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It’s hard to believe that this gentle giant with the soul of a blues musician is not even 40 yet. Peninsula Essence talks to Lloyd Spiegel about life, love, a family connection to the peninsula, and his passion for the blues. 18. Woodland Wonderland Mount Eliza couple Barbara and Wayne Macpherson spearheaded a volunteer movement to transform an overgrown, wild blackberry riddled, former firebreak into a lush kilometre-long walking track celebrating Australian flora and fauna of the Millbank Creek Reserve located in the Mount Eliza Woodland. 24. The Grape Doesn’t Fall Far From The Vine When Garry Crittenden talks about his grandson, Oscar, the sense of pride is palpable. As it turns out, the grape doesn’t fall far from the vine and eight year old Oscar is also a young man on a mission, culminating in a project between the two generations of Crittendens. 28. Naked Ambition Peninsula Essence talks to male life model, John, to delve into the truth behind this naked ambition, and find out what it is really like to take your clothes off in front of a group of people. 34. Flying High Instead of a quiet gathering with friends and family to celebrate her 80th birthday, Wendy achieved her most treasured birthday wish and went skydiving. 40. Earth Into Fire There’s nothing like getting your hands stuck into clay and it’s this love and passion that brought a rather eclectic mix of artists together to debut their first ceramics exhibition. 46. Facing Art Being a finalist in the Archibald Prize is a really big deal. It’s one of the most prestigious art prizes in Australia. To pull that off as a first time entrant in a field of nearly 800 entries is all the more impressive, but that’s exactly what Melissa Grisancich did with quiet conviction. 50. Celebrating the past in a new and modern way Sometimes when you have a passion, it can be years later before it comes to fruition. That was certainly the case for UK born; Samantha Stretch who is able to share her passion and creativity with the world after starting her business, The Bookkeeper Table Art. 57. Thrive and Connect at Co.Co Place With a very strong desire to be around creative and like-minded entrepreneurs, Co.Co Place was created, the first collaborative work space of its kind on the peninsula. 58. Feature: The New Industrial 66. A Touch Of Paris In keeping with the casual atmosphere that owner Stephane has created, the food at Le Bouchon is classically French in its quality with a casual and relaxed ambience for families, friends and special occasions. 70. Recipe 71. Must Try Dishes 76. The Passionate Chef Food a big part of our everyday life, but not everyone can cook. That’s’ where Garry Cowled can help with his fabulous culinary skills at The Olive Tree Cooking School. After five decades as a chef, Garry certainly knows his way around a kitchen and still loves cooking food every day. 82. Crossword 84. Focus On Balnarring 88. Farming and Real Estate In The Blood For Blane Paton, who has lived his entire life on the peninsula, the rural lifestyle is in his blood. That’s why the 70 year old is still selling and listing rural properties at his family business, Paton Real Estate since the 1970’s. 94. The Day We Played The Don In 1940 the school year had almost finished hen students at Frankston High School were informed that their school First X1 would be playing a team from the local Army Camp. The Army team would contain two Test cricketers – none other than the legendary Don Bradman and the spin bowler “Chuck” Fleetwood-Smith.

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November 3 The MSO is excited to bring its finest players, and a gorgeous repertoire, to Frankston for a wondrous evening of classical music. Frankston Arts Centre 27-37 Davey Street, Frankston Ph 9784 1060


November 13 Learn what Anne Ferran discovered about the Boyd family from the inserts left between pages and hand-written notes hidden within the margins. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd, Mornington Ph 5950 1580



November 4 Ladbrokes Peninsula Cup Day epitomises spring racing, Peninsula style. Renowned as one of the great spring tradition race days thousands of racegoers converge upon Mornington for what is for many an essential part of their Melbourne Cup long weekend. Mornington Racecourse 320 Racecourse Rd, Mornington Ph 5975 3310

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November 24 Gather with friends and family around the stunning 30 metre, 100+ year old Norfolk Pine for the Christmas tree lighting spectacular that has become a Frankston Christmas tradition, followed by a fireworks display. Davey Street and surrounds, Frankston Ph 9293 7154

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BLUES By Melissa Walsh


e’s an acoustic blues guitarist and singer, who has played traditional self-penned blues for 30 years. He has eight albums and has spent his life travelling the world on tour, including sold out gigs in Japan. Australian Guitar Magazine named him as one of the top 50 Australian guitarists of all time, and he has supported legends like Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Etta James on tour. It’s hard to believe that this gentle giant with the soul of a blues musician is not even 40 yet. Peninsula Essence talks to Lloyd Spiegel about life, love, a family connection to the peninsula, and his passion for the blues. continued next page...

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My parents were firm believers that every child deserves to have music in their life

“I have been coming down here since I was a kid and we still own a holiday house at Safety Beach,” said Spiegel, who insists on doing at least one gig a year on the peninsula. “My folks moved to Mt Martha years ago and I actually lived with them for a year when I was going through a rough patch in my life. This November I am doing a show at Hickinbotham which is kind of like coming back to my roots.”

“My parents weren’t musicians but attended and listened to a lot of blues music. Dad was a panel beater but hung out with a lot of musicians and I decided I would rather do a job like theirs than work in a garage,” he said with a laugh. “My first professional gig was around 12 and I loved it. Dad would drive me round to all the venues to play for the first few years and, by the time I was 15, I was a professional musician.”

For Spiegel, who considers himself a Mornington Peninsula local as he gets frustrated when there are too many people on the roads during the holidays, playing blues began at the tender age of 11.

Spiegel is the first to admit he is fortunate to be able to make a living out of his music but thanks his parents for teaching him to be disciplined with the earnings.

“My parents were firm believers that every child deserves to have music in their life, and there were always guitars around the house,” said Spiegel.

“From the time I was young, mum and dad gave me the advice to pay myself a wage out of the earnings, and it is something I am grateful for to this day,” said Spiegel. “The old cliché that musicians have to be poor and struggling all the time is not true. There are a lot of kids that I have mentored over the years and I try to pass down all these pointers. I also don’t believe you have to look like a struggling artist to succeed. I tell the kids to dress and act as if it is a job you want to have, not one you are entitled to.” An artist who always thinks outside the square, Spiegel’s music is a reflection of his philosophy and sometimes gets under the skin of the die-hard blues followers. “I think the blues, and all genres of music, need to be evolving. You don’t just perfect something in the 1970s; it changes with the times. My shows are a unique experience with the music and lots of storytelling in between,” said Spiegel who has been described as reinventing the style while maintaining a close relationship with its foundations and traditions. His latest album, 'Backroads', has been described by the artist as the “bluesiest” yet. “This album is different to the others. They have been about looking forward but this is more reflective. Without sounding silly, this is probably my most mature yet. After a lifetime of music I had the chance to stop for a month and started reflecting about the sacrifices that have happened along the way. The fact is when you are a full time musician you travel a lot. It is great but the down side is you miss every wedding, birthday and funeral in the process.” For Spiegel, writing the album 'Backroads' was a complete accident; It emerged when he had an entire month to himself as a tour was cancelled. continued next page...

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“I wrote it in a few weeks and had it recorded only eight months after my previous record. Usually it is a couple of year’s turnaround for an album. I was heading towards 40, thinking about my career, my family and found myself writing songs that where almost apologies for things in my life,” he said. “As I look back through my albums I see the different stages I was at. This one is very reflective and raw,” said Spiegel of the hard-edged and brutally honest tracks. “This is also the album where I return to the electric guitar, with a more bluesy sound.” From that epiphany and chance for quiet reflection, his eighth album was born, with a national tour to back it up. “There have been that many times when I travelled the world and been moments away from one of the great world wonders but have not seen it. So I have made a new rule: when I am on tour, I insist on seeing one castle a day,” said Spiegel with a laugh. “And the gigs I do are so different from one country to another, especially with the language barrier. Most of Europe is okay but then you hit the Czech Republic or Japan and everything is lost in translation. That’s when the music has to speak for itself, and cross the cultural divide.” While Spiegel spends most of the year touring across Europe, Canada and New Zealand, he makes sure he does one Australian tour a year. “I live up in the hills now but have lots of friends and family down this way which is why I do Hickinbotham. It’s a more intimate concert for the die-hards and the smallest gig I play all year. I really enjoy it. There’s no stage and I bring my own pa just like the old days,” he said. When back on Aussie soil, Spiegel makes sure he spends as much time as possible with his two sons, who also featured on his last album. “I have had the boys at my parents in Mt Martha for visits during the holidays and they love spending time down here. They also enjoyed playing bass and guitar on my last album. Theirs is the last track and I think records are supposed to be a memory of a time in your life so this was perfect.”

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Even though Spiegel dislikes naming his albums, this one was relatively easy. 'Backroads' is all about the road less travelled and this album is all about doing things differently, from the raw material and emotions to the fast recording to the use of the electric guitar.”

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Sixth generation farmer Richard Hawkes, an agronomist by trade, is famed for growing the best potatoes. You’ll find their kipfler potatoes on the menu of many restaurants throughout not only the Peninsula but also Melbourne.

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ount Eliza couple Barbara and Wayne Macpherson spearheaded a volunteer movement to transform an overgrown, wild blackberry-riddled, former firebreak into a lush, kilometre-long walking track celebrating the Australian flora and fauna of the Millbank Creek Reserve located in the Mount Eliza Woodland. A core team of six volunteers has dedicated ten years to effecting this incredible metamorphosis. It has been a monumental effort and a testament to the change a small group of people can make when they set their minds and hands to it.

Mount Eliza Woodland is a unique neighbourhood bounded by Nepean Highway, Humphries Road, Moorooduc Highway and Canadian Bay Road. It makes up about a third of Mount Eliza which was envisioned from the outset in the early 1970s as a suburb where the trees were the most valuable asset, and it remains so today. Within its boundaries are a regional park, quarry and the Millbank Creek Reserve. While these areas are predominantly utilized by locals, anyone is welcome to enjoy them and volunteer to keep them healthy and viable for all.

