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Leading 11. The Long Swim Out Of The Darkness
Exhausted and alone, 15 year old Susan Berg has no idea what has happened to her dad, her mum, or her brother. She has no choice but to force herself to keep swimming.
20. She's A Real Wild One
Together with her team of carers, Leah Humphreys has given up part of her home, her yard space and a large piece of her heart to care for Victoria’s vulnerable creatures.
24. Gunnamatta Rescue
Gunnamatta Surf Lifesaving Club have been scanning the waves since the formation of the club in 1966, saving thousands of swimmers caught up in the notorious Gunna rips.
30. Ventana Fiesta
Frankston’s Latin Arts Festival is parading into town, bringing residents and guests a two-month celebration of colourful stories, music and art.
Arts 42. By Hand
Mount Eliza ceramic artist, Natalie Heriot, loves the feel of clay. She loves what it can do, the sense of permanence and its functionality.
46. Nine Men Nine Lives
Local author Amanda Stuart has managed to break through the barriers and present a fascinating exhibition entitled “Nine Men – Nine Lives”.
50. Sundown at McClelland
To be held on February 8, Sundown at McClelland presents a fantastic day of art making, music, picnics, sculptures and food in a bush environment.
52. Sculpture Prize
The finalists are confirmed, and Montalto is excited to announce an incredible roll call of Australia’s finest sculptors and visual artists for Montalto Sculpture Prize 2020.
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Strong, determined and resilient are all good words to describe restaurant owner, Michelle Zedda, but underpinning all of that is a kind heart.
70. For The Love of Summer
Locally owned and handcrafted in Dromana, Little Spritz aims to encapsulate the feeling of summer holidays, relaxed lunches, sitting under an umbrella at the beach, beach swims and picnics.
Focus On 82. Red Hill
Featuring facts, photos, what to do and where to get a great coffee.
Real Estate 87. Private Hinterland Estate with Acreage and Views
A magnificent home of distinction with 20 hectares of lush pasture enjoying the perfect slope and aspect for viticulture or equestrian and livestock pursuits.
History Cover Image by Yanni With the devastating fires that have ravaged parts of Australia in recent months, native flora and fauna has taken a substantial hit and Koalas especially are now listed as endangered. These marsupials can be found on the Mornington Peninsula and in the Western Port region. Although their numbers have decreased in recent years due to population growth and over development, they are protected in habitats such as The Briars and Moonlit Sanctuary.
90. ‘Coolart’ – The House That Grimwade Built ‘Coolart’ was one of the original ruins on the Peninsula.
Every Month 7. Peninsula Events 8. Peninsula Styles 34. Social Photos 74. Recipe 75. Must Try Dishes 80. Crossword
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FREE FRIDAY FLICKS - RIDE LIKE A GIRL
7 February - 10am to 12pm Rosebud library proudly presents a free Friday flick "Ride like a girl" Rated G; recommended for everyone. The story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. Closed captions for the hearing impaired will be used at this session. Free, but bookings essential Rosebud Library Ph: 5950 1230 www.rosebud.library@mornpen. vic.gov.au
THE WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
15-16 February - From 11am Enjoy live tunes from across the lawns with plenty of Victoria’s best food trucks on-site to enjoy lunch or dinner. Wander amongst the market stalls, revel in the rides and if it all gets too hot, take a nice cool dip at the beach. Saturday night features dazzling fireworks over the Bay. Grab family and friends to make a weekend of it. 7N Pier Promenade, Frankston Waterfront. www.frankston.vic. gov.au/Things_To_Do/Events/ Major_Events/The_Waterfront_ Festival_2020
MORNINGTON PENINSULA BLUES FESTIVAL
ICE CREAM FESTIVAL
MORNINGTON COAST WALK TO SUPPORT FIGHT MND
SEEING EYE DOGS AND PUPPY CARERS
12 - 23 February - 10am to 5pm Lick or spoon your way through 144 flavours of gelato, sorbets and froyos with 12 amazing flavours introduced every day of the festival. Ice cream experts will host 40 minute tastings and provide samples of 12 different flavours for just $20 per person in a private tasting area at Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Flinders. Bookings are essential. www.mpchoc.com.au/classes
