Peninsula Essence April 2020

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Mornington Peninsula Busting Ghosts • All Wrapped Up • CWA Community Threads • Crazy Socs 4 Docs Painterly Life • All Eyes On Ears • Pinot Gris Vs Grigio • Big Oceanic Taste Exceptional Home Of Grand Proportions • The Tucks Of Flinders •LO C AL•
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10. Busting Ghosts

16. All Wrapped Up

Custom wrapping is basically putting giant digitally printed stickers on vehicles. Meet Nick Caminiti and his team who are totally passionate about this type of art form.

20. CWA Community Threads

Marnie Turner is a Mornington Peninsula woman who has been instrumental in transforming how the CWA contributes to the region

24. Crazy Socs 4 Docs

Doctors wearing crazy or mismatching socks bringing awareness of the mental health issues faced by the medical professionals who look after you.

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28. Painterly Life

Peninsula artist Sophie Perez brings a tangible sense of place in her paintings.

32. All Eyes On Ears

Local Mum Janelle Woods' earrings are making a statement with bold, and beautiful designs.

38. 2020 Tyabb Airshow Photo Spread

The 2020 Tyabb airshow, held in March, gave all attendees an up-close look at the amazing aircraft, both old and new.

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56. Pinot Gris Vs Grigio

A chat with Adam Walls and Dave Mavor from the tasting panel to set the record straight between these two popular white wine varieties.

62. Focus On Portsea

Historical facts, great coffee places and what to do in one of Victoria's most affluent peninsula locations.

64. Exceptional Home Of Grand Proportions

Moments from Ocean Beach, this architecturally stunning Sorrento residence is a property set to engage all the senses.

Real Estate History

68. The Tucks Of Flinders

Month 8. Peninsula Styles 58. Must Try Dishes 34. Social Photos 59. Recipe 61. Crossword 48 In The Specialists Hands Feature 42 Explore Local Feature 40 Mother's Day Gift Ideas & Mega Giveaway!

The story of how Henry Tuck senior met and married Catherine Falvey in Van Diemen’s Land after immigrating from England seven years apart.

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The Mornington Peninsula Paranormal Society is a group of zealous individuals who conduct paranormal investigations and tours on the peninsula and beyond.
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In 1919, Australia lived through an influenza pandemic which had a big impact on the community at the time.

St Pancras Private Hospital at Frankston was quarantined to house infected patients at the beginning of February 1919, and by midFebruary, the state school in Frankston had been commandeered as an influenza hospital.

Luckily, the crisis passed quickly, and will hopefully this time as well.

In 1919, those that stood on this very spot on the peninsula continued with their lives. The periodicals at the time continued running articles about things strangely familiar: dissatisfaction with various levels of government, motor car accidents and, of course, complaints about the state of the roads. People also continued to see advertisements for local wares. Local produce, livestock, real estate, medicines and doctors and wines and spirits were in abundance as they are now.

It is important to take lessons from them and how they coped so well with what was a devastating world-wide situation.

The Mornington Standard’s motto back then summed it up nicely. A quote from Shakespeare’s Othello: “Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice”.

Basically: “Don’t tone things down or exaggerate them out of hostility.”

Not bad advice for 2020. Let’s seek to not tone things down, but neither seek to exaggerate them.

From farmers to their gates to shops on your local 'Main Street', we see you, we hear you, we are you.

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."


Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is closed to the public, in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice.

Even though the gallery doors are temporarily closed, MPRG will continue to share the collection, exhibitions, stories, public programs and children’s activities online.

Please visit our virtual gallery for ideas on creative activities to do at home with the kids, exhibition tours, artist talks and more:

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Mornington Standard, Saturday 15 March 1919 Image: Patrick Pound’s A Collection of Stranger Things install, Photo: Mark Ashkanasay

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If there's something strange in your neighbourhood, 'Who you gonna call?' The Mornington Peninsula Paranormal Society (MPPS)! The MPPS is a group of zealous individuals who conduct paranormal investigations and tours on the Peninsula and beyond.

The team of ten has found each other through a mutual connection to the spirit world. As the only paranormal group in the region, their investigative tours (which are open to the public) are unique.

Professional historian Martyne is the founding member.

“After I finished my degree, I researched sites for the Victorian Paranormal Society. Sadly, the leading organiser became ill and the society closed. I was still receiving enquiries from clients who wanted researchers to visit locations, so I picked up the threads and started the Mornington Peninsula Paranormal Society,” says Martyne.

The MPPS has been running for two years. All team members are involved for different reasons. Allanah, who is also a historian, researches the history of each location explored by the MPPS. Lead investigator Deanne connected with the group a year ago to expand her knowledge of the paranormal. Other members of the team are mediums and sensitives, who see this as an excellent opportunity to develop and nurture their extrasensory gifts with likeminded folk.

“I have experienced paranormal occurrences in my home for as long as I can remember,” explains Leeann, a medium involved with the MPPS. “I used to freak out when I would see and hear things, but now it’s just part of my life. I actually quite like it”

Leeann’s 15yr old daughter Sarah along with Brodie, Trista and Lockey make up part of the Mornington Peninsula Society’s junior investigative team. The teens’ mothers are all members of the group. Sarah explains that she does not see spirits but instead experiences intense empathetic feelings when confronted with the paranormal.

At a recent investigation at the Mount Martha Community House (built on Mount Martha Estate subdivision in 1889-90) Sarah, along with the team’s younger investigators, experienced an overwhelming, uneasy feeling and had to leave.

“I had to go outside for a moment because I felt so sick,“ she says. “I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time.”

Despite these unsettling moments, which as Sarah’s mother explains happen frequently, her daughter talks about her paranormal work constantly. She loves it.

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But as MPPS investigator Lynda explains, Sarah and the junior team are still young, and learning to build their strength.

Lynda’s son Brodie tells of his experience at an abandoned station in Sorrento, known to harbour indigenous spirits: “We ventured upstairs. My Mum went up first without any problems, but as my friend and I followed, we felt like we were being pushed down by something or someone.”

“And at Mount Martha Community House, the same thing happened. I felt something push me down the stairs,” he says.

Prior to each investigation, the team arrives early to scour the area before their guests arrive and tours commence. Medium Kelly tells of her recent experience at Mount Martha Community House. Prior to the prearranged tour, she walked through the property with Leeann and they were both instantly confronted by a female apparition in the kitchen.

“We then walked around the corner, down to another room and I was grabbed from the back by a male spirit who pushed up against my spine,” she says. Kelly believes this spirit seemed grumpy and somewhat controlling.

Allanah considered herself a sceptic because, up until recently, she hadn’t experienced anything out of the ordinary. Allanah is an avid historian with a personal interest in the periods between the 18th century to World War II. While she is passionate about history, she’s also “all about science”.

“Science is facts and science is true. And as far as I was concerned, anything paranormal was not facts. I would need to see evidence, which, until we were at Mount Martha Community House recently, I hadn’t,” she says.

This turn around in Allanah’s thinking came about after the group’s recent investigation at the Mount Martha Community House. She was standing at one end of the corridor and Martyne at the other, when a lady appeared.

“She wore a beautiful white dress with puffed sleeves, and she had brown hair tied up in a bun. As she walked, she floated slightly off the ground. She came so close to Martyne. I was so surprised that I dropped my clipboard. I expected the lady to turn around when I did, but she didn’t; she just faded away,” explains Allanah.

Despite the team’s recent investigative success at Mount Martha Community House, gaining access to places known to have paranormal activity on the Peninsula is somewhat tricky.

Leading investigator Deanne explains that, unfortunately, not all historical properties are open to the idea of a paranormal investigation: “There are many more locations on the Peninsula that we believe would have a high level of paranormal activity; if only we could gain access to investigate.”

“The paranormal is still quite a taboo topic. Some businesses feel that people might be too scared to visit, knowing a venue was used for paranormal investigations. And, of course, some businesses just don’t believe in the paranormal,” says Deanne.

Despite this reticence, Martyne believes the opposite to be true. The Mornington Peninsula Paranormal Society welcomes 20-30 customers on each of their investigative tours, which suggests a legitimate interest in the subject.

“I’m not sure if businesses realise how many people want to know the history of their local sites, but also how many people are interested in the paranormal. Opening-up more places to investigations could generate so much tourism,” says Martyne.

The Mornington Peninsula Paranormal Society uses specialised ghost hunting equipment. The “spirit box” sweeps through radio stations at a fast pace. If voices are heard, the theory is that spirits have manipulated the device and are trying to communicate. Investigators also use a voice recorder, which is sometimes left in a room or held whilst walking around. The K2 EMF Meter is used to detect electromagnetic fields.

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We walked around the corner, down to another room and I was grabbed from the back by a male spirit who pushed up against my spine

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Investigator Diana explains: “We like using the K2 EMF Meter because our customers can visually see if the device picks up any electromagnetic activity, based on whether the indicator flashes.” She explains further “We use this device to communicate with spirits by asking yes or no questions. The device flashes in response to the questions we ask.”

Multi-spectral cameras, which see in infrared and ultra-violet light, are also put to work, and sometimes non-technical devices such divining rods and crystals are used.

The MPPS team have frequented over twenty locations and are always adding more sites to their portfolio. Favourites so far have been the Mount Martha Community House and the Tyabb cemetery.

“We feel as though the Mount Martha Community House is sitting on a goldmine of history and paranormal evidence. We are getting some incredible results here,” says Martyne.

Leading investigator Deanne believes that customers who connect with the history will gain more from the tour. “Understanding the link between the location and the paranormal helps the group understand who we are communicating with,” she says.

Diana emphasises that all their investigations are light hearted: “As a team, we don’t aggravate the spirits,” she says. “People on paranormal investigation TV shows tend to antagonise the spirits. We don’t do that. We are respectful and are there to help”

No two MPPS tours are the same, which is the nature of all paranormal investigations. Tours will suit the curious, the sceptical or those who feel they might be spiritually connected.

