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PENINSULA Living & visiting on the Mornington Peninsula

Marathon Runner • I Matter • Making Camp On The Plateau • Croquet Anyone? Every Dog Has Its Day • Off To Join The Circus • Proud & Poetic • Let There Be Art • Love Is In The Air Sacrebleu French Cafe • Two Guys Named Chris Make Their Mark • Style Your Home For Sale August 2018

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Mornington’s Belinda Cowie had just started Kung Fu classes a little over a year ago when she was hit with a flash of inspiration. Impressed by the instructor’s interaction with people from different backgrounds, she came up with the idea of using these classes to strengthen and support survivors of domestic violence.

20. Making Camp on the Plateau

Writers: Melissa Walsh, Brodie Cowburn, Andrea Louise Thomas, Daniel Failla, Cameron McCullough, Boronica King, Peter McCullough Photography: Yanni, Gary Sissons Publisher: Cameron McCullough Advertising: Brooke Hughes, 0409 219 282 or brooke@mpnews.com.au Marg Harrison, 0414 773 153 or marg@mpnews.com.au General enquiries: essence@mpnews.com.au Registered address: 2/1 Tyabb Road, Mornington 3931 Phone: 5973 6424 www.peninsulaessence.com.au Follow us on Instagram

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For this journalist, author, artist and photographer, who turned 75 this year, life has been a series of challenges since contracting polio at an early age and the couple have had their fair share of turmoil but prove that quality of life is all about attitude. With her tenacity and inquisitive mind, Fran Henke has always found a way to realize her dreams,

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Croquet Anyone?

Croquet is not dead. Played in Victoria since 1914, today there are 92 clubs across thirteen regional areas with 2700 members statewide. Six of those clubs are in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula. So the game is alive and well.

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Every Dog Has its Day

It’s well established that dogs are a man’s best friend, but for some, they act as much more than just a best mate. Katie Hunter is using training dogs on the peninsula to change lives.

38. Off To Join The Circus

Cecilia Martin grew up as an only child, and with Spanish as her first language, she was communicating with her friends through movement before she could communicate verbally. This year CC, as she is known at Circa HQ, joined the Contemporary Circus, and is co-creator of the new show Humans.

42. Proud and Poetic

It’s been just over 12 months since two peninsula ladies put their heads together to create Poets Corner and the results have been outstanding. The monthly gathering to promote and celebrate the joy, wisdom and passion that poetry can bring to life is overflowing at the seams with budding thespians wanting to soak up the creative action.

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Let There Be Art

Nestled amongst cottage gardens and towering trees stands the circa 1892 building rich in history which now houses the creative brilliance of Mornington Peninsula artists. The Oak Hill Gallery has been a community hub for artists for the past 18 years, encouraging local and visiting artists to work on their craft and enjoy a space of inspiration and innovation in Mornington.

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Love Is In The Air

He’s got long hair, a beard and tattoos and, in his own words, is “not everybody’s cup of tea” but Josh Connelly sure does love love. So much so he decided to become a marriage celebrant after his own wedding 11 years ago.

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Ooh Lah Lah Sacrebleu

With over forty years of culinary experience, Alain continues to offer French cuisine on the Mornington Peninsula with Sacrebleu French Café.

68. Two Guys Named Chris Make Their Mark

It’s a scary prospect for anyone to open their own business and perhaps even more so when you are only in your 20s. However, that didn’t stop two peninsula guys who happened to be Chris and Chris, from taking the leap of faith and opening their own venue, The Milbri, three years ago.

76. Crossword Puzzle 78. Focus On Mornington 87. Style Your Home For Sale

Selling your home is one of the biggest financial decisions most people will make so it’s imperative to have this precious asset looking at its premium. That’s where property stylists come in - professional people who can look at your home with no attachment and work out how to make it shine.

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August 22 Ten acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human, and of how our bodies form part of who we are. Exploring the physical limits of their bodies as they are pushed to the extreme. Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble. Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey Street, Frankston Ph 9784 1060 www.artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au

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ndrew Wesley, a local of Mount Eliza for the last 12 years, certainly doesn’t run away from the fight to help raise funds for cancer research. He will be doing his bit to help raise funds and awareness for cancer by tackling the New York marathon this November. Spurring Andrew on to help support the cancer cause is the story of a young man named Kynan Omann, the son of one of his friends who has suffered and survived through a recent battle with cancer. Andrew said that the decision to take part in the New York marathon was made easy due to his running history, but said that Kynan’s story provided him an extra boost. “I’ve run four marathons before this one but this time the marathon has an extra motivational factor, because I’m running to help Kynan,” Andrew said. Andrew was told of Kynan’s story by the boy’s mother, Samantha. He took the situation to heart, using the young man’s battle as inspiration for his upcoming run. Samantha Omann is the mother of Kynan and had never actually met Andrew before the two came across each other in a chance meeting over Facebook. Sam and Andrew both supported Redkite, a foundation designed to help young people with cancer, and it was through the Redkite page that Andrew first learned of Kynan’s story and felt compelled to get in touch. Andrew met and became friends with Samantha by reaching out and asking about Kynan’s situation and offering to help.

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Kynan Omann’s journey battling cancer started in May 2017. Kynan was only 14 at the time when he first started complaining of a headache. After being taken to the doctor’s twice and not making any progress he was finally taken to hospital where it was discovered that Kynan was suffering from Hydrocephalus, also known as water on the brain. Hydrocephalus is a condition where there is an abnormal build-up of fluid in the cavities of the brain, which can be known to raise pressure inside the skull and squash surrounding brain tissue. Some symptoms include headaches, vomiting, blurred vision, cognitive problems and difficulty walking. The patient’s outlook can be dependent on how quickly they are diagnosed and treated, and luckily for Kynan he was taken to hospital at the first sign of worry. Unfortunately for Kynan and his family, another complication was discovered in the form of a brain tumour that was pushing on nerves in his brain. Thankfully it was treatable, and after successfully undergoing brain six weeks of daily therapy, he was cleared to go home. Kynan is now back to school full time and can carry on with life, but his mother Samantha says that his life will never be the same as he still struggles with some daily issues. “Kynan is still experiencing some sight problems and he needs to have blood checks every three months, and this will go on for the rest of his life,” Samantha said. continued next page...


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Samantha said that the work that the Redkite charity does is invaluable to families like the Omanns. For families like to Omanns who have faced difficult battles with cancer, the Redkite charity has been present and ready to assist those afflicted and their families in any way they can. Samantha praised the foundation for the work they do to help families such as her own. “Redkite are an amazing charity and the work the do is beyond good,” Samantha said. “The work being done by Redkite and Andrew to help Kynan has been incredible and great.” Redkite has provided help and support for young people with cancer and their families for over 30 years. Their aim is to help families by providing information and counselling as well as supporting them through the difficult process of grief and loss. Andrew will be attending the New York Marathon with Redkite, doing his part by participating in a run with thousands of others who are also doing charitable work for those affected by cancer. Andrew praised the work Redkite does and has been doing for some time. “Redkite does wonderful work and provides practical and ongoing support,” he said. “My employer has been working with Redkite for over 17 years and I feel proud to be a part of a business that supports them.” Andrew also commended the charity on doing their utmost to assist young sufferers of cancer get back to the life they once

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had by helping them get back to school and providing financial relief. “Redkite helps a lot by handing out supermarket vouchers and petrol vouchers and even car registration, they just help so much”, he said. “When the opportunity came to join the Redkite cause and go to New York to run the marathon I had to raise my hand and volunteer”. The New York marathon is an annual event that will be held on the 4 November this year, with the course stretching over 40 kilometres from Staten Island to Central Park. The marathon acts as a fantastic platform for charitable work, and last year set the record for world’s largest marathon with 51,394 people finishing the course, raising over 36 million dollars for charities in the process. Andrew Wesley does not limit his charity work to just running, as he is also promoting a charity Trivia Night to raise funds for Redkite. The event takes place on Saturday 1 September 2018 at 6:30pm at the Peninsula Community Theatre “My goal for the trivia night is to raise 10,000 dollars but I hope we can smash that,” Andrew said. Peninsula Community Theatre can be found at 91 Wilsons Road, Mornington. Andrew’s fundraising page can be found at www.everydayhero.com.


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SUNRISE TO SUNSET… EXPLORE THE PENINSULA FROM BREATHTAKING SUNRISE TO SPECTACULAR SUNSET. The Mornington Peninsula is a place that promises wonderful experiences from dawn to dusk. To greet the sun, head to the rugged back beaches of the southern peninsula or stroll amongst the tea trees at Western Port. We love to create Instagram envy with a stunning sunrise shot at Bridgewater Bay in Blairgowrie or Dragon’s Head in Sorrento.

When you have taken a moment to breathe in the ocean air, it’s time for a morning caffeine shot or refreshing cuppa. Luckily for you, great coffee is served at cafés all over the Peninsula. Grab a 'local roast', sit down and map out your day. To get up close with the local flora and fauna, take a walking trail across cliffs, seashores or wetlands. A local favourite is to search for heritage plants in historic and botanic parks and gardens, or head to Greens Bush to watch kangaroos feeding. For one of our newest immersive Australian nature experiences, board the ferry from Stony Point to French Island for a short ride to a wildlife haven. You will spot marine life, birds, lizards, potoroos, bandicoots, echidnas and, of course, koalas. Want a sky-high view? Catch the gondola up to Arthurs Seat — on a clear day you can see across Port Phillip to Melbourne. If you are

feeling energetic, try tree surfing or ride the tube slides with the kids. As the sun sits high in the sky it’s time to stock up on provisions. Follow the Wine Food Farmgate Trail to taste fresh local produce and the latest ale, cider or wine. Whatever your fancy, this trail delivers in spades. Fine dining, bistro, outdoor tapas or takeaway — it can all be FOUND. Mid-afternoon, slip into hot springs to rejuvenate, channel your inner golfing pro at one of the many outstanding courses, frolic on the beach or hire a kayak and enjoy the sights from the sea. And as the day closes, find a spot on the bay and lose yourself in the sunset. Not quite finished? In the evening you are spoilt for choice. Restaurants, pubs, brewers, winemakers and chefs offer so many options you could dine out for months and keep finding new experiences.


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i matter By Boronica King

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ornington’s Belinda Cowie had just started Kung Fu classes a little over a year ago when she was hit with a flash of inspiration.

“The idea to start the foundation came about early last year. We officially registered in about December, and now we’re starting to offer classes to the broader community.”

Impressed by the instructor’s interaction with people from different backgrounds, she came up with the idea of using these classes to strengthen and support survivors of domestic violence. Belinda asked her instructor if he’d like to give a free 10 week course for women who are survivors of family violence, an opportunity he accepted. Because of the positive feedback they received from those classes, they decided to do more to help bring people together and create a safe and empowering space for women, and from there the I Matter Foundation was formed.

The I Matter Foundation’s primary client base is survivors of family violence, but the foundation also supports those with physical and intellectual disabilities as well as children and youth in alternative accommodation. The courses are designed to help them get through the troubles they encounter with a strong, physical and empowering activity. The I Matter Foundation aims to restore the health and wellbeing of its participants and give them all a new outlook on the world. Belinda says that those who regularly attend the self-defence classes enjoy the emotional support and understanding given to them by the foundation and other participants who have been through the same experiences.

“I started doing kung-fu classes at my son’s school just over a year ago, and I had so much fun. I was really impressed by the way my instructor worked with people who have disabilities, mental health issues, and experiences with violence. We started a 10 week course and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, the ladies got so much more out of it than we expected so we thought we should do more of this,” Belinda said.

“We talked a lot to out participants about what they got out of the classes, and the strong themes that came out of our classes were that lots of women felt like they were emerging from a difficult point,” she said. continued next page...

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“We did this initially just to give people a bit of confidence, but we found that they really enjoyed the social interactions too. They found their experiences validated when they were able to talk about them with people who come from similar situations.”

“Sometimes these women don't feel understood by friends who haven’t been through similar circumstances, but they felt really supported by meeting women who had been in those situations, there’s been a real sense of community created here.”