8 February -11am to 9pm The Second Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival will be a family-friendly celebration of Blues music. Food trucks and refreshments will be but patrons also have the available option of bringing their own food along with chairs, blankets, dancing shoes. However no BYO alcohol. Mornington Racecourse, 320 Racecource Rd, Mornington www.melbourneonthemove.com.au
21 February - 10:30am to 11:30am It takes a lot of time, love, patience and money to raise these special working dogs giving independence to people who are blind or have low vision. Vision Australia's Puppy Carer Program requires volunteers, with support from the Seeing Eye Dogs team, to care for a puppy in their home from eight weeks old until 15 months of age. Join us to learn about this vital and rewarding program and how you can become involved. Free, but bookings essential. Mornington Library Ph: 5950 1820 www.mornington.library@mornpen. vic.gov.au
15 February - 9am - 12pm The walk follows the existing gravel walking track to Mt Martha. The track is well maintained and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Free drinking water is available along the track. Entry is by donation to FightMND, either prior, through our everyday hero page or on the day. Mornington Park , Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington www.melbourneonthemove.com.au
Learn to sail with a World Champion! Or two! Anybody can learn to sail! Everybody can learn to sail! At Mornington Yacht Club we have two World Champions* amongst our accredited instructors teaching any age and we’ll supply all the gear you’ll need. You don’t need to be a member and our range of sea-happy programs will include the one that’s perfect for you! “Tackers” - Fun game-based “learn to sail” courses for 7 to 12 year olds. There’s even an introduction to sailing program for “Little Tackers” 4 to 6. “Out There Youth Sailing” - An active, fun program for 12 to 17 year olds. Dinghy “learn to sail”, Stand-Up Paddleboard, Windsurfing and Keelboat experiences are available. “Fun In The Sun” - Similar experiences are available for 6 to 11 year olds in our “Fun In The Sun” program. Adult - We have courses from novice to the more experienced in dinghies and keelboats. Know the basics? Try our “Learn to Race” program. Find out more by contacting the club or going to our website.
*Sophie Jackson 2020 World Champion Aero 5 Rhett Gowans 2020 World Champion Aero 7
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Mornington Yacht Club Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington VIC 3931 Phone: (03) 5975 7001 www.morningtonyc.net.au
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Available in a fun range of colours and textures, Caye Life have created a range of sustainable water bottles and coffee cups to suit both the stylish and environmentally conscious consumer. Emu Plains Market, Balnarring Racecourse Coolart Rd, Balnarring emuplainsmarket.com.au or cayelife.com.au
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MORNINGTON CUP DAY
Sat 21 March | Mornington Racecourse
RED HILL SHOW
Saturday, 7th March, 2020
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Create your show experience! February 2020
THE LONG SWIM OUT OF THE Darkness By Cameron McCullough Photos Supplied
I wuv you I wuv you Said the little blue man I wuv you I wuv you I wuv you to bits
t is October 27, 1985. It is dark, and the waters of Western Port Bay are rough. Fifteen-year-old Susan Berg is in the water and has been swimming for hours. She is exhausted. She is alone. She has no idea what has happened to her dad, her mum, her brother. She has no choice but to force herself to keep swimming.
I wuv you I wuv you Said the little blue man I wuv you I wuv you I wuv you to bits ***
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Susan Berg grew up in a loving family. Her dad, Edwin, was a doctor. Her mum, Valerie, was a nurse. Edwin and Valerie had been married for 20 years and were devoted to each other. They were a religious family, and maintained values based on faith and goodness. Earlier in the day, the Berg family set out for a fishing trip on Western Port Bay. It was only the second time they’d taken their boat out. The first time they took it out, the boat broke down, resulting in the family having to be towed back to shore, much to the annoyance of Edwin. This time, they were prepared. The boat had been repaired and was, they were assured, seaworthy. When launching the boat, Edwin pulled on his “waders”, much to the amusement of Susan and her 16-year-old brother William, who everybody called Bill.