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wrapping. Not many of us know what that means exactly but the crew from Exotic Graphix in Carrum Downs is world famous for it. “Basically, it’s putting giant stickers on vehicles,” said Nick Caminiti, owner and founder of the business, in his typically understated and modest fashion. Speak to Nick a bit longer and you quickly realise that custom wrapping is a lot more complicated than just putting stickers on things. In fact, it’s a combination of fine art, graphic design and cutting-edge technology that produces custom-printed, vinyl wraps that are used to add detail to many types of vehicles from cars to boats to helicopters, and many more. And as you tour the factory and see the work done by Nick and his team, you quickly realise why they have won so many awards; quite simply, their work is amazing.

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Wrapping, like tattoo art and street art, even has its own subculture with gatherings around the world where the best exponents of the wrapping craft gather to exhibit, exchange ideas and award excellence. At the recent Peninsula Film Festival, a film on wrapping involving Nick and his team at Exotic Graphix was showcased in the documentary section to wide-spread acclaim and leaving lots of people, including yours truly, wanting to know more.

"So how did it all start?", I recently asked Nick. “I’ve always been into cars. My dad’s a mechanic and my uncle imported American cars so as kids we’d always be surrounded by cars and while most kids were out playing sport after school and on weekends, my brother, cousins and I were down at the workshop messing about with cars. It’s in my blood, I guess you could say.”

"So that explains the vehicle side of the business but where does the artistic side come from?" I asked. “I’ve always loved drawing,” Nick said. “As a kid I’d draw on anything, I’d even turn my food into pictures when I was supposed to be eating it. Drawing was a huge part of my life growing up and I knew that that was what I wanted to do when I got out of school. So I became an apprentice sign writer.”

During his apprenticeship, Nick and a fellow apprentice decided to jump off the deep end and start their own custom paint/wrapping business combining both of Nick’s passions for art and cars. Two years later, Nick decided to go it alone and he started Exotic Graphix which at the time specialised in custom wraps for cars and signage. Over time, the business grew to include other services like retail fitouts, corporate signage and advertising solutions and Nick and his growing team went from wrapping just cars to all manner of vehicles from caravans to jetskis, racecars to trucks.

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My team is everything. Without them I couldn’t have achieved all that we have

“Putting wraps on the Wales rescue chopper was challenging,” Nick said. “And we’ve done a few wraps for the boys in blue as well.” In fact, Nick and his team have worked with iconic international companies such as Mercedes Benz as well as locals Jayco, Avan Campers and Microflite Helicopters just to name a few. Nick’s work is also recognised internationally, regularly featuring at SEMA Las Vegas - the biggest showcase event of its kind for the automotive aftermarket sector that includes car detailers, restorers and wrappers.

In 2016, Exotic Graphix entered a 1930 Ford Tudor named “Toxic Rat” into the world-wide “Wrap Like A King” challenge in Las Vegas. The car was wrapped in a Hot Rod theme livery with pin-striping and 22 carat gold-spun leaf, and it swept up all the awards which is pretty impressive given the best custom-car wrappers in the world were at the event. And just to prove they’re no one hit wonder, Nick and his team took out the top award the next year in with a custom-wrapped, Hawaiian surf-themed 1963 VW Beetle named Lei’d Low. Not that you’d know it from Nick, I had to drag the information on awards out of him such is the down-to-earth, humble nature of the bloke – traits also reflected in his team.

“My team is everything,” said Nick. “Without them I couldn’t have achieved everything that we have since we started in 2008. And of course, I also get support from my wife Ash and the girls. Ash has been my biggest supporter, especially when times were tough. She’s stuck by me and allowed me to follow my passion. And I better not forget my parents and my brother and sister, and everyone else that’s come along for the ride since I was kid. And I’m lucky enough to still work with my father and brother who have both been such a huge part of the business through the years.”

And what a ride it has been, or rides I should say; plenty of them. Whether it be delivering freshly-wrapped vehicles to excited clients all around the country, jetting to international destinations to compete against the best, or being followed by drones that are filming you as you drive up Peninsula Link in a custom-wrapped truck as part of a documentary; Nick’s done it all.

So, what’s your secret? I asked him. Cutting edge technology? Big budgets? He shakes his head. “Enjoy what you do, surround yourself with people that enjoy it as much as you do, and the rest follows.”

Pretty good advice, I reckon.

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Whenmost people talk of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria (CWA) they inevitably fall into referencing apron-clad grandmothers serving scones at local shows. But lift the tea-towel ever so slightly and you’ll find a collective of capable women crafting, cooking, advocating, volunteering and making things happen in their communities.

Marnie Turner is amongst them, and she’s been instrumental in transforming how the CWA contributes to the Mornington Peninsula.

In 2014, a 30-year-old Marnie became the Founding President of the first night branch of the CWA on the Mornington Peninsula; the Peninsula Belles Branch.

She established the night-time branch and by 2017 became Group President for the Mornington Peninsula. She looked after 10 branches in the region, opening Red Hill and re-opening the Somerville branches. By 33, Marnie was the second youngest CWA Group President in Victoria and mentored others.

She has recently returned to the Peninsula Belles President role while working full time, raising her daughter and studying.

While she was attracted initially to the fellowship of Australia’s largest women’s organisation, it had its limitations.

“It seemed to me that the CWA was the domain of older people who had more spare time. They met during the day only, and that just wasn’t compatible with my working life. I was sure we could re-shape CWA opportunities for younger locals.”

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Hooking her own passion for crochet with her inherent talent in connecting others, Marnie has steadfastly stitched the threads of community together.

The 22 members of the Peninsula Belles range in age from 36 –90 and collaborate with traditional skills, civic contributions and local opportunities. They have spent time learning traditional skills, manning marathon drinks stations and bushfire knitathons while the neighbouring Red Hill branch has an interest in ecofriendly and sustainable practices.

“Our night branch meet-ups are great for those with family and work commitments, while Red Hill hosts meetings on Fridays to cater for part-time workers, and our seasonal and weekend population.”

The Mornington Peninsula Branch now celebrates over 250 members.

“It starts with friendship, fellowship, and fighting social isolation. Each branch has a different focus. Some are more intent on lobbying for change, and with others it is contributing to community or gaining new skills over cuppas,” says Marnie. Mastering traditional making and creating continues to be the cornerstone.

“People are returning to basic, resourceful skills - the satisfaction in making, eating and wearing something they’ve created themselves.”

“We joke that we’re learning skills to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.”

Irrespective of the motivation, “we’re all giving back while giving ourselves things we love.”

“The Mornington Peninsula has preserved itself as a regional community, and through the CWA we have this thread that joins us all.”

A self-proclaimed “old soul” Marnie knits other threads together through crochet and knitting, which is very meditative for her.

“When I’m knitting I can hear my breathing change, and I really enjoy that rhythmic motion and that feeling of peacefulness in creating.”

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“Learning new stitches and the thrill of achieving a finished piece is really special. I’ll look at something and think 'How do I make this?' I love the sense of accomplishment from knitting or crocheting wool and yarns into something beautiful.”

Marnie has enjoyed crochet success with her handicrafts gaining second overall place in knitting at the Red Hill Show in 2018. In 2017 she took out second place in crochet with her mustard cowl.

It’s possible that her baking career is on the rise too. She brought home a third in the Novice Sponge Cake and Novice Scones at last year’s Royal Melbourne Show and her Grandma’s pikelet recipe brings home ribbons from Red Hill Show

Marnie is amongst three generations of practical makers - her CWA member mother is a knitter, as was her grandmother, and her five-year-old daughter Poppy exhibited a painting at the CWA Mornington Peninsula Group Creative Arts Exhibition last year.

Growing up in Mt Eliza, “we felt we were a long way from Melbourne,” Marnie treasures memories of the coastal lifestyle where her volunteering had a firm foundation.

After a public relations and emergency media career in Melbourne, she joined Frankston City Council in a media role followed by Frankston City Libraries as Team Leader Communications and Engagement. It’s no wonder that she was drawn to the CWA.

With 20,000 members Australia wide, the CWA is a thriving national association invested in rural, suburban and metropolitan communities. Entrepreneur Dick Smith gifted the CWA $1 million in 2018 to continue drought relief work across Queensland, NSW and Victoria, and Victoria’s Emergency Relief Fund managed by the CWA has helped fire and flood affected communities since 1934.

The Mornington Peninsula Branches actively seek out individual hardship needs in the community. Peninsula Belles’s 'Books for

Grief' program at Mornington Primary School provides resources for children processing trauma and grief. Scholarships for university studies for qualifications like nursing and Agribusiness are also available.

Marnie sets a thoughtful standard for self-care: “It’s all about leadership with balance.”

She quotes Dame Quentin Bryce that "women can have it all, but not all at the same time. It's so important to take good care of yourself, of your mental and physical and spiritual wellbeing."

This this year Marnie is mastering a new mental skill; she is studying for a Masters of Business Administration. And in true CWA spirit she happily hooks her passion for social issues with connection and creativity.

The Country Women's Association of Victoria Mornington Peninsula Group will host its 49th annual Creative Arts Exhibition on 2-3 May at Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington. Learn more on Facebook and Instagram @CWAMorningtonPeninsula Peninsula Belles meet on the last Saturday of the month.

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When we struggle with our mental health we seek guidance from health professionals. But sometimes the examination table is turned and our doctor’s emotional health is compromised. We tend to forget that medics might have their own challenges. Dr Geoff Toogood, a cardiologist at Peninsula Private Hospital in Frankston, thinks it’s time to address the unfortunate stigma and discrimination faced by health professionals surrounding such topics.

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Dr Toogood is the founder of the crazysocks4docs movement. This initiative calls upon people everywhere, to wear fun socks on the first Friday in June, to raise awareness and normalise the conversation that it’s ok for a doctor not to be ok.

The campaign happened by chance when Dr Toogood was recovering from a particularly bad episode of depression and anxiety, and wore colourful odd socks to work.