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The Macphersons have lived in the Woodland for three decades. Their property backs on to the Millbank Creek Reserve. Original impetus to revive the creek trail came from their youngest daughter who regularly returned from walks with the family dog dragging home interesting debris from the overgrown track for inspection. Subsequently family walks included a pair of secateurs and a mission to see what else was to be discovered in there. When they found the waterfall, they thought it was a good place to start working. Bellbird Millbank Friends Group started out as a fireguard because the overgrowth not only obscured the path, but it presented a significant fire hazard. A small group of local volunteers started to cut, slash, burn and pull out the overgrowth. The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Natural Systems Manager was instrumental in getting the ball rolling. He explained that as a ‘friends group’ as well as a fireguard, they would have more clout. Today that same core group of friends still do the majority of the maintenance work. Once the destructive plants and debris had been removed, both the Mornington Peninsula Shire and Melbourne Water pitched in to keep the good works going. For each of the past ten years, Melbourne Water has approved grants for new plants and other significant practical support. “The Mornington Peninsula Shire has been incredibly supportive. The Shire has provided new native species to plant. They also provide mulch and bags for green waste then collect what volunteers weed out. They also send a supervisor to work with us on working bee days and whatever Melbourne Water gives, the Shire gives in kind,” Barbara Macpherson says.

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That said, without the volunteer core leading the way, working tirelessly, organizing working bees and applying for the grants that provide what is needed for this environmental work, nothing would have been done. Since they began, the volunteers have donated 120 hours of labour per month and planted over 30,000 plants! It’s a clear example of how many hands make light work. Ongoing maintenance is critical, but the majority of the hard work has been done. Millbank Creek Reserve is a serene forest walk along a meandering creek. It features hundreds of native trees, plants and some very rare flowers such as the Green Hooded Orchid and Sundew, a native carnivorous plant which means walkers are never plagued by flies! Many of the trees and plants are identified with species plaques. There are trickling waterfalls and timber bridges and the mulch is so high that traipsing over it is like walking on eucalyptus-scented pillows. The reserve is home to some very special fauna too. Early mornings start with the laughing of the kookaburras, the chattering of the rainbow lorikeets and the lowing of morning doves. Warbling magpies get into the mix as well. If walking just after sunset a keen observer may see tiny sugar gliders, microbats, Tawny Frogmouths or the occasional Powerful Owl. It is a truly tranquil place worthy of preservation. Working bees are held on the second Wednesday and fourth Sunday per month. The camaraderie of the group is evident. The reserve is located between Bellbird Avenue and Millbank Drive crossing over Mather Road. Signs are posted at each entrance announcing the upcoming working bees. Dogs on leads are welcome and there are lots of things for children to explore.

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When Garry Crittenden talks about his grandson, Oscar, the sense of pride is palpable. As a legend of the wine industry, Garry has always been an innovator, from planting the first Crittenden vines in 1982 to pioneering the establishment of new grape varietals in Victoria. In 1995, when he could see the grape variety Arneise was becoming endangered, he planted and then nurtured the capricious Piemontese variety until this year which saw its final vintage. As it turns out, the grape doesn’t fall far from the vine and eight year old Oscar is also a young man on a mission,

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culminating in a project between the two generations of Crittendens. He might only be in year 2 at school but Oscar Crittenden wants to save endangered ocean wildlife from non-reusable plastic, in particular straws. It was a video he watched with his ‘grumpy’, grandfather Garry, which introduced the then six year old Oscar to the plight of these ocean creatures. “Grumpy and I watched a documentary of Molly Steer’s called 'Straw No More' and that’s when I decided to help the sea turtles and ocean wildlife,” said Oscar. “I made him continued next page...

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a picture of a turtle at school which I gave to him at Christmas last year and now he has put it as the label for his wine bottles.” The bottles Oscar is referring to is the latest Crittenden family release Arneise called Endangered.

I thought it was very fitting to use Oscar’s picture as the label

“I thought it was very fitting to use Oscar’s picture as the label as he is on a mission to stop reliance on single use plastics being used and this is the last Arneise vintage we will make so in a sense it is also endangered,” said Garry of the wine that explains the meaning on the back of the label. Oscar has written to McDonalds to try to stop them from using plastic straws and become very knowledgeable in statistics and other possible alternatives to plastic. “Straws never break down. The first straw you ever used is still on the planet,” said Oscar. “Over 500 million straws are used around the world every single day. If you put these straws end to end they would wrap around the world four times, and that is every single day.”

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And as Oscar tells us, that is just straws. There are plenty of other plastic things floating around in the ocean killing or injuring the animals.

“There are also plastic bags, balloons, and everything made of plastic and a huge amount of it ends up in the ocean. Turtles and fish can’t tell the difference between plastic and food so they eat it and often die,” said Oscar. To help out with Oscar’s cause, Garry is donating $20 from every dozen bottles of Endangered wine sold at the cellar door. “We decided to donate the proceeds to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, just off the coast of Cairns that treats injured and sick marine turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef and Cape York Peninsula,” said Garry. Marine biologist Gareth Phillips has said straws were one of the biggest threats to ocean life partly because of their

small size. Oscar explains that straws in particular are easily ingested by turtles and other ocean animals. “The turtles and sea life have been found with plastic straws up their noses or wrapped around their throats. Seals and other animals get strangled to death by them. They are not needed,” said Oscar. “We can use other things instead of plastic like paper straws that break down.” While there may be close to seventy years between grandfather Garry and young Oscar, their ideology is the same. “For Oscar and myself, it is about raising money for the rehabilitation as well as is drawing attention to the plastic problem in our oceans. We encourage everybody to google Molly Steer and look at the video she made when she was nine to draw attention to plastic straws. That is where you will find the bigger picture,” said Garry. To purchase the delicious Endangered wine, go to Crittenden Estate Wine Centre, 25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana.

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rom the time in the 5th century BC when the nude male body in Greek sculpture was used for portrayals of ideal heroes, life modelling has been a traditional form of art. However, while life drawing is still accepted as an integral facet of modern day art, there is still a certain misunderstanding of these nude models. Peninsula Essence talks to male life model, John, to delve into the truth behind this naked ambition, and find out what it is really like to take your clothes off in front of a group of people. continued next page...

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“I actually became a life model to supplement my income as an actor,” said John, who regularly poses at Oak Hill Gallery in Mornington. “I have been an actor for years but the work is very sporadic so I realised I needed to find another source of income. While I do voice-over work, short films and commercials, as well as being a marriage celebrant, there is still not enough to live on in the Australian industry.”

While the demand for male life models is slightly less than for females, John still managed to start getting work after his life modelling workshop.

For the 50 year old, life modelling was actually inspired by a film role he played.

“I know there is still a slight stigma attached to it which is why I am discreet about whom I share this part of my working life with, but I really do enjoy this aspect, and the artists are always so grateful and respectful. It is a wonderful environment to be in with creative people and some of their work is outstanding,” he said.

“I had to do my first nude scene and was rather nervous about it but it turned out to be easier than I anticipated. It was a very tasteful film and gave me the inspiration to try life modelling,” said John. “I then went along to a life modelling training workshop where they taught how to pose and feel comfortable with your clothes off. It was very nerve wracking at first standing in a room with mostly naked people but you got used to it and then it was about learning.”

“I was very fortunate that the work built up quite quickly and within six months I had up to 10 sessions a week booked. Still to this day, I would say it comprises around 50 per cent of my income,” said John who has no qualms about what he does.

Some days they have seen me go out the door from my dinner suit to my birthday suit

Being part of the Life Model Society workshop, John found that he was able to pick up the various poses needed and says the feedback from the other models and artists was invaluable. “It was one of the best things you can do when starting out in the profession. Then if they think you are good enough, you become a member of the Life Model Society and are recommended for jobs around Victoria.”

Reminiscing about the first time he modelled for a life class, John says he was incredibly nervous.

“I remember it vividly. It was at the Princess Hill Community Centre in Carlton with a group of very experienced artists. A summer salon was run by the life model society, and the date was January 17,” said John. “You have a robe and then you disrobe to get into a pose. The life model society is very careful with the guidelines and you must have a break for five minutes after every 20 minute pose. It was a bit scary and there was one particular artist who got upset with me for an arm change after coming back to a pose but he then figured it was my first time.” continued next page...

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John says the hours a job usually lasts vary from two to three hour sittings to four day workshops. “The usual for a group of artists will be around three hours but there was one job I did that went for four days. It was a clothed portraiture workshop for Archibald artists where I had to sit in the one position for six hours, four days in a row. By the time I got to Thursday I was exhausted,” he said with a laugh. “The great thing was they also gave me my portrait to keep and I treasure it to this day.” Far from the provocative sexual impression that the wider community have about nude modelling, John says it is nothing but professional. “One of the big misconceptions is that you are a sexual object for the artists but this could not be further from the truth. I have never encountered that at all. There are strict guidelines to ensure the models feel comfortable, with no phones or photography allowed,” he said. “It is neither sexual nor kinky but an ancient form of art and an important part of humanity. After all, there is nothing more human than the body. The human figure is all about shapes and it is these different shapes that challenge artists. Human beings are made in all shapes and sizes. As I have muscle



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definition, I think most artists or schools employ me for that feature and I make sure I offer a good variety of poses to inspire as well.” While John is very open about his life modelling to friends and family, he is more discreet when it comes to the wedding side of his career. “As a marriage celebrant I am more discreet about this part of my work as I don’t want the brides to think I am a stripper although I do take my clothed off,” he said with a laugh. “But there is nothing sexual or provocative about it. It’s another reason I don’t do hen’s nights. Imagine how embarrassing it would be if one of the hens was a bride of mine.” As for his family, John says they are all very comfortable with his work as a life model. “They are used to me heading out the door to go to a job, whether it is a role I am playing for a show, a wedding or a life modelling gig,” he said. “When I go out the door they are not sure whether I will be performing my dinner suit to my birthday suit.”

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Flying High By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni


he adage “age is just a number” could not be more pertinent to the effervescent peninsula local, Wendy Burgis, who just celebrated her 80th birthday. For this personality who has marched to the beat of her own drum for the past eight decades, this milestone was going to go off in style. Instead of a quiet gathering with friends and family, Wendy achieved her most treasured birthday wish and went skydiving.