The family jumped out of the boat and flipped it over. It was now nearly dark, and there was nobody around. They were clinging to the upturned hull of their stricken boat and were neckdeep in the freezing waters of Western Port Bay. Susan’s mum was as calm as ever as they discussed what was to be done. Should they swim for shore, knowing that it would take hours in the choppy swell? Or wait and hope they would be discovered by a passing boat? Waiting seemed futile. Their only hope was to swim. The enormity of the situation began to take hold. Valerie loosened the strap on her beloved camera, and allowed it to sink to the bottom of Western Port Bay.
A huge hole had opened up in the hull of the boat and it was sinking fast
Valerie had her camera in hand, as she always did, and captured the moment. She never went anywhere without her camera. It was her prized possession. After an enjoyable day of fishing, it was getting dark and rough. It was time to head to shore. “Sossy, do you want to drive the boat back to the ramp?” said Edwin. ‘Sossy’ was the pet name her Dad used for Susan. Susan was steering the boat back towards shore when suddenly it lost power. Moments of confusion ensued when Bill yelled out that the boat was filling with water; a huge hole had opened up in the hull of the boat and it was sinking fast.
The family said a prayer and set off into the darkness. ***
Very soon after starting out, Edwin got into trouble. Bill insisted on going back to help, even though mum Valerie insisted that he keep swimming. “No, Mum. Dad needs my help.” Susan and Valerie kept swimming. Susan was out front. For the next hour, they kept in contact by yelling out to each other. “Sossy. Are you okay?” “Yes, Mum, I’m okay”. “Mum….” Susan yelled out, wanting to tell her how much she loved her. “Just keep going Susan”. She didn’t need to hear the words. She already knew.
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Left: The last photo of Susan (far left) and her family. Right: Susan and brother William amused by dad (Edwin) in his waders February 2020
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Susan battled on for what seemed like hours. At one point, she realised she hadn’t heard her mum for a while. She yelled out to her but got no reply. Susan swam on in the darkness. She kept swimming. She sang songs to herself that came into her head…. “I wuv you, I wuv you….”. She prayed to God to help her and her family in this time of need. Eventually Susan felt something under her feet. Solid ground? No, mud. Sticky, deep mud. It was no help to her. She had to force herself on, and eventually when the water became shallow enough, she was dragging herself through it.
“Mum! Dad! Bill”, she yelled. “I’m on a sandbank. Keep going. You can rest here!” Back into the water she went again, dragging herself through the mud that sucked at her exhausted body like quicksand. One, two, three….. one-hundred. One, two three….. one-hundred.
Susan battled on for what seemed like hours. At one point, she realised she hadn’t heard her mum for a while.
On her hands and knees, she would drag herself through, counting to one hundred. Then she would turn over and sit and drag herself backwards and count to one hundred. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Eventually, the mud gave way to solid ground. Although she thought she had found land, it turned out to just be a sandbank. She could have stopped there, but she needed to push on. Her family were still out there.
Eventually she could swim again, and land was only a few hundred metres ahead. She soon came to mud again, and eventually dragged herself onto dry land. ***
Susan tore through the bushes, with nothing but moonlight to guide her. She had no idea where she was, or where to go. She found a track, and hesitated. Turn left, or turn right? She had no idea that turning left would plunge her into the National Park with no chance of finding help. She turned right. She wanted to stop and rest, but she knew she had to keep running. The 15-year-old girl, wet and cold, dressed in shorts and T-shirt and covered in mud, ran through the darkness in hope of finding help. continued next page...
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Eventually she saw a farmhouse with a light on. She ran towards it. She pounded on the door of the farmhouse where Doctor Forbes and his wife were peacefully reading. When they opened the door, they ushered Susan inside. It was clear what had happened to her. Doctor Forbes examined Susan and rang the local ranger to begin the search. Mrs Forbes put the freezing, mud-covered girl in the shower to warm her. Resting her head against the tiles, Susan sobbed. “I’m sorry Mum. I’m so sorry”. *** Within hours, boats were scouring Western Port Bay, and helicopters were circling overhead. It wasn’t until the next morning that the bodies of Valerie, then Edwin, and then Bill were found. *** The media coverage was intense. Susan was “The girl that lived.” But Susan and her surviving family (two older sisters) also had to endure the unforgettable experience of witnessing television footage of Valerie’s body being recovered from Crawfish Rock; being dragged by the ankles across the rocks.