“Whilst recovering, I adopted a dog as therapy and company. My dog messed around with my socks and, one morning, I couldn’t locate a single matching pair. All I could find was a couple of mismatched socks and that’s what I wore to work that day. I thought nothing of it but was astounded that so many people pointed out the “craziness” of my chosen footwear,” he said.

Dr Toogood thinks this reaction could have been due to a certain conservatism attached to those working in the medical sector. Most medical professionals choose to wear formal footwear. Or, maybe, the whispers around his crazy socks were connected to his history, and notable mental health struggles. Either way, he was astonished at the attention that one pair of crazy socks could raise.

“I wondered how I could turn this into some sort of action. It wasn’t a deliberate thing to create a movement but a couple of friends tweeted #crazysocks4docs on social media and the whole thing just took off,” he said.

Now in its 4th year, the campaign has gone global. Crazysocks4docs is an annual event. People all over the world, particularly in the health sector, wear funky footwear on the first Friday in June and share their choice of socks with the hashtag #crazysocks4docs on social media.

The crazysocks4docs date was set in June, being close to the winter solstice in Australia. Adding colour to one of the shortest days of the year would then lighten the mood of the country’s gloomier season. Dr Toogood had not expected the campaign to gain worldwide momentum.

“Originally, I just wanted to tweet out #crazysocks4docs on the day but the response has been terrific,” he said. “We had over 20 countries and people in every continent taking part in 2019, and 60 million hashtag views on twitter.”

Because the crazysocks4docs movement has gained global attention, there has been some concern over Dr Toogood’s choice of word “crazy.” Yet, he purposely used the word to point out that that “crazy” should not be used when referring to someone’s mental health.

“Just because I’m wearing crazy socks, doesn’t mean I’m crazy,” he says. “I wanted to use the word crazy and turn it around into something better.”

Crazysocks4docs is a day to raise awareness and release the stigma associated with the mental health of health professionals. Regardless of who you are or where you live, you are encouraged to don your funky socks on crazysocks4docs day.

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Peninsula artist Sophie Perez has a way of bringing the viewer into her landscapes. Whether it’s a stand of majestic weathered gum trees shedding their bark in Red Hill, a sweeping view across sun-bleached fields of Flinders or looking out at the rugged beauty of Bushrangers Bay, there is a tangible sense of place in her paintings.

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Sophie was born and brought up in Brighton, England. “The landscapes I work with here are so different to the landscapes and colours of my childhood. I was fortunate to experience many countries with various landscapes on holidays and educational excursions. I’ve also lived in several countries,” she says. Place has always been central to her life.

She might not have become a painter. She could have become a musician having spent many years of her childhood playing violin, but Sophie had always liked art. She was attracted to colour and enjoyed drawing and painting. When she took her A- Levels at senior school, she chose to study art.

In her foundation year (first year towards a degree) at Brighton Technical College Sophie studied printmaking, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture and illustration. It was there that she discovered her love of painting.

She went on to achieve a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Fine Art Painting at Chelsea College of Art and then completed her studies with a Master’s Degree in Painting from the Royal College of the Arts in London. While working on her degree, she had the opportunity to do a six-week exchange at the National Art School in Sydney where her love of Australia began.

After university, she was part of a studio in London, but longed for a change of scenery so she took up a residency in the mountains near Barcelona. She would ride her bicycle through the nearby countryside absorbing the panoramic views.

Cycling became an important theme in her life as she spent three years racing competitively in England and Belgium. She met her husband-to-be at a race and married him in an outdoor velodrome!

In addition to the thrill of the race, cycling gave her a visceral experience of the landscape and the opportunity to see light, movement and colour in a whole new way. She became part of the landscape and it informed and influenced her art practice.

In fact, it was the bicycle that brought Sophie to the Mornington Peninsula. She used to cycle from her home in Elwood up to Sorrento and back. Like her experiences in Europe, riding gave her an intimate experience of the landscape.

The colours and textures, ruggedness, towering trees, ever changing light and breathtaking beauty of the Peninsula made such an impression on her that she, her husband and their three children moved to Mornington on a Monday having just seen their prospective home the previous Friday.

For Sophie, the Peninsula is the perfect place to be a landscape painter. “Everything is so accessible. I find new spots constantly. Having come from Brighton, I needed to be by the sea, but here we also have great green spaces and forests.

It’s all right here. The landscape is my every day,” she says.

Sophie has replaced cycling with running trails. She loves to be a part of the environment. She might stop to take a photo, make a sketch or just take a mental note about a place to capture it later in a painting.

Outside of family life, Sophie is most at home in her Mornington studio where she is building an impressive body of work. There are landscapes and seascapes and still life paintings full of movement and stillness, light, shade and colour - every one imbued with life.

“My work is loose, joyful and painterly. I paint intuitively in oils. I have no rules. I have a limited palate and I mix my own colours. I like to see the brush marks, but composition is most important to me. I like light and I like to see myself in the painting,” she says.

See her work at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until April 26, at Art Red Hill May 1-3, at her studio by appointment or at Cook Street Collective in Flinders.

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April 2020

The statement earring is back in a big way with bold, beautiful designs. Though the trendy style has been floating around on lobes of ladies for a couple of years now, fashion reports say that they will be ‘hanging’ around for a while longer, with the trend expanding into new looks embracing bright colours, asymmetrical design, organic shapes and materials, bold florals and the always popular animal prints and tassels.

Enter graphic designer, painter, and lover of fashion and accessories, Janelle Wood.

Self-confessed creative junky, Janelle says, “I’ve never been good at anything else other than being creative. It is an important part of being a graphic designer. It is my outlet. It is my therapy. It just makes me tick.”

Having visited a local market one day, she saw an earring stall and thought they were really nice. So she bought a pair. She wanted to purchase more pairs, but her visionary mind took over and she thought, “I can probably make those.”

And off she went.

After sourcing a few integral components such as polymer clay, which is used to mould the shapes of some styles of earrings, she started playing around with designs and the next thing she knew she had twenty pairs sitting in front of her. She posted about her new-found skill on her personal socials and her friends gobbled them up. She sold them all in an instant. From there she started to think that there must be something in this craft.

She came up with a name for her new business, JAX + RYD, after her two sons Jaxon and Ryder, and then let her creative juices flow.

To come up with the designs, Janelle does a bit of “googling” to keep up with what’s on trend. She also spends some time researching products and details she can buy to add to the earrings to make them the standout of your outfit. The designs need to complement what fashions and colours are popular that season. “It’s so important to have new designs coming out and not to go stale”, she says.

“The most consistently popular designs are those showcasing leopard print and this trend is here to stay through winter. I also have pairs comprising black leather with silver and gold. Matte

gold is coming back in a big way, which I know from working in the wholesale jewellery business for the past eight years. Silver remains a constant.”

It takes 15-20 minutes for her to complete a pair of earrings depending on the materials. The clay earrings, which are often hand stamped, must be baked, which takes 45 minutes, and then put together.

Special orders are no problem. She recalls, “I recently had a customer contact me seeking a pair that I had made previously but were no longer on my website. I just made them up for her.” Think bridal party gifts and mother-daughter sets.

To grow the business, she created socials for JAX + RYD and friends continued buying them via direct messages. Soon after, she started getting messages from people that she didn’t know asking where they can buy the fresh and exciting ear adornments. After a few cold sales, Janelle felt there was a market for her hobby-turnedbusiness and it was time to expand further. The gorgeous JAX + RYD website, which showcases her entire handmade earring range in perfect, modern, flat lays, launched on 21 February.

Not foregoing her unique, handmade style, Janelle set up a Shopify account and built the website herself. She and a photographer friend are responsible for the gorgeous images and Janelle uploaded everything on her own.

She remembers the excitement of her first online sale fondly. “They’d seen me on Facebook and went onto the website and bought a pair. It’s one thing when your friends are supportive and love your work, but it’s another when a stranger loves your stuff. It’s so rewarding!”

“I love that people love them and want to wear them. It makes you feel good to make something that you enjoy, and that the enjoyment spreads.”

JAX + RYD earrings ship Australia-wide and come beautifully wrapped and boxed with care by Janelle, who also adds a couple of starburst candies to every shipment. Sweet!

A selection of JAX + RYD earrings is available from Evergreen Clothing located at 3/22 Watt Road, Mornington.

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Due to the unprecedented health crisis, Everywhen Artspace is regretfully postponing its April scheduled exhibition of the riverland works of Kaiela Arts, Shepparton. Instead, it will be presenting a series of online exhibitions under the title Carers of Country that feature the many ways in which Australia’s Indigenous people preserve knowledge through art and care for the land, the environment and wildlife.

“We’ll be featuring some of the Kaiela works in an online exhibition and re-scheduling the show as soon as we can,” says Everywhen’s co-curator, Susan McCulloch. “Kaiela artists are a wonderful group and have been working very hard on a great series that celebrates the once-fertile riverlands flora. However, their health and that of our clients, staff and the general community is far more important at this time.”

“Over April and May we’re presenting a series of dynamic exhibitions of beautiful new Aboriginal art from around Australia on particular subjects, styles and media,’ Susan says. “The online shows include works of particular arts centres and their regions and those on themes such as bush medicine landscapes, birds and wildlife, the power of black and white, fire and water, mothers and daughters and traditional healers. We’ll be including extensive information with each of the exhibitions to both educate and inspire.”

Private gallery viewings of works will be available and Everywhen is offering free delivery for all artwork purchases.

The online exhibitions will be promoted via Instagram and Facebook and available for viewing at mccullochandmcculloch. where those interested can also sign up for email news for information about events and special offers.

Everywhen is currently open by appointment only and private viewings are welcome. Free delivery of all artwork purchases and interest free loans through Art Money are also available.