Belinda believes that while other forms of expression are still very important, some people need a more physical way to express and release emotions to get through hard times and experiences, which is what the I Matter Foundation focuses on. The selfdefence classes aim to empower participants by involving them in physical activity that is within their own comfort zone and control.

The I Matter Foundation is holding a charity event on 25 August at the Peninsula Community Theatre; a bush dance to help raise awareness of family violence. Belinda saw this fundraiser as a fun and inclusive way to raise money to support survivors of domestic violence. She wants this to be a fun event that brings people together to dance, talk and get involved with the community and foundation. All proceeds from the event will go towards funding the foundation’s classes to continue offering them.

“There’s nothing else like these classes out there. Other classes can be difficult to access for people who maybe don’t feel like they can fit in into regular settings. One of our visitors has had a double knee reconstruction so it would be out of the equation to go to a regular class; others found going to classes with men to be inompatible, and some people need to work through their situations in a physical way,” she said. Belinda says she loves working with her clients to help them break out of their shells after going through a painful experience, and relishes the chance to bring them a new sense of power and comfort by helping them to re-realise their hopes and dreams. “The classes really help people get the courage to get out into the community again. It helps them to get back to pursuing their life goals, it restores their confidence to deal with everyday situation, and it creates special relationships,” she said.

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“I’ve worked with children and we’ve had bush dances and had a lot of fun before. Anybody who wants to dance is welcome to come along and anyone who doesn’t want to dance is welcome to come along and laugh at us having a go,” Belinda said. “We’d like to have a bit of fun with it. It’s a great opportunity for people to find out a little bit about what we’re all about, and hopefully we’ll be able to raise some money to fund our classes.” The event will feature a live performance with food and drinks. Planning and preparations for future events are underway with hopes to continue raising money to put an end to domestic violence. Belinda hopes to expand the foundation in the future and continue to empower more and more people, but she is extremely happy with how far they have come in this short time and is very proud of all of those involved.


“I’m so happy and satisfied to be helping people in the local community, I feel like we’ve really been making a difference to people's lives and that’s important. I really hope we can turn this into somethings bigger as well, she said. The I Matter Foundation’s Bush Dance fundraiser will take place on 25 August from 6pm at the Peninsula Community Theatre. Tickets are available from imatterfoundation.com.au/ events.

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here’s an unmistakable serenity when you walk into the home of Fran and Ian Henke, as if the walls have acquired the peace and tranquillity of the couple themselves. The weeping willow tree at the front window, the roses climbing freely across the picket fence gate and the aroma of daphne doesn’t hurt but it’s more than that. It’s a state of mind and a way of living that Fran talks about after discovering meditation many years ago. For this journalist, author, artist and photographer, who turned 75 this year, life has been a series of challenges since contracting polio at an early age and the couple have had their fair share of turmoil but illustrate that quality of life is all about attitude. With her tenacity and inquisitive mind, this gregarious gemini has always found a way to realize her dreams, from discovering a love of words on her kitchen table at home penning her father’s real estate ads to working on The Canberra Times amongst politicians galore, to jumping on a cargo ship to London to experience a different world, writing shelves of books and novels, becoming a well-respected artist, and undertaking tertiary education at the age of 65. She is a published poet, has been media adviser for state and federal politicians, member of the Commonwealth Film Censorship Board, worked for 3AW, The Border Morning Mail, National Times, and The Australian. She is heavily involved in community work and recently released a book to spread the word on post-polio syndrome. She sculpts, paints, draws, gardens, writes and is determined to leave the world a better place. continued next page...


“I discovered a passion for writing when I was a child growing up in the country. Mum was a fine pianist, she also loved words and encouraged me. My dad was a stock and station agent, and we lived in 11 houses in 17 years as he bought and sold. I learned to write at the kitchen table on clearing sale ads,” said Fran. "I think my rebellious nature comes from being told what I couldn't do after contracting polio. I just decided to have a go at everything." Growing up with parents who loved to garden, it was a natural progression for Fran to want to create a sanctuary for herself wherever she was. “Mum and dad were great gardeners and it mum could make any place beautiful,” said Fran, who has since written books on gardening, as well as local and polio history, and two novels. “There's so much I don't know so I would research; if the answer wasn’t available, I would write a book about it. That’s how the first book happened. We had a tiny garden about the size of a dining table and I didn't know how to manage it. There were no books on small Australian gardens so I wrote The Tiny Utopia in 1977. It sold well and I was asked to write The Perfumed Garden published four years later.” A true lover of the garden, Fran sculpted a limestone piece called Saint Fiacre, the patron saint of gardening. He sits under the willow where generations of her precious dogs are buried. The garden was alwyas a source of peace for her until discovering meditation. “The spiritual journey led me to write The Faithful Garden, researching the great scriptures for plant and garden references. I saw in all of them the same threads about paradise - like universal truths," said the unstoppable artist and writer.

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When she wanted to be an art critic, she wrote to Australian art historian Professor Bernard Smith for advice. “He wrote back. I still have the letter. He said to be well researched and not say anything hurtful. I met him 40 years later at McClelland Gallery, quite amused that I'd done my best to follow his advice," said Fran, who next realised she wanted to paint. "I was at an exhibition at the Mornington Gallery, saw Max Meldrum's tonal work, and wanted to try. Over coffee talking about it, a painter friend ran across the road and bought me a box continued next page...


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of pastels, and that's how it started. She was learning portrait so I went too. Then I found I loved painting dogs."

We reach many plateaux in life

This one seemed less cumbrous but

For Fran, school life was interrupted by polio and her sister's death through cerebral palsy, so tertiary education was never an option.

The frigid day had me immobilised

Depressed this was the ledge ever after

Shafts of sunlight filled with dancing insects

Revived spirits as dogs and I explored

The year was 2008, at 65, and ignoring most of the late effects of polio, Fran majored in sculpture and printmaking.

An overgrown rail reserve

Moving from one beam to another

“Having failed almost everything at school, I was delighted to pass with flying colours and seven high distinctions,” said Fran, whose home is laden with her beloved paintings of her dogs, sculptures, shelves of books and sweet smelling flowers from the garden. Her most recent book ‘Life Skills for Polios, a lighthearted handbook’ sits on the coffee table, designed to bring together the most recent information and advice from medical experts and those living with post-polio syndrome.

With spiralling specks

At home, lunching on unsmashed avocado

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I made camp on the plateau.

"I always felt somthing was missing; then I found I could do visual arts at Chisolm Frankston."

On the day she turned 75, Fran and Ian were hit hard with the flu. “I felt depressed, then I realised that life is a series of plateaux. I had been excited at first about the 75 but the combination of age and the polio limits the amount of hilarity I can manage. Later, out with the dogs in the sunlight, I realised this was another level to accept and a poem emerged."

“We are like a leaf in a stream,” said Fran. “You can hit some boulders, get caught in the side and then flow back on track. I think that’s why, at 75, and with Ian 82, we have managed all those boulders, and we are so content and happy. I have learnt that it’s not about money. There are seekers of power, seekers of money and seekers of truth. That is why our home is called VIDYA which is Sanskrit for knowledge and truth.”


CROQUET anyone? By Andrea Louise Thomas

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roquet is not dead. Played in Victoria since 1914, today there are 92 clubs across thirteen regional areas with 2700 members statewide. Six of those clubs are in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula. So the game is alive and well. Croquet dates back to the 1850s with its origins in the UK. It’s an intriguingly complex sport requiring precision hitting and strategic thinking. It attracts a cross-generational membership sharing in a fun and lively social sport. Croquet sprung up in Australia as a ladies sport because women were not allowed to play lawn bowls, as it was considered an exclusively male sport. This was true until the 1970s!

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Nowadays, there are predominantly two kinds of croquet played: association and golf. Association croquet is the purists’ game. Mount Martha’s Briars Heritage Croquet Association play this type of croquet whereas the other Peninsula area clubs play golf croquet, which is the quicker-paced and more commonly played version of the game. They are, in fact, two very different games.

One thing all croquet players say is that the game is totally captivating. “Croquet is all about intelligence. It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, male or female. It’s about your ability to process information. It’s a constantly evolving puzzle,” says Bennie. It takes great concentration to play croquet because a player can’t plan his/her next shot until the previous ball has finished rolling.

Either way, croquet is a very compelling game that is easy to learn, but hard to master. It is a bit like chess on a green. “It’s a constantly evolving puzzle that requires the ability to solve that puzzle as it changes,” says Robert Bennie of the Frankston Croquet Club. He plays golf croquet.

“When I go and play at a competition, the games are timed to forty-five minutes. In the time I’m waiting between games, an hour feels like an hour, but when I get out on the court to play and the bell is rung, I can’t believe how quickly the time has slipped by,” Bennie says.

Golf croquet is a team sport. It can be played in singles or doubles. In doubles, each player has one ball and in singles, two. The object of the game is to be the first team to run through seven hoops. The balls are played in sequence. It’s not just simply a matter of ‘running the hoops’. This is where the tactics come in. “If my opponent is in a good position in front of the hoop, instead of getting into the hoop, I will clear my opponent as far away from the hoop as possible to put myself in a better position to run the hoop,” says Bennie.

Association Croquet, while equally engrossing, is different in how it occupies the player’s mind. It’s a cycle of slow build up, making a mistake and then stopping. The player knows exactly what he/she is doing and the opponent must just wait. It’s possible that if playing with a really good player, that the opponent may not get a shot at all. It’s a game of patience generally taking about two hours to complete a game.

It takes about forty-five minutes to play a game of golf croquet with two teams on the court at all times. By contrast, association croquet has one player on the court at a time. In association croquet the object of the game is to get both balls around a course of twelve hoops in a set order, and finish by hitting the centre peg. It could take hours to complete a play as a single player dominates play until a mistake is made. The first team around the course wins. “It’s a game that’s a challenge. It’s the most mindabsorbing thing I’ve ever done. You have to be watching all the time,” says Rob Loutit of the Frankston Croquet Club.

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Anyone wanting to have a go would be warmly welcomed. Croquet has held its appeal for over 150 years. It’s also a very economical sport. The equipment is simple and inexpensive. Membership to the Frankston Croquet Club is only about a dollar a day and a player can use a club mallet if he/she needs one. A quirky bonus to playing at Frankston is watching the resident pair of plovers strutting their stuff across the court. A sporty ornithologist can’t go wrong at Frankston Croquet Club. There are also clubs in Mornington, Mount Martha, Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento. All have enthusiastic players passionate about sharing their sport. So, why not have a crack at it?


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EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY By Brodie Cowburn

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t’s well established that dogs are a man’s best friend, but for some, they act as much more than just a best mate. Katie Hunter is training dogs on the peninsula to change lives.

Katie was working as a guide dog trainer, observing every day the positive effects that canine companions can have on those in need. Having witnessed the changes that dogs can have on the lives of others, Katie decided to take on a new career path and work on making these animals more accessible for people with a wide range of disabilities. In 2012 she took the step of founding a charity, Dogs for Kids with Disabilities. “Dogs for Kids with Disabilities, or DKD for short, has been around since 2012, and the idea was formed about 18 months before that. What DKD does is it raises and trains dogs to go on to become therapy dogs and assistance dogs for children with a variety of disabilities,” said Katie. “It’s for any child with a disability. Our clients could be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, we have children that are physically disabled, intellectually disabled, and we have children that have rare genetic conditions that aren’t diagnosed. It could be a multitude of things; it could even be multiple disabilities, because often if you have one diagnosis you can have a couple.”