Susan received letters of support, but also letters of hate from people who blamed her. After all, she was the one driving the boat when it was damaged. After all, she was the one that left her family and swam on. She was possessed with guilt.
And while I am sad about everything that happened, I am grateful for the path it put me on in life.
Susan was the sole survivor.
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The networks couldn’t get enough of the story, and neither could the glossy magazines or newspapers.
*** The sudden loss of most of your family is an unfathomable thing. Susan had been through an overwhelming trauma, and now had to go and live with another family and pretend everything was ok.
But it wasn’t. Every time Susan closed her eyes, she had nightmares. She ended up staying awake all night. She couldn’t concentrate at school, and her grades slipped. There was no way to continue with the happy life of a 15-yearold girl in a loving and secure family. Susan’s life was torn apart, and her life went “off the rails”.
The next few years of Susan’s life were ones of partying, drinking, and drugs. She was racked with guilt and was unable to reset to normality.
Susan and her son William, named after her brother. February 2020
She was miserable and didn’t care if she lived or died. It was the birth of her son, when she was aged 20, that eventually gave her purpose again. She named him William, after her brother. But he’d be known as Will. But still, the battles continued. How does someone recover from this? How can it end up not defining you for the rest of your life? Susan had lost her foundation. She grappled with finding her purpose in life, and felt she always fell short. She battled through fraught relationships, was a victim of domestic violence, and struggled to find happiness for herself and her son Will. *** Eventually, healing came. Susan began a slow process of recovery. Will found ice-hockey. It was an opportunity for Susan to meet new people. She became the Secretary of the club and began to rebuild her reputation with new people. “Beyond fear there is freedom”. It was a mantra of one of Susan’s partners. He was a risk-taker, and had Susan sky-diving, climbing mountains and introduced Susan to motorbike riding.
Susan found great joy and comfort from riding motorbikes, and she embraced it, letting it become her catharsis in life. Her road to redemption and healing. She could do anything now. Anything except water. Susan couldn’t do water…. *** “I don’t think about it every day,” said Susan. “It wasn’t until my late 30’s, when I was involved in a motorcycle accident, and one of my friends died in front of me, that I realised you have to be grateful for what you have. “And while I am sad about everything that happened, I am grateful for the path it put me on in life”. Susan’s mother always said “happiness is a choice”, and Susan came to believe that we all allow our thoughts to decide if we are going to be happy in life or not. “It took decades. I realised over time that not only did I have to give myself permission to grieve, but I had to give myself permission to be happy again,” said Susan. “When happiness creeps in, you come to accept that the people that died would love that you found it.” Susan has come to do public speaking, and her talks focus on surviving and coping with loss. It was not just surviving in the water on that fateful day, but surviving over the decades to come. continued next page...
Susan Berg prepares for another swimming event
Swimming the English channel February 2020
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“Public speaking was one of my greatest fears, and I struggled to overcome it. It was right up there with sharks, boats and, of course, water”. *** It happened in 2015. A challenge from a friend. “I challenge you to swim the Lorne Pier to Pub”. “Water is my biggest fear. I didn’t own bathers. I didn’t own goggles. I didn’t own a towel,” said Susan.
I had this fear of water because it claimed my family. In the end water made me feel closer to them. Almost like I was being reunited with them when I was in the water
“But I had given my word, and I was going to do my best.” Water was incredibly confronting for Susan. In the beginning, she could hardly do two laps of the pool without succumbing to the anxiety and having to clamber out. For months she trained, only swimming side-stroke and backstroke. The idea of putting her head underwater by swimming freestyle was just too much to bear. Then Susan met Peter Hendriks who offered to train her free of charge. They would swim together daily and over time she got stronger and stronger. “I had this fear of water because it claimed my family. In the end water made me feel closer to them. Almost like I was being reunited with them when I was in the water”.