Everywhen Artspace

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T: 59890496

Capsule online exhibitions of beautiful new Aboriginal art with informative texts

• Bush medicine landscapes • birds and wildlife

• Kaiela Arts: the river country regenerated • fire and water

• mothers and daughters • the power of black and white • the art of traditional healers and more..

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Ngura Walytja, Antara by Josina Pumani from the APY Lands of South Australia, and Tiwi Islander Thomas Munkanome’s Pelican are just two of many works to feature in Everywhen’s Carers of Country online exhibitions in autumn


Anew and vibrant showcase of artwork is on show at Mornington’s premier commercial art gallery, Nissarana Galleries.

Holding monthly exhibitions the gallery has built a reputation on the Peninsula for showcasing high quality eclectic art from its 100+ established artists from many areas of Australia. The gallery specializes in work that will enhance and beautify the modern home and apartments. This exhibition ‘Equilibrium’ draws its inspiration from the time of year that signifies a reuniting with our inner spiritual balance and for the moving away from the passed problems and opening to the new and exciting. With the intense events we have endured it is now time for a re-emergence of our happiness and to start a new cycle of rejuvenation. Our homes are our castles and this is where we find the most contentment and safety, therefore it is a great time to start afresh and redecorate with beautiful art that will inspire and uplift our spirits. Nissarana Galleries in Mornington and Noosa are the perfect crowd free low risk spaces to visit this Easter. The galleries are open to all who like to enjoy the experience of just pondering beautiful art or for those who want to purchase that special original art work for their home.

‘Equilibrium’ April 10 – May 6


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A record crowd of 9500 plane enthusiasts helped make this year’s Tyabb Airshow the best ever.

The show included a flyover by a RAAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from Queensland piloted by a former Peninsula Aero Club student, Squadron Leader Tim Smith, who performed his first solo flight at Tyabb a decade ago. This time around he staged a “missed approach” landing, flying about 50-metres high under full power.

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Other highlights were performances by the Southern Knights Formation Aerobatic Team which and Paul Bennett’s aerobatics in his Wolf Pitts Special.

Proceeds from the air show would go to Chasing Change – a volunteer group focused on suicide prevention in Frankston and on the peninsula, Tyabb CFA, Mt Eliza Lions Club and Tyabb’s football and cricket clubs

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Jax + Ryd earrings are designed and handmade by local Mum Janelle Wood. Named after Janelle's beautiful boys Jaxon and Ryder, Janelle's passion for jewellery and her artistic flair enables her to keep ahead of the trends, continuously creating beautiful pieces to complement any outfit, anytime of the day.

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A Peninsula Hot Springs’ voucher is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Experiences include thermal mineral pools, reflexology walk, Turkish hamam, sauna, cold plunge pools, hydrojet pool, aquatherapy pool, foot and hand baths, family pool and baby baths. Peninsula Hot Springs’ iconic Hilltop Pool is located in our Bath House, and showcases a stunning 360 degree view of the region.

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Comedy Festival Road show presents the hottest acts direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a very special show that is sure to tickle everyone’s funny bone. Featuring a cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and special guest international performers, they are home-delivering Australia’s largest comedy festival in one jam packed night of the biggest and best belly laughs you’ll have all year.

Sunday 3 May, 8pm

Give a koala-ty gift with Moonlit Sanctuary gift vouchers. With close-up encounters, night tours, keeper for a day experiences or just a great day out for Mum and the whole family, Moonlit Sanctuary vouchers are the perfect gift for any wildlife fan.

Easy to purchase online, with a phone call or at Moonlit Sanctuary. Located in Pearcedale at the start of the Mornington Peninsula, Moonlit Sanctuary lets you get up close to your favourite Aussie animals.

Take your gift-giving to new heights this Mother's Day. An Arthurs Seat "Eagle" gift voucher is just the ticket for friends and family to take in the stunning sites of Port Phillip Bay

Chocolate Grove’s full size champagne bottle. Comes in both smooth milk and rich dark chocolate and a myriad of foil colours. The perfect gift for Mother's Day or any other Celebration!


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Take a front row seat to the ever-changing beauty of Autumn on the Mornington Peninsula.

Soaring high above, in an aerial gondola with Arthurs Seat Eagle, you’ll be able to capture the stunning views across the bay that look out towards the Melbourne city skyline and beyond.

The iridescent turquoise and blue of the water contrast with the lush greens of the state park, providing the ultimate backdrop for the perfect photo. Let the Autumn breeze refresh you as you glide silently above the trees to the highest point of the region.

There’s so much to discover once you reach the summit with expanses of scenic landscapes and invigorating walking trails to explore. From botanical wonders to historical markers you’ll find a wealth of nature and wildlife as you wander through Arthurs Seat State Park and Seawinds Gardens.

If relaxing is more your style, the Eagle Café offers amazing views from nearly every table and with an expansive outdoor deck there’s plenty of room to sit with a coffee and a snack or even a local wine

or beer. At the base there’s hot and cold snacks in the Kiosk and a lovely picnic area to relax among the trees. Inside the new gift shop you’ll find locally made and inspired giftware along with traditional souvenirs to remember your visit by.

The aerial gondola experience is enjoyable for all ages. With uninterrupted views framed by swaying gums, birdsong, grazing kangaroos and the trace of distant coastlines, you are immersed in a truly majestic Australian landscape.


• Where’s Wedgie Treasure Hunt: Find Wedgie as you soar in your gondola for a chance to win some great prizes.

• ANZAC Day: Honouring past and present servicemen and women by offering them complimentary tickets all day.

• Mother’s Day Flying High Tea: Sweet and savoury treats with sparkling wine and a gondola flight.

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Crittenden Estate is one of the Peninsula’s oldest iconic wineries. Family owned and operated since 1982, we are locals passionate about making outstanding quality cool climate wines that reflect this incredible winemaking region.

Described by James Halliday as an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality, Crittenden Estate was yet again awarded Halliday’s highest rating of five red stars in the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion.

Discover our story at the custom built Crittenden Wine Centre, designed to enable our customers to truly appreciate the caliber of our wines in comfort and style.

Crittenden Estate has also been named as the overall “platinum” winner of the 2020 BRIT/FIVS International Sustainable Winegrowing Competition, chosen in first place amongst a high calibre field of sustainabilityminded wine producers from around the world.

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At the Australian Tourism Awards last month, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in Pearcedale was announced as the winner of the bronze award in the ecotourism category.

“As a privately-owned sanctuary, our aim is to grow awareness of the work we do towards conservation and endangered species recovery. We were particularly pleased to receive such a high level of recognition for ecotourism as this category reflects our values,” said Michael Johnson, founder and director.

Michael said, “Our commitment to ecotourism is pivotal to our business and we do our best to position our standards to the highest level possible. Our priority is to always give our visitors an excellent and meaningful experience and it is an immense honour to have our efforts recognised”.

For 35 years the Australian Tourism Awards have showcased and recognised the countries’ leaders in tourism excellence. They are the tourism industry’s peak awards and encourage businesses to meet and strive to exceed industry standards. The awards play an integral role in rewarding business excellence, innovation, industry professionalism and collaboration.

Moonlit Sanctuary is open every day from 10am-5pm including the school holidays and Easter weekend. The sanctuary has large wide-open spaces that offer a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and still keep the recommended social distance.

During the school holidays there is also the popular Junior Keeper Club where kids get up close with native Australian animals and care for them just like their grownup keepers do. Kids go into enclosures, place food trays inside, view wildlife up-close, make enrichments to keep the animals entertained, and be guided on a behind the scenes tour to learn all about the secret life of a wildlife park.

If you have a junior wildlife fan book quickly as the groups are small and sell out quickly. More info can be found on the Moonlit Sanctuary website

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A boutique selection of the 35 apartments is offered for wedding bookings. Choose from 2 or 3 bedroom apartments, all individually furnished to the highest quality, with fully selfcontained kitchens, all pristinely maintained. Open plan living ensures ample space for make-up artists and hair stylists and the apartments make for beautiful wedding photos.

Guests can take comfort in knowing they can deal directly with an owner, Mary-Anne, who has been assisting bridal couples for 10 years, ensuring their special time is well taken care of.

Whilst in residence guests have access to the indoor heated pool and spa making Koonya unique and this also explains why guests flock to Koonya for weddings in the cooler months. There is also easy access to the myriad of shops, restaurants, wedding venues and day spas in the Sorrento village which are all a stones throw from Koonya.

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Dr Sam Verco is a proudly Australian Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, and part of the wonderful team at Victorian Oral & Facial Surgeons in Mornington. After growing up in Adelaide, Dr Verco has worked extensively nationally, and specialises in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of defects, injuries and diseases of the facial skeleton and its associated structures.


“I especially enjoy the areas of wisdom tooth removal, orthognathic surgery, dental implants and facial trauma,” said Dr Verco, who lives bayside with his wife and two sons, and loves fishing and kiteboarding.

“Having grown up in Adelaide, I earnt my dentistry degree (BDS) at the University of Adelaide (2001), Graduate Diploma in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Melbourne (2004) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University of Melbourne (2007).

“After completing my Oral and Maxillofacial Training in 2013, I gained experience at some of the best hospitals in the country, including the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne, Monash Medical Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dandenong Hospital, and Austin Hospital,” he said.

Dr Verco stays abreast of advancements in Dentistry by belonging to these associations: RACDS (Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons), ANZAOMS (Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons), ADA (Australian Dental Association), IAOMS (International Association Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons) and ITI (International Team for Implantology).