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When working as a guide dog trainer, Katie couldn’t help but think about the effects that the animals she was working with could have on people with a diverse range of disabilities. From experiences with other families through her work and from her personal experiences with disabilities in her own family, Katie knew that it was vital to bring these assistance dogs into the lives of others. “My background has been as a guide dog trainer, and I also have links with disabilities through my family. I’ve had cousins with disabilities and I’ve seen the power that a dog can have in a family setting through difficult times. I’ve seen how much a dog can motivate someone to continue fighting on,” Katie said. “When I was working for 'Guide Dogs' I was able to work with some families and place some dogs out that didn’t quite make the grade as guide dogs. My first exposure with them was seeing a family go for a walk with their dog without having to hold their child's hand in fear of them running away. After seeing that, it made me want to do more and really change lives of these kids. “For kids it can help them to build a bridge to the outside world they may have struggled to reach. It can help them to build friendships. It helps them to make life a little bit easier; there’s the unconditional love and companionship that a dog provides to a child, and that’s why it all started. It’s there to change lives, make a difference, and make lives better for kids who are struggling.” continued next page...

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“Over the last few years we’ve had 65 families receive a dog from DKD. At the moment we have 26 dogs being developed to be placed with families, they range in age from about four months to two years of age. We place out on average eight dogs a year, depending on how long they take to train. Many clients have told us they change their lives. We’ve had families tell us they couldn't even go for a walk to pick up some milk without the addition of an assistance dog in their families. It reduces the anxiety of children, improves their engagement with others, and makes life more enjoyable for all family members,” Katie said. Dogs for Kids with Disabilities is kept up and running by a dedicated team of volunteers, who are based in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area. Some of the volunteer roles within the organisation include the trainers themselves, who donate their time to help the puppies get up to a standard where they can start their lives as assistance dogs.

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“We’re a very small charity, we have a volunteer board of directors who make the decisions, and we’ve got volunteers involved who raise our puppies for the first two years before they enter into formal training. We also rely on volunteers to help us with fundraising, events and marketing. Times are tough for charities; it’s small but it’s personalised,” Katie said. continued next page...


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The official launch of Arthurs Seat Challenge was held at the Arthurs Seat Eagle on the 18th July. The 6.7km fun, run & walk challenge is on the 11th November 2018. Registrations online www. arthursseatchallenge.com.au

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The Mt Martha Golf Club ladies gathered at Kirks on the Esplanade in Mornington for their Ladies Luncheon

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“All of our volunteers are from the local community, and we place our dogs all across Victoria. We have working dogs all the way down the peninsula, out towards Gippsland, up towards Echuca, and even towards Warrnambool and Geelong. Our volunteer trainers are generally from the peninsula and Frankston areas, we have everything we need down here to give the puppy an experience it needs to become an assistance dog in the future.” Donations to Dogs for Kids with Disabilities to keep their hard work going can be made via their website, and Katie says that all support, no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated. “We’re all about offering a family service and getting to know our clients so we can make a difference. You need to get to know these families and their needs to help them through adding a dog into the household and getting out into the community with a dog by their side,” she said. “It costs between $30,000 and $50,000 to train one dog to assistance or companion standard. It’s a two year process and we need to raise money to get those dogs out there. Every donation helps; it doesn't matter what the amount is. The price of a coffee a month would help change the future for this charity, it would be huge for us.”

Visit dkd.org.au to donate and find out more information, or get in contact with Dogs for Kids with Disabilities by looking up their Facebook page.

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Peninsula Business Network midyear celebration dinner was held at Mornington Racecourse on the 26th June. A good time was had by one and all. Entertainment was provided by Switch music.

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Arts

By Melissa Walsh

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ld favourites Caroline Graley and John Noordennen have returned to Cube 37 at Frankston Arts Centre with their Art After Dark installation ‘Full Bloom’. It has been 14 years since this artistic duo Caroline and John last teamed up to exhibit in the beautiful Glass Gallery Space at Cube 37. This new work features a large flowerlike sculptural form bursting into full bloom. By day it is vibrantly coloured and joyously exuberant.

At night the work is lit by dramatic lighting and a kaleidoscopic video projection with accompanying sound track. The exhibition can be viewed on the streetfront from Thurs 12th July till Sat 1 Sept. Cube 37 Frankston Arts Centre is at 25/37 Davey St, Frankston. www.artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au

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ecilia Martin grew up as an only child, and with Spanish as her first language, she was communicating with her friends through movement before she could communicate verbally. Surrounded by sport, music and art growing up she found a passion for circus early on. This year CC, as she is known at Circa HQ, joined the Contemporary Circus, and is co-creator of the new show Humans, showing at Frankston Arts Centre on Wednesday August 22. Peninsula Essence talks to CC about running away and joining the circus.

How did you decide that you wanted to be a circus performer? When I was a kid my mum pushed me to do lots of different things. In the school holidays she would send me to something different to learn or try and one of them was the circus. I loved it from the start and continued doing circus training from the time I was eight, all the way to the end of year 12. There is actually a big culture of kid’s circus in Australia so it was easy to find. After that I went to the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in Melbourne and now have my first gig at Circa. What do you specialise in with your performing? I have been developing myself as an aerialist for the past few years but I specialise in dance trapeze and Washington trapeze, as well as performing group acrobatics. How did the job at Circa come about? I joined the company about a year and a half ago and went straight to creation, and then first performed at the Sydney Festival in 2017. Getting the job with Circa came about when I was living in Melbourne and trying to see what was out there for myself after my course. I got in touch with them and they had an ensemble member leaving so it was perfect timing. continued next page...

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Is the circus industry big in Australia? It’s a growing industry and growing rapidly in Australia which is great. Circa is a big company which offers longer contracts but there is also a bunch of smaller independent companies, so every year there are more and more jobs which is amazing. The industry is much larger world-wide and there are lots of jobs in Canada and Europe but we are definitely taking off here. What is the show Humans about and how did it evolve? The show was conceived by Yaron Lifschitz, artistic director and CEO Circa and we worked with him to create the show. It’s a collaborative process. The ideas come from him and stimulate us to create the work. The show is about what it is to be human and my role in the show is an acrobat and trapeze which is one of my specialties. Most of the show is on the ground with bodies climbing on each other and we have a cast of 10. What do you like about this show? I really love this show; there is something tribal in its essence and the way the movement is so connected within all of us. The things we try and do on stage is about feeling your inner energy and how that connects with other people. We call it a groove, feeling people’s energy and connecting with others. There are elements that are choreographed but also elements of improvisation. Ten acrobats on stage take you on a journey of what it means to be human and of how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations all form part of who we are. Humans, created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble, explores the physical limits of their bodies as they are pushed to the extreme; they question how much we can take as humans. How much weight can we carry? Who can we trust to support our load? They lead us to reflect on our lives, our loved ones, the burdens we carry and the physical and emotional strength it takes to overcome them. Created by Yaron Lifschitz, the stage is stripped bare as the vulnerability of a team of highly skilled acrobats is exposed. With incredible strength and integrity they connect each moment seamlessly with the next in a thrilling and heart-stopping performance. Glimpse their humanity as they as they find redemptive power in strength and celebrate what it means to be fiercely human. Humans is showing at the Frankston Arts Centre on Wednesday August 22 at 8pm. www.artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au

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PROUD POETIC By Melissa Walsh Photos Rick Boland & Yanni

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last month, with our special guest poet ReVerse Butcher, wowing the crowd.”

Heather Forbes McKeon and Heather Mc are the faces behind the poetry nights in McCrae where people wine, dine and enjoy the wonder and bliss of poetry from locals and guest poets. Ms Forbes McKeon is the former head of drama at Frankston High School and has been known to write some wonderful prose herself. Heather Mc is the owner of Blue Bay Café, McCrae but somewhat of a thespian and poet, having spent many years in theatre.

“We meet in the warm and magical atmosphere of the Blue Bay Café` McCrae, where we dine, wine and share our poetry during the Open Mic sets and enjoy the poetry of a prolific poet during the Featured Poet set,” said the two Heathers.

t’s been just over 12 months since two peninsula ladies put their heads together to create Poets Corner and the results have been outstanding. The monthly gathering to promote and celebrate the joy, wisdom and passion that poetry can bring to life is overflowing at the seams with budding thespians wanting to soak up the creative action.

“Poet’s Corner aims to encourage anyone who is involved to write, to read, to perform or simply to listen to poetry,” said the ladies who are blown away by the wealth of poetic interest and talent on the peninsula. “We are really kicking goals, having participated in the Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival

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ReVerse Butcher is a multi-disciplinary artist with focuses in making unique artist’s books, collages, visual art, writing, poetry and performance. With her unique style, she will use any medium necessary to engage and subvert reality until it is less dull and oppressive, and it was the second time she has performed at Poet’s Corner; another coup for the peninsula soiree of poets.

Poets’ Corner’ runs on the last Sunday of the month at Blue Bay Café, 665-667 Point Nepean Road, McCrae. Readings are held from 6pm to 8pm with the option to enjoy a meal or just come along, have a drink and soak up the poetic atmosphere.


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FROM THE USA TO THE PENINSULA: PEPPIMENARTI WEAVERS AT WHISTLEWOOD Renowned weaver and award winning artist Regina Pilawuk Wilson from the tiny homeland community of Peppimenarti, 320 west of Darwin, is heading to the Peninsula’s Whistlewood Gallery to launch an exhibition of new paintings, weavings and works on paper from her art centre of Durrmu. Most of the works, whether brilliantly coloured or more subtle in hue, are based on the pattern of fishnet weaving stiches called Syaw and the dots used in body paint design called Durrmu. Wilson and fellow artists have just returned from a highly acclaimed visit to the US where their work is featuring in two leading exhibitions at the Kluge Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia and Debra & Dennis Scholl’s collection of Aboriginal women artists at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Wilson and fellow artist Kathleen Korda will be launching DURRMU | Weaving | Painting | Identity with a weaving demonstration and in conversation with their executive director Kade McDonald and Whistlewood co-curator Susan McCulloch on September 1 at 2.30. (Free event but bookings essential at mccullochart.eventbrite.com.au or as below)

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LET THERE BE By Melissa Walsh Photos Garry Sissons

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estled amongst cottage gardens and towering trees stands a building rich in history which now houses the creative brilliance of Mornington Peninsula artists. The Oak Hill Gallery has been a community hub for artists for the past 18 years, encouraging local and visiting artists to work on their craft and enjoy a space of inspiration and innovation in Mornington. Oak Hill Gallery manager Yvonne Watson has been running the artists’ space for the past eight years and has a passion for the peninsula and its established or aspiring artists since she moved here a decade ago. “My husband grew up on the sands of Portsea and we have always had a holiday house here that we eventually decided to move to permanently,” she says of their sea change. These days the energy of the gallery is driven by Yvonne, who is also a creative soul being a printmaker and photographer.

“I encourage all artists to contact the gallery to display their work or come along to one of the many classes to improve their skills and knowledge,” says Yvonne as she proudly shows us around the gallery. “We are a community cooperative so a lot less intimidating than the larger galleries. Our work is all about encouraging artists and offering a place to inspire creativity. We hold workshops for children as well as adults and regularly host exhibitions for local artists.” The five exhibition spaces within the building are a series of warm contemporary rooms with high ceilings and polished floors. Original fireplaces have been retained, as has the veranda of this building that was originally a homestead built by William Dunn in 1892. The artists’ studios were previously the farm’s outbuildings, situated amongst the landscaped grounds. “We offer the public and art lovers alike the opportunity to appreciate a wide variety of styles from the traditional to contemporary, and exhibits works by professional and up-andcontinued next page... August 2018

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coming artists with exhibitions held on a monthly basis. Our aim is to encourage and host new modes of art while continuing to embrace and respect the ancestry of art,” says Yvonne. “At the gallery we have an eclectic mix of styles and genres from paintings, portraits, landscapes, jewellery, sculpture, woodwork, and classes for all ages including a wonderful after school program and school holiday program which we introduced after seeing a niche in the market for it. Our schools offer good art classes but not enough for kids to explore their creativity so we started running the kids classes and they are incredible. We have even had nine year old students selling works at the gallery which is a wonderful achievement.”

our beautiful gallery on these cold winter days,” she says. “Being self-funded, we are very proud that we have survived for 18 years and the future looks good with our membership up to over 800 now and our exhibition space booked solidly.” Yvonne loves the impact the gallery has had on disadvantaged groups as well, with many new friends being made through volunteering or just visiting the welcoming art space.