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After 14 months of training, Susan successfully completed the Pier to Pub in January 2017. Next came the “Rip Swim” in February 2017. “I would stand on the shore and reflect on how far I had come, but I felt I needed more,” said Susan.
After another 18 months of training Susan was part of a relay team that swam the English Channel in August 2018. “I was actually the one to reach France,” said Susan. “Once we got close, the waves picked up. My old fears came back, and I had to reach deep down to get there. I finally made it to the rocks. I was spent.” Susan has no plans to stop there. The Rottnest Island swim beckons; a 19.7 kilometre open water swim. She also hopes to swim the Strait of Gibraltar and has plans to swim the English Channel solo. “I feel my family are with me. I feel they have been with me with all the things I have done. I push myself for them; for their memory. And I can feel them cheering me on”.
Photo courtesy of Jason Edwards Herald Sun. February 2020
SHE'S A REAL Wild One
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By Erica Louise Photos Gary Sissons
eah Humphreys is one of the most compassionate and high-spirited carers you will meet. She runs the Access Wildlife - Keeping Charlotte’s Promise Wildlife Shelter in Langwarrin. Leah’s not-for-profit wildlife shelter assists with the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife.
Together with her team of wildlife carers, Leah has given up part of her home, her yard space and a large piece of her heart to care for Victoria’s vulnerable creatures. She founded Access Wildlife - Keeping Charlotte’s Promise Wildlife Shelter in 2017 on her property and devotes her life to her cause. continued next page...
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“We looked for a suitable place for ages. Somewhere that would enable us to do something like this. We stumbled across our current property and it was something we could afford, so we did it,” she says. Keeping Charlotte's Promise is named after Leah’s first kangaroo. Charlotte arrived in Leah’s care in 2017. Being a new wildlife carer at the time, she didn’t know there was something wrong with Charlotte until the orphaned joey started to grow. “Charlotte was paralysed. I worked with my vet and organised physio treatment but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be, so I made a promise to Charlotte that I would care for all the roos that I could manage,” says Leah.
Leah started out as a volunteer at a local wildlife shelter. She then worked under the wing of a vet nurse who worked with Macropods - marsupials, commonly known as kangaroos and wallabies.
Leah and her team of volunteers, including Biological Science student Kody, who works at the shelter every day during university breaks, also care for possums, echidnas, wombats, wallabies, gliders, birds, reptiles and many other Australian native wildlife species. At the time of writing, Access Wildlife – Keeping Charlotte’s Promise Wildlife Shelter was housing 15 rescued kangaroos, a dozen possums, a wombat and a handful of birds.
We are given orphaned baby animals and it is our job to care for them and raise them
Becoming a wildlife carer is not easy. It takes years of experience and running a shelter is subject to strict conditions. Permits are required to care for native injured or rescued wildlife and regular inspections are necessary to ensure shelters comply with legal guidelines.
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Not many carers work with Macropods because, Leah explains, they are delicate and easily stressed. Due to Leah’s experience, Access Wildlife - Keeping Charlotte’s Promise Wildlife Shelter is a much-needed sanctuary for Macropod animals needing care, particularly the Eastern Grey Kangaroo.
Leah works closely with shelters all over Victoria, although Access Wildlife – Keeping Charlotte’s Promise Wildlife Shelter is the only one of its kind in the area. Most of the animals come into her care via an 80-acre wildlife refuge in Bullengarook, near Bacchus Marsh. “We are given orphaned baby animals and it is our job to care for them and raise them. From here they will go back to Bullengarook and spend about 18 months learning to live with minimal human interaction, before they are ready for release,” says Leah.
Leah and volunteer Biological Science student Kody.