“The flexibility and scope of private practice means Victorian Oral and Facial Surgery can offer leading edge treatments to patients in a friendly setting,” said Dr Verco. “My team and I look forward to welcoming you at our clinic. Our philosophy is to provide our patients the highest standard of care with expertise, integrity and

Dr Sam Verco is a dually qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and part of the wonderful team at Victorian Oral & Facial Surgeons in Mornington. After growing up in Adelaide, Dr Verco has worked extensively nationally, and specialises in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of defects, injuries and diseases of the facial skeleton and its associated structures. “I especially enjoy the areas of wisdom tooth removal, orthognathic surgery, dental implants and facial trauma,” said Dr Verco, who lives bayside with his wife and three sons, and loves fishing and kiteboarding. “Having grown up in Adelaide, I earnt my dentistry degree (BDS) at the University of Adelaide (2001), Graduate Diploma in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Melbourne (2004) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University of Melbourne (2007).“After completing my oral and maxillofacial training in 2013, I gained experience at some of the best hospitals in the country, including the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne, Monash Medical Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dandenong Hospital, and Austin Hospital,” he said. Dr Verco stays abreast of advancements in dentistry by belonging to these associations: RACDS (Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons), ANZAOMS (Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons), ADA (Australian Dental Association), IAOMS (International Association Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons) and ITI (International Team for Implantology).

compassion. We use the latest surgical techniques based on sound scientific evidence. We strive for excellence and devote our utmost attention to perfect every procedure we undertake. In order to achieve a high level of service, we pride ourselves on education by keeping up to date with the latest technology and trends within the industry.”

•Wisdom Teeth

•Corrective Jaw Surgery

•Repair of fractured jaws

•Exposure of impacted teeth

At Victorian Oral & Facial Surgeons in Mornington, procedures include wisdom teeth removal, corrective jaw surgery, dental implants, and bone grafts.

“We service the City of Bayside and Mornington Peninsula Shire with all suburbs including but not limited to: Elsternwick, Gardenvale, Hampton, Bentleigh, Frankston, Mount Eliza, Baxter and Hastings.”

“The flexibility and scope of private practice means Victorian Oral & Facial Surgery can offer leading edge treatments to patients in a friendly setting,” said Dr Verco. “My team and I look forward to welcoming you at our clinic. Our philosophy is to provide our patients the highest standard of care with expertise, integrity and compassion. We use the latest surgical techniques based on sound scientific evidence. We strive for excellence and devote our utmost attention to perfect every procedure we undertake. In order to achieve a high level of service, we pride ourselves on education by keeping up to date with the latest technology and trends within the industry.” At Victorian Oral & Facial Surgeons in Mornington, procedures include wisdom teeth removal, corrective jaw surgery, dental implants, and bone grafts. “We service the Mornington Peninsula, Bayside and all surrounding areas."

•Placement of simple and complex dental implants

•Repair of fractured facial bones and other facial injuries

• Procedures for the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant diseases of the jaws and face

•Treatment of facial infections

•Temporomandibular joint surgery

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Dr Sam Verco
759 Nepean Hwy, Brighton East T. 9592 6445 350 Main Street, Mornington T. 5976 4465
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Higgs is recalling the time he first fell in love with seafood. He was nine-years-old and immersed in the vibrancy of the Billingsgate Fish Market on the Thames in London. His Grandfather, Alf Higgs was the Floor Manager and the wide-eyed Simon, visiting from Australia, was fascinated.

“The atmosphere, colours and smell of all of that fresh fish excited me, and there was just such an energy amongst the fish mongers; I couldn’t get enough of it”.

This oceanic streak seems to run through the veins of generations of Higgs men. Simon’s dad was an avid fisherman, and Simon and his 12 year old son regularly fish the Port Phillip and Western Port Bays from his renovated fishing boat.

Migrating as a child from England to Australia in 1976, Simon fell in love with the coast, exploring it from the family holiday house at Inverloch and beach holidays at Portsea.

“Everything seemed so fresh. I couldn’t get enough of it: the food and the open spaces,” he recalls.

And it’s in the kitchen where Simon’s seafood connection becomes a flavour to savour, and to share.

As the Executive Chef at Portsea Village Bar and Grill, Simon showcases seafood and other modern Australian dishes with a twist through his extensive knowledge and skills with seafood, chargrilled meats and seasonal local produce.

Simon has partnered with Portsea Village Resort in re-opening the doors of Portsea Bar and Grill to the public. It was formerly a key dining and gathering place for locals and tourists in the 1960’s and, while the restaurant continues to serve resort guests, it had been years since the public had access. With a décor facelift, a welcoming alfresco area, lush garden setting and an impressive cellar, Simon is thrilled with the transition.

“It’s like opening the doors on a hidden secret,” he says.

Once nestled inside Portsea Village Resort you certainly feel as if you’ve just checked into a tropical resort, enjoying lush gardens and swimming pool views and relaxing over a wine and fresh seafood. Then there’s the impressive wine cellar. Resort General

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Finding something interesting and pairing it with good food embraces that classic European feeling of socially sharing different dishes with friends and family

Manager Peter Searle has an excellent nose for vintage wine, and has stocked the cellar from extensive travels through Burgundy Cotes du Beaune and Cotes du Nuits regions, as well as the Mornington Peninsula.

Simon eagerly encourages diners to select from the cellar stock themselves; reading wine labels and personally handling their own selection creates an intimate dinner party experience.

“Discovery through casual dining like this opens people up to experiences and new tastes,” he says. “Encouraging our diners to fossick though the cellar is quite the social experience.”

“Finding something interesting and pairing it with good food embraces that classic European feeling of socially sharing different dishes with friends and family.”

For last five months Simon and his team has creatively shared dishes with innovative twists like Baked Chilli Caramel Whole Barramundi, Prawn and Mussel Linguini, Polenta Crusted Calamari and Flathead, King George and Squid when in season. And favourites like his 18 hour Tasmanian lamb shoulder with Morrocan infuences, chargrilled meats, and vegan dishes continue to delight.

Simon’s casual fine dining philosophy cites Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece as key influences.

“Share dishes help people communicate, they get people talking, comparing and extending their options.”

“This is what I love about cheffing, and what it offers people; they don’t wear or drive your product, they’re consuming it, savouring it and that brings people together. It’s a special thing to be a part of.”

Simon savoured a very early fascination with cooking “long before it was cool, and certainly well before the cooking shows on TV.” At Mitcham Technical College he was one of two boys in the home economics classes, before completing a Cert III in Cookery at Box Hill College. He spent time in Melbourne’s established kitchens of Fiorelli’s, Toch Hotel, Park Hyatt and club dining at Melbourne’s RACV Club and Richmond Football Club, as well as European and UK restaurants.

Camberwell’s Fantasy Fish remains a highlight: “I learnt so much about fish preparation, selection and preparing stock; true Greek cooking which fired my passion for sharing meals with others around the table.” He shares that passion, mentoring students through Hale’s Institute in Commercial Cookery, where he’s proud to see their careers flourish.

When Simon and his own family searched for more relaxed lifestyle in the outdoors, his sea change dream came through the Blairgowrie Yacht Club’s Executive Chef role before reopening the

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Portsea Village Bar and Grill to the public and serving his favourite seafood dishes.

Sustainability and serving food in season are qualities deeply ingrained in Simon’s approach. The resort’s herb garden provides accompaniments to seafood sourced from Red Coral, meats and proteins for local distributors, and fresh produce from farms and local growers.

He’s equally drawn to the “sense of community down here and chatting to locals down the street.” A nostalgic bonus for Simon is that stories of Portsea’s history are also enjoying an airing, as past diners return. “I’m just as excited in hearing 1960’s tales as I am in breathing new life in this little piece of Portsea’s history.”

Simon thinks that’s pretty much the essence of a good meal: great stories, and delicious food and wine you want to share around the table. Online reviews tell the story of a true celebration of food and hospitality, and of making people welcome.

As for that lure of the ocean inspired during childhood? One of Simon’s treasured possessions is his grandfather’s handmade split cane fishing rod, inherited when he passed away, along with his pairing knife.

Perfect totems for a Chef who shares the fresh taste of the ocean, and savours sharing it with others.

Portsea Village Bar and Grill is a licensed restaurant situated inside Portsea Village Resort. It’s open to the public from Thursdays to Saturday’s for dinner and lunch sittings on weekends.

Portsea Village Bar & Grill

Headed by Executive Chef Simon Higgs, Portsea Village Bar & Grill delivers modern Australian dishes with a twist, using fresh, seasonal, local fruit and vegetables, sustainably sourced seafood and quality meats.

The restaurant is open from Thursday to Saturday for dinner and Friday and Saturday for lunch. It’s the perfect destination for group lunch/dinners.

Portsea Village Resort offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens. The resort suits small to medium sized meetings, events and conferences. Facilities include outdoor and indoor heated pools and spas, gym, sauna, tennis and squash courts.

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• P: 03 5984 8484 •
Point Nepean Road, Portsea



Fresh as a daisy, loaded with flavour and long through the finish. This is a gorgeous Gris. Grapefruit, citrus, pear, florals and spices. So well preserved and just so tasty. 94 points James Halliday Wine Companion 2020.


25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana Ph 5987 3800



Delightful floral notes, natural acid and a slight minerality combine to give this wine a silky mouth feel without any oak. Poached pears and fuji apples on the palate.


194 Nepean Hwy, Dromana Ph 5981 0355



A floral bouquet of jasmine, green apples and pear with almond and spice show though. The aroma is powerful and hints at an incredibly textural wine. The wine builds to a taut finish with hints of musk, spice and red apple lingering on the palate.


3649 Frankston - Flinders Rd, Merricks Ph 5989 9011

Pinot Gri

There is Pinot Gris and then there is Pinot Grigio, but what if any, are the differences? A chat with Adam Walls and Dave Mavor from the "Wine Selectors" tasting panel to set the record straight.

“Pinot G is hugely popular with Australian wine-lovers, but there’s still so much confusion surrounding this fresh and fashionable white,” says Adam Walls, Tasting Panellist, Wine Show Judge, Wine Educator and 2019 Len Evans Tutorial Dux. “To put it simply, they are both made from the same grape variety, but are crafted to produce two different styles.”

“The grape variety is a member of the Pinot Noir family and has two different names thanks to the two countries in which it is most commonly grown: France and Italy,” explains Adam. “Across the two styles, the common aroma and flavour descriptors include apple, pear, strawberry, honey, brioche and nuts.”