Managing a gallery is not just about looking at pretty pictures as Yvonne can attest.

“We have a wonderful sense of community and a lot of people who come here from disadvantaged groups who have little contact with other people. They come and see beautiful art and talk to people and it gives them a new lease on life,” she says. “It is very rewarding.”

“It can be very full on here with everything from hanging works of art, curating the exhibitions, to organising classes, liaising with artists and organising showings. We offer coffee and cake in front of the fire as well so visitors can come in and relax in the warmth of

And so one serendipitous moment, when Yvonne and her husband happened to come across this small gallery ten years ago, turned out to be a life-changing find for the artist and photographer.

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“When I saw the gallery and wandered in all those years ago, they were so lovely to me and offered to let me keep my printing press here. Within a year I was managing it and I love every minute. This month we have one of the artists I went to University with. Naup Waup is from PNG and has people from his village who have created some wonderful cigar box lids and so we are going to exhibit their work for the first time from August 5 to 30. We also have the Peninsula Print Prize and an exhibition from the Mornington Camera Club,” she says. “We have held the Little Archies which are a lot of fun, and have local artists who make jewellery, postcards, woodwork, ceramics, and crafts for sale in our gift shop.” Oak Hill Gallery is open every day from 11am till 4pm at 110 Mornington Tyabb Road, Mornington. Phone 5973 4299. www.oakhillgallery.com.au

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR By Melissa Walsh Photo Miss Pickle

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e’s got long hair, a beard and tattoos and, in his own words, is “not everybody’s cup of tea” but one thing Josh Connelly does love is love. So much so he decided to become a marriage celebrant after his own wedding 11 years ago.

“I have always loved weddings and seeing people in love. A few years ago, two couples who are friends asked me to marry them as they thought I would be perfect for their day. They even offered to pay for the celebrant course,” said Josh with a laugh. That was in 2012 and since then Josh has married hundreds of couples. “I would say I have a niche market but I love anybody in love and didn’t get into it for the money. It is an honour to be able to be the celebrant for people during this milestone in their lives,” says Josh who was thrilled when same sex marriage became legalised last year. An advocate for individuality and the rights of all to be married in law, Josh already has same sex couples booked in for their weddings. “I have already had lots of enquiries from same sex couples wanting to get married and have a couple of weddings booked for next year,” he says. “I approach every couple differently, whether same sex or heterosexual. The gravity of it all always dawns on me every ceremony when I say will you take this person to be your husband or wife.” Australia officially became the 26th country to legalise same-

sex marriage after the law was passed last December with the overwhelming backing of the Federal Parliament. It came thirteen years after changing the Marriage Act to explicitly forbid samesex unions. With almost 2500 same-sex marriages registered in Australia in the six months since marriage equality was legalised, so many people have benefited from the change. “Previously same sex couples who really wanted to get married had to go overseas but now their unions can be recognised under Australian law and I couldn’t be happier for them,” said Josh. “Everybody deserves to be able to marry the person they love.” Since same sex marriage became legalised, Josh says a couple of things have changed but they are very minor. “The one thing that has somewhat changed with the way I approach couples is that with two females getting married or two males getting married I am completely open minded about what they want to do. If they both want to walk down the aisle or if one wants to stand at the end waiting that is completely up to them. There are no rules as far as the ceremony goes. I offer that for every wedding as family dynamics are different these days,” he says.

Phone O413 O61 869 www.joshconnellycivilcelebrant.com

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Mornington Peninsula Weddings THE Mornington Peninsula remains a community of warm and friendly people, where the stresses of city life can be left behind. As one bride said…“organising our wedding on the Mornington Peninsula from interstate really means you invest a lot of faith in someone to do their job and everyone we dealt with from Mornington Peninsula Weddings Inc. exceeded our expectations! They were all professional, reliable and easy-going. Nothing was too much to ask.” Mornington Peninsula Weddings Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation of local wedding and event suppliers who together promote the Mornington Peninsula as a premier wedding destination. The organisation's members are a close team of professionals all working together to achieve the same outcome: a dream wedding for each unique bride and groom. Their success comes from members who have a wealth of knowledge about the wedding industry and are reliable, professional and passionate about Mornington Peninsula Weddings (MPW). The Mornington Peninsula is the ultimate wedding destination in Victoria. Whether you wish to say your vows on a stunning cliff top overlooking crystal clear waters, or you prefer an intimate country estate, MPW members can assist. And the best part of it all? Access to the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne is less than an hour's drive. From the highest quality venues right down to the headpiece you wear in your hair (and everything in between of course) you’ll find everything you need in the MPW directory – 100% local wedding suppliers. So for you and your bridal party’s wedding attire, accommodation, hair and makeup, photographers, celebrants to suit every couples personality, catering, flowers, live music or DJ….nothing is left to chance. MPW even

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Koonya Apartments

Peninsula Cake Art

SORRENTO wedding accommodation at its’ finest, Koonya Apartments is the perfect choice for bridal couples, bridal parties, as well as family and friends.

PENINSULA Cake Art has a well-established reputation for creating high quality products. Owner-operator Nicole Badenhop has over 20 years’ experience as a trained pastry chef and cake decorator, so you can be assured that your cake will be made to the highest possible standard.

Nestled in the hillside between the Sorrento foreshore and Sorrento Village, Koonya Apartments is in the perfect location for your wedding on the Mornington Peninsula! A boutique selection of the 35 apartments are offered for wedding bookings. Bridal couples getting married nearby often call Koonya home during their marriage celebrations. Couples can choose from either 2 or 3 bedroom apartments, all individually furnished with the highest quality of fixtures. Each apartment features fully self-contained kitchens, and are all pristinely maintained to ensure the guests experience is supreme, and that they make for beautiful wedding photos. Open plan living ensures ample space for make-up artists and hair stylists. Whilst in residence guests staying have access to the indoor heated pool and spa making Koonya unique and also explains why guests flock to Koonya for weddings in the cooler months. A wedding’s not just for one day! Make it last for you and your guests with a long weekend, or even a week as you immerse yourself in Sorrento Village. The dining, shopping and indulgence is all at your doorstep when staying at Koonya Apartments. The myriad of shops, restaurants, wedding venues and day spas in the Sorrento Village are all a stone’s throw from Koonya.

Peninsula Cake Art was founded in 2005, and today it continues to run with the same passion for cake and sugar craft that ensures Peninsula Cake Art a place as one of the Mornington Peninsula’s leading cake designing teams. “We have a purpose-built consultation studio where we meet our clients in comfort to discuss their ideas and to provide them with a sample box full of our delicious flavours to take home and enjoy. We also have a selfcontained decorating studio to bring those ideas to life,” says Nicole. “The Mornington Peninsula is a beautiful area to live and work. I t has a real sense of community to it and a relaxed holiday vibe. We are also surrounded by lots of other passionate business owners in the area. We have the best of all worlds - beautiful beaches, wineries and walking tracks. Something for everyone,” said Nicole. Peninsula Cake Art is at 47 Padua Drive, Mornington. Phone 0400 221 374 for further details. nicole@peninsulacakeart.com.au www.peninsulacakeart.com.au

Koonya Apartments is at 3356-3374 Point Nepean Rd, Sorrento. Phone 0412 025 108 for further details. www.koonyasorrento.com.au

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Koonya Apartments is the perfect place for your wedding and honeymoon accommodation. Our stunning apartments are in the most sought after location in Sorrento overlooking the Sorrento foreshore, and in walking distance (or a short car trip) to the most popular wedding venues Sorrento has to offer, including The Baths and All Smiles Sorrento.

Winter Wedding offer Pay 2, Stay 3* Book 2 nights (Friday and Saturday) and receive a complimentary night on us! Pay 3, Stay 4* Book 3 nights (Sunday to Thursday) and receive a complimentary night on us!

3356-3374 Point Nepean Rd, Sorrento VIC | 0412 025 108 | www.koonyasorrento.com.au *Limited availability, conditions apply. Valid May to September 2018/2019.

By appointment only: Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm 47 Padua Drive, Mornington Phone 0400 221 374 or email nicole@peninsulacakeart.com.au w w w. p e n i n s u l a c a ke a r t . co m . a u August 2018

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Minzenmay WITH over 107 years history and experience, third generation Master Jeweller Paul Kristian Minzenmay alongside his wife, Bridie, provide the highest-quality skilled craftsmanship and expertise. With such a rich history, the design team - led by Paul himself - are uniquely qualified to guide clients through the process of selecting and creating speciality pieces of jewellery that reflect their personal story. In a one-on-one appointment the talented team will assist you to develop your ideas and choose the perfect solution to suit your individual needs; whether that is the efficiency and precision of the Design Studio System or the romance of the exclusive experience of a fully handcrafted piece by Paul Kristian Minzenmay. All Paul Kristian Minzenmay pieces are sculpted from luxury metals and precious stones in our on-site workshop with Paul’s personal artistic fingerprint. Recognised as the go-to Diamond Experts on the Mornington Peninsula, Minzenmay provides a variety of quality diamonds and gem stones to meet any budget, size and colour. From the rare precision cut Passion8 Diamond to Diamonds of origin from Australia and Canada, Minzenmay ensures that you receive high grade, quality diamonds and gem stones that are not clarity enhanced. In-store, Minzenmay has generous displays of ready to wear jewellery pieces from classic styles to modern design. Peruse high-end designer pieces from

OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN, an international luxury brand deeply rooted in a passion for artisanal excellence, specialising in understated fine jewellerys a wine region, the Mornington Peninsula truly is a stunning place to explore. Minzenmay is at 152 Main Street, Mornington. Phone 5975 2439 for further details. www.minzenmay.com.auÂ

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Gail Cremen Celebrant

Bessie Seal Hair + Makeup

AFTER working in the corporate sector for many years, Gail was drawn to being a celebrant as she loves helping people.

BESSIE is a highly qualified and experienced hair stylist and makeup artist servicing the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne & beyond.

“I am very experienced and passionate about ensuring my couples have the best ceremony possible,” said Gail. “I fully commit to my couples, so that over several meetings I get to know them. This helps me understand their relationship and story better. I can then create an appropriate, meaningful ceremony that is about them, plus we can have some fun.”

Bessie has worked within the hairdressing industry for 18 years, specialising in bridal hair.

Gail says she has noticed a change in the wedding industry over the years since she began. “Brides are becoming more adventurous with their choice of styles, locations and themes, which I think is fantastic. I need to be flexible and inventive so that their ceremony reflects their choice and blends in well,” she said. Phone 0407 099 735 for further details. www.gailcremencelebrant.com.au

Bessie knows how to deliver the perfect look for all her clients, and will work with you through consultation and trial application to create exactly the look you desire for your wedding day, or special event Bessie uses high quality cosmetics and hair products to enhance your natural beauty including MAC, Napolean, Kryolan and Motives cosmetics. Whether it be a natural or unique style, Bessie will create a glowing, flawless look while offering professional, personalised service. Bessie can come to you, or you can make an appointment to see her at her studio located in Frankston South. Bookings of four people or more will receive a 10% discount. Phone 0412 965 551 for further details. www.bessiesealhairandmakeup.com

Gail Cremen Authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant

Bespoke ceremonies and rituals to express your love and commitment to each other. Weddings Vow Renewals Naming Days

m: 0407 099 735 www.lifecelebrations.com.au gail@lifecelebrations.com.au www.facebook.com/GailCremenCMC • Professional • Fun • Relaxed • MP Local • Experienced

Specialising in bridal hair and makeup for the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds.Whether it be a natural or unique style, Bessie will create a glowing flawless look to enhance your natural beauty. For bookings or enquiries call 0412 965 551 www.bessiesealhairandmakeup.com August 2018

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Peppers Moonah Links Resort LOCATED on the stunning Mornington Peninsula just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Peppers Moonah Links Resort is the ideal place to celebrate your special day. Home to picturesque settings amongst ancient rolling sand dunes, our venue is perfect for ceremonies and receptions alike. Whether it be a lavish affair or a wish for a small intimate wedding, Peppers Moonah Links Resort is the perfect venue. Peppers Moonah Links Resort is the only venue on the Mornington Peninsula with a permanent free-standing marquee that can hold up to 110 people. The Marquee is situated beside the main pavilion with direct views of the spectacular Open Golf Course. Boasting a three-metre high ceiling, it is perfect for creating an unforgettable canopy of fairy lights or floral arrangements. A cocktail or a buffet, the Marquee can provide a unique experience and setting for your wedding. Alternatively, if you are seeking an indoor ceremony and more formal affair, why not enjoy Peppers Moonah Links Executive Private Lodge Ridge. This lodge has a beautiful high vaulted ceiling with a large wall mirror, pendant lighting, indoor and outdoor functioning fire places and a full 180 degree wrap around terrace with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the terrace and course.