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“It was the most fun thing I could ever do, and I wasn’t even scared,” says Wendy from her peninsula home. “It’s funny, it’s only after I saw it on the TV that I realised what a big thing it was. I actually thought ‘I can’t believe I did that’”. Wendy said she had wanted to do a sky dive for some time; ever since she was introduced to light planes fifty years ago. “ItwasabigthingandIamabsolutelythrilledthatIdidit.About50years ago we were living in Bentleigh and an advertisement came up that said continued next page...

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that if you wanted to become a pilot they were offering ten free lessons. I thought it would be great and applied for it. I went up in the plane and came ninth in the competition which I still have the certificate for to this day,” said Wendy who was a mother of three at that stage. “As it turns out, you had to be in the top five but it did open my eyes to flying and the thrill of jumping out of a plane.” Wendy says she has always had an adventurous spirit, whether it be jumping out of a plane, treading the boards on stage, or dancing in the golden years of television. It is little wonder this pocket sized dynamo chose a light plane jump to celebrate her 80th birthday for Wendy has lived an extraordinary life, starting when she worked at her first job in a circus as a dancer at the tender age of 15.

“I ended up working at The Tivoli in Melbourne and even though I was a quite unassuming girl, I loved dancing on stage. I even dyed my hair red to get a part in the show 'Pyjama Game' and travelled all over Australia and New Zealand with that show,” she said. With her mother and father being sensible, they insisted young Wendy also have a back-up plan so she did a course at Stotts Business College.

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“I was a dancer and loved it and started working at Wirth’s Circus which is where the Arts Centre is now. We did the pantomime during the day, and opened on Boxing Day but two days later it burnt down which was so sad. It also meant I was out of work.” For this colourful character, and passionate dancer, there was plenty of work to come, with years doing theatre and pantomimes until television arrived.

“It actually served me well and I have used my skills as a bookkeeper during various times of my life,” she said. By far the most exciting thing for Wendy was working in the theatre for all those years and the experiences she will never forget.

I was examined by Dame Margot Fontaine for my ballet but it didn’t mean a great deal to me at the time,” she said with a laugh. “It wasn’t until ten years later that I realised how incredible she was. I was only 16.” Working in TV with her husband is another feather in this talented thespian’s cap, doing Bandstand and lots of early TV gigs as a dancer. “I was 22 when we married and my husband was 18 years older than me,” said Wendy describing another way she has managed to walk her own unique path. “I guess that was a little bit out there for continued next page...

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those days but he was great. We were together until he died 26 years ago and we both started in television in Sydney. We built a house in Sydney where I did designer clothes for children and had my own business as well as dancing parts.” It was 1972 when the family moved to the Mornington Peninsula, and Wendy says it was a great place to raise the school age children.

who has fostered children, looks after her son who is unwell, and is living proof you can’t keep a good woman down. “My biggest advice is that you have to stay positive. There will always be things that are negative but there is always an adventure out there if you look hard enough.”

‘In fact, I decided to go back to school when the kids were at school. It was 1982 and one of my daughters was doing year 12. I was working at Delgany with the deaf children and decided I wanted to go back to school to learn how to write. My husband said I had to return as a mature student so that’s what I did,” said Wendy. “I remember talking to my teacher and commenting that I hadn’t had a pass with any of my essays. I asked him which one was close to getting a pass. He said I probably wouldn't pass literature but I did it my way and passed. So I showed him.” Wendy is also an artist and loves doing water colours these days. “When we moved down here I started doing a bit of art as well. I love painting clowns and skies, especially with the beautiful skies down here on the peninsula. I did ballet paintings, abstract things as well, and have them all displayed around the home,” said Wendy,

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The ten individual ceramic artists present a unique and personal exhibition of their vastly different work, which will be held at Oakhill Gallery throughout November.

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Patricia Langton, Prue Scott and Michelle Hryniewski work as fairly large scale sculptors. “Our pieces all have an immediate and dynamic quality which is boldly expressive and highly individual,” they said. “Michelle’s pieces for this exhibition are reminiscent of 60's pop art: exuberant and dramatic and they reflect her extrovert personality.” For Prue her works take one into a re-imagined underwater world of reefs and sinuous forms, while Patricia’s work anchors one in the terra firma of the Australian outback. The work of Rosemarie Stynes is at once solid and whimsical. Her sculptures for this exhibition include a delightful interpretation of beachside bathing boxes and two sculptures of little boys that were inspired by her grandchildren. A lifetime of skill honed on the potter’s wheel produces Kaye Price and Kip Turner’s beautifully conceived and finished pots. “Our techniques range from porcelain and gold lustre to high fired wares to the ancient Greek tradition of black ware,” said Kip. Seaton Grant, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, is the group’s cherished elder and constant inspiration.

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“I have been a potter since the 1930’s and sculpted all my life. I have had several exhibitions and draw my inspiration from Henry Moore and Picasso,” he said. Jackie George chose the landscape of the Mornington Peninsula as her theme for this exhibition. Light and amusing, with charming elements of surprise her detailed and intricate work evokes the bay’s translucent water on a summer’s day. Susan Drerup is clearly influenced by the potters of the 70’s English studio pottery movement, particularly Hans Coper, Lucy Rie and Mary Rogers. She works in porcelain and fine stoneware, producing fine, delicate and beautifully crafted small decorative pieces. For Kathy Coffey, her work displays a notable love of clay. A fairly recent student of ceramics she approaches her work with a sense of adventure and a lively interest in continuing the learning process which all potters eternally follow. This wonderful eclectic mix of work can be seen at the Earth Into Fire exhibition from Sunday November 4 until November 29 at Oakhill Gallery, 100 Mornington –Tyabb Road, Mornington. Phone 5973 4299.

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eing a finalist in the Archibald Prize is a really big deal. It’s one of the most prestigious art prizes in Australia.

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“I’d never entered a competition before. I wasn’t considering the option of not being a finalist. I was so adamant that it was just going to work out,” she says. Working with single-minded intensity and focused on getting her portrait of Australian singer/songwriter, Courtney Barnett completely right, it never occurred to her that her painting would not be one of the 57 finalists selected.


When that hotly anticipated email came announcing that her painting had been chosen, her first thought was, “Well all that hard work paid off. I’m glad I got in!” she says. While she felt excited and overwhelmed, she was not surprised and it’s that sort of understated confidence that makes this young painter a success.

Vintage art and objects inspire Grisancich’s style. She paints in vivid colour with bold patterns reminiscent of decades gone by. Her sculpture is often made from repurposed objects. Flowers, palm trees, big cats (she loves panthers in particular) and the female form feature in her paintings.

Ironically, Grisancich says she is not a portrait painter, but having visited the Archibald Prize over many years and having observed that it often featured the same artists (and not enough of them women), she thought she should give it a go. When she decided to enter, her only choice of sitter was her friend Courtney.

Clothing brand RVCA discovered Grisancich and invited her to join their Artist’s Network Program. She’s been one of their feature artists for six years now collaborating on lines of clothing featuring her paintings. RVCA sent her to San Francisco to promote the brand and sponsored her exhibition there.

Courtney Barnett has become a huge success in the alternative/ indie rock scene for her quirky half-talking, half-singing style and her witty, observational lyrics focused on true stories set in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. She is a real individual in an industry that tends to homogenize women and that’s exactly why Grisancich chose her. “She’s quite an inspiration for women who don’t want to conform,” she says.

When not painting in her studio, she can be found at the RVCA Corner Gallery in Collingwood where she hangs shows, curates exhibitions, sells artworks and talks art. Currently she is mounting an exhibition called Spring Time 3.0 that showcases female artists from emerging to established.

She’s quite an inspiration for women who don’t want to conform

Music idol to both Grisancich and Barnett is American ‘punk poet’ singer/songwriter, Patti Smith. In her Melbourne concert she roared, “This is my weapon of choice!” with reference to her guitar. It was this quote that inspired the Archibald Prize entry title: Courtney Barnett and her weapon of choice. For her 30th birthday, she had the pleasure of seeing both Smith and Barnett in concert together and it made a lasting impression.

Next up for the artist is a solo exhibition with a truly novel concept. She wants to create an installation in the form of an old lounge room filled with found objects and her artwork. She will hand craft every single detail in the exhibition. Sound interesting? Melissa Grisancich is one to watch! Stand by… The Archibald Prize exhibition is at Geelong Gallery until November 18

She invited her sitter to see every step of the portrait process so Barnett had a lot of input. It was she who suggested doing bold wallpaper patterns in the background and using really bright colours. The two also discussed the composition. Both women are the same age and share similar interests so it was an easy-going collaboration. The connection between them is evident in the painting. “She’s really chilled and down-to-earth. She’s got a warmth about her. I wanted to capture that, “ Grisancich says. It’s fair to say this a quality they both share. When her first grade teacher at Mount Martha Primary School asked the students what they wanted to be when they grew up, Grisancich immediately said she wanted to be an artist. She was a quirky kid who liked to make things, collect things and share her handiwork with friends and family. Artistry just came naturally. When it came time to make a decision about tertiary education, art was the obvious choice. She studied painting, sculpture and printmaking at Frankston’s Chisholm TAFE. She then went on to RMIT where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. She also got a Diploma of Education to teach high school, but quickly came to the conclusion that it was not for her. She was only ever going to be an artist. November 2018

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omedian Anh Do brings his best-selling memoir, 'The Happiest Refugee', to life in a ground-breaking stand-up show. Performing at Frankston Arts Centre for one night only in December, this moving, inspirational and unforgettable theatre experience combines humour, real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell Do’s amazing story.

Anh Do travelled to Australia in 1980 on an eight metre fishing boat with 47 other Vietnamese refugees. Sick with dehydration and one person already dead, the journey was the first of many struggles for a young Do, who overcame all manner of difficulties throughout his life to become a lawyer and, in 2008, Australia’s Comedian of the Year. Today he is one of Australia’s most sought after stand-ups, as well as a talented writer, actor, producer and Star of the ABC1 TV’s ‘Anh’s Brush With Fame”. 'The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir', charts his journey from starving refugee to one of Australia’s best-loved entertainers, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years,”. It has been awarded Book of the Year with sales in excess of 400,000. Do’s struggles as a young refugee – his difficulties with English, divorcing parents, being bullied and broke, are brought to life in this hilarious but moving new stage show, garnering this happy refugee standing ovations across the country.

