range egg business called Talking Hens. Jason had no prior experience or knowledge of
chickens so had to learn fast. We scrimped and saved, used second-hand and recycled equipment where possible and are proud of the small free-range egg business we created there despite the many challenges.
A new chapter has now been opened following our move to our new Mornington Peninsula Farm in Merricks this year. Our focus has moved completely away from free range egg production and solely to providing high-quality backyard hens, equipment and feed to our Peninsula customers and all the advice needed to make sure that they are successful.” Developing a love and deep understanding of chickens and their needs was an evolving process for the couple who spent time with a well-regarded poultry Vet in Hastings when working through the various challenges experienced in the free-range egg business. “There is a lot of work in maintaining a healthy and happy flock of hens and just a simple thing like the surface of an eggshell can indicate that one bug or another is affecting the hens,” said Giuliana. “My dad learned early on that the health of the hen had to do a lot with the quality of feed. Over the years my dad had to deal with poor feed quality that was making his hens sick. To overcome the
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problem, he asked a leading poultry diet researcher at the time to create a recipe that would provide excellent quality eggs along with maintaining good hen health,” said Giuliana. “Dad started making his own chicken feed on the farm and we use his same recipe to this day. It is very popular with hens and their owners and can be brought online or from us at the farm.” “I would say to Jason, I’ve seen a number of soft eggshells which normally indicated the presence of a bug. After a while, we became quite intuitive about what was going on with the hens. Another thing Jason learned was how to handle and hold hens so that they are as relaxed and comfortable as possible. As all of our hens go to backyards as family pets they are all treated as pets for their entire time with us! We are very hands-on and love imparting our knowledge and advice to customers who are often completely new to hen ownership.”
amount of time producing the high-grade chicken feed that they sell all over Australia. Using their experience as past free range egg farmers to help others have a slice of farm life in their suburban backyard. “It is very popular to own backyard hens these days and we love being a part of the growing movement. So many different kinds of people want backyard chickens and are keen to learn more about the right nutrition to use and how best to care for their new pets. Hen ownership helps to educate children on life and how nature works. It’s also great for the environment and a much-needed way to reconnect with nature.”
I can tell by the sound of the hen how they are health wise
Selling and caring for backyard hens takes a special kind of person and it is clear that Giuliana and Jason are ideal for the job. For Jason, who had no experience with chickens and farming, he now embraces every moment of their backyard chicken business. Jason learned how to tell the health of the hens by walking into the housing area “I can tell simply by the sound and movement of the hens how they are health-wise,” said Jason. The couple agree that looking after hens is a seven day a week business and they also spend a considerable
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Having a hen as a pet is becoming more popular all the time and the couple say there are no permits needed in most residential areas.
“In Melbourne, most households can keep hens without a problem. We supply all the hens, information and products needed to look after your new pets along with ongoing phone and online support,” they said.
Talking Hens is at 3590 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks. Phone 0406 691 231. www.talkinghens.com.au
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hen you hear the words “you’re going to have a baby, there is often joy and a little uncertainty especially if you are a first time parent. But hearing “you are having twins” is a completely different story. That is exactly what happened to Julia McCarthy, the Mt Eliza woman who is now president of the Frankston Peninsula Multiple Birth Association. Peninsula Essence talks to Julia about the lifechanging experience of having twin babies and her role at the association which has helped thousands of parents cope with multiple birth.
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“I joined the Frankston Peninsula Multiple Birth Association when I first found out I was having twins,” said Julia, whose babies were born on October 2014 at Frankston Hospital. “I needed the support and it was invaluable. I could ask as many silly questions as I like and they made me think I could actually do this. I could enjoy motherhood with twins and you get much better support from people who have been through it.” The Frankston Peninsula Multiple Birth Association began in 1981 when a couple of mums got together to support each other with their multiple babies. They then became affiliated with the Multiple Births Australia.
“We have lot of members now, and it is wonderful to be giving back, helping them with the things I needed help with five years ago. When I was having twins I was shocked and scared. I think I told everyone I bumped into that day I was having twins as I was just trying to process it. I got onto the MBA that day as I felt I needed the support.” Julia says when the babies were first born, the organisation helped by providing meals, dropped by volunteers, support and plenty of practical advice.
“They helped me understand about using formulas and how different it is trying to breast feed twins. Having twins is literally twice everything, and to have the support of other mums who have been through it is amazing. In other practical ways they help with discounts as well in formula, nappies, and even passing clothing to one another.” When her babies were two years of age, Julia decided to become treasurer of the Frankston Peninsula Multiple Birth Association. “I felt like I wanted to give back to this place that had saved my life,” she said. “We offer some wonderful services and even have a continued next page... May 2019
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crisis fund for families who aren’t doing well. We offer practical as well as emotional support.” For Julia, who was a former marketing manager in finance in a previous incarnation, taking over the presidency was a further way to give back, while using her skills in the workforce. “I love being involved as the president which came about when the former president found out she was pregnant. I find winning grants is amazing, and am enjoying being part of doing a new website, organising fundraising events, and setting goals for the future when other people take over,” she said. The Frankston Peninsula Multiple Birth Association has mums in their early 20's who have just had their first babies to a few mums like Julia, in their early 40's , who are having subsequent babies.
We work to educate and raise awareness in the broader community around the realities for multiple birth families
“My surprise twins were a result of IVF and there are a few mums like me coming back to it later in the game,” she said. Julia says the thing with multiple babies is everything is doubled or tripled, and the most common problem that occurs is lack of sleep.
“The worst thing is lack of sleep and there is an association with post-natal depression. With the peer support we can help parents
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with what are normal difficulties and when things have got to the point where you need help,” said the mum of three who suffered postnatal depression with the twins. “Signs of post-natal depression can be being down, angry, anxious, lacking sleep, feeling inadequate and worried about doing the right thing by your children.” Frankston Peninsula Multiple Birth Association has services for expectant parents, playgroups, coffee sessions, and much needed support from those who know what you are going through.
“It is Australia's leading charity for twins, triplets and more. On our website, you will find tips about what to expect while you are pregnant, information on common issues for multiple birth, and there is useful information if you are already a multiple birth family. We work to educate and raise awareness in the broader community around the realities for multiple birth families and seek to improve health outcomes through local, practical support for families,” said Julia.
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RIDING Proud Story & photos by Andrea Louise Thomas
RDA’s mission is to provide opportunities for people with orses can read body language and intuit feelings. disabilities to enjoy therapeutic horse riding and horse related They are keenly sensitive, highly intelligent and activities providing a safe, healthy, stimulating, enjoyable experience exceptionally patient (and humans do test their patience). for all. Programs include: early intervention, horsemanship, mounted They are forgiving, adaptable and have wonderful individual activities and hippotherapy, as well as strength and coordination personalities. These are some of the many qualities that exercises. All activities are tailor-made for each rider by accredited Carmel Powell, President of the Peninsula branch of RDA coaches in consultation with physiotherapists. (Riding for the Disabled) loves about horses. It’s also why they are the ultimate therapy animal Riding improves focus, attention span, balance, Just holding core strength, coordination, muscle development facilitating healing of the body, mind and fitness. Working with horses helps develops and spirit. the reins and
Powell knows a great deal about horses as she grew up on a farm in New Zealand. She started riding when she was eight and has spent her entire career working with horses. This makes her perfectly placed to lead the team of volunteers who work with the horses and children at RDA Peninsula. She’s volunteered with RDA for 10 years now and has a wealth of knowledge to share.
turning the horse requires handeye coordination, balance, attention, focus and trust
Volunteers can start at any point from total novices still in high school to seasoned riders and professional trainers. Every volunteer is provided with training so that he/she feels totally confident before beginning. There is so much a volunteer can learn and many rewards. Skills are gained, bonds are built, friendships are made and lives are changed.
self-esteem, pride, confidence, empathy and trust. Riders gain a sense of control, experience leadership, feel challenge and achievement whilst improving communication skills. Most importantly, they enjoy the experience.
“The smiles on the children’s faces, the laughter, the happy tears of the volunteers when a child does something they were told they could never do - these are the rewards of working with RDA,” says Powell. While the bond between the children and the horses is evident, the work that is taking place below the surface is not as obvious, but equally important. “There is a body-brain connection taking place all the time. Just holding the reins and turning the horse requires hand-eye coordination, balance, attention, focus and trust,” Powell says. continued next page...
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“The kids don’t have to think about moving – the horse does all the work, but it’s not passive exercise – they are exercising without realizing it,” she adds. Through RDA, she has seen miraculous changes. Parents, who were told their child would never walk, saw that child walk and children who were diagnosed as non-verbal started to speak after working with the horses. These results may not be scientifically provable, but the outcomes are obvious.