Offering the total wedding package to make your day one to be remembered, Peppers Moonah Links Resort also offers the best in modern accommodation for your friends and loved ones. The perfectly designed and manicured Ceremony Lawn is surrounded by Australian native plants looking out across the Championship course and is the ideal location for your ceremony. Photographers will be inspired by the range of amazing onsite and nearby locations to capture incredible backdrops of bridal couples from pastures and rolling hills, a cattle station, neighbouring vineyards and our two championship golf courses. Our dedicated team will assist in coordinating everything from the Ceremony to the Reception, combining our experience and knowledge with your own personal style to create a stunning celebration that’s all about you and your guests. Experience the magic of Peppers Moonah Links Resort. Please contact an experienced member of our team for further information. Ph: 03 5988 2000 web: www.peppers.com.au/moonah

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Your Wedding Checklist

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Janis House Photography At Janis House Photography, they focus on relaxed candid photographs that will capture the story of your day. Janis has been a wedding photographer for ten years and loves being involved in planning and preparing so that they know each venue and location well to get the best images on the day. “I love photographing weddings, capturing all of the joy, emotion, fun and festivities that your day will encompass. My wedding photography is relaxed in nature, with more of a documentary style of shooting. I’ll make sure that your day will be preserved in images for generations to come,” said Janis. “Photography has always been my passion as has storytelling. The peninsula provides us with such amazing venues and variety of locations for photography that are all so close together.” Phone 0409 519 078 for further details. www.janishousephotography.com

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RACV Cape Schanck Resort THE new RACV Cape Schanck Resort offers state-of-the-art conference and event facilities, a luxurious day spa, championship golf course and premium resort accommodation. Couples booking their wedding at RACV Cape Schanck Resort are offered the choice of several stylishly appointed wedding reception venues, an onsite tranquil garden ceremony, ocean and golf view resort rooms or self-contained accommodation and an onsite personalised wedding coordinator guiding you through the process. Set on one of the most striking golf courses in Australia and providing outstanding lifestyle and recreational facilities, guests will check in, unwind and enjoy all that RACV Cape Schanck Resort has to offer. Guests have access to 184 villas, suites and ocean view rooms, an 18 hole champion golf course, 3 onsite dining options headed up by Executive Chef – Josh Pelham, a 25 metre indoor pool, day spa, two stylish ballrooms with views of Bass Strait, fitness centre, flood lit tennis courts and underground car parking. It is an ideal venue to cater for any wedding or event. The resort prides itself on using on regional produce and supporting local suppliers, its seasonal menu highlights the best of the region. There is so much to see and do on the Mornington Peninsula; a

beautifully landscaped hinterland encompassing national parks, lively local markets, art galleries, pristine beaches, waterfront restaurants and cafes. The Mornington Peninsula is renowned for being a wine region, and truly is a stunning place to explore from your base at Cape Schanck. RACV Cape Schanck Resort is at Trent Jones Drive, Cape Schanck. Phone 5950 8000 for further details. www.racv.com.au/weddings

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The Peninsula is the pefect place to host your

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wedding. From stunning venues, stylists, event hire, florists, catering, photographers and more, you'll find everything you need for your dream day in the one spot!

Venue: Casa De Playa Stationary: Love Carli Photography: Miss Pickle Photography

Venue: All Smiles Sorrento Photography: Janis House Photography

Event Hire: Wedding Marquees Peninsula

Photography: Bright Eyes Photography

Flowers: Oh my Dahlia! Photography: Jessica Mason Photography

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Cake: Peninsula Cake Art Flowers: Naomi Rose Floral Design


The perfect shoe for your special day Bayside Shoes The World is at your Feet

• Bridal • Bridesmaids • Mothers of the Bride • Formals • Debutante

Bayside Shoes may not be a boutique, but it has the largest range of bridal shoes south of Melbourne. Bayside has held an Easy Weddings 5 star Certificate of Excellence for its customer service and bridal shoe choice based on customer feedback, every year since 2014. The range of bridal shoe materials, styles and colours is extensive and they cater for sizes from 5 to 11 at very affordable prices. For the groom, sizes range from 5 to 17 in Italian, Brazilian & Portuguese high quality, leather shoes and boots.

103 Railway Parade, Seaford baysideshoewarehouse@gmail.com

(03) 9785 1887 Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm Sat 9am - 3.30pm www.baysideshoewarehouse.com.au

In fact, all members of the wedding party are catered for; from the bride and bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, flower girls and page boys together with the groom and his groomsmen. Apparently many brides say choosing their gown is easier than finding the right pair of shoes, but at Bayside Shoes: “The World is at your feet” Come and discover this “Shoe Haven” for your special occasion and enjoy browsing at your leisure or being given specialist fitting service and advice. Bayside Shoes is located at 103 Railway Parade, Seaford on the corner of Clovelly Parade. Phone 03 9785 1887, email baysideshoewarehouse@gmail.com: Website: www.baysideshoewarehouse.com.au

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Nestled on 4 acres of bushland and gardens, WhiteChapel Estate is the hidden jewel of the Peninsula. Only 45 minutes from Melbourne and open all year for ceremonies and receptions. It’s all here for you, and only you, on your Wedding Day!

1565 Western Port Hwy Langwarrin 3910 | Phone: 03 5978 6278 |

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Hummer Limousines When planning your big day, every detail is important and one place that takes their job seriously is the team at Hummer Limousines. As the largest Hummer fleet in Australia, servicing the peninsula, Hummer Limousines are available for any event or special occasion, wedding packages, corporate events, formals, parties, racing and a number of other packages all designed to make your special event a perfect day. Stretching up to 14 metres these amazing vehicles seat up to 24 people and all Hummers have fully equipped bars, luxury leather seats, LCD screens, DVD, CD players and iPod facilities, a fully integrated sound system, fibre optic lighting together with neon and strobe lighting with also lasers and smoke machines. There is nothing we haven’t thought of in the interior design of all of our stretched Hummers. Hummer Limousines is proud to introduce the brand new H4 Hummer Limo to Australia. Seating up to 24 people, and featured in black or white, this new Limo is sure to set you apart from the rest. With the latest interior technology, sound, mid-point Jet door for ease of getting in, plush bar and seating, it is the latest and greatest vehicle out of the USA since the older H2 Hummer 10 years ago. With its new modern curves, large 22 inch wheels, and even a rear bar area for weddings whilst doing their photos, this Hummer sets the bench mark for limousine travel in Australia. As Australia’s number one Limousine company, Hummer Limousines lends itself perfectly to weddings, making the arrival experience second to none, catering to every bride and grooms needs, with ample room for the bride, her dress and the whole wedding party if you choose. Hummer

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Limousines are trusted by many couples to be part of their very special day. They pride themselves on making your arrival experience something special to remember, with a range of packages to suit all needs and the smallest detail considered, right down to the car dressing internally as well as externally. Hummer Limousines wedding services are second to none. They understand the importance of the day with attention to detail and hospitality make for a unique arrival experience that the bride, her groom and guests will never forget. Hummer Limousines provide silver and gold wedding packages. These consist of: red carpet for arrival, flowers and tulle internally, wheel covers, and personalised car ribbons, champagne water and soft drinks, glassware, ice in bars and also a cheese platter to have during your photos. For a quote, give them a call on the below number or visit the website or social media for further information Phone 1800 486 637. www.hummerlimos.com.au FB - https://www.facebook.com/HummerLimos/ IG - https://www.instagram.com/hummerlimousines/


Amour Of The Grape Tours Want to see the best the Mornington Peninsula has to offer but don’t want to spoil your day by driving or being a part of a big, noisy tour group? Well, Rosebud based Amour Of The Grape Tours is just what you have been looking for. Run for the past five years by former sportswriter and Peninsula local Paul Gough, Amour Of The Grape Tours operates small group tours of the Mornington Peninsula daily. Catering for small, intimate groups of two to seven, Amour Of The Grape Tours enables tourists and locals to see all the spectacular sights of the Peninsula in cosy, safe surroundings - without the stress of driving or worrying about catching public transport or a taxi. “We love catering for small groups so we can get to know everyone personally and make sure all our guests have a day to remember,” says owner Paul Gough. “Being in the media for 20 years before I moved to the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne I am used to having a chat to people.” “And it’s fascinating to meet so many people of all ages, from all walks of life and from so many different places in Australia and around the world. “And we love having locals as well.” Amour Of The Grape Tours specialises in wine tours, with the Mornington Peninsula now rated as one of best cool climate wine

regions in the world.However, the locally based operator also runs daily tours to Peninsula Hot Springs as well as golf tours, airport transfers and trips to Mornington and Balnarring races. And in a handy service for Peninsula locals – where night-time travel options are limited - Amour Of The Grape Tours also offers return transport for those heading out for dinner, to weddings or for any special occasion. www.amourofthegrape.com.au

MORNINGTON PENINSULA TOUR COMPANY Winery Tours, Peninsula Hot Springs and Night Transport

Specialising in small intimate tours of the Mornington Peninsula and run by locals who love to share their knowledge and passion for this beautiful region. Catering for small intimate groups - minimum 2 and maximum of 7

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oohlahlah! Eat & Drink

SACREBLEU FRENCH CAFÉ By Melissa Walsh Photos Garry Sissons

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rowing up in France in a town close to Geneva in the Alps, Alain Mathieu was surrounded by delicious fresh food. His father had a vegetable garden and everything was natural and full of flavour. It was not a wealthy area but a place where food was a focus with his family always creating delicious and hearty meals.

For Alain it was a natural progression to become a chef with his fondest memories around the aromas and taste of homecooked food. With over forty years of culinary experience, Alain continues to offer French cuisine on the Mornington Peninsula with Sacrebleu French Café. “We opened the café in December 2014 and straight away went into the summer rush,” he says of the café that is right opposite the Rye beach. “Our food is traditional French cuisine with my own changes thrown in. I am all about flavour and

balance and sometimes make dishes a little less rich while still having the traditional French flavours.” Reminiscing about life in France as a child, Alain says he remembers the flavour of his aunt’s rabbits or poultry. “You could smell them a kilometre away. Food was a big part of my life growing up; my mum had a great palate, good technique, and she could get flavours out of everything. Dad grew the most delicious vegetables in a small vegetable garden which we lived on throughout the year, and cooked the most incredible roast potatoes which my children still talk about to this day. I was 15 when I went to boarding school and started to learn to be a chef, and when I came to Australia in 1986 my cousin was a cheesemaker and I worked around the country, learning more about flavour and balance.” continued next page...