Frankston Arts Centre: Friday 7th December, 8:00pm. Bookings PH: 9784 1060 or online:

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g n i t a r b e l Ce t s a P tin haenew & modern way By Melissa Walsh


ometimes when you have a passion, it can be many years before it comes to fruition. That was certainly the case for UK born Samantha Stretch who studied design at university and has always loved the arts but worked in the corporate world for most of her life. These days, the times have changed and finally Samantha is able to share her passion and creativity with the world after starting her business, The Bookkeeper Table Art.

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Samantha believes that as our world becomes more paperless it is important to capture books and memorabilia and she does this with her table art designs.

Rather than them being lost forever, it is my way of recycling and conserving the past

“I love the concept of keeping the tradition of books and memorabilia alive and have been inspired over the years by the concept and ceremony of afternoon tea and high tea, in particular,” said Samantha who decided to put the two together to come up with the table art pieces. “Rather than them being lost forever, it is my way of recycling and conserving the past; repurposed to be admired again, to be cherished in a different way. That is why I named the art 'Bookkeeper'.” A far cry from the travels of a corporate high flyer with a career that has taken her from the UK to Hong Kong and finally the Mornington Peninsula, Samantha has finally found her calling and cannot wait to display her magnificent pieces at markets and galleries. “The great thing is my business management positions at places like Nike Hong Kong and Westfarmers Australia have given me the sound base and skills to start my own designer range of table art which I both exhibit and hire around the peninsula,” said Samantha, who came out to Australia 11 years ago. “I have always wanted to make something of my own and love recycled and old wares from op shops and vintage stores. My home is a combination of old and new. I renovated my house with my partner and I was finding all these old things I liked and wanted to use them in a different way; some from family, op shops and vintage shops and stalls.” With the book being the base of the table art, Samantha allows her love of books to shine. “All books have a history and important part in time, holding valuable words, and to be able to combine the books with silver pots, plants, china and jewels makes a beautiful and unique piece of art for your table centre, book shelf or display cabinets, “said Samantha. “It means these beautiful pieces of china, teapots and books are not stuck in a cupboard but out on display for the entire world to see and admire.” These days Samantha can be found scouring second hand book stores, vintage shops and op shops, as well as the odd garage sale for treasured items to turn into her tabletop creations. “I use two books as a base, and combine the ornament like china cups or silver sugar bowls, teapots filled with jewels or plants to create a decadent and slightly off centre look,” said Samantha of

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her art. “These are perfect for a table setting for a high tea, and inspired by the concept of the pomp and ceremony around such elegant afternoon teas, reminiscent of a bygone era.”

While Samantha has only been creating her table art since April, she has already attended a wedding expo, and has interest from people wanting to hire her art for high teas and special occasions. “It is very exciting to be part of this wonderful creative endeavour and I am thrilled to be bringing new life to these magnificent old world pieces.”

The Bookkeeper Table Art is for sale or hire by phoning Samantha Stretch on 0450 110 459 or email

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he Tyabb Packing House on the Mornington Peninsula. Filled with fine antiques and fabulous collectables, the centre contains the most intriguing and diverse selection of Regency, Victorian, Georgian, Art Deco and Mid-Century furniture and fittings.

Home to over thirty dealers, the Packing House is a bustling place full of knowledgeable and enthusiastic people, happy to share their expertise. There is also a valuation service on the first Sunday of the month during the warmer weather. Visit the web site www. for the exact dates and also to check out items newly arrived at the centre. A detailed list of the dealers and their specialties, opening hours and a short history is also on the site.

site is always worthwhile. There you will find more antiques, a Dog Cafe for those who bring their furry friends and one for humans too. A pottery, a mosaic studio an art gallery and a jeweller are just a few of the surprises on offer. The Tyabb Packing House is definitely a “must visit” place on the Mornington Peninsula. One you will keep coming back to, time and time again.

To reflect the changing styles of the 21st Century is a selection of modern decorator items that blend seamlessly with the quality antiques on offer. As well, estate jewellery, linen and lace, traditional and contemporary art, a comprehensive section of books and magazines and dedicated areas of movie and sports memorabilia are all here for the aficionados, no matter where their passions lie. There is more on the offer at the Tyabb Packing House than first meets the eye and a trip down to the Craft Village at the rear of the


Georgian • Victorian • Edwardian • Art Nouveau • Art Deco • Mid Century • Industrial • Furniture • Art Designer • Lighting • Ceramics • Glass • Decorator • Jewellery • Books • Collectables • Linen & Lace Open Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm plus Melbourne Cup Day - Tues Nov 6, 2018. Tyabb Packing House Antique Centre 14 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Tyabb. Phone 5977 4414

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histlewood’s curators Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs have been sorting through dozens of Aboriginal artworks gathered over 10 years for a special sale exhibition this month. “It’s been almost 10 years since we started bringing Aboriginal art from all over Australia to show on the Peninsula and we’ve acquired a considerable number of works since,” says Susan. “Now we’d really like to find them new homes.”

WHISTLEWOOD 642 Tucks Rd, Shoreham 5989 8282 | 0419 896 473 Open Saturdays & Sundays, 11-4 to November 25.

Many of the works have not been seen before while others have been shown once. A few newer works will also be included. “It’s quite exciting to see the range of works we’re discovering. It includes works by Pitjantjatjara artists at the start of what became their stellar careers, classic abstract works from the Western Desert by established artists, colourful works from Utopia, the Pilbara and Queensland, Kimberley ochres, barks from Arnhem Land, carvings, fibre works and works on paper. “ Works range from small to medium to 2m-plus. “We’ve never held a sale like this so this is a once-in-10-years opportunity.” In December the McCullochs are holding their Christmas Salon exhibition of art and gifts in a new space at 1/39 Cook Street, Flinders. “This is a lovely retail space in a new retail and unit development that’s just opened in Flinders," says Susan. “It’s right in the middle of what’s become an exciting gallery strip and it will be a great venue to show our exciting new range of Indigenous licensed design items including homewares such as cushion covers, china, salad servers, tea towels as well as bags, small objects and a feature exhibition of paintings by Warlurkulangu Artists of Yuendumu”

November’s sale exhibition works include this striking 2 m bark painting by the late Boliny Wanambi from East Arnhem Land while cushion covers by Queensland artist Lisa Michl are just some of the new Indigenous homewares to feature in the Christmas Salon in Flinders.


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November 8th Nicholas Young and Matthew Fagan The Spirit of Spain November 15th Ashley Hribar and Ayse Goknur Shanal - Anatolia to Andaluse November 21st A.N.A.M Grainger The Warriors for 2 pianos

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mall business is one of the most rewarding and challenging enterprises a person can take on but when you add working from home to the equation the challenges double. That was certainly true for entrepreneur and business owner, Stef Boadle when she relocated back to the Mornington Peninsula where she grew up, and tried to run her successful online tea business from home. It was this journey that inspired Stef to start Co.Co Place three years ago and she hasn’t looked back.

“I felt disengaged and uninspired working on my own online business at home, most noticeably missing the energy of a collaborative working community,” said Stef, a mum of three. With a very strong desire to be around creative and like-minded entrepreneurs, Co.Co Place was created, the first collaborative work space of its kind on the peninsula. On the outside, Co.Co Place is a modern and well-designed space with a vibrant community where professionals and businesses on the Mornington Peninsula come together to work. Yet it is obvious that Co.Co. Place is so much more than stunning décor. “It is a wonderful space where all different kinds of businesses from building designers to seafood specialists, fashion designers, authors, graphic designers, and comedy producers, come together to be creative, collaborate and connect,” said Stef. “It is incredible how a work space like this with such different businesses can inspire and support others in ways we had no idea would happen.” Designed for flexibility of use, members have the option of permanent membership with 24/7 access, monthly personal desk or casual boardroom bookings, and all types of business are welcome.

“I built the community before I opened the offices,” said Stef, who had studied entrepreneurship in Boston, and has a passion for helping others in their endeavours. “To have an effective co-working space is not about providing a desk. It is about being supportive and helping people with their ideas, giving them a comfortable space to work in with like minded people.” While well planned and thought about, the process has also been an organic one as Stef points out. “My first businesses to come on board are still with me, including the building designers with a team of four who heard about my story and moved in while we were changing the carpet,” she said with a laugh. “It is not just women who are isolated working from home. We have several male owned businesses also. Our seafood supplier is a prime example for all his staff are in Queensland so his work was very solitary until he came to our co-working space.” One of Stef’s passions is to mentor young entrepreneurs so she offers a free desk space during the holidays for the right person. “That is very rewarding. It is great to help young people out with their ideas and offer them a specified space to work from,” said Stef. “There are so many talented people on the peninsula in all different fields and the co-working environment of Co.Co Place has brought back the fun to what can sometimes be a lonely grind as a solo business owner.”

Co.Co. Place is at 5 Bennetts road, Mornington. Phone 0409 430 553.

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Led by Creative Director, industry veteran Luke Carson, Design by Bird is a small team of heavy lifters. Based at Mornington Peninsula’s coworking hub – Co.Co Place, the design studio encourages the experimentation of ideas with an emphasis on collaboration, differentiation and authenticity.

The team communicates beautifully and effectively through graphic design, art direction, copywriting, brand creation, websites, packaging and signage. A Design by Bird outcome is not just pretty marks on the page – it is purposeful and bespoke. Telling a story to capture the brand essence, their work delivers a refined aesthetic to build awareness for a business and create tangible equity. We asked them, what do they live by in design – “Be leaders, not followers and have fun.” New business enquiries contact:


d3 Building Design.

Designing Dreams. Creating Lifestyles. Full service building design on the Mornington Peninsula

d3 Building Design is a progressive, award winning design led practice established in 2005.