Trust between the leader and the horse is paramount. The leader communicates directly with the horse and must be 100% focused on the horse as it is always providing signals to the leader, such as ear position. If the horse’s ears are back, it is not comfortable. If the ears are forward, the horse is relaxed. Reading these kinds of cues are very important for the safety of all. Sometimes there is also a volunteer (side-walker) who talks to the rider providing reassurance and support. Communication is critical. Each horse and rider is carefully matched. Depending on the disability, a horse may be chosen for its particular walk. A horse with a rolling gait is especially good for building core strength whereas a horse with a flat walk might better suit a rider with different needs. Usually the physiotherapist will set a goal for the child to achieve and the leader will choose exercises to meet that goal. Goal setting and continual evaluation are keys to success. At RDA the philosophy is that anyone can ride a horse. Getting on and off can be tricky, but there is special equipment if needed. Volunteers usually lead the horse with the rider, but then there are those magic moments when the rider trots off independently feeling a sense of enormous achievement, but regardless of rider ability, they are achieving something important every time they ride. In fact, the only difficulty Powell finds at RDA is sourcing new volunteers. No special training is required. The coaches will teach volunteers everything they need to know. Anyone who loves children and animals, wants to improve the quality of life for children with special needs, enjoys working in a team and has good communication skills is welcome to volunteer. RDA Peninsula is located on a private property in Moorooduc. Generous donations from the community and dedicated volunteers have helped to build a first class riding facility. There are currently ten horses of different sizes, breeds and temperaments ready to be saddled. Giddy-up! RDA Peninsula is part of an Australia-wide voluntary, nonprofit organization. There are currently 38 centres across Victoria.
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hiannon Lester has never been afraid of a challenge, personally or professionally. The mum of two moved to Mornington four years ago, knowing no one. She set up a life, started work as a myotherapist at Beleura Health and eventually took up her passion for sprinting and athletics again, culminating in a plethora of awards and ribbons. In April, Rhiannon took part in the Australian Masters Athletics Championships at Albert Park, and is ready to take on her next challenge. continued next page...
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“I had been into sprinting and all sorts of sports when I was at school and was actually quite good at it,” said the track and field athlete who stopped after high school and was reminded how much she loved it about three years ago at a sports day at school. “There was a parents sports day at school and my daughter said you should go into the sprint race; that was three years ago, and I have done three since then.” For Rhiannon, who hadn’t run a race in 22 years, getting back into the sport came easily, and since then she has won a series of events. “I recently won the masters state championships at Doncaster where I put my name down for nine events as I love the multis,” said Rhiannon, who won six gold, one silver, two bronze and five personal bests.“I broke my record in the 60 metre sprint which I ran in 13.6 seconds.I am definitely getting there but want to shave off another second.”
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I have been so lucky to have met these people who have encouraged me endlessly For Rhiannon, it is not about the medals but the personal bests which she sees as such a personal accomplishment. “I fell back into it so easily; the feedback also pushes you to take that extra step, and I love having something to strive towards,” said Rhiannon who is turning 40 this year. “The Masters' athletics offers fitness, fun and fellowship across a range of athletic activities for men and women aged 30 and over, and it is like a family environment where everyone is encouraging and you meet some inspirational people.” For Rhiannon, two people who have inspired her in her journey over the past three years are her coach, Craig Mahoney, and her 80 year old friend and mentor, Mike Hall. “I have been so lucky to have met these people who have encouraged me endlessly”, said Rhiannon, who has an ultimate goal of competing in Toronto, Canada for the World Masters Track and Field Championships in July/August 2020. Training four or five times a week, and following a reasonably strict diet, Rhiannon says it has become second nature to keep up the routine. “I tend to have lots of protein and carbs in the morning, with a few eggs, gluten free bread, a salad for lunch and dinner is usually protein and vegetables. I also drink apple cider vinegar with lemon and hot water,” she said. “I love a glass or red or two as well.” For information on the Victorian Masters go to www.vicmastersaths.org.au
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One of the most popular race days of the year, Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Day, was held on March 23, 2019 at the Mornington Racecourse. Plenty of track side action took place including the highly popular Winery Marquee, Steller Garden Bar and the Style Stakes photography competition where racegoers enjoyed free beauty touch ups. There was also kids activities galore as well as live music and outdoor bars to keep the adults entertained.
Wednesday Market Personalities Kaye from Studio Dorchester has been working with glass for the last 22 years. “After leaving my office job I decided to start selling stained glass creations & my first ever market was The Main Street Mornington market in November 2000”, laughed Kaye. Creating stained glass suncatchers with designs including Australian birds and other animals, she went on to learn how to fuse glass in a kiln and began working with working with Dichroic glass in 2004 making fused glass jewellery. Dichroic glass was first created by NASA to protect expensive equipment in their spacecrafts and in the face shields of the astronaut’s helmets. It's beauty brought it to the attention of the art world and it began to be used in the glass industry to create beautiful works of art. Kaye has perfected her craft and along with her Dichroic glass jewellery and stained glass suncatchers she has added glass pyramids containing crystals to her extensive collection. Gerri from Magnetic Attraction has been attending the Market for almost 17 years helping market goers with drug free pain relief. “After many years of experiencing severe pain, I was looking for a natural alternative without taking prescription drugs,” said Gerri. “In 2000 I decided to try magnetic therapy. After amazing results and after seeing that most of the products were made in China, I realised there an opening for an Australian made range of Quality Magnetic Therapy Products”. Gerri worked closely with a Physio Therapist and traditional acupuncturist who taught her about treating various issues and understanding the anatomy of the body. She completed a small business certificate and went about designing her first prototypes. 19 years later, she has earned the trust of many Doctors, Surgeons and Professional therapists who recommend her product and which has sold in the USA. Gerri adds, “my life has always been about helping people have a better quality of life and I love it when my customers come back to tell me the difference my products have made in their lives. My mission accomplished”! Bromley’s Bread started out as a small, weekend Farmers’ Market stall, selling directly to the public with their young family in tow. Scott then expanded to become a supplier to some of Melbourne’s best cafes, restaurants and gourmet supermarkets. "We wanted to share our incredible breads with more people”, said Scott, and are passionate about bread that is fresh, natural, simple and delicious”. Bromley’s Breads mission is to produce top of the range sourdoughs using the best local ingredients where possible in innovative and flavoured loaves that are simple out of this world. From delicious light rye and multigrain to unique olive & feta and the crowd favourite, their dense fruit loaf. Scott and his family have been at the market about 6 months and established an large local following.
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By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni
erryn Knight is a firm believer in signs and left a well paid corporate job to enter into the field where she created Kindred Art Space, a community of art therapists in an environment where you feel relaxed and calm the moment you walk in. The elegant and well spoken art therapist has a passion for helping others and, later in life, discovered her true path, combining her love of psychology and art. continued next page...
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In 2008 she turned this passion into a service to help transform lives when she became an art therapist.
Art therapy is used with the paradigms of counselling and psychotherapy through making art, using your body through movement, and making music
“Mum is an artist and I ran and owned the family jewellery business for many years, worked in the corporate world and found I was on my own journey to find out what to do with my life,” said Kerryn who was 35 when she did the diploma of transpersonal art therapy . “That was ten years ago and I am now back doing my masters.” For Kerryn, the process of transpersonal art therapy gently helped her discover who she was. “It was life changing; it is how I met my second husband, and it really tore back the onion rings to find out who I am and about how to be the best version of myself,” she said. “It is about digging deep and it integrates deeper parts of your psyche to go back to the first six years of development which is where many of our wounds happen. It doesn’t have to be a big event but it is something that triggers patterns that become our life. I chose art therapy as things happen in threes. I heard about it from three different sources and thought there was something in that. The idea of marrying art and psychology sounded amazing and, with transpersonal art therapy, a more spiritual element comes through.” As an art therapist, professional supervisor and registered counsellor, Kerryn provides individual and group sessions and facilitates community art projects with an empowering message. “Art therapy is used with the paradigms of counselling and psychotherapy through making art, using your body through movement, and making music. It is about having a voice, and the art can speak back to you in an incredible way with our art therapy sessions,” said Kerryn, whose versatile experience has provided her with deep knowledge about life issues.