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The first year Sacrebleu was opened a tradition started with an event on Bastille Day that has become a peninsula favourite. “A lady walked in that first year and asked if we do Bastille Day events and we have been doing them ever since. This year was completely booked out which was great,” said Alain. With Sacrebleu French Café open for breakfast and lunch for the past four years, this month they are becoming licenced and will open for dinners which the team are thrilled about. “We love doing the traditional petit déjeuner and déjeuner but are delighted to be able to offer a dinner service now,” said Alain, who loves cooking with fresh seafood which is abundant in the area. “The menu will have things like bouillabaisse, seafood, and sweet water fish that I remember eating as a child. Living in the mountains, seafood came only once a week as and now we are across the road from the water, we can have it every day. I also make chicken and beef terrine, lovely roulade of salmon, beef bourguignon and cassoulet.” With the best lemon tart and croquet monsieur, fresh ingredients, traditional French fare, and a lovely relaxed vibe, Sacrebleu is our own taste of France on the Mornington Peninsula

Sacrebleu is at 2377 Point Nepean Rd, Rye. Phone 0402 880 683. www.sacrebleufrenchcafe.com.au

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Recipe SACREBLEU ROASTED MUSHROOM CREPE INGREDIENTS:

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I cup dried wild mushrooms 6 flat mushrooms Onion (large) Thyme, bay leaves, rosemary Cup of white wine Gravy/strong chicken stock Cream

Soak mushrooms, then drain Fry diced onion and then add softened mushrooms Add white wine and reduce to three quarters Roast 4 flat mushrooms with herbs and dice the rest to sauté Add chicken stock and bring to the boil Reduce until the flavour is strong and season to taste

Sacrebleu is at 2377 Point Nepean Rd, Rye. Phone 0402 880 683. www.sacrebleufrenchcafe.com.au

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Cook crepes to 30cm and cook on both sides Fold them in a triangle and put mushroom sauce in each layer

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TWO GUYS NAMED CHRIS

MAKE THEIR MARK By Melissa Walsh Photos Garry Sissons

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t’s a scary prospect for anyone to open their own business and perhaps even more so when you are only in your 20s. However, that didn’t stop two peninsula guys who happened to be Chris and Chris, from taking the leap of faith and opening their own venue, The Milbri, three years ago.

Even though Chris Fabri and Chris Miller grew up in the same area, with the same friend groups, they never crossed paths until they both started working in hospitality. “I got my first job in hospitality in Dromana,” said Fabri. “And Chris was doing his apprenticeship there. We became friends but lost touch for a few years."

It was a serendipitous meeting at another venue in Red Hill that turned out to be the catalyst for their own restaurant. Again the two lads found themselves working together but this time decided to make it more permanent by starting their own business. “The idea of opening The Milbri came about while we were on a break between lunch and dinner service at an eatery on the Mornington Peninsula which I was managing and Chris was a chef. We thought 'why not open our own place together' and within five months The Milbri was born,” said Fabri, of the venue that is named from the amalgamation of their last names to keep it easy. continued next page...

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With Fabri specialising in general management and front of house, and Miller an experienced chef by this stage, the two had the perfect blend of skills and experience. “It took off very quickly and before we knew it we had a restaurant open, “said the guys who decided to do South American food as it hasn’t been done elsewhere on the peninsula. “I love cooking all different kinds of food so stepping into the South American style was great. I bought lots of books and experimented with heaps of dishes to find the best flavours,” said Miller, who is the head chef at The Milbri. “We buy all fresh ingredients and I purchase a lot of authentic ingredients from South America so I hand press our tortillas which are made from flour from Mexico. We do lots of tapas and also substantial dishes like our winter favourite whole crusted pie with beef and black bean and bacon jam on the side.” The business has taken off enormously over the past three and a half years, from kitchen staff that totalled a junior in the kitchen and Miller, to a professional fitout with two apprentices, another senior chef, dishy and ten waiting and bar staff at the front. “When we opened it was summer time, right in the middle of December and we started the first week with just doing breakfasts,” said the guys. “In the meantime we were still finishing off walls and helping out the tradies whenever we could.” With a lovely intimate feel, The Milbri has plenty of seating at the front for big groups or intimate diners, and a great bar area at the back for those wanting drinks and snacks in a more candlelit setting. A wall of newspapers is the personal touch the guys wanted as each paper is from their birthday.

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“My mum had given me these newspapers from my birth date years ago and so I got the same for Chris, and now they are framing our walls and a great talking point for people,” said Fabri. With the intention of The Milbri being a place where there is a cool local vibe, the two boys have achieved what they set out to, and more. “We loved the idea of offering different kinds of food, great drinks, and a cool atmosphere for locals to come into. It is a place to come and get your coffee in the morning, hang out for a wine after work and enjoy some of the amazing south American food we have on offer,” said the boys, who still maintain a friendship even after the intensity of setting up their business. “We have had some testing times while starting the restaurant that’s for sure,” they both laugh. “But we are still very good mates. At the start of this year we did a snowboarding trip together in Japan so we can’t be too sick of each other yet.” Come in and check out The Milbri and say hello to the guys, who will always welcome you with a smile. The Milbri is at 1183 Point Nepean Rd, Rosebud. Phone 5982 3901. www.themilbri.com.au


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Manhattan in Mornington

Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad with radish, edamame, cucumber, pickled ginger & sesame dressing.

Shop 2, 55 Barkly St (corner Barrett Lane) Mornington Phone 5976 4867 www.manhattaninmornington.com.au

160 Sandy Road, Fingal Phone 5988 6854 www.standrewsbeachbrewery.com.au.com.au

Homemade seafood linguini with cherry tomatoes

Homemade warm donuts with strawberries & ice cream Manhattan in Mornington Shop 2, 55 Barkly St (corner Barrett Lane) Mornington Phone 5976 4867 www.manhattaninmornington.com.au

Eight hour, slow cooked lamb shoulder, marinated in middle eastern spices and served with smoked hummus and roasted honey carrots

St Andrews Beach Brewery

Hickinbotham of Dromana 194 Nepean Hwy, Dromana 5981 0355 www.hickinbotham.biz

Fish Burger – served on a soft brioche bun and comes with slaw, cheese & tartare sauce.

Succulent herb roasted chicken, served with roast potatoes, carrots, buttered peas and white wine jus

St Andrews Beach Brewery

Hickinbotham of Dromana

160 Sandy Road, Fingal Phone 5988 6854 www.standrewsbeachbrewery.com.au.com.au

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WOOTTONS

Even after 60 years in the business, Woottons Chartered Accountants has been around to see the business landscape change and flourish in the Mornington Peninsula area. Accountant and Cloud Integrator, Luke Sawyer, loves the intersection of technology and accounting. Luke and fellow accountants bring a wealth of knowledge to businesses, several of whom have been clients for many years.

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Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula, located 57 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. It has an area of 13.5 km²and a population of 23,989 (2016 Census)

MORNINGTON FACTS

landed at Schnapper Point. These days,

Mornington's original post office, built in 1863 at the corner of Main Street and The Esplanade, now operates as a museum displaying old telecommunications equipment and items relating to local history. It is the site of the Mornington and District Historical Society. On the other side of Main Street is the old court house (built in 1860) and the former police station lockup (1862).

ramp, jetty, yacht club, restaurant and

An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale struck the town on 2 September 1932 associated with the nearby Selwyn Fault. No injuries or major damage was reported. The Mornington Pier was built in 1857, and continues to be extended and improved. Considered to be one of the worst boating accidents in Victoria's history, the Mornington Football Club Disaster occurred on the night of May 21st 1892 near Pelican Point just north of Mornington. Fifteen members of the Mornington Football Team set out earlier that day on the "Process", owned and skippered by Charles Hooper, were drowned. Mornington has a long history dating back to 1802 when explorer Matthew Flinders

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Schnapper Point provides a boat-launching scenic walks providing scenic views along the coast. Mornington has a number of beaches, some of which are located at the base of rocky cliffs which dominate part of the coastline in this area. Along the eastern side of

Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Mornington coffee is second to none with great coffee haunts around the town. Here are a few to check out when head down to this beautiful end of the world.

FLOCK CAFE 2/25 Dava Dr, Mornington. A hidden, beach/park side location that offers delectable homemade yummies accompanied by a great blend & friendly service

Schnapper Point is the sheltered Mothers Beach and Scout Beach, while Shire Hall Beach and Mills Beach are located further east along the coast. Around a kilometre south of Schnapper Point is Fishermans Beach which ends at the scenic rocky outcrop of Linley Point where there are

BISCOTTINI CAFE BAR RESTAURANT 157/159 Main St, Mornington Great coffee in a relaxed atmosphere with a range of fresh food and desserts.

boat ramps and scenic viewing spots along the coast.

COFFEE TRADERS

The first cruise ship visited Mornington

3 Blake St, Mornington

township on February 24, 2015, after P&O added the Mornington Peninsula to its itinerary. The Pacific Pearl with 1800 residents on board docked early on the Tuesday morning. Mornington Central Shopping Centre is built on the site of the former Mornington railway station. Every Wednesday, Mornington Main Street comes alive with the Street Market.

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COFFEE SAFARI

As the name suggests, a good range of coffee in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.

THE BOYZ 4 BREAKIE 1A Main St, Mornington Enjoy a good hot coffee with an extensive breakfast and lunch menu in this friendly and casual cafĂŠ.


WHAT TO DO?

Whether it’s wandering down the main street with its cosmopolitan vibe, alfresco cafes lining the paved streets and vast bay views, or losing yourself in the many art galleries and boutique book shops, Mornington is a colourful hub of arts and entertainment. White sandy beaches that stretch for miles are dotted along the Mornington coastline. Take the family on a historic steam train ride or maybe have a punt at the horse races Beaches, wineries, shopping, arts and antiques are all at your fingertips in a township that dates back to 1856, where original historical buildings stand proudly among modern architecture. Photography: Yanni

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THE ART OF THE YOUNG

We are so excited at HAIR ON BARKLY to welcome the newest pocket rocket, the young and lovely SIOBHAN MILLER. Siobhan new this was her path in life from the start. She is a younger and very diverse stylist. She considers herself so fortunate to have had the behind the scenes experience of a busy salon when so young. Being passionate about the industry really shows.

“I really LOVE the technical side of the trade” said Siobhan “The science of the art is amazing, and this aspect drew me in the most. It’s all about the ability to finish an appointment and know that everything going on inside that hair is right. I’m the hairdresser who will not use anything on a client unless I truly believe in that product. The client can feel very assured they have received the very best of everything to achieve the results that will last till the next appointment.”

Siobhan’s color work is amazing. The results are incredible. We at Hair on Barkly are so impressed with the confidence, and she is the breath of young fresh air we have been looking for. So if you or someone you know is searching for the perfect result come along and have a chat, and meet Siobhan today . Appointments available with her WED – SAT phone 5975 2397 Online booking on web page and Facebook . CARLY IS BACK!!!! Our new mum is back in the salon. Leaving little Chloe with the proud Grannies, only on Monday and Tuesday. Also available some Saturdays must be by appointment.

Call salon 5975 2397 from 9am Mon – Sat. info@haironbarkly.com.au www.haironbarkly.com.au

“WITH GREAT CARE, COMES GREAT HAIR. YOU’RE SO WORTH IT.” Professional caring stylists are waiting to speak to you, about you.......Amazing results, Incredible care, Beautiful YOU!

Book online from website, vouchers available.

Shop 3/74 Barkly St, Mornington www.haironbarkly.com.au

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AUSSIE HOME LOANS

Welcome to Aussie Mornington. Drop in to see Peter, Paul or Maddy. We have over 25 years of experience in finance and mortgage lending. We can assist you with your next home purchase or refinance. We are commercially accredited to help with commercial transactions and also vehicle and/or equipment finance. We offer a variety of banks to choose from. Our customer service philosophy is simple, treat your customer the way you expect to be treated. Not all mortgage brokers are the same. So what sets Aussie Mornington apart is our expertise and industry knowledge.

You can expect personalised service and product offerings that are tailored to your financial needs. We do this by discussing and understanding your financial circumstances and requirements. We will advise you on features and benefits and different loan types. A typical meeting will usually take around 1 hour and is obligation free. When you are ready to apply we will lodge the application, negotiate with the lender and manage the entire process for you.