Releasing kangaroos back into the wild takes time. When they reach a minimum of 20 kilos and are strong enough to leave, the roos are walked down to the forest in their own little mob so they can become familiar with their new territory. When the roos venture back into the wild in Bullengarook, they remain close to the shelter. “After they have left their shelter, the roos quite often come back for dinner; some bring back some wild ones or they’ll come back if they’re injured, sick or even just to show off their new babies. It’s wonderful to see,” she says. Rehabilitating native Australian wildlife is a challenging and tiresome task. Some 80% of the animals in Leah’s care are orphans found in pouches after road vehicles have hit their mothers. It is Leah’s job to hand-raise these joeys, many requiring feeds every three to four hours, both night and day. Her shelter is open 24 hours, 365 days a year. Volunteers and university students help Leah care for the animals at the shelter. She also welcomes a number of people with intellectually disabilities who assist with the care of the animals at the shelter on a weekly or fortnightly basis. While grateful for any assistance she receives, there is a limit to the number of animals she can accept until the shelter increases
in size. Access Wildlife – Keeping Charlotte’s Promise Wildlife Shelter is a not-for-profit, registered charity and is therefore reliant on volunteer assistance and donations. Thankfully, due to the overwhelming support given by her local community, Leah’s dream to expand her shelter will soon become a reality: “Construction of our half-an-acre roo enclosure will be built soon. We’ve had the fencing, the turf and irrigation donated. We just need a water tank now, which we’re sourcing. This means we’ll be able to take wallabies, kangaroos and anything up to 10 kilos. We are hoping to build a koala enclosure too,” commented Leah. That said, Leah’s shelter will still be a work-in-progress. Native wildlife, particularly younglings, require a tremendous amount of care and attention. Her work is tiresome and her hours are long. This means Leah is reliant on others to help build and maintain her beloved and much-needed wildlife sanctuary in Langwarrin.
To learn more about the wonderful work Leah and her team are doing at Access Wildlife – Keeping Charlotte’s Promise Wildlife Shelter visit www.kcpwildlifeshelter.org.au. Donations are, of course, greatly appreciated.
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GUNNAMATTA Right: Just another day on the job for Sean Weill of Gunnamatta Surf Lifesaving Club Below: Jack Liszukiewicz on a wave back into shore
By Joe Novella Photos Gary Sissons
unnamatta is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Peninsula. A place that is loved by locals and visitors alike for its wide sandy beach, wild surf and rugged coastline. Found at the end of Truemans Road, its majestic oceanscape is hidden from view by sand dunes, but once climbed, the salty tang of the onshore breeze fills the nostrils and a wide-blue ocean awaits.
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On good days you can see the lighthouse at Cape Schanck to the south and St Andrews to the north west. On more interesting days when the wind is up and coming from the south or west, you are likely to have the place to yourself. But there is a darker side to all this magnificent beauty; Gunnamatta is notorious for its rips and high energy swells that unfortunately have resulted in tragic loss of life and a reputation as one of Victoriaâ€™s most dangerous beaches.
Luckily for the many thousands of people who come from far and wide to visit the beach, the vigilant eyes of the lifesavers from Gunnamatta Surf Lifesaving Club have been scanning the waves since the formation of the club in 1966. Over the years, patrols from the club have rescued thousands of swimmers caught up in the notorious Gunna rips. “Gunnamatta’s conditions can be unforgiving,” said Sean Weill, a lifesaver at Gunnamatta, “so there continued next page...
are times when we will have to carry out a rescue. Personally, I have carried out six or seven rescues per season. As a club last year, we performed 31 rescues and over 3000 preventative actions.”
When members of the public fail to swim between the flags that takes lifesavers away from the patrolled area increasing the risk
Sean is in his seventh season as a lifesaver at Gunnamatta and is the ViceCaptain of his patrol; he and his team have the task of keeping us all safe. “I got into lifesaving because as a young boy I always admired the men and women who were on the beach during the summer in the red and yellow. Admiration as well as envy. I thought it was a pretty cool job to be able to be on the beach the whole day. The opportunity to help the community also appealed to me; it is a great service.” I and many others are thankful for the service the lifesavers provide, risking their lives on a daily basis to keep us all safe. I wanted to know more like, what the lifesavers get out of their service. “There are many benefits to being a lifesaver,” Sean explained. “Two of the most important ones to me are skills and experience, and the friendships and relationships that come from it. I have made some of my best friends who I will spend much of the summer with as well as year-round through lifesaving.