With a nurturing and welcoming approach, its not surprising Kerryn finds that people warm to her ability to establish rapport and build trust in the safe space she creates and provides for each individual. “It is about putting the analytical mind on hold and listening to
your soul and body. We hold trauma at a cellular level and the art making is the truth serum. When you pick up a colour you are drawn to you can’t lie. It is all about the process of being truthful and uncovering feelings and solutions you didn’t know were there,” said Kerryn of the natural process of self discovery through art. “ We have a gallery space here with our outside meditation garden space, individual rooms for sand, art and music therapy and a serene open area for workshops and demonstrations.” Kerryn has a range of people of all ages and backgrounds coming to art therapy. “I see people who have everything in their life - the relationship, the big house, the income - but there is still something missing so I help them find their joy and passion. And then I see other people who really have been struggling at times, those on the spetrum who have NDIS plans,” said Kerryn. “Everone from three year old children to the elderly with dementia.” Seeing people transform and find their peace and confidence is the motivator for Kerryn and other art therapists. “I had looked for a place to set up the art therapy for a few years and nothing ever came through,” said Kerryn, who found the place online in Kookaburra Street six years ago. “It was out of our price range so I couldn’t get it at the time. I was heart broken and stopped searching for about a year. I then started searching again and saw this was still on the market. I do believe in signs and had painted a picture in a meditation class of a kookaburra which has always been a special symbol for me. I took the dogs for a walk that morning in Box Hill where we were living a the time. Walking along beside the freeway, this kookaburra came out of nowhere and I thought okay it a sign, so I tried again and we got the place.” “With art therapy it is all about empowering people to come to their own conclusions. I might invite them to create a story in the sand with the symbols or paint a picture. It is not about transforming a stick figure into a masterpiece. It is just about the process and encouraging people to put their analytical mind on hold and go to what you feel drawn to. It might be a colour; it might be a symbols. It is therapeutic as it gets into the zone where you can enjoy playing continued next page...
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with the colour, medium and symbols but once it is finished we have a way of looking at the symbols. It may be a pattern or it may be placement of figures and what that say is happening with a person,” said Kerryn, who has witnessed incredible transformations over the years.
I find art therapy, meditation, mindfulness and counsel a wondrous way to tap into your inner resources for positive change
space and is joined by other mental health professionals providing services for body, mind and spirit.
“I have done some wonderful work with indigenous youth developing a right of passage program for a lot of the people who have gone through a drug and alcohol program in Hastings. I have worked with people on ice and seen them go back into society and get a job, as well as those with a vanishing twin, who have felt they don’t belong in society, those who are confused about their sexuality, the elderly with dementia, and very young children as well.”
“I find art therapy, meditation, mindfulness and counselling a wondrous way to tap into your inner resources for positive change,” said Kerryn, who as part of her ongoing professional development, has a basis in interpreting art on varying levels. “This empowers you to find meaning rather than just relying on being given advice. The meaning, personal associations and feelings of the artwork are always held by you. Just as each art piece is one of a kind, the attached meanings to them are highly individual, very powerful and hold the potential to create deep and long lasting change for the better."
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THE RHYTHM of Life By Melissa Walsh
ay 17 is when the Ross Manning: Dissonant Rhythms exhibition arrives in Mornington. The Brisbanebased artist who has been creating immersive light and sound works for nearly a decade has his work on display at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until July.
Spanning the past decade of Manning’s practice, Dissonant Rhythms was originally presented at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and has now been reconfigured to tour across Australia. Dissonant Rhythms is curated by Aileen Burns, Johan Lundh, and Madeleine King.
Manning’s work is grounded in the artistic and music traditions of Brisbane, while his increasingly ambitious sonic and luminous environments put him at the forefront of artistic practice nationally and internationally.
Manning’s work is an intriguing interplay of light and sound, creating an atmosphere within the gallery that promotes self-play, introspection and a sense of wonder, as animated objects activate multiple senses in the viewer.
Dissonant Rhythms is Manning’s first-ever survey exhibition. Best known for his use of everyday materials, Manning’s exhibition features sculptures that repurpose electric fans, fluorescent tubes, and overhead projectors. Propelled by electricity and their own kinetic forces, Manning’s work engulfs the entirety of the spaces they exist in, creating mesmerising experiences of light and sound.
An artist and musician, Manning’s practice revolves around experimental music, immersive installations and new technologies, with light typically serving as the focal point of his work. His work has recently been featured in the 11th Shanghai Biennial in “Why Not Ask Again?”, as well as “Set in Motion” at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
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Key to Manning’s practice, as the exhibition’s title suggests, is the idea of rhythm and the interplay between the aural and the visual, influenced by his musical background. This underlying premise belies the various disciplines he works with: sound, light, colour and movement. Born in 1978, Manning previously worked as a repairman for data projectors, which he describes as his “surgeon-like passion for the inner workings of machinery”: “When you show a video through a data projector you have predeterminants that technology will produce your artwork out of. I like to start with the technology, start with the machine, and then try and get it to do the things I want it to do,” he said. “Japan is where I first started mucking around with electronics. I would go into Akihabara and all the electronics stalls. It was a music focus because I built my own instruments and electronics for audio. Japan is where I saw all this amazing music and art and also got the chance to start building and experimenting with my own stuff.” While the artist is now represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane, his work has been exhibited in joint and solo shows in Australia and internationally, including Berlin, Helsinki, London and New Zealand.
In 2014, he exhibited his kinetic light sculptures “Different Rhythms” as part of Tasmania’s annual festival Dark Mofo. The exhibition took place in a network of underground tunnels, exhibiting pieces such as Sad Majick, which uses an oscillating fan to propel LED lights, which in turn send splinters and fragments of colour through the tunnels, in a similar way that the artist uses light in Six Short Films at the IMA. Celebrating the simplicity and beauty of ordinary objects was key to this former exhibition, and the same values and ideas shine through Manning’s work in his current show, Dissonant Rhythms.
Ross Manning: Dissonant Rhythms can be seen at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery from May 17 to July 21. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is at Civic Reserve, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington. Phone 5950 1580. www.mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au
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By Melissa Walsh
or two decades, Tom Putt has followed his passion for fine art and landscape photography. Ever since he picked up a camera at thirteen and started photographing birds, the photographer and artist has found his niche in the world. These days, Tom divides his time between his photography gallery in Main Street, Mornington, and travelling Australia and the world, instructing photography courses. “I first fell in love with photography at the age of thirteen. Following my love of ornithology, I photographed birds. I went to university to do a degree but it wasn’t for me so I continued to pursue a career in photography where I was lucky enough to get a job as a sports photographer,” said Tom, who covered over 300 events across Australia and the world, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. When you walk into the Tom Putt Gallery, his passion for beauty and the Australian landscape jumps off the walls, with his vibrant collection of aerial photographs that have an innately artistic quality. “For Tom who grew up in bayside Melbourne, moving to the peninsula was a chance to set up a new gallery and enjoy the outdoors with his wife and five children.
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I have always loved the outdoors, bike riding, going in the ocean . “We are a blended family and decided Mornington had everything we wanted for our gallery,” said Tom. “The peninsula is a very artistic and creative place and the main street in Mornington is perfect for those passing by, wanting to stroll in.” As a child, Tom had visited the peninsula with his parents on picnics to Cape Schanck and he hadn’t forgotten it. “I have always loved the outdoors, bike riding, going in the ocean and that has carried over to my photography with my landscapes and outdoor workshops,” said Tom whose first workshop he remembers clearly. “It was 2005 when I started teaching outdoor photography at a workshop on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Four lucky people came along to that and we photographed early in the morning to the evening.” Tom says you can learn landscape photography in a fun and exciting way out on location in some of the most stunning landscapes the world has to offer. “My fun-filled landscape photography workshops are limited to just six participants only. These small, intimate groups allow for plenty of one-on-one tuition with me to teach my expert knowledge. I believe in getting you to the right places at the right time to get those vital shots you need along with expert advice to produce amazing quality photographs from your camera,” he said. Tom has done workshops all over Australia with his fond memories of Lake Eyre, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. “A lot of the photos on the walls are from my favourite spots, including Lake Eyre. There is something about the vastness of that lake and the Australian landscape that I am completely drawn to,” said Tom who opened the gallery in November last year. continued next page...
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“With my aerial photographs I shoot from planes or helicopters and love the different looks you can get from up above. It is a whole new perspective on the environment and landscape,” he said. Tom also enjoys particularly cold environments and has taken photography workshops in Russia, Tasmania and New Zealand. “Each year we go to Namibia in Africa to photograph the incredible landscape there too,” said Tom whose photography tours and workshops are suitable for amateur to semi-professional photographers. “It is ideal for those looking to get the very best from their cameras, see the most beautiful landscapes at the best times of day, and experience plenty of one-on-one tuition time.”
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Happiness Story & photos by Andrea Louise Thomas
f you could design your own happiness, what would it look like? Is this even possible? Transformational Life Coach and author, Iesha Delune thinks it is and she outlines the formula in her new book, The Happiness Recipe.
If you’ve got the power to complain, you’ve got the power to change
Of course, that recipe is different for every person so Delune focuses on some key points that she feels are achievable for anyone, such as utilising personal strengths to build confidence, breaking unhealthy patterns, trusting the body’s feedback, improving communication styles and being values focused. She refers to this as a ‘mindset revolution’. She wants to see people find a pathway to thriving, not just living. Delune left behind a lucrative corporate job because, to her, happiness is more important than money, but it’s not just her own life that she is focused on. She is interested in the wellbeing of others and this is an ethos that has underpinned all of her professional choices. Working for many years as a massage therapist proved to be both satisfying and insightful. By listening to her clients about what they wanted and felt they needed in their lives, she noticed a call and response between the mind and body. This planted a seed that would develop later in her career. Delune spent many years investigating all kinds of alternative approaches to
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promoting health and wellbeing of the mind, body and spirit from meditation and mindfulness to reiki and qi gong. She also read extensively gaining wisdom from leaders in the self-help/personal development industry. From each she drew insight and those insights helped to build a foundation for her workshops and writing.