SOULFUL VEGAN FOOD

Emma grew up in Mornington on a family farm with her father, mother and brother, and at the age of 7, became a vegetarian after walking in on a skinned lamb hanging from the barn roof one afternoon. Being the only vegetarian in the house, Emma learned to cook for herself and decided that after year 11, she would leave school to begin her chef apprenticeship. In doing so, she would win the best 2nd year apprentice in Victoria and was among the top in Australia. After qualifying as a chef, Emma started Soulful Vegan Food as a market stall for the Wednesday Market, about a stone throw away from where the café sits now. Providing a vegan outlet for people is her form of vegan activism and every day is one with purpose. For her, there is no better way of driving change for the wellbeing of animals and the environment than showcasing delicious food for everyone. Emma feels incredibly lucky to be able to work with her mother and brother on a daily basis helping to realise her vision.

Come and see how we may help. 198 Main Street, Mornington

9am to 5.50pm Monday –Friday. Phone 5973 5700

www.aussie.com.au

Welcome to Aussie Mornington. Drop in to see Peter, Paul or Maddy. We have over 25 years of experience in finance and mortgage lending. We can assist you with your next home purchase or refinance. We are commercially accredited to help with commercial transactions and also vehicle and/or equipment finance. We offer a variety of banks to choose from. Come and see how we may help.

198 Main St, Mornington

ph. 5973 5700

 Weekly-changing menu that keeps it exciting for both us and you  Feel-good comfort food for everyone  Housebaked mufFIns, protein balls, cookies, donuts and more  Serving organic, locally roasted coffee (BYO cup and save $.50)  In a rush? On lunchbreak? all items are takeaway friendly

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FABULOUS FUSION AT WINEY COW

When you enjoy dinner at the Winey Cow, you are not only sampling magnificent food but being taken on a journey of flavours created by executive chef, David Ryan. Since launching the dinner menu last month, the Winey Cow has transitioned from day time service to fine dining with a unique edge. “We opened a few weeks ago to fabulous reviews,” said Chef David whose menu is inspired by his own travels through Asia. “Our menu is unique as it reflects my experience in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, using Australian produce with Asian flavours and Asian cooking techniques.” The executive chef, who has been kitchen head for the Winey Cow and other affiliated venues for several years, David is putting his heart and soul into creating the perfect dinner menu, using a Japanese barbecue called Konro Hibachi. “Using the Asian barbecue cooking technique, we have been able to create flavours that are unique to the peninsula,” said David who started as a chef 16 years ago straight out of high school. “The dishes we are trying to create are based on my travels throughout Singapore Hong Kong and Malaysia. This is the food I go out to eat and my interpretation of the flavours. Using the Konro which is a Japanese coal fired barbecue lets us create the food and flavours as it was cooked back in the day. The Japanese barbecue insulates the coals creating an intense heat that cooks the food quickly, and keeps the flavour in.” With this modern Australian, Asian inspired menu, David has created a wonderful balance of food that is very sweet, salty sour and a perfect match with the peninsula wines the Winey Cow has in abundance. “It took a couple of weeks to get the menu to where I want it, playing with lots of flavours and working with different ideas to

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incorporate the Asian influence,” said David, who designed the menu around the Konro barbecue. “I had always wanted to use a barbecue like this, love cooking over coals and smoking is becoming quite popular now in restaurants but there’s nothing like it in other place on the peninsula.” David says the response to the dinner menu has been outstanding, with customers returning for dishes like the salmon tartare, ponzu, saltbush, finger lime, and salmon skin cracker, or the five spice fried chicken with ginger vinegar, Sancho pepper and daikon. “My favourite thing on the menu is anything cooked over the grill, the rib eye is delicious with the charred spring onion, oyster mushroom and marrow. But I also love the vegetarian options. The sweet potato cooked with fried tofu, coconut laska and lemon myrtle is delicious and I am not normally and tofu person,” said David who uses ingredients like yuzu kosho, a paste made from chili peppers, yuzu peel and salt, which is then allowed to ferment. “That is an amazing flavour that complements the richness of the lamb.” As for desserts, David has created some unique dishes like the Teh Halia Brulee. “In Singapore and Malaysia hawker stalls you find a drink called the Teh Halia which is a gingery spicy hot or cold drink that they eat with hot food spicy. It has a real cleansing feel and settles your stomach, so I have translated that to a brulee for the menu. We also have the Milo Parfait which is inspired by a dink in Asia called the milo dinosaur. It’s a fun dessert and everyone loves milo in Australia,” said David, who sources the bulk of his produce from local suppliers and a small amount of Asian ingredients from overseas. “I get the meat, fruit and vegetables locally as we have great suppliers on the peninsula, while some of the Asian style ingredients come straight from Japan.”


NIGHTS @ WINEY DINNER SERVICE 6PM - LATE. WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY NIGHTS Fully licensed Extensive wine list featuring mainly local wines Book online via our website

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David Morris MP

Proper Planning Critical for the Peninsula’s Future

DAVID MORRIS MP - PROPER PLANNING CRITICAL FOR THE PENINSULA’S FUTURE

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“The Government’s planning changes are a threat to the character of the Mornington Peninsula, and if not reversed, the lowkey residential nature of our towns will be devastated!” - David Morris MP

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Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please cut out this survey and free post to David Morris MP, Member for Mornington, Reply Paid 2000, Mornington Vic 3931.

Alternatively, you can send a picture of your survey to 0484 240 575 or, complete my issues survey online at www.davidmorris.org.au/IssuesSurvey or by scanning the QR Code

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SUPPLYING AND INSTALLING FLOOR COVERINGS

If you’re looking for the latest trends in flooring, everything that’s new underfoot, then look no further than Choices flooring by Smiths. Store owner, Geoff Smith, and his team are committed to bringing you professional and up to date information on the latest trends and styles to help you find what you’ve been searching for. The Smiths have privately owned the stores at Mornington for over 50 years now and have witnessed firsthand the massive growth in the area. “Our team is experienced and knowledgeable in all facets of our industry, ensuring our customers will find the floor they’ve been searching for,” says Geoff.

As part of a national buying cooperative Choices Flooring has access to the industry’s top brands. It also means they can offer customers great prices on quality products. If you’re looking for ideas and exciting ways to freshen up your home for the new season, you can come in store to pick up a catalogue and meet the team at Choices Flooring by Smiths.

of retailers and shop fitters requiring local project management and supply and installation of commercial floor coverings. And for home builders, Choices Flooring can provide an extensive range of flooring products for small to large homes to multi-block apartment complexes.

With the purchasing power of Australia’s leading flooring retailer Choices Flooring able to offer commercial flooring solutions that are also cost effective and aesthetically pleasing.

CHOICES FLOORING BY SMITH is at Shop 1, corner Bruce Street and Tyabb Road, Mornington Phone 5975 2600 www.choicesflooring.com.au

Choices Flooring has every type of flooring you can imagine with a huge range of carpets, timbers, laminates, bamboos, luxury vinyl and rugs. As Australia’s leading flooring retailer and a full service national floor covering service provider, Choices Flooring can service the needs of corporate clients, commercial builders, shop fitters, home builders and facility managers. Choices Flooring is also well equipped to service the commercial flooring needs

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SHOP MORNINGTON THINK LOCAL FIRST, IT TAKES YOU TO START THE TREND.

Main Street Mornington is running a competition for the month of August where there will be 10 lucky winners! Each one winning a $50 Main Street Mornington Eftpos card! All you need to do is spend $30 or more in any Main street business and fill out the entry form! What a great way to take advantage of the Winter Sales now in store! By now everyone would have heard of the War on Waste. In the attempt to help reduce waste and to recycle, Main Street Market bags are available for purchase from the Mornington Chamber Of Commerce, 103A Main Street, for $5. These tasteful bags are a great size and very sturdy, perfect for all your shopping needs! They can even be used as a beach bag! To find out more about the businesses, events and local offers in Mornington, check out our new website – mainstreetmornington.com.au

Where the shops meet the sea.......

VISIT MORNINGTON ON A WEDNESDAY FOR A UNIQUE DAY OUT

Head to Mornington any Wednesday and you’ll find the town bustling with the chatter of stallholders and locals enjoying a day out at the weekly Wednesday market. Started in 1979, the Main Street Market is now Victoria’s longest running weekly street market. Even after 32 years the market continues to delight locals and visitors alike with the “home baked, handmade and home-grown” goodies on offer from over 60 stalls throughout the Main Street of Mornington. From 9am every Wednesday, rain, hail or shine the market runs. You will find a variety of stalls ranging from fresh produce to handmade jewellery, fashion, craft, baked goods and home décor. Food vendors and buskers are also a big hit with the crowds – nothing says market more than music, a sausage in bread or homemade dim sim! You can find fashion and accessories for adults, handmade outfits for the little ones, crafted toys and of course, lots of fresh produce. The Main Street Wednesday Market runs from 9am to 3pm weekly. For more information visit www.mainstreetmornington.com.au

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Real Estate

tyleYOUR HOME FOR SALE

By Melissa Walsh Photos Gary Sissons

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elling your home is one of the biggest financial decisions most people will make so it’s imperative to have this precious asset looking at its premium. That’s where property stylists come in - professional people who can look at your home with no attachment and work out how to make it shine. One such property stylist is Gabrielle Rosenfeld, interior designer and owner of Freestyle Interiors, a business that makes it their business to show your property in its best light possible.

we can give sound advice on how to style your home for sale. We do full styling where we take out all the furniture and fill the space with our own design, as well as partial styling where we add pieces.”

“Selling houses is competitive and our services ensure yours looks and feels like the home your potential buyers want to own,” says Gabrielle from a property she has styled recently in Mornington. “With a passion for styling, interiors and real estate, I am committed to helping clients achieve their goals, and offer practical advice on how to get the best money for your home.”

“I know this sounds harsh but you have to have a different mindset that the property is a product that I no longer own, and that I need to present the product to maximise my sale price,” she said.

Gabrielle began this incarnation of Freestyle Interiors three years ago after running the business with her husband, who is a cabinet maker.

Gabrielle says the most important thing to do when you prepare your home for sale is to strip away all the things you have collected over the years.

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“Styles are changing all the time and colours will always change with different trends, however we tend to style with a neutral pallet with our furniture fresh, crisp and white or neutral in keeping with the peninsula. We also do more edgy inner city style contemporary designs for apartments and period pieces for older style homes,” said Gabrielle, explaining you can’t just put anything into a home. “You have to be very mindful of spatial awareness and the importance of making the most of each room to maximise the impact. You want people enticed to look further and that takes perfectly placed pieces and less clutter.” Gabrielle explains it is important to get the scale right in each room. “For example if you have a master bedroom, make sure the beds, the bedsides, the lamps, the wall art are all in the right proportion. It takes 30 seconds to like or not like something so first impressions last,” she said. “Make sure the knick knacks are put away and family photos aren’t everywhere. Don’t leave shampoo bottles out in the bathroom or vegemite jars on the kitchen bench. Make the place inviting and fresh.” As a stylist, Gabrielle says that first impressions start at the front door. “Make sure the front entrance is uncluttered and clean because instantly you create a calm and tranquil feel and your mind is

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History

THE DAME AND THE EMPEROR

By Ilma Hackett - Balnarring & District Historical Society

D

ame Mabel Brookes was an amazing woman. The list of her awards and achievements is long and impressive. She was made a Dame of the British Empire (DBE) in 1955 for her service to charity and hospitals, after having received the CBE in 1933. Other awards were the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (1960) and an honorary LL.D. (Monash University 1967). President of the Queen Victoria Hospital for 45 years, Commandant of the Women’s Air Training Corps in Victoria during the Second World War, President of the Animal Welfare League, President of the Ladies Swimming Association, charity leader, socialite, associated with the Red Cross, the Girl Guides, the women’s committee of the National Trust, and so the list goes on. When she was nominated as “Woman of the Week” in The Argus

newspaper 27 September, 1949, the list of her involvement in organisations was described as filling a typed foolscap page. She was on a first name basis with sporting stars, actors, artists, ambassadors and politicians and had entertained royalty and world leaders. Twice, but unsuccessfully, she contested a seat in government, once at State level and once at Federal. In 1911, 21-year-old Mabel Emmerton had married Davis Cup player and Wimbledon champion, Norman Brookes, in St. Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne. She travelled overseas frequently with her husband and was an author and a collector of books and antiques. Her collections of Napoleonic memorabilia and Australiana reflected her passion for history. continued next page...