“Our studio is based on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula; we are a team of experienced and dedicated designers,” said owner David Thomas. “We are adept at marrying our clients’ objectives with the requirements of local authorities and other statutory bodies, negotiating often complex planning consents. d3 is more than just about design. It is concept to completion.

“We work with you from a concept stage all the way through to the completion of construction. We provide all that is required for your project, from design, through planning and building approval, to on-going consultation during construction. We work with home owners, developers, builders and businesses.” d3 is at Co.Co Place, 5 Bennetts Rd, Mornington. P: 03 5976 2705 E: W:

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“Our experienced team of professionals will ensure you get what you need, when you need it, from the moment you walk in our door,” said Managing Director, Amanda Hardy. “We don’t just set up your home loan and say goodbye. We build long-lasting relationships with our clients, and we’re with you until the end – whether it’s helping you with your next property purchase, your first investment, or a new car loan." Two Acre Finance welcomes everyone from first home buyers and refinancers to experienced property investors and business owners. Proudly coworking at Co.Co Place.



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Bringing wallpaper to the Mornington Peninsula, Nancy from Nancy Newton Studio is one of the newest ‘coconutters’ to join the co-working studios at Co.Co place. Nancy is the artist and designer behind the studio, who design and print customisable bespoke wall murals for commercial and residential interiors. The studio’s distinct murals have a hand painted scenic aesthetic, resembling a modern take on antique chinoiserie design, a style Nancy has been working in since graduating from Art School in the UK in 2012. Elements, colours and print bases for the designs are chosen to suit each project. Botanical Bliss [pictured] was customised to suit the en-suite of this award winning home, involving printing on window film to seamlessly continue the scene across the space. For every project, every detail is considered. With a production facility in Perth, all designs are printed and manufactured in Australia on a range of commercial grade wallpaper bases. For all enquiries contact Nancy on: P: 0459658227

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Christmas On Main is a little Christmas store offering something a bit different. Owner–operator, and keen Christmas lover, Susan Russo, started the store after spending years making mesh wreaths.

“We opened in November last year, after I had started making Christmas wreaths called deco mesh wreaths. They are so very different and I wanted to offer a variety of these and other unique products for Christmas time,” said Susan. “So we have hundreds of different styles of wreaths, trees, ornaments in all range of colours, table ornaments, Santa’s and elves.”



Susan says a lot of people start planning their Christmas theme in advance so the store gives them the opportunity to check out what they want and plan ahead. “These days we have huge ranges of colours and styles for each different Christmas to be that little bit unique. They are all good quality products, with a lot of imports from America and the Americans sure know how to do Christmas,” she said with a laugh.


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Tucked away in the Mornington industrial estate, you'll find The Nook Gallery and Studios – a versatile space for visionary brands, passionate entrepreneurs and talented local creatives.

The Nook opened it’s (roller) doors back in 2014, initially as a gallery for emerging creatives filling a much-needed gap on the Mornington Peninsula. Now, it’s evolved into something much bigger with private studios for creative business owners, in addition to its two gallery spaces and hip courtyard area.

With the space hired out for all kinds of creativity, one week you’ll find original artwork adorning the walls of the gallery and the next it might be singing lessons, yoga classes, a launch event, a photo shoot, or a popup sale. The venue’s industrial vibes also make it a popular destination for weddings and engagement parties. The stark gallery walls and concrete floors make a perfect blank canvas for soon-to-be-wed couples to add their own personal touch. Plus, there is plenty of room for food truck parking out the front and a bar onsite.

For booking enquiries and to pop your name down on the studio wait list – see or email


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RAHCON / BUILDING DREAMS Rahcon is an established and innovative, boutique building and construction firm based on the Mornington Peninsula. Our goal is to gain a deep understanding of our client’s requirements to ensure we deliver the best possible end result. Whether it is working for an architect, retail store designer, or private client, we strive to complete each project to the highest standard. Through collaboration and partnership, we will ensure our focus is always on your project and delivering excellence in every area. At Rahcon we can assist our clients through all stages of construction, from building design through to final sign-off at completion of your project. Our ability to draw upon each other’s complementary skills ensures a thorough and unique response for our clients. Our business is grounded by consistency and reliability. We always deliver a thorough, professional response to our clients briefs - on time, every time! For further information, contact Ben Rahilly to discuss your next project. M / 0410 839 346 M / 0410 839 346 Boutique building and construction on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Established on the Mornington Peninsula in 2004, Mark

Established on the Mornington Peninsula in 2004, Mark designs gardens for both new houses and existing properties designs gardens for both new houses and existing with a refined coastal style. properties with a refined coastal style. I began careerworking workingas asa anurseryman nurseryman at at Linton's Linton's "I "began mymy career Nursery in Mt Eliza, during this time I was able to develop my Nursery in Mt Eliza; during this time I was able to develop plant knowledge and was exposed to a range of different my plant knowledge and was exposed to a range of garden styles" said Mark. " After further studies I went onto different garden styles. After further studies I went become a Senior Landscape Architect in local government onto become a Senior Landscape Architect in local where I gained valuable expereince in construction government where I gained valuable experience in management, town planning landscape issues and coastal construction management, town planning landscape revegetation projects along the foreshore". issues and coastal revegetation projects along the Mark now provides landscape architectural services to home foreshore". owners, architects and developers which takes the garden Mark now provides landscape architectural services design process from begining to end . This includes garden which takes the garden design process from begining consultations, town planning landscape plans, developed todesign end.concepts, This includes garden consultations, town construction drawings and managmement planning landscape developed design concepts, of swimming pool andplans, landscape contractors. construction drawings and management of swimming pool and landscape If you have a projectcontractors. you would like to discuss, please call 0401 033 033 953 email: 0401 953oror email:



With a passion for landscapes and the ocean, Tash is inspired by the interplay of light and nature’s elements, and her aim is to capture the raw beauty of her environment. The images in her collection of limited and open edition fine art prints have been taken over many years spent exploring beaches and the countryside close to home, and travelling throughout Australia and overseas. The full range of giclée prints are on heavy weight, archival quality cotton rag paper and are all hand signed by Tash. Tash’s work can be found in a selection of beautiful homewares stores on the Peninsula and around Australia. Tash also works with design studios, stylists, interior designers and property stylists. Using film and digital formats, Tash prefers to keep her photography as organic as possible. Most of her images are hand held and are generally untouched, with little or no manipulation. They are nature as you see it. Studio visits by appointment

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Eat & Drink

A TOUCH OF By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni


K chef, Shane Horsley is the master of French cuisine, having trained at a Michelin star restaurant Le Manoir Aux Quait’Saiso, and then finding his way to Australia with his wife.

In keeping with the casual atmosphere that owner Stephane has created, the food at Le Bouchon is classically French in its quality with a casual and relaxed ambience for families, friends and special occasions.

Shane is a master chef whose magical dishes are inspired by the fresh local flavours of the Mornington Peninsula to create authentic, unpretentious French fare that complements the local and French wines behind the well-stocked bar at Le Bouchon.

“I have been trained in French cooking from the time I was 15 living in England. I started working at a golf club and quickly moved to a French restaurant where I began my journey and love of French cooking,” said Shane. “It was a couple of years later that I

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was working with a sous chef who asked me to go to Paris with him to work in another one star restaurant. I learnt all the classic French techniques there and fell in love with the French way of cooking.” Shane’s passion for French fare is obvious in the unspoilt and unpretentious dishes he creates at Le Bouchon. “It is all about creating tasty food with French techniques but letting the ingredients speak for themselves. We do beef bourguignon, classic confit duck leg and we make our own terrines, sauces and desserts. We don’t overcomplicate the food as the natural produce speaks for itself. It is just a matter of adding to the flavours,” said Shane. “Our classic French desserts are always popular with chocolate fondant, lemon tart, soft centre chocolate

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Now open for Lunch, Dinner and all day dining from Wednesday to Saturday 11am-11pm (Sunday 11am-9pm)

The Dubliner Irish Restaurant & bar

P: 03 5975 3567 E:

pudding, souffles, and pastries to classic cassolette, snails in garlic, parsley, almond, pernod, anchovy butter, steak tartare,traditional hand-chopped eye fillet, noix de st Jacques, and seared scallops, cauliflower puree and beignet.” At Le Bouchon, the philosophy is to create simple and honest food by using the finest locally sourced produce. With head chef, Shane Horsely at the helm the tradition continues in the new, larger premises in Balnarring. Le Bouchon is at 10 Russell Street, Balnarring. Phone 5983 2012.

Crittenden Estate WINE CENTRE

Crittenden Estate is one of the Peninsula’s oldest iconic wineries. Family owned and operated since 1982, we are locals passionate about making outstanding quality cool climate wines that reflect this incredible winemaking region. Described by James Halliday as an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality, Crittenden Estate was yet again awarded Halliday’s highest rating of five red stars in the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion. Discover our story at the custom built Crittenden Wine Centre, designed to enable our customers to truly appreciate the caliber of our wines in comfort and style.