She published her first book, 'The Answer – 42 days of Connecting with Your Authentic Self in 2013'. In this book she focused on helping people take control of the strengths they naturally possess and harness them to build a more satisfying life. She points out that all of the mind, body and spirit enhancing techniques in the world could never equip a person to thrive in counterproductive circumstances. Starting her own business, Wholistic Vitality, gave Delune the opportunity to employ everything she had learned. She started her life-coaching practice working with clients one on one, as well as running workshops and then widening the scope teaching online courses. She says what drives her is a deep-seated desire to help people thrive. She guides her clients to release what does not serve them, make sense of their thinking patterns, and find the best pathway to personal fulfillment. And she’s been doing this for 15 years now.
She started studying at university changing direction several times, but did not continue as she realised that what she wanted to know could not be learned in school; it came down to her real life experience interacting with people and observing where their lives seemed to fall short. She learned a lot by listening. “A deep respect for other human beings is what qualifies me to help people flourish – you can’t get that from a degree,” she says. After ten years in business, she has supported innumerable individuals to use their own innate powers to create a new paradigm for personal fulfillment. She says, “If you’ve got the power to complain, you’ve got the power to change.” Delune sees her book, 'The Happiness Recipe', as a manual for leading a more grounded, satisfied and joyful life. This, she finds, has a ripple effect. Happy people have a positive influence on others. Like laughter, happiness is contagious. Why not catch it?
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ART FROM NATURE IN TOP END Ochre M
ore than 25 years of regular visits to Australia’s Top End by writer and curator Susan McCulloch have resulted in a large exhibition of barks, paintings and carvings at Everywhen Artspace – the gallery Susan runs with her daughter Emily McCulloch Childs in Flinders.
“We’ve always included barks and carvings since we started showing Aboriginal art on the Peninsula 10 years ago,” says Susan. “However this is the first time we’ve done an extensive exhibition on this theme.” The timing was chosen in part to coincide with a major exhibition at the Melbourne Museum called “Midawarr | Harvest’ which explores the plants of north-east Arnhem Land by Yolgnu bark artist Mulkun Wirrpanda and landscape painter John Wolseley. “We’ve been working with Mulkun’s Arnhem Land community art centre Buku Larrnggay Mulka for many years and have had a particular interest in her work and that of her daughters Yalmakany
May 10-June 4 Top End Ochre The art of natural materials in barks, carvings, paintings and works on paper from Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands. Featuring botanical barks, ochre paintings, Mimih, Yawk Yawks and bird wooden carvings, ceremonial poles. Artists include Mulkun Wirrpanda, Samson Bonson, Susan Marawarr, Owen Yalandja, Maria Orsto, Susan Wanji Wanji and many more.
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and Gurrundul” says Susan. “The three have had a sustained practice of recording the plants of their region and its related fauna in beautifully detailed barks, carvings and more recently, prints.” “We are fortunate to have acquired for this exhibition a rare 2 metre bark painting by Mulkun and three impressive larrakitj (ceremonial poles).” Included also in the 60+ works on show are Mimih, Yawk Yawk and other wooden ceremonial carvings by leading artists from the Arnhem Land community of Maningrida such as Susan Marawarr, Samson Bonson and Owen Yalandja and Tiwi bird carvings and ochre paintings from Tiwi Design and Munupi Arts. “There is a wonderfully organic nature to these subtle works made from natural materials that make for a great fusion of ancient stories and contemporary art.” Top End Ochre will be opened with a floor talk by Susan McCulloch on May 11 at 2pm and runs until June 4. EVERYWHEN ARTSPACE 1/39 Cook St, Flinders Open daily 10.30am-4pm T: 03 5989 0496 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: mccullochandmcculloch.com.au
Susan McCulloch at Buku Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land. IMAGE RIGHT: Mulkun Wirrpanda’s bark paintings record the creation stories and plants of her Arnhem Land home region. IMAGE LEFT:
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my Fox is one tough cookie, a young woman who decided not to let a health issue define her. Instead of lying down and giving in when she had to endure numerous surgeries, the young woman made the plan to use her illness to help others, and so the Low Tox Fox was born. Peninsula Essence talks to Amy about her health crisis and the courage it took not to give in.
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“I was inspired to start The Low Tox Fox after suffering for years with endometriosis and having four major surgeries in twelve months,” said Amy, from her shop in Somerville. “I finally said 'enough' to the doctors who told me they don't know what causes endometriosis and other hormone related illnesses, and decided things needed to change so after many months spent devouring research and doing every course available I started my low tox journey.” It was in 2016 when the young woman in her twenties had her first surgery for endometriosis which had become so bad medication and holistic therapies no longer worked. “I was having acupuncture which did help but was only a short term solution so I decided to go ahead with the surgery,” said Amy who began blogging and researching alternative solutions when she realised she needed to take matters into her own hands.
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“I stocked the store with natural and organic skincare, makeup and cleaning products as well as organic cotton sheets, towels and clothes and kept adding more amazing low tox products along the way,” she said. “We have everything here you could want but nothing has hormone disrupting chemicals. I didn’t want to miss out on the things I love so sourced the fake tans, makeup, perfumes and all the household and practical items I could find.” For Amy, it was important that her shop had a relaxed element too so she now has two float tanks, infrared sauna and remedial massage.
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Eat & Drink
A SLICE OF Italy
By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni
ngelo Branca is the type of chef who understands the traditional Italian ways of cooking. Raised in a family of seven children, the head chef at Manhattan Restaurant in Mornington runs the business with his sister, Rose, both of whom understand the true meaning of hospitality. Stepping into Manhattan is like walking into a family home, where the people who started the business work there, and are very passionate about the food, the service and the ambience. continued next page...
Recipe OSSO BUCCO PAPADELLA INGREDIENTS
Manhattan fresh house made pasta Osso bucco meat Carrot Celery Garlic Basil Crushed San Marzo tomato and seasonings Olive oil Shaved parmesan
Slow cook Osso Bucco meat for six hours with carrot, celery, garlic, basil, and crushed San Marzo tomato and seasonings. Cook until the meat falls away from the bone. Boil water and cook pasta until al dente. Strain and then add sauce.
TO SERVE Finish with olive oil and shaved parmesan.
Manhattan is at Shop 2, 55 Barkly Street, Mornington. Phone 5976 4867. www.manhattaninmornington.com.au May 2019
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Coming from a food family which has long had a passion for sharing beautiful dishes, Manhattan brings the old school charm of a family-owned Italian restaurant with a modern twist.
With a Mediterranean feel, a la carte menu, and a delightfully bright, spacious and airy setting, Manhattan is the trifecta of restaurants
Working as a chef since he was 18, Angelo started out as a pastry chef and, after seven years, branched out into a full chef role when he purchased a restaurant in Berwick with his brother. “That’s when my cooking really kicked off and then I came over here when Rose opened this business,” said Angelo. “That was seven years ago and since then we have continued with our traditional Italian cooking and service.” “We started off with a similar menu to the one we have now; all the favourites are still there. However we changed from buying pasta to making our own ,” said Angelo, who buys all the vegetables locally and
fresh local mussels, and tries to source as much locally as he can. For Angelo, the menu is not changed seasonally as it works for them to have a base of dishes that people have grown to love.
“We do add a lot of dishes, however, with an extensive number of specials weekly,” said Angelo, who has had amazing response from his dish, Linguini Mare E Monti which has been popular for over 15 years. “It was the number one at my restaurant years ago. Another standout dish is the pollo E frutti Di Mare, a simple dish with chicken and seafood but so tasty.” With a Mediterranean feel, a la carte menu selection, and a delightfully bright, spacious and airy setting, Manhattan
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is the trifecta of restaurants. “We have a large selection of starts, anti-pasto, pizzas and main meals with the pasta, bread and bagels made in-house,” said Angelo. “Many of the recipes are originals with a twist by our Nonna Cristina. “Our homemade desserts are all created in true authentic Italian fashion such as our famous mouth watering tiramisu.” Dishes include tender chicken breast pan seared with a fresh selection of seafood in a creamy garlic and white wine sauce and roasted potatoes, calamari fritti, calamari with a
rocket fennel cherry tomato cucumber, salad lemon wedge aioli, and cozze mussels, as well as handmade potato dumplings oven baked with mozzarella and napoli sauce, gnocchi fantasia, handmade potato dumplings, chicken, mild curry cream sauce ,almonds, red capsicum, spinach, sun-dried tomato, parmesan lasagne alla Bolognese. “Even the wine list has been carefully chosen to complement each of our dishes and includes selections from many of the high quality local wineries of the peninsula,” said Angelo.