Left: Napoleon I Right: The wedding of Mabel Emmerton and Norman Brookes, 1911

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Top: Kurneh, South Yarra Above: The Briars, Mt Martha. Right: A recent photograph of The Pavilion at The Briars on the island of St Helena where Napoleon lived from Oct 18 until Dec 10, 1815, as a guest of William Balcombe, Dame Mabel’s great-grandfather.

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‘Hostest with the Mostest’ The Brookes family had two homes in the Sth Yarra area – Kurneh (opposite her parents’ home Raveloe where she had spent her childhood) and the smaller Elm Tree Cottage which she inherited as a child. Kurneh, purchased by Norman at the end of World War I, was the scene of many lavish parties and entertainments in the grand manner. Rooms were flower bedecked and chandelierlit and a small army of servants attended to guests’ needs, guests that often numbered in the hundreds. Many of these functions were fundraisers for charity; some were held at the bequest of government to entertain important overseas visitors. In an article written in July 1960, the Women’s Weekly magazine referred to Dame Mabel as ‘the Hostess with the Mostest’. Yet she also had the common touch. People remember her hands-on approach at charity functions and the many unsung kindnesses she did for individuals. During the First World War she joined her husband in Cairo where he was stationed with the Red Cross. There she helped to establish a rest home for nurses and she personally nursed wounded soldiers. During the Second World War, as well as her

official role, she joined others as a shift worker at the munitions factory in Maribyrnong. Peninsula ‘roots’ The Mornington Peninsula had a special place in Dame Mabel’s affections. During the 1920s when their three daughters were growing up she and Norman purchased a holiday home at Mt Eliza, “As a seaside spot in which to run and swim and naturally expand”. [Crowded Galleries, Dame Mable Brookes p.168] The site was magnificent – a cliff top overlooking the bay, with ready access to the beach. The house itself was dilapidated “. . . a weary pathetic dwelling, ready for the wreckers’ attention…” Nevertheless Norman purchased it and the 80-year-old house with its “faint echo of happiness” [ibid ] was not pulled down but renovated and expanded over time to accommodate and entertain family and friends. Cliff House became a favourite destination and many a dance was held “on a floor under the ti-tree overlooking Davey’s Bay”. [ ibid p 189]. There was also The Briars, Mabel’s maternal grandparents’ home at Mt Martha. She had spent many happy continued next page...

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Above: Napoleon receives flowers from Betsy and Jane Balcombe in their garden. Lithograph by François Le Villain Right: Water colour of The Briars, St Helena, attributed to Betsy Balcombe

hours there as a young girl. It had been the family holiday home during the years when her father managed her grandmother’s affairs. An illustrious background Dame Mabel was proud of her heritage. Born Mabel Balcombe Emmerton in 1890, she was the only child of Melbourne solicitor Harry Emmerton and his wife Alice (née Balcombe). Her grandparents were Alexander and Emma Balcombe (née Reid) and she was the great-grand-daughter of William Balcombe, Australia’s first Colonial Treasurer and his wife, Jane. Both the Balcombe and the Reid family had been in Australia since the early 1820s early colonists -while her grandparents were pioneer settlers of the Mornington Peninsula.

and she was sent to the country, to The Briars and the care of her grandmother Emma. From Emma Balcombe she absorbed tales of earlier days. Alexander, her grandfather, had died more than a decade before she was born, but Mabel fell under the spell of his story – how he was born on the island of St Helena, a far away place where her greatgrandparents had owned a home, also named The Briars. There, as a child, he had sat on the knee of a nice man his sisters and brother called Bony, a man who spoke little English and wore medals on his jacket, medals the young Alexander liked to finger. Bony played games with him and his brother, Thomas, and gave them sugared sweets made by his own confectioner. Napoleon, the children’s playmate

Growing up As a small girl she had grown up surrounded by wealth and comfort. With no siblings it was rather a lonely childhood and from a very young age she mixed with adults. Her parents enrolled her at a small select kindergarten where she was taught “deportment, dancing and clear speech as well as the usual accepted subjects”. (Memoirs , Dame Mabel Brookes p. 6) She also shared a strip of garden in which to grow plants. However after a year her mother withdrew her on account of her “accent becoming bad”. [ibid p 10]. Mabel had then been tutored at home by her father and governesses. For a time she had shared morning lessons with Beatrice Madden, youngest child of Victoria’s Lieutenant Governor, who became her best friend. Later illness brought a stop to study

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‘Bony’ was Napoleon Bonaparte, France’s deposed emperor. Once the greatest ruler in Europe, he had been exiled to the remote British outpost of St Helena after the defeat of the French army at Waterloo in 1815. St Helena was then governed by the British East India Company and it had been the home of the Balcombe family for a number of years. William Balcombe was a partner in an independent trading company and held the position of Superintendant of Sales for the British East India Company. In 1815 his two teenage daughters had recently returned from school in England, William jnr had just been sent off to boarding school and the two youngest sons (Thomas and Alexander) were still small boys. William and his wife were to act as hosts to Bonaparte when


he stayed in the small pavilion on their property during the first weeks after his arrival on the island. Longwood House, chosen to be the home of the French exiles, needed much work done to it to make it a suitable residence. So for a period of two months Bonaparte, with a couple of his attendants, lived in the summer house at The Briars- a building with one large room downstairs with two small overhead attic rooms. A tent was set up on the lawn to expand living space.

treason and, acting on a warning, Balcombe returned to England in 1818 to clear his name, taking his family with him. Charges were never brought against him but the Balcombe family was not to return to their island home. Instead, William Balcombe was offered the position of Colonial Treasurer in the newly settled colony of N.S.W. and the family sailed for Sydney Cove aboard the Hibernia in the final months of 1823, arriving on 5 April the following year.

Alexander’s older sisters beguiled the emperor with their unsophisticated ways so different from the ladies of the French court. He became particularly friendly with 13 year-old Betsy, outspoken, wilful, mischievous and playful. She spoke French more fluently than the other members of her family and conversed with him more freely than the more reticent Jane. The two small boys helped filled a gap brought about by separation from his own son. The Balcombes’ day-to-day domestic life was a welcome respite from the formalities and upheaval of the political and imperial world.

Betsy, by then a young mother who had been deserted by her husband, stayed a short time in Australia before returning with her child to live in England. There in 1840, under her married name of Mrs Abell, she was to pen an account, her Recollections of Napoleon Bonaparte during the first Three years of his Captivity on the Island of St Helena . . . It was first published in book form in 1843 and quickly ran to a second edition the following year. A third edition was published by her daughter shortly after Betsy’s death.

William Balcombe was appointed controller of all supplies to Longwood when the French exiles took up residency there. His family members were welcomed guests of the Emperor. However this friendship was regarded suspiciously by Hudson Lowe, the newly appointed Governor to St Helena who had been sent to oversee Napoleon’s captivity. Balcombe was suspected of relaying messages from the French back to Europe, a possible charge of

Betsy’s book

The young Mabel was given a copy of her great-aunt’s book by her mother and immersed herself in the connection between the Emperor of France, one time ruler of Europe, and her family. A passion for things Napoleonic The Balcombes had brought with them to Australia bits and pieces of their former life : gifts that Napoleon had given to different members, family items he had used when he stayed at their home continued next page...

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and the many stories that had passed down through the family. Dame Mabel began to collect pieces related to that period of their life, the years spent on St Helena when the Balcombes had been friends of Napoleon I. Her interest became a lifetime passion. As she travelled she acquired more pieces; some were bought at auction or from dealers, some were gifts to her from friends or groups with whom she was associated. People knew of her obsession. In the early 1950s Dame Mabel and her husband visited St Helena in order to see the former family home. The old house was no longer there, just the stone foundations. Termites had destroyed the building. However the Pavilion still remained, by now the property of the Cable & Telegraph Company. Dame Mabel organised to buy it and in 1959 she presented the title deeds to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs in Paris. She was later pinned with the Legion of Honour for her gift to the people of France. After that ceremony other people made presents to her of Napoleon-related objects. These were added to her growing collection. Her legacy In 1960, Dame Mabel, already the author of several books, published St Helena Story, her account of Napoleon’s exile on that island and the role her family played in the story. It drew on contemporary sources – books that found their way into her library. It also drew on the recollections of her great- aunt, Mrs Abell. Her book begins with her grandfather, Alexander Balcombe, aged four, climbing onto the emperor’s knee and ends with her own trip to the island. She regarded this as the completion of a sequence of events that afforded her “an opportunity to pay homage to the greatest man since Alexander (the Great)”. [ St Helena Story, Dame Mabel Brookes p 292] Dame Mabel Brookes died in 1978 and left her collection of Napoleonic memorabilia, amounting to about 300 pieces, to the National Gallery of Victoria. After being exhibited by the National Trust at several different venues, items from the collection found a permanent home at The Briars homestead which, shortly before, had become the property of the National Trust and the local Shire. There they remained on display for the public to wonder about and enjoy. A photograph of a regal Dame Mabel, almost life-sized, resplendent in evening gown with a sash across her breast and a tiara on her head, hangs in the hallway of the homestead, overseeing visitors who come to look at her treasures in her grandfather’s home. Once when asked what three things she would save should there be a house fire she had nominated two treasured pieces of jewellery and the death mask of Napoleon. Today Unhappily, shortly before Easter in 2014, the homestead was burgled and a small number of significant pieces from the collection were stolen. Among them were pieces of jewellery containing strands of the emperor’s hair, exquisite miniatures of Napoleon and the Empress Josephine and a Georgian silver inkwell in whose base had been set three gold coins found in the pocket of one of the emperor’s jackets after his death. The remaining items were returned to safer storage at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until improved security measures could be installed. Before the end of 2018 a new exhibition from Dame Mabel’s collection will again be on display at The Briars. In the meantime replicas of various items continue to tell the story of the Balcombe family’s association with Napoleon I, Emperor of France. *** References:- St Helena Story by Dame Mabel Brookes; Memoirs by Dame Mabel Brookes; Crowded Galleries by Dame Mabel Brookes; Emma Balcombe and the Emmertons by Keith Murley (unpublished mss); articles from The Argus (27 September 1949), Australian Women’s Weekly (6 July, 1960); Australian Dictionary of Biography. Images from the collection of photographs held at The Briars ; reproduced with permission of The Briars and the National Trust.

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Facing page: Dame Mabel Brookes at the Investiture of the DBE Above: Death mask of Napoleon I Below: Locket containing strands of Napoleon’s hair and an Inkwell with three gold coins, found in the pocket of Napoleon’s jacket after his death, set into its base. Both of these items were stolen.

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SIR NORMAN BROOKES Sir Norman Brookes was also a person of distinction. He was knighted in 1939 for his contribution to tennis. Feted internationally after winning Wimbledon in 1907, he was the first overseas player and first lefthander to do so. In 1907 he partnered New Zealander, Anthony Wilding to win the Davis Cup – a first for Australasia. The pair held the cup until 1911 then regained it from the U.S. in 1914. That year Brookes again won Wimbledon. He went on to win titles in Australia, Europe and U.S.A. On retirement he became President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Victoria (1925 – 1937), the L.T.A. of Australia (1926 – 1954) and was a selector for the Davis Cup Team. Brookes was also a champion golfer. During World War I Norman Brookes served in Cairo with the Red Cross, then in Mesopotamia. He survived the sinking of the Mongolia. During World War 2 he turned their home ‘Kurneh” over to the Red Cross for use as a convalescent hospital. Single-mindedness, determination and strategy were characteristics that led him to the top in sport and also in business. He joined the family- owned Australian Paper Mills as a junior clerk and by the age of 27 was a Director. He later became Chairman of Directors of APM, director in a number of other businesses and a partner in his family’s pastoral holdings in Queensland. Sir Norman died in 1968, at 91 years of age, and was buried from the Cathedral where he and Mabel had married.

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