Crittenden Estate I 25 Harrisons Rd Dromana VIC 3936 I 5987 3800 I open seven days a week

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1kg Beef cheeks (cap off) 600ml Red wine 8 Juniper berries 8 Whole White peppercorns 10 Sprigs of thyme 2 Bay leaves 1 Brown onion 1 Carrot 1 Stick celery 3 Cloves garlic Salt & Pepper (to taste) 600ml Beef stock Note: - use a heavy based pan large enough to take all the cheeks, vegetables & the braising liquid together, also with a tightly fitting lid Garnish 500g Creamy smooth mashed potatoes 150g Small button mushrooms (halved) 120g Kessler Fleisch ( cut into lardons)

Place beef cheeks in a container large enough to take half the wine, vegetables, herbs & spices Add half red wine, peeled and halved vegetables, thyme, bay leafs, peppercorns & juniper berries Cover with cling film & refrigerate for 12 hours to marinade Remove beef, vegetables, herbs & spices from the wine and dry on a clean, dry chux cloth. Reserve the wine In a small saucepan slowly bring marinade wine to the boil and carefully skim off the crust Heat a heavy based pan to high heat, season cheeks with salt and pepper, add a little oil to pan as well as the cheeks and caramelise on a medium heat until light golden brown all over Remove cheeks from pan, turn down heat & add vegetables. Caramelise for a few minutes until lightly browned Pour off any excess fat from vegetables add both red wines and bring to boil

Return cheeks, herbs, spices and stock to pan bring to boil cover with a tightly fitting lid and place in a preheated heated oven at 150 degrees for 3 hours. Check your beef is soft to the touch if still firm allow to cook for a little longer When beef is soft allow to cool and then refrigerate until completely set in the beef stock (approx 6 hours) Remove beef from set beef stock and cut in half Heat set beef stock and strain through a fine sieve Reduce stock by 2/3 then add your beef cheek halves and allow to continue to reduce until meat is hot sticky & glazed Meanwhile sautĂŠ the mushroom halves & Kessler Fleisch lardons until mushrooms are soft and lardons are lite golden

SERVING SUGGESTION Add mushrooms and lardons to meat and serve with creamy mashed potato

St Andrews Beach Brewery is at 160 Sandy Road, Fingal Phone 5988 6854

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Must try


Handmade potato gnocchi with artichoke veloute, wild mushrooms, salted ricotta and sorrel leaf. Panda 2871 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie Phone 5988 8261

White chocolate parfait, berries and macadamia Barmah Park Winery 945 Moorooduc Hwy, Moorooduc 5978 8049

Scotch egg special

Parmesan Gnocchi Pillowy light clouds of gnocchi with wild onions, charred lettuce and English peas.

The Dubliner 65 Octavia St, Mornington Phone 5975 3567


37 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South 5989 8660

Dark Chocolate Dessert Deeply decadent baked chocolate ganache with crunchy honeycomb and banana ice cream

Prosciutto Panini, roasted pepers, green olives, rocket and pesto on a freshly baked ficelle.


26 Lochiel Ave, Mount Martha Phone 5974 4999

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37 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South 5989 8660

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Direct Hospitality Supplies is your one-stop shop for the best in home and commercial kitchen products We are foodies at heart and stand behind each of the products we sell. Our products ranging from countertop kitchen appliances to cookware, glassware, cutlery, dinnerware and many li�le knick-knacks you didn’t know you needed!

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f you didn’t know already, Tucks Ridge in Red Hill South is now owned by neighbouring Montalto. Under their expert hand and rebranded as ‘Tucks’, the estate has been transformed into a buzzy and fun-filled winery experience.

The stunning views across green-tipped vines remain, but the expansive outdoor terrace has undergone a serious upgrade. Communal outdoor tables accommodate the crowds lining up to enjoy the top-notch food marching from the kitchen. A new menu, drawing heavily on international influences and designed to complement the estate-produced wine list, is the perfect wine food; a tempting curation of the very best dishes from across the globe. continued next page...

WE WILL BEAT ANY PRICE • Custom made jewellery • Design and remodelling • Repairs and antique repairs • We have a wonderful selection of jewellery in our showroom

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1 Blamey Place, Mornington (behind the Commonwealth 1 Blamey Place, Mornington. Ph: 5909 8872 Bank on Main Street) (behind the Commonwealth Bank on Main Street)

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Start with crunchy croquettes oozing with gruyere, or pakoras flecked with a firecracker sauce. Move on to cured trout, watermelon and fennel – almost too pretty to eat – before settling into the light, pillowy parmesan gnocchi with English peas, or tender sticky pork with chinese bbq sauce and wilted greens. For dessert, the decadent dark chocolate baked ganache with honeycomb and banana ice cream is a standout… although you may have to fight for your share. Mix and match with your favourite Tucks wine and enjoy an epicurean feast to linger over. Tucks is at 37 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South. Phone 5989 8660.

The stunning views across green-tipped vines remain, but the expansive outdoor terrace at Tucks has undergone a serious revamp. Relax at communal tables while enjoying the top-notch food marching from the kitchen, or on the lawn overlooking the vines. Designed to complement the estate-produced wine list, the new menu is the perfect wine food, inspired by exciting dishes from across the globe. Mix and match with your favourite Tucks wine and enjoy an epicurean feast to linger over, or drop in to Tucks Wine Store for winetasting with a twist.

Tucks, 37 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South | 03 5989 8660 | tucks_wine

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By Melissa Walsh Photos Garry Sissons


elbourne is undoubtedly the culinary capital of Australia, and the Mornington Peninsula has its own chef ’s hat restaurants galore, gourmet eateries, vineyards and cafes. Shows like MasterChef, My Kitchen Rules and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution grace our TV screens with food and are a big part of our everyday life, but not everyone can cook. That’s’where Garry Cowled can help with his fabulous culinary skills at The Olive Tree Cooking School. continued next page...

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After five decades as a chef, Garry certainly knows his way around a kitchen and still loves cooking food every day. In fact, this passionate chef still prepares meals for his grown up children and grandkids.

I source as much of my produce from the local area

“I have always wanted to be in the kitchen, even after working in the industry for 50 years,” said Garry whose experience goes back to working as a chef, chef instructor at T.A.F.E., and several food related businesses which he has owned and operated. “My passion is cooking and the greatest satisfaction I gain is from imparting the knowledge and skills I have to people who share the same passion for cooking and entertaining.” Garry started the cooking school at the top of Olivers Hill in 2011 but it was always in his mind to do one day. “I had talked about this for years and one day my wife said ‘Why don’t you just do it?’”, said Garry with a laugh. “After much searching for suitable premises we decided to convert the downstairs area of our home into a purpose-built kitchen where students could come and enjoy cooking in a relaxed and comfortable facility. Our aim is to give the students the knowledge, skills and confidence to approach cooking as an enjoyable experience with the pleasure of sharing their dining table with family and friends.”

Family and cooking have always gone hand in hand with this chef, with fond memories of special occasions sitting around the dining table. The Olive Tree Cooking School is Garry’s chance to share his skills and knowledge with people who share his passion for cooking and entertaining. “We have a lot of fun in our classes, whether it is beginners cooking right through to speciality dishes and desserts,” said Garry, who provides hands-on training in both basic skills and advanced cooking techniques. A row of olive trees lines the front courtyard, with a Mediterranean mix of vegetables and flower beds, which leads to the light kitchen and preparation area on the first floor where the magic takes place. The ambience alone is relaxing and reminiscent of Tuscany, creating the perfect place to hone your culinary skills, while enjoying a glass of local wine. “I source as much of my produce from the local area, using a great greengrocer in Frankston to get any produce that I cannot grow, and our favourite butcher in Mt Eliza, Kevin, has been there for years,” said Garry, who has participated in the world renowned Culinary Olympics in Germany. He has won more than forty medals, thirty of them gold, in various cooking competitions in Australia and overseas. “We have a great variety of classes to choose from. I do a terrific beginners course which covers various cooking methods, to specialty courses with savoury dishes and sweets as well as special occasions. You can also tailor your own class, or organise a special event like a team bonding, bucks or hens days, or birthday party for instance. We have a lot of people who buy a voucher for a class for birthdays or anniversaries, and it makes a great Christmas present.” Classes at The Olive Tree Cooking School include cooking with lamb, beef, chicken, fish and pasta, cake making, macaroons and desserts, Christmas fare, high tea, cake decorating and more. “I love to combine cooking with fun and entertaining, and the odd drop of wine,” said Garry with a laugh. “You have a great afternoon while gaining confidence along the way to share your cooking with family and friends.” The Olive Tree Cooking School is at 623 Nepean Highway, Frankston South.

Wednesday Market Personalities A local to the Peninsula, Anna from Ninotchka Designs creates a beautiful range of handmade glass jewellery. Her pieces include pendants, rings, earrings, bangles, cufflinks and brooches in unique and colourful assortments. Designs include Japanese chiyogami papers and vibrant graphic artworks. "My creations are ever-changing in both patterns and styles”, commented Anna, “there is truly something for all outfits and all tastes.” Anna started doing the local markets 10 years ago and we have been lucky enough to have her as part of the Main Street family for the last 6 years. “I love creating and I’m inspired by the wonderful feeling that a unique piece of jewellery gives the wearer”, smiled Anna.

Morag with Mornington BBQ is an institution here at the Wednesday Market. For 20 years, she has been cooking us breakfast and lunch on Main Street, from traditional Kransky in bread to gourmet veggie burgers and the publics favourite, egg & bacon rolls. Teamed with Sasha you are guaranteed to have your BBQ served hot and with plenty of laughs. What's an Aussie market without the iconic BBQ? The girls set up early and the Tradies are first onsite even before the market opens at 9am. Welcome to Crafty Jack! A teacher for 20 years in the Creative Arts faculty in the UK, Jackie creates bespoke, individually produced fabric gifts, which are lovingly made from scratch. Proudly using fabric woven and webbing in Melbourne for all her bags with many colours exclusive to Crafty Jack. "Working out of my studio on the Peninsula, I love to design, create and sell”, said Jackie “and have attended the market for 7 years every 1st and 3rd week.” Using superior quality products is why Crafty Jack designs are lightweight and made to last. The bags are flat packable, which makes them fantastic when sending as gifts and are ideal for personal travel. “I am presently working on new bag designs and Christmas calendars so come down to the market and peruse my range of items – Christmas is getting closer”, remarked Jackie.

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t’s Rosebud’s long history as a great place to enjoy summer lovin’ holidays that makes it the perfect place to revive the fun-filled ‘50's and ‘60's lifestyle.

Rosebud RockFest, held over three days November 16-18, is a fun celebration of all things groovy; cool cars and hot bands, rock music dances and shows, retro clothing markets and a Pin-Up contest to boot! RockFest '18 starts on Friday evening at Rosebud Primary School with the first of many dances featuring the band 'Who Was That Cat' who play '50’s and '60’s music with a rockabilly twist. On Saturday morning the Rosebud town centre comes alive with ‘50's bands and street jiving, hot rods, muscle cars street cruising along Pt Nepean Road and vintage caravans on disply on the Village Green.