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CALL ME Bond
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By Melissa Walsh Photos Andrew Hurst
illiam Bond grew up with a palate for wine. With a father who was a wine judge at the Royal Melbourne Show, young William would pick him up with his mum and take him home after the judging. It’s no wonder William would eventually open his own wine merchant business, albeit later in life. “My father taught me all about wines from a young age,” said William, Director of The Bond Store Wine Merchant. “We had boxes of clean skins under the house with batches on them; from about the age of 16 he would give me a sip of wine and explain about the flavours and vintage. He taught me what a Shiraz is supposed to taste like or the character of the wine. I developed a good palate early on.” For the Dromana man, the business of being a wine merchant came after a long and illustrious career in television, radio, consulting, advertising, and hospitality, but it reminds him of his early days with his father.
I actually knew a lot about wine. You don’t forget when you have been brought up with it.” These days William carries his own range as well called 'Mr Bond', along with peninsula, national and international wines. “The Bond Store is a family business that is proud to be associated with the other great wineries. Our aim is to select the best of the wine producers in each region and showcase them to the world,” said William. “So many times establishments don’t get the opportunity to taste and appreciate fine wines that are produced by vignerons from their heart. So many great boutique wineries go under the radar. The Bond Store is premiering these wines grown by passionate growers who care about their product.”
I realised how much I loved doing this so decided ‘why not do it myself
Supplying to a large range of restaurants, hotels, vineyards and shops on the peninsula as well as interstate, The Bond Store has a well-researched selection of wines from white, red, champagne and sparkling to a new rose called 'Miss Bond Rose'.
“I got a job as a consultant at a winery in the Yarra Valley. Their wine was not selling and they were in the red; it was my job to go in there and help them be more productive so we rebranded the wines, got rid of a couple and created a more marketable wine brand. Before we knew it they were back in the black,” said William who then realised he could combine all his past knowledge and skills to become a wine merchant.
“The first rule of the Miss Bond Rose is that it must be charming, stylish and refreshing, with the taste of strawberries dancing on your tongue. The charm of 'Miss Bond Rose' is equivalent to a sideways glance, a light on its feet quality,” said William. “'Miss Bond Rose' has a strawberry edge made from Cabernet Merlot. We also supply wines from the Loire Valley in France, Austria, the Barossa, and many Mornington Peninsula wineries.”
“I realised how much I loved doing this so asked ‘why not do it myself ’ so I started selling wines as a wine merchant and realised
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THE SCIENCE OF Nordie
By Melissa Walsh
om and Rina Portet met in New York at a wine course. Rina was studying food science and Tom was studying wine. Since then the couple have lived in Copenhagen and Sydney, and then two years ago they made their home on the Mornington Peninsula. Bringing their own special blend of wine and food knowledge together, the couple started Nordie Café two years ago and are embracing their sea and tree change.
“Like most cafes we started out just with great coffee, but it has quickly evolved into a Scandinavian style café with good clean food and a fresh, simple and wholesome ambience,” said Tom, who was familiar with the peninsula through his family’s history in the wine industry. “My family is tenth generation wine makers so I knew all about the peninsula and, when Rina and I decided to have a lifestyle change, this was the perfect place.” The couple moved with their three children in 2017, the same time they began their family-owned café. “We love that Nordie brings the elegant simplicity of Scandinavian styling and dining to wine country with the warm hospitality of Rina’s hometown of Copenhagen,” said Tom. “We use the well regarded roaster, Allpress and are proud of our upscale dishes like the
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Nordie Green Bowl, the Red Hill Rösti Benedict with its simplicity of smoked salmon, poached egg, avocado and hollandaise, and the hot dogs and burgers that are made to perfection,” said Tom. “The Copenhagen Hot Dog is a favourite with its locally-made bratwurst, and you can enjoy a local beer or pinot noir from our wine shop next door.” Nordie has its own mini-market with coffee beans, Prana Chai, brewing kits, and also a choice of stylish and practical home and kitchen wares by the iconic and award winning Danish design house, HAY – in fact the entire HAY range, including its furniture, is available through Nordie Café. With Rina as a food scientist and Tom a wine scientist, the blend is unstoppable, and the couple have found their niche on the peninsula. “It has been amazing and has given our family the lifestyle we wanted to lead, allowing us to combine our different expertise,” said Tom. “It is great having the venue which is 'hygge', which means cosy in Danish. I was brought up in country Victoria and our café is like a country and Scandinavian café combined.” Nordie Café is at 1008 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Red Hill. Phone 5989 2171. www.nordie.com.au
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Good Food Bakery
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By Melissa Walsh
hen Tammy Gunn went to cafes with her niece, Ebony, there was often very little the young coeliac could eat. With Ebony being unable to eat gluten, she noticed a real gap in the market with some cafes and bakeries offering a small portion of gluten free options. That’s when Tammy decided to combine her talents with those of partner and chef, Shane, to create the first-ever fully One gluten free bakery in Mornington. “Both my niece and brother-in-law are coeliac and it is hell for them finding nice things to eat, so I said to Shane 'We need to start our own',” said Tammy from the newly opened Good Food Bakery in Mornington. “I noticed nothing like this around and realised Shane, who is a pastry chef, is the perfect person to start the business with.” Already The Good Food Bakery is getting rave reviews with their opening delighting so many people on the peninsula and beyond. “We have everything gluten free, made mostly by Shane who has lived and worked on the Mornington Peninsula for over 15 years and is very passionate about his craft,” said Tammy, a specialist retailer who brings a wealth of experience in customer service to the day-to-day running of the store. “Together with a dedicated team of friendly staff, we bring you a relaxed space to eat in or take away yummy goodies which are not only free from gluten but just as tasty as their gluten counterparts. “
At The Good Food Bakery, the moment you walk in it looks like a regular bakery and coffee shop, but this one is special, offering all gluten free breads, cakes, coffee, pies, slices, frozen gf foods including chicken kievs, pasta and dairy free ice cream, chocolate, jams and spreads. “We have put it all together in eight weeks, from finding the perfect location to opening the store,” said Tammy, who worked tirelessly with Shane to make sure everything was perfect.
of the best things about The Good Food Bakery is you would never know it is gluten free
“I had a vision of what I wanted and it came to fruition so easily,” she said. “I sourced a lot of the items from market place and had an industrial yet warm and welcoming décor in mind which is what we got with the tables and chairs, the stands and coffee and gluten free paraphernalia.” One of the best things about The Good Food Bakery is you would never know it is gluten free as it has everything a regular bakery does; a plan its owners had from the beginning. “We wanted everybody to be able to come in here and grab a pie and a coke if they wanted, and that’s what we have. We wanted lots of choice and to spoil people with allergies or intolerances to food which are so common these days. The response we have had already is amazing with so many people coming in and thanking us for opening. We are thrilled and can’t wait to bring more and more choices of food and coffee to our customers.”
The Good Food Bakery is at Shop 4,209 Mornington Tyabb Road, Mornington.
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Mount Eliza is a bustling seaside village nestled between Frankston and Mornington. The town centre is known as Mount Eliza Village, and is the main shopping area for the suburb. Mount Eliza has many great cafes specialising in breakfast and lunches and some fantastic restaurants. The coastline around Mount Eliza consists of jagged cliffs featuring scenic walking tracks above stretches of secluded sandy beaches in small bays and coves below. Access to most of the beaches along the coast is via residential streets which offer small car parks at their end points. Those residential streets feature upmarket dream homes and weekend retreats, many of which have spectacular views along the coast. The attractive commercial centre of Mount Eliza is located around one kilometre inland along Mount Eliza Way and Canadian Bay Road, and features supermarkets and a number of specialty shops. The Mount Eliza Regional Park, accessed
Daveys Bay was named after James Davey who constructed a jetty in the 1840s to ship his produce to Melbourne. In 1909 the Daveys Bay Yacht Club was established, and winds its way to a walking track overlooking Mt Eliza Beach on the shores of Canadian Bay, which was named after three Canadians who owned a sawmill in the area in the 1850s. In 1928, the independent girls school Toorak College was built and is one of the oldest independent girls schools in Victoria. Hollywood glamour came to Mt Eliza in 1959 when movie stars Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner arrived to shoot the Stanley Kramer film, On the Beach, based on the novel of the same name by novelist Nevil Shute who had lived at nearby Langwarrin.
via Two Bays Road, incorporates the former Moorooduc Quarry and offers views across the surrounding plains. At the southern end of the park is a lake with picnic areas and a playground. The Mornington Tourist Railway, which offers steam train rides, has its Moorooduc station located adjacent to the Mount Eliza Regional Park. Mount Eliza is 46km south of Melbourne. Prior to large scale subdivision, Mount Eliza was mainly a location for holiday homes. This began to change in the early half of the 20th century when many old estates
Adjacent to Sunnyside beach sits a historical property Morning Star Estate which has also been in a number of films, including a threemonth location shoot around the mansion for the movie Partisan, starring French actor Vincent Cassell. This occurred in 2014 and in 2013. The mansion was also the location for the Kath & Kim movie spin-off Kath & Kimderella. Mount Eliza Post Office opened on 15 November 1920. The population of Mount Eliza is 17,888*.
Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1924 in tandem with the surveyors Tuxen and Miller. May 2019
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1/84 MOUNT ELIZA WAY Great place for the best cappuccino and cookies, or if you prefer a nice Chai tea with soy milk. Outdoor seating is ideal for relaxing with friends over a coffee or brunch.
87 MOUNT ELIZA WAY Serving Genovese coffee, this buzzing Italian-style cafe is a popular breakfast haunt for Mount Eliza locals. There is a great selection of homemade cakes, sandwiches, and hot dishes, with breads supplied by Melbourne artisan bakery.
Degani Mt Eliza 89 MOUNT ELIZA WAY
Chain cafe serving specialty, houseroasted coffee, plus light meals and sweet treats. A great relaxed atmosphere to enjoy time with family and friends.
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Small and cool coffee shop with a character for an owner. Coffee is some of the best in town and made with passion and flair.
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Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Mt Eliza coffee is second to none with great coffee haunts around the town. Here are a few to check out when head down to this beautiful part of the world.
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What to do The coastline around Mount Eliza consists of jagged cliffs featuring scenic walking tracks above stretches of secluded sandy beaches in small bays and coves below. Access to most of the beaches along the coast is via residential streets which offer small car parks at their end points. Known for its upmarket dream homes and weekend retreats, many Mount Eliza properties have spectacular coastal views. With a village atmosphere and great boutique shopping, Mount Eliza, which is tucked away from the main highway, has managed to maintain its hidden gem status, attracting celebrities to visit or purchase property there. It has even been the centre of Hollywood glamour when Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck and Ava Gardener arrived to shoot the film On the Beach in 1959. Photography: Yanni
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IT'S ALL ABOUT Family By Melissa Walsh
e can be seen on your television most nights as well as spotted in cafes or shops in Mount Eliza. He is a father of five and grandfather to three and is one of the gems of the Mornington Peninsula.
We try to always sit down and be honest with our kids, and teach them to treat people as they want to be treated
Channel Seven’s top newsreader, Peter Mitchell who was born and bred on the peninsula, still loves the area where he has raised his children. Mitchell began his news career at the Nine Network in 1977 as a sports reporter and became a general news reporter five years later. He made the move to Channel Seven in 1987, where he has been weeknight news presenter for the past 18 years. Mitchell says balancing work and family life has been relatively smooth as his wife, Philippa, and children have always kept him grounded. “It’s great to go home after you have had to deal with the TV news as it’s not always a pretty picture. Some of it is quite heavy and a lot of it
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involves children, which is close to my heart. Going home to my children when they were young was a great relief. They didn’t watch the news and to them I was just dad,” says Mitchell, whose children now range from 34
So far none of the kids have shown any interest in journalism , although his eldest daughter has her own blog. “My wife and I love it down here and we have always lived on the peninsula. We decided it was a great place to raise children, so I have always chosen to commute to work,” says Mitchell. “It’s the quality of living down here and my job allows me to leave home late in the morning on most days, so I avoid peak traffic most of the time.” And just like a regular family, Mitchell says that they too face the everyday issues of raising children in a technology driven society. “It’s a completely different situation from the way we were raised with getting outdoors. These days with the amount of gadgets the kids have we have to be hard on them. There’s so much peer pressure but we have a blanket rule that no gadgets are allowed in bedrooms when it’s time for bed. Everyone has to hand in their iPhones and iPads. Philippa and I stress the importance of getting a good nights sleep,” he says. “As husband and wife, it’s a battle sometimes but we always try and tackle any situations with the kids together. We know that so many bad things can happen particularly with technology that we try and oversee everything. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t. It’s constantly a learning experience.” After all these years of raising children, Mitchell says the best policy is to be open and honest. “We try to always sit down and be honest with our kids, and teach them to treat people as they want to be treated. Communication is the key and not to be deceptive. If something’s on your mind you have to talk about it.” With a house full of teenagers, he says that at times they have had to resort to padlocks on the panty so the food supply lasts.
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“Teenage appetites are crazy. You can lose a loaf of bread in one sitting,” he says with a laugh. Being young grandparents while still having school aged children has been an interesting experience for the couple but it has all fallen into place. “Raising children and being a youngish grandfather meant my youngest son was an uncle at the age of eight, but all the relationships level out. Everyone gets on really well, and when the family all get together, Philippa and I sit back and are extremely proud of our family,” he says. In the Mitchell household, Father’s Day is always a big one. “Not commercially, but it’s an opportunity for us all to be together. Birthdays and Christmas are like that too, but not so much Easter as our focus is on the Good Friday Appeal,” he says. A most memorable time when the family was all together was also one of the saddest occasions, when they travelled down to Warrnambool to scatter his father’s ashes. “My father had requested his ashes be spread off the Warrnambool breakwater and so we all travelled down there. The day we took his ashes we stayed overnight and it was a wonderful time being together and bonding. It was all due to thinking about how life moves on so quickly,” he says. As for being a grandfather, Mitchell says it is wonderful. “The children are terrific and it’s amazing to see my eldest daughter doing what my wife did. She soaked up all of this experience from her mother and uses a lot of the same tactics that we used,” he says. “It also makes you understand that these are future generations and that this is why we are here. I think of my grandfather although I never met him; how he must have felt when I was born. It puts everything into perspective.” Peter and his wife, Philippa, live with their three youngest children on the Mornington Peninsula.
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MT ELIZA'S FINEST The advancements of Beauty Therapy and Clinical Skin treatments have come a long way since Sue Verheyen 37 years ago opened business in Mt. Eliza as Mt. Eliza Beauty Therapy. Sue opened Advanced Skin & Laser 10 years ago, and was later joined by Adele Simic. Adele says “Keeping abreast of new technologies which do deliver results and separating hype from false promises is all about continued education, both in Australia and overseas, a good sound knowledge of skin, product delivery systems, product ingredients, with hands on experience on your equipment” Advanced Skin & Laser specialises in IPL Skin Rejuvenation, including Rosacea, Acne , clogging, and plasmalift, IPL Hair Removal, LED, peels, microdermabrasion, needling and facial skin texture among others. Concentrating her attention on paramedical treatments, Sue sold Mt. Eliza Beauty Therapy 4 years ago. Over 10 years ago,Dr. Juan Romeo and his team of Medical Injectors specialising in anti wrinkle injection and dermal fillers joined the team. Sue has always stated “our business is about caring, delivering outcomes and following through. Honesty and results are our only policy. There are many excellent Clinics out there, but unfortunately there are just as many underskilled, over promising, clinics. Clients must be educated to seek procedures which will benefit them and their appearance, feeling good about themselves and not fall for “false promises” “Make sure you are not oversold “says Sue “no matter what your query. Clients deserve excellent education and honest advice regarding their concerns, which equals happy clients, happy life”
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COMMUNITY Real Estate Now extends to the fourth generation of the Crowder family.
First and second generation Crowders (Geoff, John Snr & Ian)
n 1952 John Snr and Ian commenced the business which grew into an 8 office network covering the Mornington Peninsula. John Crowder was in real estate for 72 years. With offices in Frankston, Carrum Downs, Langwarrin, Somerville, Hastings, Red Hill, Mornington and Mount Eliza, Crowders were the largest real estate business covering the Peninsula. Geoff joined some 5 years later and this combination led to some of the most important sales and commercial transactions on the Peninsula. James commenced Community Real Estate in October 2007 after the family business was bought out and his passion for residential real estate meant he had the opportunity to run his own business and build his own reputation in the area. Part of his business philosophy is to donate money back to the local community which he continues to do to this day with donations now exceeding $350,000. This is something he is very proud of and no other agency in Australia does this on a regular basis.
Third (James) and fourth (Ben) generation Crowders
In 2014 Ben joined the company as a fourth generation Crowder. He is now a fully Licensed Agent and is building his own reputation and following in the business. This is something James and the family are very proud of. Over the last 12 years James has built the business into a formidable agency that covers the Peninsula. He has recently secured an extension to his contract with State Trustees Ltd, has 2 experienced property managers for our rental department, represents many banking and financial institutions and employs 8 fantastic community minded staff members. Community Real Estate has an enviable reputation based upon proven honesty, integrity, vitality and stability which is vital in real estate transactions. If you are considering selling, leasing or simply would like some real estate advice please call our professional team
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LOOKING FOR YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY ADVENTURE? Vietnam is a popular destination for travellers of all ages and the ideal holiday for families, couples and group touring. It’s also an emerging hot spot for golfing holidays with five world-class golf courses in the coastal region of Danang. So whether you are planning a family vacation, a golfing getaway or a cultural tour, the staff at Mornington Travel can create a memorable experience for you. Here we share one of Mornington Travels popular “Best of Vietnam” tours. This 10-day journey starts in Hanoi, Vietnam’s northern Capital. You’ll enjoy a spectacular cruise on Ha Long Bay (World Heritage Site) which is a “must see” experience to sail through ancient limestone karsts, swim in the bay’s emerald waters and explore caves with incredible rock formations on this amazing 2-day cruise. On return it’s then a short flight from Hanoi to the historical city of Hue on the banks of the Perfume River.