Left to right: Sean Weill, Georgia Ryan, Jack Liszukiewicz
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The people involved with lifesaving are oneof-a-kind and it is a pleasure to have known such incredible people. Gunnamatta has become a second family to me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
For most of the public, the most visible aspect of a lifesaver’s work is them patrolling the beach but Sean assures me that there is a lot more to it than that. “A lot of people don’t understand the large amount of behind-thescenes work that takes place at lifesaving clubs around Australia,” he said. “They may just see the lifesavers on the beach and think that is all that goes on. In reality there is a massive operation that occurs. One major activity involved in lifesaving is the year-round training. Members of lifesaving clubs are constantly upskilling themselves in order to best carry out the service. Another large part of being a lifesaver is the equipment upkeep, from running our IRB (Inflatable rescue boat) - aka ‘Duck’ - every day, to making sure that our oxygen tanks are in running condition.” It’s clear that lifesaving is both rewarding and challenging, especially because so much of Sean’s work could be avoided if visitors to Gunnamatta simply followed instructions. continued next page...
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“The flags are there for a very important reason: to keep everyone safe,” he said. “When members of the public fail to swim between the flags that takes lifesavers away from the patrolled area, increasing the risk.” So, what advice does Sean have to help keep us all safe? “Respect the ocean; no one person is big enough or strong enough to be better than the ocean. Gunnamatta can throw up some of the worst conditions in Australia so it is important that visitors to our beach are respectful and understand that. SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS! We cannot stress that enough, if you are in-between the flags you are going to be alright. And if you do get into trouble, try not to panic or fight the current, raise your hand and wave and we’ll get to you quickly.” After speaking with Sean, I can’t help feeling incredible admiration for the work that he and his team at Gunnamatta Surf Lifesaving Club do, as well as an immense feeling of gratitude. It is clear that he has received a great sense of self-worth from his duties as a lifesaver. “The skills that I have gained from lifesaving,” he said, “I will have my entire life. They will help me with future employment as well as day to day living.
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The experiences I have gained from lifesaving can never be matched and I will take them with me till my last day. Lifesaving has helped me become the person I am today; I truly believe I would not be the same person I am today if I wasn’t involved in the service.” On behalf of all of us, thanks to you Sean, and all those at Gunnamatta Surf Lifesaving Club and at other clubs around the Peninsula for keeping us all safe. And please, if you’re visiting one of our many beautiful Peninsula beaches, or any beach for that matter, heed Sean’s advice and make sure you swim between the flags.
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VENTANA Fiesta FRANKSTON’S LATIN ARTS FESTIVAL TO TRANSFORM CITY’S ARTS PRECINCT
rankston’s Latin Arts Festival is parading into town, bringing residents and guests a two-month celebration of colourful stories, music and art. The festival is on throughout February and March with the highly anticipated main event, Ventana Fiesta, taking place on Saturday 29 February. Whether you fancy a Latin dancing, drumming and singing workshop, browsing fine art or relaxing with live music and a sangria in hand, the festival promises something for everyone. On Fiesta day, guests will be treated to five roving parades inspired by carnivals in Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Italy and Argentina. These parades will weave around Frankston’s Arts Precinct, from Cube 37 to the Frankston Arts Centre (FAC) foyer and down to the Library Forecourt. The Library Forecourt will be transformed into ‘Little Mexico’, where guests will experience Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling), Mariachi music and mouth-watering Mexican street food. As well picking up a tasty bite to eat and taking in some live music, visitors to the FAC can browse artisan craft stalls, with a modern twist. City of Frankston Mayor Sandra Mayer says, “Ventana Fiesta gives the community a chance to come together and celebrate the colour and fun of Latin food, music and fashion.” Shoppers will discover Mexican pop art and Colombian fine art, as well as hand-crafted bags, clothing and accessories from many Latin cultures.