At the Rosebud Primary School there’s a ‘50's and ‘60s' market with retro clothing, DJs, live bands and dance demonstrations with Rockhouse. During the afternoon the Rosebud Hotel presents bad boy Rockabilly band Diddy Reyes '59 Rockers' and on Saturday evening, there’s more rock, more roll with Shane Magro 'Combo', ever popular rockers 'Fender Benders', Jukebox Heaven’s 'Honey B' and 'The Stingers' and Australia’s coolest Blues and Swing band 'The Jackson Four'. Sunday sees pre-1970’s Hot Rod and Classic Car Show on the Village Green, with hundreds of cars and vintage caravans on show. For fashionistas there’s vintage clothing and ‘Pin Up’ contest in the Memorial Hall. The market continues at the Rosebud Primary School on Sunday from 10am with great music from 'Who Was That Cat' and 'Fender Benders. All events will conclude by 5pm.

Tickets are essential for many events and will sell out quickly, so go to where you can also get all the details, and like the Facebook page ForeshoreRockFest for all the latest news.

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Balnarring is situated on the Mornington Peninsula, around 10 kilometres south-west of the major centre of Hastings and fronting Western Port. It is 69 km from Melbourne. Median house price for Balnarring is $730,000 and median rent is $450 per week. The population of Balnarring area in 2016 was 4789 (including Balnarring, Merricks, and Somers). Balnarring's shopping village is located two kilometres inland and includes a supermarket and a good selection of speciality shops. The shopping village is built around a large central car park which is surrounded by trees and gardens. The Balbirooroo Community Wetlands border the commercial centre, and include a lagoon and walking trails. Balnarring Beach, also known as Tulum Beach, features sweeping crescents of coastline and a foreshore reserve which offers safe swimming along sandy stretches of the coast. Racehorses are trained on the beach early in the morning six days a week. Balnarring Beach holds the award for the "Cleanest Beach in Victoria" from the Keep Australia Beautiful committee. Merricks Creek joins Western Port at Balnarring, forming a narrow peninsula of land which is traversed by walking paths and footbridges around the shallow creek. One of the most scenic parts of Balnarring Beach is around Cliff Road which is situated on a bushy headland. A walking track winds its way down the cliff face to the sandy beach below, offering spectacular views along the coast.

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Just to the east of Balnarring on the coast in neighboring Somers are the Coolart Wetlands. This nature reserve surrounds the historical Coolart Homestead which was built in 1895, and includes a lagoon where thousands of Australian white ibis nest every year, plus attractive picnic and BBQ areas. Balnarring is Aboriginal meaning "camp in open places". In the summer months, Balnarring Beach comes alive with holiday makers. It first became a holiday destination back in 1910 for day trippers from Melbourne. Back then, there were many beach stores and kiosks. Today there is one general store at the beach. Today, Balnarring is a thriving community with a great local shopping centre. Balnarring Beach caters to the holiday makers with caravan parks and camping grounds and the local area has many excellent wineries. Balnarring is also home to The Emu Plains Racecourse and Recreational Reserve. The racecourse provides a range of recreational activities including a community market run by Rotary of Hastings and picnic race meetings run by The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club, a non-profit organisation committed to promoting picnic racing as an enjoyable and family orientated activity. Balnarring is not short on celebrity sightings, with locals spotting A-listers like Sigrid Thornton, Kerry Armstrong, Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp taking a break in the beachside town.

Coffee Safari Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Main Ridge 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.

FONTALINA SHOP 8, TULUM VILLAGE 2 RUSSELL STREET Amazing coffee with best pastries and pizza if you feel like something heavier. Relaxed atmosphere where the whole family can feel comfortable.

RED HILL BAKERY 1/3000 FRANKSTON - FLINDERS ROAD Excellent coffee, cakes and pizza. Pies are the best on the peninsula, you'd be stuck to find a better duck pie anywhere. Casual atmosphere where they still make their own homemade bread, gourmet pies and cakes.

VILLAGE PEOPLE 1 BALNARRING ROAD Great spot to chill out for breakfast inside or out, with an excellent coffee. They serve a breakfast & lunch menu along with a selection of cakes and Wi-Fi as well!

What to do

Whether it’s strolling along the award winning Balnarring beach, or heading to one of a wide variety of restaurants, Balnarring has something for everybody. In the summer months, the beachside town is alive with holiday makers. In the cooler months, it’s a charming township with markets, homemade goods and some of the best international cuisine in the area. Taste at the variety of boutique wineries. Photography: Yanni

Balnarring & District Community Bank® Branch

Own your happy place. Connect Home Loan Package Your sanctuary, your haven, your happy place. Whatever you call it, we’ll help you own it. Help us return our next $1 million in five years. Call into your branch at Balnarring Shopping Centre or phone 5983 5543 to find out more. Terms, conditions, fees and charges apply. Full details available on application. Lending criteria apply. Credit provided by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178 Australian Credit Licence 237879 (1205953-1209799-3) (416151_v1) (17/10/2018)

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Seafolly Girls Native Jungle Ruffle One (green/peach) Piece $59.95 Sunny Life Kids Unicorn Sunnies $10.95 Sunny Life Crabby Swim Goggles $19.95 901 Nepean Hwy, Mornington

Give a little luxury this Christmas. Bulova Curv gents Chronograph bracelet SSTT WR “World’s first CURV Chronograph movement watch” Available at Minzenmay 152 Main Street Mornington Retail price : $1400


Ultimate Buyers Guide Our guide to the best gift ideas this Christmas!

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Tucks NOW range is bright and dangerously drinkable. With toopretty-to-drink packaging we reckon it’s a sure-fire winner. Choose from pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris or rosé, available at their cellar door in Red Hill or at selected retailers across the peninsula. Priced $23 - $29 per bottle.

A gift for the home, this stunning piece titled Picnic and many more fine art prints by Janis House available at

Vibrant Red Encalmo Bowl, Hand Blown by Eileen Gordon For all your beautiful gifts this Christmas, visit Gordon Studio Glassblowers 290 Red Hill Rd, Red Hill, Vic. 59897073. An aromatic Pinot Noir with a velvety texture. Black cherries and spice with thoughtful oak handling. The perfect gift. $45. Crittenden Wine Centre 25 Harrisons Rd Dromana.

Take your gift giving to new heights this christmas An Arthurs seat "eagle" gift voucher is just the ticket for friends & family to take in the stunning sites of Port Phillip bay




Give the gift of relaxation this Christmas with a certificate to Peninsula Hot Springs. Choose between spa treatment packages—all of which include therapeutic geothermal bathingdining packages, private bathing, family-friendly Bath House entry, or the freedom to choose with a simple dollar amount. Your well-rested loved ones will thank you.

Stunning Christmas keepsakes available at Christmas On Main, will make for a gift that creates lasting memories. Christmas On Main, 3 Bayport Court Mornington.

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Real Estate


By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni


nybody who knows the Mornington Peninsula will be familiar with the Paton family name, whether friends of the family or having seen real estate boards dotted around the countryside. For Blane Paton, who has lived his entire life on the peninsula, the rural lifestyle is in his blood. That’s why the 70 year old is still selling and listing rural properties at what has been his family business, Paton Real Estate since the 1970’s.

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“We have been part of the Mornington Peninsula landscape since my parents moved to Merricks over 60 years ago,” said Blane from the Balnarring office of Paton Real Estate. “Our original farm was focused on dairy cattle, but we have always been into horses as well, and I learnt to ride horses to herd the cattle.” After six decades, the family has left an imprint on the peninsula, having sold thousands of properties over that time and making their name as the most knowledgeable rural agent in the area.

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“You have to live on the land and understand farming to be able to sell to a farmer,” said Blane. “It is very different from selling a residential property and we make sure our agents have an extensive knowledge of the area and its flora and fauna.” Blane and the family definitely have plenty of experience with a variety of farming, shifting from dairy farming to exporting milking goats all over the world. “We also started breeding Angus cattle and are passionate about breeding the Canadian cattle called Speckle Park,” said Blane, who shows cattle at the Royal Melbourne Show.

We are very much like the old time stock agents and have worked and lived on the land for our lives

The family have grown South African native proteas called leucadendrons for a while over the years which made some good money as the second largest grower in Australia. For Blane and the family, farming is about trying different avenues from flora to fauna to see what suits best. With approximately 140,000 hectares of green wedge land on the peninsula and about 1800 recreational farmers, the rural market is still strong. “We have a majority of recreational farmers on the Mornington Peninsula which means they don’t derive their main income from

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farming. They are still very professional and accomplished at what they do farm though, but it is difficult to make a primary income from it these days,” said Blane. “Most farmers tend to have goats, cattle or horses, but grazing on the peninsula is a labour of love. It is the whole atmosphere of the rural area here to drive through the countryside and see the cattle and horses grazing. Without our recreational farmers we wouldn’t have that.” Blane says it is important for the farmers and those buying rural properties to get good professional advice about their endeavours.

“We are very much like the old time stock agents and have worked and lived on the land all our lives. Farming is in our blood so we can advise on how to get rid of a certain type of weed, where to buy a particular breed of cattle, how to fix a fence or put in a dam because we have done it,” said Blane who still loves the land and getting out there when he can. “I might be getting a little older but I still like to look after the land. It is in the blood.”

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he Tempo Group completes their latest boutique development in the heart of popular Balnarring Village, close to superb amenities and a quiet, sandy beach.

Three of the five commercial spaces have also now sold, leaving just two ground floor spaces, one 75.5m2, the other 64.6m2, available for purchase. Both have grease trap provision.

Continuing to build on their reputation of bespoke quality construction, Tempo Group’s latest project at 3056 FrankstonFlinders Road, Balnarring is a contemporary development of nine apartments and five commercial spaces suitable for consultancy type businesses or the two remaining ground floor opportunities, best suited to retail or café.

The apartments and commercial spaces come with secure garage parking for one car, additionally the apartments have storage units in the garage.