A day tour of Hue includes lunch and a visit to the Imperial Citadel, Emperors Tomb and Thien Mu Pagoda by private car with local guide. Or for the adventurous - you can choose to travel on the back of motorbike! From Hue this tour winds its way south by road to Hoi An. You will enjoy picturesque scenery through coastal rice paddies and small villages before taking the scenic mountainous route over the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Two free days are planned in Hoi An for your leisure where you can visit local tailors, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese cooking class, relax at the beach, take a bicycle tour, visit the My Son ancient ruins, go scuba diving or indulge in a relaxing massage. The final leg of this journey is a short flight from Hoi An for a 2-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Local sightseeing tours include a half-day tour to see the amazing network of historic Cu Chi tunnels and a full day tour on the Mekong Delta (including lunch) cruising the lush waterways where you can see traditional village life on the River. How to get there? Vietnam Airlines has direct flights from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and for golfing groups your checked golf bags are free!
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10-DAY “BEST OF VIETNAM” TOUR Price from just $1,900.00* pp (twin-share) Land Package inclusions: 8-nights’ accommodation, plus overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, all return airport and ground transportation, 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner. Sightseeing includes Ha Long Bay cruise with meals, Hue City Tour visiting the Imperial Citadel, emperor’s tomb and lunch, Cu Chi Tunnels tour, Mekong Delta cruise including boat tour and lunch. English speaking local guides, entrance tickets and two internal domestic flights.*NB: Above tour price is subject to currency exchange rate and seasonal fluctuations and availability. 3-star Hotel accommodation with upgrade options for 4 and 5-star. Excludes return International flights. Visit Mornington Travels Instagram and Facebook pages for all the last tour releases and specials to all destinations.
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DOWNWARD V. SMITH By Ilma Hackett, Balnarring and District Historical Society
t really was a most extraordinary election. Early in 1895 the electorate of Mornington went to the polls for the second time in a matter of months to choose their representative in the State Government’s Legislative Assembly. The two opponents were Dr Louis Lawrence Smith and Alfred Downward. In October of the previous year Alfred Downward had won the seat by the narrowest of margins - just three votes - from the sitting member, Dr L.L. Smith and one other contender, Daniel Bourke. For Downward his victory was a dream come true; for Smith his defeat was 'a bitter pill'.
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“DR. L.L.” – The Defender Dr Louis L. Smith ("Dr L.L.") was a flamboyant figure. Born in London in 1830 to an English father and a French mother who had raised him, he was educated at grammar school and served an apprenticeship with a well-known London surgeon. His medical studies were furthered in Paris, at the London Society of Apothecaries, and at Westminster Hospital. Lured by the prospect of striking it rich on the Victorian goldfields, he took passage as a ship's doctor in 1852 and headed to the diggings. However he abandoned the search for gold the following year and returned to Melbourne to set up a surgery in Bourke Street, then later in Collins Street. Unlike other doctors, he centred his practice on self-promotional
advertisements in daily newspapers. Medical articles in journals were further advertisements for him as were inexpensive pamphlets covering a range of health conditions. In 1885 patients contacting him by mail were charged ÂŁ1 (one pound) per prescription. (This was the equivalent of two days' wages for a blacksmith.) Over the years he built up the biggest physician business in Australia. It is said that at one time he had as many as fifteen people employed filling out prescriptions. Most of his pills and remedies were herbal and he was well-known for his treatment of venereal diseases. The methods he employed were frowned upon by many other doctors. When the Victorian Branch of the British Medical Association was formed in 1879 he ignored it and continued to practice through advertising. By 1880 he was purported to be making ÂŁ10,000 per year. Smith had many other interests and investments including winemaking, art, the theatre (his father was a theatrical entrepreneur) horses and horse racing. He had model farms at Dandenong, Narre Warren, Nunawading and at Beaconsfield where he raised pigs and sheep. 'Louisville', his country residence which he named after himself, was at Upper Beaconsfield. He also had a sea-side home in Brighton. He enjoyed speculating and 'the turf': during his lifetime he made and lost several fortunes. Smith had entered politics in 1859, probably for prestige and influence more than any other reason, and he held the seat of South Bourke in the second Victorian Parliament. During his political career he also represented Richmond and subsequently Mornington in the Legislative Assembly. A small man who dressed fashionably, he was witty, full of charm and known for his boisterous mirth. People were drawn to him and force of personality won him many voters. continued next page... Right and below: Advertisements for Dr L.L. Smithâ€™s medical practice
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Downward – The Contender Alfred Downward was born in 1847 in Prahran. His grandfather came as a free settler to Van Diemen's Land in the early 1820s and his parents crossed the strait to the Port Phillip district the year before he was born. The family moved to Schnapper Point (Mornington) when the first land sales there took place. He was fond of saying, "I landed here is 1854 when seven years of age and like Mark Twain brought my parents with me". He and his brother attended Mornington’s first school when it opened a couple of years later. When land at Balnarring, on the Western Port side of the Peninsula, was opened up for selection, his father took up a lot of 172 acres and established a farm. Alfred worked on his father's farm after leaving school. He also had the first postal run between Mornington and Balnarring, being paid 3 ¾ pence per mile for the twelve-mile run each way that he made twice a week on horseback. (The Old General Store by Bruce Bennett) At the age of 24 Alfred took out a lease for his own land at the corner of today's Balnarring and Tubbarubba Roads, the first of a number of adjoining lots which he gradually purchased. Here he established 'Glengala'. When he married he and his wife settled in Mornington. Their home, 'Redwood', was on Wilsons Road but he still had his county acreage on which he grazed sheep.
From an early age Alfred was interested in politics. He first stood for the Mornington Shire Council in 1875 and won when the election was held the following year. He lost at the following election but was again elected three years later. Downward was ambitious, straightforward, very determined and often highhanded which won him enemies. He also went on to successfully nominate for the neighbouring Shire of Flinders and Kangerong. In fact he was a member of two shire councils at the same time and was in the unusual position of being president of two shires simultaneously. Downward's political interests didn't stop there. He tried, unsuccessfully, for a seat in the state's Legislative Assembly in 1877. When he finally achieved his goal at the 1894 election, after four or five previous attempts, Downward was elated and threw himself into his parliamentary duties straight away. The October Election The Mornington electorate at that time covered a much wider area than it does today. It stretched from Wonthaggi to Lower Gembrook to Frankston and Mordialloc taking in the entire Mornington Peninsula as well as French and Phillip Islands. By 1894 Dr Smith had represented Mornington for the past eight and a half years and was confidant of retaining the seat.
Below: The original ‘Glengala’, Downward’s property on Tubbarubba Road. It was demolished in 1950
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The overall results of the October elections were fairly evenly divided. The electorate had some 2000 people eligible to vote: 678 had supported Downward, 675 had voted for Smith, 653 had given their vote to Bourke. The system of preferences was unknown: first past the post won. The Protest And Hearing Dr. Smith, far from happy with the election results, decided to appeal on the grounds of election irregularities and, in December, lodged a petition with the Elections and Qualifications Committee. However the Committee needed more detailed evidence. Smith was required to be more explicit with names, dates and places. A hearing took place in December, 1894. Dr L.L. was represented by Mr Gaunson, one of the most skilled advocates in that field. It was later said of Gaunson if there was one place where he shone more than another it was before the Election and Qualification Committee. [Peninsula Post]. Alfred Downward represented himself. continued next page...
Right: The committee's report into the disputed election Below: â€˜Redwoodâ€™- the Downward family home in Mornington. It was demolished circa 1955 when the land was subdivided as the Redwood Estate.