Just to add to the confusion, across the wine world it also has several names: in Germany the grape is known as Grauburgunder,

in the Loire and Switzerland, it’s called Malvoisie, it’s known as Pinot Beurot in Burgundy and in Hungary, it’s called Szurkebarát which means grey monk.


The word Grigio is the Italian for "grey" and has made a name for being a light, crisp wine ideal for early drinking and is most famously known in the regions of Veneto and Friuli.


Gris is French for "grey" and in France it finds its home in the Alsace region. French Pinot Gris is generally known for being a rich, full-bodied white with a smooth, silky texture.


The variety was first introduced to the Hunter Valley with the James Busby collection of 1832. However, it wasn't until the 1990s that it started to emerge.

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Our cellar door realease Pinot Grigio has a tropical nose of lychee and nectarine with a soft palate of baked apple fruit.


53 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South Ph 5989 2838

VS Grigio




This cheeky rascal of a wine is so bold it nearly jumped off the vines and bottled itself! Lemon and lime aromas with a beautifully fresh, textural finish.


1247 Stumpy Gully Rd, Moorooduc Ph 1800 STUMPY (788 679)




A wine resplendent with hints of Granny Smith apple and nashi pear, with some mineral notes of slate and flint, and creamy lees aromas. A crisp, clean finish.


33 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South Ph 5989 8412


This variety of wine is made from grapes grown south of latitude 37.5 degrees south

From a property in the southern hemisphere which has an average July temperature below 19.5 degrees Celsius, as confirmed by the nearest Bureau of Meteorology site, or a vineyard site above 400m in altitude.

In Australia, the cool climate regions of Mornington Peninsula, Tasmania, Adelaide Hills, Orange, King Valley and Great Southern have the ideal conditions to produce high quality fruit and that allow winemakers to experiment with styles. Cool climate winemaking has taken off since the 1970s, with the regions growing to now include 200 vineyards and brands both big and boutique.

Whether you choose a richer Gris or a zestier Grigio, or a mix of both, you can’t go wrong with Pinot G. Explore the diverse range to discover your new favourites.

*This is an excerpt from an article from

The original article can be found at

These vineyards are exposed to concentrated sunlight and cooler air temperatures which allow for longer ripening periods producing better balanced wines with moderate alcohol levels. The lower temperatures and higher solar radiation at these various altitudes, make for more concentrated flavours in the wines as UV rays are better able to penetrate the skins of the grape and ripen the pips producing supple tannins.

Aromas and flavours in cool climate wines are complex and intense with the natural acidity bringing brightness and freshness. Cool climate wines are also better suited to match a wide range of foods due to medium bodied flavour profile which compliment your meal rather than overwhelm it.

Some grape varieties are better suited to high altitude vineyards than others. White varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio tend to be more delicate with crisp acidity, a lighter flavour body and typically show bright fruit flavours.

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Dishes Must try

Crispy skin duck breast served with a bed of honey orange and carrot purée, beetroot, pickled carrots, parsley oil and duck jus

Two Buoys

209 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana

Slow braised lamb shank with spiced red cabbage on a bed of garlic mash with peppered zucchini

The Dubliner 65 Octavia St, Mornington Ph 5975 3567

Beetroot cured atlantic salmon with house smoked beetroot puree, dill, squid ink & coral tuille

Cptn Jack's

1 Lumeah Road, Somerville Ph 5977 4939

Butternut pumpkin and miso terrine, grape and apple salsa and puffed cauliflower

Stumpy Gully Restaurant

1247 Stumpy Gully Rd, Moorooduc

Felino salami, mozzarella, cherry tomato and stracciatella pizza. Prawn, zucchini, fior di latte and chilli pizza

Montalto Estate Restaurant

33 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South Ph 5989 8412

Tucks special fried chicken –thighs and drumsticks marinated in buttermilk and double coated with spiced flour

Tucks Wines

37 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South Ph 5989 8660

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FRUTTI DI MARE (fruits of the sea)

Preparation time 30 minutes

Cooking time 8 mins

Serves 2


300g cooked linguini (al dente)

8 large mussels

8 peeled raw king prawns

60g of 1 cm dice salmon

1 large mild red chlli, finely sliced

Half a small brown onion finely diced

2 cloves of garlic crushed

Handful of roughly chopped parsley

4 tablespoons quality virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons dry white wine

5 tablespoons fish stock

Sea salt/black pepper

1 lemon


1. Lightly steam mussels in a covered pot with half a cup of fish stock, just until the shell opens and set aside for add later.

2. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook for your linguini for 7 minutes or until al dente. Strain and set aside.

3. Heat the olive oil in a large pan on medium heat and add the onion, garlic and chilli until soft (do not colour)

4. Add the prawns and salmon and cook until the prawns are just opaque

5. Add fish stock and wine, turn the heat up until the sauce comes to a simmer and allow the salmon and prawns to cook through.

6. Add cooked linguini to sauce and toss through the cooked mussels with a little of the steaming stock.

7. Serve immediately and garnish with a generous sprinkle of parsley and a lemon cheek.

Enjoy this dish with a cold glass of sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio. Tips for making this dish: This is a quick dish so make sure all your ingredients are prepared and ready to use to avoid over cooking the seafood. If you wish to make your own fish stock, recipe below:


1 snapper or white fish frame with head

500ml water

1 bay leaf

Parsley stalks

Half an onion roughly chopped

1 small carrot diced

1 stick celery

Splash of white wine

Slice of lemon

Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and cover with cold water. Put a lid on the pot and bring to the stock to a gentle simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and all to cool.

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PORTSEA VILLAGE RESORT 3765 Point Nepean Road, Portsea Ph 03 5984 8484


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Portsea is a township of Melbourne. It is located approximately 110 kilometres south of the Melbourne CBD. and the most westerly settlement on the Mornington Peninsula. The official population of Portsea is 510 according to the 2016 census. The size of Portsea is approximately square kilometres.

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• Portsea is named after Portsea Island which is an island incorporated by Portsmouth in England. Portsmouth is where the first settlers to Australia set sail from.

• The Portsea Surf Beach faces the ocean and is accessible from two main points. At the southern end of Back Beach Road is the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club and scenic views along the coast can be enjoyed from the surrounding pathways which extend down to the beach. Further west, at the end of London Bridge Road, is an access point down to the beach, scenic coastal pathways, lookouts and the rocky archway known as London Bridge.

• On 17th December 1967, Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared, presumed drowned, while swimming at Cheviot Beach which is part of the Point Nepean National Park in Portsea. Mr. Holt, aged 59, departed Canberra on Friday 15th December and flew to Melbourne in a RAAF VIP aircraft and later drove his maroon Pontiac Parisienne to Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula for a relaxing weekend at his family home. The most likely scenario was that Holt was caught in a strong rip off Cheviot Beach and was swept out to sea and drowned. In 1969 a plaque commemorating Holt was bolted to the sea floor off Cheviot Beach after a memorial ceremony. It bears the inscription: 'In memory of Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, who loved the sea and disappeared hereabouts on 17 December 1967.'

• Median property price is $1,920,000, and weekly median advertised rent is $850.

• In 2005, Australian Tax Office data showed the 3944 postcode to be the nation's most affluent outperforming other upper class Victorian suburbs, including the Melbourne suburbs of Toorak and Hawthorn, both known for upper-middle class and upper class dwellings ranging from $5 million to $25 million, with an average taxable income almost $10,000 higher than the Sydney suburbs of Darling Point or Point Piper

• The Portsea Pier is the home to the spectacular weedy sea dragon, as well as many other fish species, including numerous pufferfish. Boating traffic is frequent, and divers should be careful to avoid main boating routes. Portsea Back Beach is a big attraction in Portsea, due to its great surfing conditions and long stretch of sand. Portsea Surf Life Saving Club patrols the popular surf beach, as patrols are always needed during the summer period given the large waves and strong tides that are often present.

• Prominent residents include trucking magnate Lindsay Fox, Kate Baillieu and Rupert Murdoch's grandson businessman David Calvert Jones. Other well-known residents are Eddie McGuire and Ron Walker.

• The main bay beach fronts Weeroona Bay and includes the Portsea Pier from which golden sandy beaches extend in both directions, lined with a mixture of characteristic English trees and native bush. East of the pier is Point Franklin where a scenic walking track provides elevated views over Shelley Beach to the east and across the bay.

Baked in Portsea


Casual dining setting with relaxed vibe to enjoy good coffee and bakery delights.

Portsea Hotel


With sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay, The Heads and Queenscliff, the Portsea Hotel is great for meals, snacks and desserts with a sensational coffee selection.

Le Capucin


Visually appealing inisde with a selection of french inspired light meals and along with traditional cafe food. Great location close to beach and next to park and playground

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What to do

Portsea's location at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula means you can cool off at a safe bay beach and be riding the surf at the ocean beach just minutes later. Slow down after a day out in the water with an evening with friends on the green lawns of the Portsea Pub. Learn to scuba dive amid sea dragons and rays around Portsea Pier. Glimpse the lifestyles of the rich and famous who reside in Portsea's millionaire mansions, or take the Millionaire's Walk to Sorrento along cliff tops, through landscaped gardens and past private jetties for vantage points of the imposing mansions. Explore the fascinating labyrinth of nineteenth century tunnels and fortifications in the Point Nepean National Park that were built to guard Port Phillip Heads.

Photos Yanni

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from Ocean Beach, this architecturally stunning residence, cascading across three levels is a property set to engage all the senses.