The building’s design is sympathetic to the environment: the clever use of low maintenance timber-look metal fins blend perfectly with the surrounding gums and will continue to hold their quality and good looks for many years to come. Likewise the timelessness of sandstone block walls framing the entrance firmly connects the building to its surroundings. The apartments with lift access to the upper levels, offer stylish, light-filled open plan living and outdoor entertaining, all in a comfortable and secure environment. Quality fixtures and fittings are featured throughout including European appliances, engineered oak floor boards, stone benchtops and commercial grade, energy efficient double-glazing. With all but one of the apartments now sold, mostly to local buyers, no two interiors are the same, each purchaser working with Tempo’s design team to customise their residence.

There are also two off road visitor car parking spots. The Tempo Group has been involved in high end residential and commercial developments on the Mornington Peninsula for over ten years. With projects happening in, South Yarra, Brunswick, Mornington, Mt Eliza and Sorrento, they’ve been expanding their commercial projects division with the recent appointment of general manager, Matt Bridgman, to oversee this growth. CONTACT The Tempo Group W: E:

The remaining apartment, a two bedroom, two bathroom open plan design situated on the ground floor with a generously proportioned courtyard, offers a low maintenance, costal getaway for an owner occupier, or an investment that will deliver excellent returns.


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The day we played 'The Don'

By Lance Hodgins


n 1940 the school year had almost finished when the students of Frankston High were informed that their school First XI would be playing a team from the local Army Camp. The Army team would contain two Test cricketers - none other than the legendary Don Bradman and the spin bowler “Chuck” Fleetwood-Smith. Both were officers at the Army School of Physical Training in Frankston. Earlier that year the Army had taken over the Church of England Boys’ Society camp in Overton Road, near Frankston’s Mile Bridge. Their PT School was based on the British Army School at Aldershot, where different sports were played in daylight hours followed by studies of anatomy, physiology and hygiene in the evening.

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Conducting the various activities were officers with incredible sporting credentials. The Superintendant was Captain “Slip” Carr, a former Rugby International and champion athlete, who had been the first to carry the Australian flag at an Olympic Games - Rome in 1924. Amongst the staff officers were several League footballers, international rugby players, professional wrestlers and boxers, and champion cyclists. The school children of Frankston were well acquainted with this array of sporting talent. In July 1940 hundreds of them were spectators when the Army School gave a display of physical training drills and athletic contests in Frankston Park. Frankston was abuzz when news broke in October that “The Don” – Lieutenant Donald Bradman – would be joining the PT staff of the Army School. Bradman had joined the RAAF who dithered for

Left: Don Bradman at the MCG in January 1937 Above: The PT school was in Overton Road, near Frankston's Mile Bridge Right: Edwin “Slip” Carr, Paris Olympics 1924

months until the Army arranged a transfer, made him an officer, and offered him a position as a physical training supervisor. His arrival in the small bay-side town was eagerly awaited. To any boy in the late 1930's, Bradman was the greatest Australian alive. In 1930 he had toured England and brought home the Ashes to a hero’s welcome. Three double centuries and two triple centuries made the 22 year-old’s name a household word. Every Aussie shuddered at the “Bodyline Series” of 1932 which saw the Ashes handed back to England. Australians were incensed and could hardly wait to tour England and have their revenge. Two years later Bradman’s team regained the Ashes for the remainder of the decade. In 1936-7 every Melbourne schoolboy would have wished they were at the MCG to see his 270 runs in what many experts regard as his classiest Test performance. After a successful tour of England in 1938, Bradman was playing in South Australia when war broke out and put a halt to international cricket. When Bradman arrived in Frankston, however, there would be even less cricket. Although the District Cricket regulations were changed to allow clubs to play soldiers in their local camps, Bradman declared he would focus on his physical education course and only play in a few service games.

Within a week, he was playing against the Somers RAAF training camp when he was run out for 18. On November 14 1940, Frankston was treated to a half holiday to watch a “celebrity” match between the Army School and the councillors of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings. Bradman reached 102 before being bowled by a 20 year-old clerk named Richard Ham. Bradman became very selective in his public appearances. He ran in the Services sprint at the MCG in late November after having declared the Oath of Allegiance on behalf of all servicemen. There was also a “Fags fund” game against the Metropolitan Fire Brigade to raise funds for the forces (2/6 per run – Bradman scored 109). But it was the game at the Cranbourne Road oval on Monday 9 December that the Frankston folk – and the High School boys – were looking forward to the most. There was quite a crowd assembled in the grandstand – built five years earlier from one of those used for the World Scout Jamboree in the scrub of South Frankston. There was also a new turf wicket which had been used for the first time the previous week by two Frankston teams. The Captain of the Frankston High team, Keith Allen, won the toss and decided to send in the Army School. Splendid bowling from Pearcedale lad Geoff Tallents kept the Army on the defensive and wickets fell quickly. Rugby champion Max Carpenter, a Wallaby in the 1939 touring side, went for a duck. continued next page... November 2018

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Top: Lieutenant Donald Bradman 1940 Right: Bradman breasts the tape in a charity sprint at the MCG, November 1940

Much excitement was generated when Bonnie Muir walked out to bat. Bonnie was world famous as a professional wrestler and his large frame intimidated the high school boys. Not so Tallents, who served it up to him well and he was caught by young John Langman for 3. In no time Tallents collared two more scalps – Boddington and Jones – the latter a big “V” footballer and fresh off back-to-back premierships for Melbourne. Bradman, however, began to open his shoulders and he gave the students “an hour of leather hunting” in a brilliant masterclass. He hit one six and nine fours to reach 86 before he was caught by captain Keith Allen from the bowling of Les Sheeran. The crowd cheered Sheeran as much as they did "The Don". A member of a cricket and football dynasty from Merricks, he was about the same size as the diminutive Bradman, as nimble on his feet, and just as competitive. Tallents continued to attack and took the wickets of Carr, Tanner and Beddome for only 25 more. Warrant Officer Fleetwood-Smith then strode onto the field to a huge roar from the crowd. “Chuck” was famous for having set up the retention of the Ashes in 1937 when he dismissed the leading English batsman Wally Hammond with the “ball of the century”. Thousands of spectators had gathered

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outside the pavilion to chant his name. Fleetwood-Smith’s eccentricity had amused cricket fans. Off-field his good looks appealed to the ladies. On the field he would imitate bird calls (magpies and kookaburras), practice his golf swings and shout encouragement to his favourite VFL team in an imaginary match. He never took his batting seriously and on this day he was bowled by Tallents for 16. The tail end fell away quickly and the Army finished with a total of 144. When they came to bat, the High School boys were clearly overawed and the first three - Pollie, Tallents and Nathan - each fell for a duck. Brown top-scored with a miserly 11 and their total was only 34. The follow-on was activated and the High School boys batted again. This time around, Pollie made 24, Tallents a creditable 61 and the total was 118 before play was declared over for the day. Fleetwood-Smith had been the wrecking ball, taking 8/42. Regardless of the score, the main result of the match was always going to be a memorable one: a dozen High School boys were given an experience they would cherish for the remainder of their lives. Most of the Army team rose through the ranks and saw out the war. Gordon Jones became a life member of Melbourne FC and went to live in Perth. “Slip” Carr retired and watched his son, Edwin Jr., compete in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Jack Beddome,

Above: Gordon Jones, Melbourne premiership player 1939-40 Top right: “Chuck” Fleetwood-Smith Right: Bonnie Muir at the Army PT School

a former champion badminton player, became President of the SA Association and restarted that sport after the war. Bonny Muir stayed in the army until 1945, rising to Captain as an unarmed combat instructor. After few years in the ring, he became a referee in the years when television popularised professional wrestling. Outside the ring, he remained a quiet and well spoken man, a wide reader and fluent in French. Neither Fleetwood-Smith nor Bradman lasted long in the army, both being classed as medically unfit. Fleetwood Smith was discharged in February 1941. After the war he played a season for Melbourne CC but his life was in free-fall. Divorced, jobless, alcoholic and homeless, by the 1960's he was sleeping on the banks of the Yarra within sight of the MCG. He was saved from obscurity by influential fans but died within two years. Bradman was taken off active duty in April 1941 suffering severe back muscle and eyesight problems. He spent the war years

recovering, wondering if he would ever play cricket again. He did return to first class cricket as captain of the “Invincibles” – the unbeaten Test team which toured England in mid-1948. Although some observed that his powers were waning, he hit 11 centuries on this tour and was knighted the following year. The star of the High School match, Geoff Tallents, was a brilliant all-round athlete. He played football for Pearcedale and cricket for Frankston as a 16 year-old. Geoff enlisted in the AIF and then transferred to the RAAF and, after his initial training at Somers, he saw out the war overseas as a Flight-Sgt. Team captain Keith Allen and opener Geoff Pollie also joined the RAAF. Keith, from Dromana, was killed in 1944 when his Stirling aircraft crashed and burned, shot down by anti-aircraft fire along the French coast near Bordeaux. Geoff, whose father was at Flinders Naval Depot, was a Pilot Officer attached to the RAF in India. In continued next page...

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Left: Bonny Muir talks with TV commentator Jack Little Below left: Jack Langman alongside John Coleman 1947

1945 his Dakota aircraft had trouble just after takeoff and crashed into a mangrove swamp in Burma, killing all on board. Fifteen year-olds Bob Stone (Somers) and Jack Langman (Crib Point) not only shared a place on the High School team but, after their war service, they were teammates in their own “Invincibles” team. Both brilliant footballers, they played alongside the great John Coleman in the Hastings triple premiership teams of the late 1940's. Bob won several Peninsula league best and fairests and had a stint with Melbourne in the VFL. Jack gave a lifetime of community service to several sporting organisations and local government. The schoolboy who bowled to Bradman on that famous day, Les Sheeran, maintained his sporting involvement after the war and was a regular star for Balnarring in both cricket and football. The Army PT School continued with great success at Frankston until 1944 when it was transferred to NSW and the Overton Road property reverted to being a Church of England Camp. The Cranbourne Road oval served as the playing fields for Frankston High until the school moved to Towerhill Road almost twenty years later. Little had changed by then – although the grandstand was burned down in 1948 and the Frankston Cricket Club had moved elsewhere. Today the site is totally covered by the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre. What did remain, however, was the memory of the day when the Frankston High boys faced "The Don".


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