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Above: The Hon. Alfred Downward, on the campaign trail, catching the ferry to Phillip Island
the committee were quite satisfied that there was a discrepancy, and that his right to vote should have been dismissed. On the other hand there was George Peattie, of Dromana, the number of whose 'right' was 344,284, whereas his number on the roll was 344,244. The difference was noticed by the returning officer who, however, allowed Peattie to vote. After further investigation the committee came to the conclusion that these differences in the figures were but clerical errors, and they allowed both votes to stand. [The Age 5/12/1894] Downward was accused of bribery and 'treating' i.e. standing treats at the Bunyip hotel at Koo-Wee-Rup to bribe voters. His version of the 'treating' was: "that on the Saturday preceding the election he went to the Bunyip Hotel, Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp. He paid for a shout for seven or eight of his supporters. At any rate the persons he met represented that they were supporters of his, and admitted that after the election he received a telegram from a supporter named Flynn congratulating him on winning the seat, and adding that 'it was very dry'. Witness wired back 'Can stand a couple of pounds'. Subsequently he received from Flynn an account for â‚¤2 9s, for which he paid". [Mornington Standard, Dec. 1894] It was alleged that John Peattie, who had forgotten his elector's 'right' but said he had intended to vote for Downward, had been lent a horse to go home from his work place to get the 'right' and had been offered a half day's pay for the time he would miss. Peattie denied the guarantee of payment and this statement was supported by the owner of the horse. Downward was cleared of these charges. The extra votes allowed by the committee brought the tally to a draw. The chairman indicated that there was a feeling amongst the members of the committee that, owing to the irregularities disclosed, the most satisfactory course would be to have a fresh election. Both Downward and Smith agreed; the election for Mornington was declared void and a new election scheduled for 1895. Public opinion was that this was satisfactory to all concerned. An article in the Mornington Standard stated the view that the battle on the main issues had already been fought; what now had to be resolved was which of these two candidates are likely to render the most valuable service to the State, and to the elected district of Mornington. Bourke stood aside. This election was to be 'fought' only between the two main contenders: Smith and Downward.
Irregularities were brought forward. There were accusations of people voting twice or of voting when they were not entitled; there were accusations of people being prevented from voting. Each case was examined separately and the vote either allowed or disallowed by the Committee. A lighthouse keeper, whose name had been on a previous supplementary roll, found his name was not included on the current roll when he went to the booth at Boneo. He had not been permitted to vote for Smith as he had intended. The vote was allowed. H.M. Lind produced the butt of the 'right' [to vote], which was numbered 128,184. On the roll Lindâ€™s number was 128,114. The Chairman, referring to this and to evidence given previously, said
Second Time Around The Campaign Trail Again both men went on the campaign trail addressing the electors in the towns throughout the electorate. The lead-up to this election drew a great deal of interest and speculation. In some areas there also seemed to be a feeling that Downward had been treated unfairly. He gave his opening speech of the campaign for the extraordinary election in the Mechanics Hall in Frankston and on introducing him the chairman stated: "It did not seem right that after so short a time since the last election that Mr Downward should be compelled to contest another. He had been unseated, but by no fault of his own, nor by anything over which he had any control. Since Mr Downward had been in Parliament he had done his duty to the constituency. He was not a talking machine but a working machine, and that is what we wanted. Our confidence in
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him has not been misplaced and he hoped he would be returned again with a good majority". [Mornington Standard, 17 Jan. 1895] Downward briefly mentioned the investigation before outlining what he believed in and what he would work for. His views appear to have been popular as he was frequently applauded during his address. He was against land tax, as people who were only existing on the land should not have to pay taxes. He would support income tax (1d. in the £) as the rich could afford to pay tax and the ordinary people would pay what they could afford. He was against raising the age of school entry for children to six years from four and a half years and making a child leave school at thirteen years in order to cut back on Government spending, as there was a need to educate the children. He was against school teachers teaching religion. "The changes in this world do not make it necessary for religion to be taught in the State school, but it is necessary to give the youth a good education and the parents and the churches should see to their religious instruction. One of his aims was to reduce expenditure by the Victorian Government, which had blown out to nine and a half million pounds. Even though Australia was in a Depression we have to get that amount down; the Depression will not last. At the end of the meeting, as customary, it was moved and seconded that Mr Downward was a fit and proper person to represent us in Parliament and a large number of hands went up in favour of the resolution". [ibid] Dr. Smith's meeting at Frankston, held a couple of evenings later, was reported in the Mornington Standard as "the most noisy meeting, political or otherwise, which has ever taken place in the history of Frankston". Smith spoke at some length about the irregularities of the previous election and again put forward his views. He was accorded a very good hearing with few interjections during this part of the evening but at question time the audience erupted. His supporters cheered and laughed while others indulged in the ungentlemanly practice of showing their disapproval by “Boo-booing”. [ibid] At one stage an argument broke out between the chairman and Dr Smith during which the audience completely bubbled over with enjoyment. At the end of the meeting when Smith was also declared a fit and proper person to represent the electorate, only about a dozen hands were held up. However when a vote of thanks to the chairman was moved, it was carried with acclamation. As the election date drew nearer speculation as to the likely outcome increased. The Mornington Standard reported: "Taking popular feeling as the gauge, Mr Downward will be the selected candidate. This gentleman has succeeded in winning over many of the votes which were recorded against him on the last occasion by his straightforward actions and the manner in which he conducted himself during the case whilst it was being heard before the Elections and Qualifications Committee". Many voters in Korumburra and Frankston were won over to Downward. So too was Hastings while Mornington was strongly for Downward. Sorrento, it was thought, would be a close poll. Beaconsfield and Grantville were expected to go to Smith. The newspaper concluded: "We believe that were the matter left solely with voters residing in the electorate Mr Downward would
Above: The gravestone for Alfred Downward’s parents with his name added Photo: C. Hackett
be elected, but there are a large number of voters who reside in Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs, and these, almost without exception, will be recorded in Dr L.L. Smith’s favour". [ibid] The people went to the polls. Downward won by a handy margin of 199 votes: 1138 votes to his opponent's 939. Victory For Downward His supporters were jubilant: "Last Saturday evening, when the results of the voting for the Frankston division of Mornington were posted up at Mornington, three cheers were called for the electors at Frankston and they were lustily given. It was said the cheering could be heard more than a mile away". [Mornington Standard, 31 Jan.1895]. It was also reported that "...the residents of the township turned out en masse to do honor [sic] to the new member. The enthusiasm completely carried the populace, and Mr Downward’s feet were not allowed to touch the ground from the post office corner until he reached the Coffee Palace Hotel". [ibid] continued next page...
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gave his victory wide coverage. He was the man of the moment. Profiles were written about him to introduce this new Member of Parliament to a wider audience. "A solid speaker and a strong man, that is to say, one who will not allow himself to be 'sat upon' … and bye-the-bye, what an incongruous name – 'Downward' – for a man of such irresistible progress as the new member for Mornington whose life and temper seem to spell the word Excelsior". [Tabletalk, August 1895] Alfred Downward seemed to be a man of modest talent, but he was determined. It took him eighteen years to become the member for Mornington. He started his political career when he was 30, and finally succeeded when he was 48 and contesting his fifth state election. The newspapers published his public thanks to the electors. He was indeed a man of the people.
Above: Bronze bust of Dr. Louis L. Smith in the Exhibition Gardens acknowledges his role as Chairman of Trustees of the Exhibition Buildings, 1884 - 1909. (Photo: C Hackett)
Downward received tumultuous applause at a celebration dinner given for him in Balnarring where support for him had been overwhelming. The Mornington Standard (21st Feb. 1895) reported it as a night of such wild excitement and exultation as Balnarring had never witnessed before, and in all probability will never witness again. Spokesman, Mr Buckley, expressed the community's delight with the results of having one of themselves, one of their neighbours, as their representative in parliament. They were overjoyed to have someone from the area who knew their requirements and had their interests at heart rather than a 'town man'. "They knew the value of a country representative for a country electorate, and they would have no other. (Cheers) They had got Mr Downward in, and they would keep him in. (Loud and prolonged cheering.)" [ibid] Downward was sworn in for the second time on 31st January, 1895. Congratulations poured in, not only from his two main centres of support but from all around the electorate and the newspapers
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Postscript Alfred Downward went on to hold the seat for Mornington for close to 35 years. He held several portfolios during his career including those of Lands and Mining, Agriculture, and Immigration. He announced his retirement in 1929, one year before he died on June 27th 1930 at his home in Mornington. At his memorial service, which was attended by many politicians, he was lauded as "The Grand Old Man of State Politics". He was interred in the Downward family plot at the Mornington Cemetery and, at his request, his name was added to the gravestone he had erected for his parents. Dr. L.L. Smith's parliamentary life was over although he did stand again in 1898 and 1901. His other interests absorbed his time and energy until ill health brought on retirement. He died in Melbourne in 1910. Four years later, with money raised by public subscription, a bronze bust was mounted in the Exhibition Building Gardens to acknowledge Smith’s involvement with that centre. He was a committee member from 1880 (just after the first major exhibition) until shortly before his death and for thirty of those years he served as Chairman. His interest in art, coupled with his theatrical flair, vision and wealth ensured the building retained its original purpose as a place for great exhibitions. Sources: n Australian Dictionary of Biography Smith, Louis Lawrence (1830 – 1910) by Guy Featherstone n Argus newspaper: (obituary) Death of Dr, L.L. Smith, (Sat. 9 July 1910) n Ovens & Murray Advertiser. A Melbourne Notability, reprinted from Australian Home Companion n Philip Island & District Historical Society. talk given by Gillian and Norman Smith 27 August 2016. “Dr L.L. Smith – entrepreneur, doctor, Parliamentarian.” n The Honourable Alfred Downward by I. J. Hackett, based on the scrapbooks of the late Joan Downward. n various contemporary newspapers
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