The pounding surf creates an exciting backdrop to the property which gleefully embraces the coastal aesthetics with soaring ceilings and abundant natural light featuring to a fantastic series of spacious living zones, all resplendent with handsome polished timber floors. From the street, the home really makes a statement with natural timbers and acute three-dimensional angles used to create a dynamic look. There is a vast aggregate paved parking area, secured by an electronic gate, and the enormous four-car garage which provides

plenty of off-street parking for all. To the right of wide hallway is a separate study and a guest bedroom with ensuite and walkin robe. The long hallway continues to a wonderful family area that incorporates comfortable lounge and dining zones and the spectacular kitchen with stunning stone topped island bench. Complete with on-trend pendant lighting that gleams off the matte black finish of the custom cabinetry, there is also a wine fridge and a brilliant array of quality appliances caters to every entertaining whim. A full butler’s pantry provides more prep space and storage options. The dining area will comfortably seat eight and you can relax in front of a gas log heater in the comfy lounge. Sliding glass doors provide a seamless transition to the spectacular outdoor

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entertaining terrace, and if the main kitchen is not impressive enough, the incredible outdoor kitchen will leave you spellbound. A full-length stone topped prep bench houses a gas-plumbed barbecue and sink, there is a rangehood, a small fridge and even more drawers and cupboard space. A swim spa is securely set behind a glass enclosure so as not to encroach upon the tranquil view across the treetops. The lower level has a large second living area with bar and three bedrooms, all with built-in robe, branching off to the sides. The main bathroom with soaker tub , a separate powder room and the fantastic laundry are all on this level and from the lounge you can access a second paved terrace out to the pleasant garden. The first-floor parents retreat is a wonderful affair with air-

conditioning, a full wall of integrated built-in robes and a luxurious ensuite has a soaker tub set between two large vanity units. With an effective cutting-edge design and tasteful appointments that will always be in style, this impressive Sorrento property is destined to become a haven for family and friends for years to come.


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Thisbiographical sketch is based on the introduction written by Ann Lorkin for the book ‘Poems of a Peninsula Pioneer-Henry Tuck 1845-1930’ published by the Flinders District Historical Society in 2009.

Henry Tuck senior was born on the Isle of Skye in 1810. As a young man he worked as a fisherman at Yarmouth in England before arriving in Van Diemen’s Land in 1830. He worked as a sawyer in the Huon Valley and at Esperance and Oyster Bays.

Catherine Falvey arrived on the Bussorah Merchant passenger ship as an assisted immigrant on 12th December, 1837. Catherine was born in the city of Cork, Ireland, in 1814 and her ship sailed from Cork in August 1837 carrying 235 immigrants. The number of children who died during the voyage was recorded as 58. The ship was immediately quarantined at North West Bay south of Hobart for three months; it was a location close to where Henry Tuck was working. The family bible records their marriage on 14 February, 1838, and the ship’s record noted that Catherine and two other single women were married from the boat.

Henry and Catherine’s first child, Elizabeth, died only 15 months after her birth in November 1838. A second daughter, Mary, was born in August 1840 in a hut they occupied on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets, Melbourne. The family subsequently moved to Collingwood, then called Newtown, where two sons were born: Thomas in May 1842 and Samuel in January 1844.

Henry then worked as a sawyer and carpenter for Captain Reid at the Tichingorouke Run on Balcombe Creek near Mt Martha, and subsequently was employed by Andrew McCrae to help build his homestead on the Arthur’s Seat Run. It was at the McCrae’s homestead that the third son, Henry Tuck junior, was born on 28 July 1845.

Georgiana McCrae’s journal describes the conditions establishing the Arthurs Seat Run and the building work done by “Tuck” (Henry Tuck senior). She noted the rations of beef and flour for Tuck and that he had taken ill on 9 July, 1845 and that Mrs. Tuck’s boy had taken ill on 13 July. Tuck was still “ill or sulky” on 19 July and had shut himself up in his hut without finishing the kitchen door, but a

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few days later he fastened the two halves of the door to the hinges, “thus excluding the dogs and geese and Master Tommy Tuck.” It is interesting to note that the Run on which Henry was born was owned by the father of another and better-known litterateur and poet- George Gordon McCrae - who became a life-long friend of Henry Tuck.

The Tuck family was now established on the peninsula. By 1846 Henry was employed by John Barker on the Cape Schanck Run, and in that year he squatted on the Manton’s Creek Run at Western Port.

A sixth child, again Elizabeth, was born in March 1847 and another daughter, Harriet, followed in August 1849. The family was completed with the birth of two more sons: John in June 1850 and William in March 1852.

Henry went to the goldfields in 1852 and was able to return with enough money to purchase 160 acres as part of his pre-emptive right. He set about clearing the land for grazing and cropping, later increasing his holding to 970 acres. The large family was involved in this enterprise, and as the sons married they built their own homes on portions of land made over to them by their father. William, the youngest son, brought grief to the family when he

was killed in a riding accident in April 1868, aged 16. He was one of the first burials in the Flinders cemetery.

According to family folklore Catherine Tuck took pity on notorious bushrangers Bradley and O’Connor, who crossed the notorious Bass Strait from Tasmania in 1853. They landed at Bushrangers Bay and wandered along the coast until they reached the Tuck homestead. Catherine fed them but they were later caught and hanged. However the Tucks made the most of the opportunity: the bushrangers’ boat was turned into the roof of their pigsty.

The family had cordial relations with the Yal Yal tribe and Catherine was known as the “white lubra with a lot of piccaninnies.” The children were educated by their mother and she instilled strong values into them. The brothers were renowned stockmen and were always ready to assist their neighbours. The bonds of friendship were built up whilst working together with teams of men, mustering the wild cattle on the unfenced peninsula.

Henry Tuck senior died on 17 March 1890 and was acknowledged as one of Victoria’s successful early colonists. Catherine Tuck died on 3 March 1894 and was buried with her son and husband in the Flinders cemetery.

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The patriarch and matriarch of the Tuck family: Henry senior and Catherine The four brothers: Taken in front of a cypress tree that still stands today.

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Thomas, Samuel, Henry and John Tuck

Henry Tuck junior

In 1929 a collection of poems by Henry Tuck junior was printed by Mrs CM Blakie, the daughter of John Crichton, a pioneer of the Boneo region, and wife of Dr James Blakie who cared for Henry in his old age. It was this collection which was republished in 2009.

With the scantiest means of getting education - Henry Tuck had only three months of formal schooling - he managed to pick up some general knowledge of literature with the help of a few books, chief among them being Sir Walter Scott’s Tales of a Grandfather, Moore’s Melodies, and the poems of his favourite author, Robert Burns.

Judging from his poems, Henry was attracted to women and enjoyed their company throughout his life. He recounts the social events and celebrations held in homes with the obvious pleasure of one who loved company and the opportunity to share a yarn and a good joke. Henry was famous for his sense of humour, and the family still tell the story of his visit to the Cain family in Rye. After a heavy session with his mates Henry called for the use of a chamber pot to relieve himself. Secretly filling the pot with more beer he proceeded to drink the contents to the dismay of the onlookers!

Henry Tuck junior finally settled down and at the age of 32 married Margaret Dowling on 13 May 1877. She was younger than Henry and came from a neighbouring Catholic pioneering family who had taken up land near Shoreham. Henry wrote of building their home called “Mantonville”, a simple “cot” (today a dilapidated ruin). Henry and “Maggie”, as he affectionately calls her in several of his poems, had seven children: four daughters and three sons, one of whom, Christopher, died in childhood during a diptheria epidemic. Maggie died at the relatively young age of 56 years in 1910 leaving Henry a widower for another twenty years, during which time his two remaining sons died on active service in World War I: Henry Thomas in 1916, aged 19, and William in 1917, aged 37. His two unmarried daughters also pre-deceased him: Margaret in 1920, and Jean in 1923. These deaths brought a

great sense of sadness to Henry’s later life and he mourned the loss of his sons in the outpouring of patriotic verses.

Henry remained at his home “Mantonville” until his death, sharing the house with his eldest daughter Catherine (born 1878died 1960) and her husband Robert Johnstone and their four children.

The Peninsula Post recorded that Henry “...passed away in the early morning of the 3rd June, 1930 after only a few days illness. The funeral took place on Wednesday 4th June at Flinders and was followed by a cortege of about 200 mourners from all parts of the Peninsula. At the graveside old Peninsula pioneers of great ages attended, notably Mr. Samuel Tuck senior, aged 86 years, Hon. Alfred Downward aged 83 years, Mr. John Tuck aged 80 years and Mrs. T. Rogers, formerly Miss Sarah Ann Cain, of Rye aged 90 years; their combined ages totalled 339 years.”

A lengthy tribute entitled “Henry Tuck, The Pioneer Poet of the Peninsula” by Henry Patterson of Flinders, also a poet, followed a few weeks later. He compared Henry to Adam Lindsay Gordon, both stockmen with claims to fame as bushman poets but in Henry’s case he was native-born and “familiar with wild bush nature-an ardent lover of the 'forest primeval' and the windswept spaces and 'the sounds and scents of the infinite sea'. The magical influences of the great solitudes caught him in their deep allure, while ever and anon his beloved Manton’s Creek, hard by his home, sang lightly its way to the many waters of the southern ocean".

Henry Tuck left behind a very simple yet noble monument, that of “An honest man, the noblest work of God.”

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Above: Visitor to Mantonville. Henry Tuck with one of the blind musicians who visited every year Right: The bush poet, Henry Tuck junior

The Tuck family answer the call

contribution to the war effort in 1914-1918 almost defies belief; from a nation with a population fewer than 5 million, 324,000 men would enlist alongside 3,000 nursing sisters of the Australian Army Nursing Service. There were 216,000 casualties (a casualty rate of 67%), including over 60,000 deaths. Families lived in fear of a visit from the telegram boy, although sometimes it fell to the local policeman or minister of religion to convey the news. In some instances families endured the tragic loss more than once; for the Tuck family it happened on three occasions. Two brothers and a cousin “answered the call”; none of them came home.


and was one of those Australians who never made it to the field of battle; they died on the troopships or in an English hospital. William was working in Queensland when he enlisted and died in the Australian Auxiliary Hospital No.1 in Harefield, Middlesex on 18 April 1917. The death certificate indicated that the primary cause of death was “amoebic abscess of liver,” and he was buried with full military honours in the local churchyard. He was 37 at the time of his death and a member of the 41st battalion.

The two brothers (Henry Thomas and William) were sons of Henry of “Mantonville” while the cousin (John William) was the son of his brother Thomas who farmed across the road.

Private Henry Thomas Tuck (#3937) enlisted on 27 July 1915, aged 18 years and 9 months. He was taken on strength of the 46th battalion on 16 April 1916 and killed in action on 11 August 1916. When his sister (Mary) wrote seeking further details Base Records could only inform the family that he had been killed “somewhere in France.” It was twelve months later that two eye-witnesses provided statements to the effect that Private Tuck had been in the front line at Pozieres and had been killed by a high explosive shell. According to Corporal Hedrick: “The boys dropped the body in and buried it on top of the parapet.” No marker was put in place and accordingly Henry has “no known grave.” In July 1917 the family received a small parcel with his personal effects: 2 discs, purse, and 8 coins. After hostilities ceased the family received the memorial scroll and King’s message (November 1921), the memorial plaque (July 1922), and the Victory medal (February 1923).

Private William Tuck (#759) was an older brother of Henry

Private John William Tuck (#5126) was the son of Thomas and a cousin of Henry and William. He enlisted on 19 February 1916 at the age of 22 years and 8 months. Jack, as he was known, spent an eventful two years or so in uniform. In September 1916, not long after arriving in England, he was admitted to hospital: his record states “sick serious.” During 1917 several months were spent back in England from France due to illness. Eight days after returning to the Front he was wounded in action (“GSW left ankle”) in Belgium, and was sent back to England. In February 1918 he returned to France but had further spells in hospital with bronchitis and trench foot, and in July he was again wounded in action (“gas shell”). Jack rejoined his battalion on 21 August but was admitted to the 6th Australian Field Ambulance on 9 November 1918. He died of bronchial pneumonia on 14 November and was buried in the Abbeville cemetery. Like many of the “Diggers” Jack had the occasional brush with authority. His first offence, committed soon after his arrival in England, was “neglecting to obey an order of an NCO in that he failed to appear for picquet after being duly warned.” His penalty was “3 days CC and total forfeiture of a day’s pay.” When convalescing in England as a result of his GSW in 1917 he again incurred the wrath of the hierarchy in that he “went AWL from 3.00pm on 15th December, 1917 until 3.20pm on the 18th December. This time the penalty was “12 days FP No.2 and the forfeiture of 16 days pay.” Jack was a member of the 24th battalion.

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The three Tuck boys: Private Henry Thomas Tuck, Private William Tuck and Private John William Tuck

Christie carries on the Tuck tradition

“Mantonville” was a dairy farm of 150 acres and all the milking was done by hand in those days. The family only milked about 20 cows as that was all they could handle. After the war, with machines, they were milking 50 cows. Kinross Dairies would collect the milk and take it to Edithvale. Christie milked cows for about 50 years and never took a holiday for 25 years. With a milk contract he had to be there every day. About 30 years ago he went out of the dairy business and has been running beef cattle ever since. However only 80 acres are left of the original holding.

After Christie left school he did a lot of other work as well as milking cows twice a day: fence contracting, ploughing, wood cutting, and splitting posts. Just before he joined up in 1941 he worked at the Flinders Golf course for 12 months but he never hit a golf ball: “Working there five-and-a-half days a week, I reckon I saw enough of the golf course! Besides, I was still milking cows before and after work.”

Farmers were classed as an “essential trade” and were barred from joining the army. Christie had to list his main occupation as “greenkeeper” to get around that little problem. So in 1941 he was sent to the Middle East where he joined the 9th Division as they were coming out of Tobruk. Then it was on to El Alamein which was a terrible battle: the Australian casualties were 1 in 5. According to Christie, anyone who got out of that one was very fortunate. From there he went to New Guinea and spent time at Lae and Finchhaven.

Mantonville, the original property of Henry Tuck junior, was farmed by his grandson, Christopher James (“Christie”) Johnstone until his death in February 2019. Like his two uncles, this fourth generation “Tuck” also “answered the call” in World War II. In 2013 the special Anzac Day edition of the Mornington Peninsula News Group papers contained a short biography of Christie Johnstone. It is reproduced below:

CHRISTIE was born on 17 February 1920 at Main Ridge. His parents were Albert Henry and Catherine Johnstone, and he had a brother (William Henry) and a sister. His father was born in Dromana and the Johnstone family lived at Red Hill. “They were bushmensplitting timber and that sort of thing.” His father worked in Gippsland in his younger days, later moving to Main Ridge where his parents had an orchard and grew strawberries.

Christie’s mother (Catherine) was the eldest daughter of Henry Tuck junior and the family moved to Flinders in 1924 to look after her father, who was almost 80 and to help him run the farm. His wife (Margaret) had died in 1910.

Christie went to school in Flinders, starting the same day as Eric Lucas who died just recently. It was a two-mile walk to school and in those days he could walk to school and home again without seeing a car. He had more rides in a horse-and-buggy than he ever got in a motor car. As soon as Christie turned 14 he left school to work on the farm.

“By the end of 1944 we were getting on top of the Japs but the country was short of tucker, so I got a release from the army to come back onto the farm to help my brother who had been holding the fort while I was away.”

The milking shed is still there: it was built in 1932. When Christie came back from the war he was building a dairy beside it “....when this chap came along - collar and tie - and he says “Have you got a permit for this?” I said “What’s a permit?” In those days we never heard of permits. Then he noticed I had my army coat on and he said “Oh! Are you are the bloke we pulled out of the army?” He was from Manpower and when I said “Yes”, he replied “Just carry on and I will send you out a permit.”

Christie is one of those farmers who is reluctant to part with items that are no longer in use. His explanation for the somewhat cluttered appearance of the property was as follows: “Around the house and in the sheds and old house I have a lot of good handy stuff: it’s not junk! I make a lot of things. In my day you had to make or repair things or you didn’t get the job done. I never throw anything away. For instance my cousin, John Tuck, came over one time and he had in his hand this big spark plug that came out of a Jelbart engine. He said “I don’t suppose you would have anything like this?” I told him that I used those in the milking machines 50 years ago and always kept a spare. We put it in his old engine which fired up. When I got home I said, “There you are! I told you if you keep a thing for long enough it will come in handy.”

Christie’s wife was Valma Cleve, a farmer’s daughter from Shoreham, who passed away aged 84 on 24 February 2013. Valma and Christie

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had five children: three sons and two daughters. Four of them live around Flinders but their eldest daughter, Colleen, lives in Queensland. She visits every Christmas. Robert is a builder who is working on the Flinders Hotel at the moment.

As a young bloke Christie’s hobbies were fishing and shooting and he still likes to do a bit of spotlight shooting although his accuracy has deteriorated. He never went out fishing with his old mate Eric Lucas as he is a poor sailor; he always fished off the shore. “During the war I probably travelled 30 to 40,000 miles and I was sick on every trip. I never got used to the sea!” In his younger days he enjoyed playing cricket and football, but these sports did not fit in with milking cows.

After the war Christie joined the RSL and agreed to take on the job of secretary on a temporary basis. He is still the temporary secretary. “I’d rather dig a post hole than write a letter, but no one has put their hand up yet.” In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012 Christie was awarded the OAM “For service to veterans and their families through the Flinders sub-branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia.”

With so much history in his family it almost goes without saying that Christie is a long-term member of the local historical society. He was also an original member of the Shoreham CFA when it was founded in 1949 as well as being a long-term member of the CFA at Flinders. Christie was a member of the Cemetery Trust before the responsibility was taken over by the shire council, and for over 20 years he was a member of the Sports Committee in Flinders which oversaw both cricket and football.

After 2013 Christie continued to farm at “Mantonville”, getting out on his tractor and checking his cattle. While he may have called in contractors to do the heavy lifting, he was proud of the fact that he had been farming in the district for longer than anyone else, and was most likely the last of the district’s full-time farmers.

Following a bad fall in early 2018 Christie grew increasingly frail and passed away at Shoreham House on 21 February, 2019. He was 99. His funeral was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Shoreham where he had married Valma Cleve in 1951. Valma died in 2013, as did Kevin, one of their five children.

In his eulogy long time friend Bill Clancy described Christie as “the heart and soul of Flinders.” His qualities included “compassion, loyalty and generosity of spirit.” These were qualities which enabled him to serve as a stretcher bearer for four years in the Middle East and New Guinea; they were also the qualities of a committed Christian which Christie certainly was. His community contribution was recognised when he was awarded the OAM in 2012 and then life membership of the Shoreham Rural Fire Brigade.

At the conclusion of the service the funeral procession stretched in an unbroken line from St. Peter’s to the family plot in Flinders cemetery, detouring slightly to make a circuit of “Mantonville” where Christie had lived for nearly all of his life.

In April, 2018, a biography, compiled by Bill Clancy and titled simply “Christie”, was launched. Christie, recovering from his fall, was present in a wheelchair. At the conclusion of proceedings Christie said a few words which typified the man: “This was a wonderful day for me and I will never forget it. I’ve had some great days in my time. I remember one time, my 23rd birthday, I was coming home from the Middle East on the Queen Mary and I woke up in the morning and thought something was different; the Queen Mary had stopped. Then I looked out across the water and there, a mile away, were the red roofs of Fremantle. I’m back in Australia! Australia is a wonderful place; the best place in the world. Is it any wonder we volunteered to fight for her, for our freedom? A great place.”

FOOTNOTE. Copies of “Christie”, now in its 4th printing, can be obtained from the Flinders District Historical Society for $10 (plus postage). The email address is Alternatively, copies are generally available at the Flinders General Store.

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Left: Christie at an Anzac Day service at Flinders Above: The old homestead “Mantonville”, built circa 1877 but now derelict Right: Private Johnstone C. J., about to join the 9th Division in 1941
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