Other Ventana Fiesta highlights include an interactive fashion runway, food demonstrations from the global kitchen and performances by Mexican pop band Playa Limbo. Young festival-goers will enjoy craft activities and a performing arts installation just for them! Interactive feature installation, A Mile in My Shoes, will be on display at the Library Forecourt between Thursday 27 February and Sunday 15 March. Visitors will enter a giant shoe box, see a range of shoes and hear a corresponding story about the person who wore them. The exhibition is about experiencing the world from a stranger’s perspective and is presented by Arts Centre Melbourne as part of its Betty Amsden Participation Program. continued next page...
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This year, the theme of Frankston’s Latin Arts Festival is wellbeing. Amongst the many scheduled events is an opportunity to unwind and de-stress with Wayapa ‘Aboriginal Yoga’ where you can enjoy a meditative walk and a gentle outdoors movement class followed by a healing herbal tea. Tickets are $25 each. Bookings are required. Or experience a traditional Cuban Santería Beach Ceremony and discover its healing properties, while celebrating the beauty of the environment through ritualistic chanting. This is a free familyfriendly activity and no bookings are required. You can also dabble in Latin dancing, drumming and singing for children, beginners or advanced in the field which is a free event and no bookings are required. Just don’t forget to wear comfortable attire!
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The mayor also states, “It is a real feast for the senses so grab your family and friends and come down to the Arts Precinct to have a meal, a dance and take in the spectacular!” What: Frankston’s Latin Arts Festival, throughout February and March, including main event, Ventana Fiesta on Saturday 29 February, 1-9pm. Where: Frankston Arts Precinct (Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston Library Forecourt and Cube 37)
For more information visit: artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au
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Aussie artists John Farnham, Jon Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite, Vanessa Amorosi, John Williamson, The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Tim Wheatley and Little Georgia banded together to raise important funds for Rural Aid with the Hay Mate â€“ A Bush Christmas Appeal for Our Aussie Farmers concert. Held at Mornington Racecourse on December 15, all profits raised from the event were donated to Rural Aidâ€™s Buy A Bale campaign.
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NEW WORKS FOR THE SUMMER COLLECTOR’S SHOW New works in ochre from the Kimberley, landscape paintings from the Eastern Desert and brilliant colour paintings from the APY Lands of South Australia have arrived at Everywhen Artspace in Flinders to join a wide variety of other outstanding pieces of Aboriginal art in the Summer Collector’s Show 2020. Everywhen, run by art writers and gallerists Susan McCulloch OAM and Emily McCulloch Childs specializes in showing a very wide range of Aboriginal art from more than 40 Aboriginal-owned community centres from around Australia.
“We love showing such a wide variety of styles and media of Aboriginal art,’ says Susan McCulloch. ‘It allows for a huge range of choice and also demonstrates the breadth and variety of contemporary Aboriginal art. Many of the artists we show are leading, and award winning artists, while others are emerging talents.” This summer she says, the role of Indigenous societies in fire management and how that is represented in paintings has been of special interest. “Paintings such as those by the Kimberley’s Betty Carrington, Arnhem Land’s Wanapiti Yunupingu and the Western Desert’s Theo Nangala Hudson relate very different stories of the fire in their countries.”
“In January we donated all proceeds of the sale of a painting to a fundraiser established for fire-affected Aboriginal communities of Victoria and SE New South Wales, and donated also to wildlife funds,’ says McCulloch. “The devastation is shocking and heartbreaking but it’s been wonderful to see the outpouring of support.”
“Many of the artists we represent are active carers of their lands and work in both fire management and landcare programs. Their paintings and the work they do as carers of the lands will feature especially in our upcoming March exhibition of women’s art to celebrate International Women’s Day.”
The Summer Collector’s Show 2020 runs until February 25 The Colour Purple: Aboriginal women’s art opens with an Art Parade on March 7 EVERYWHEN ARTSPACE 39 Cook Street, Flinders Ph 5989 0496 E email@example.com mccullochandmcculloch.com.au Open: Thursdays -Tuesdays (Wednesday by appt) Hours: 10.30am - 4pm
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A JOURNEY OF TIME
‘A Journey of Time’
The concept of Time is always governing our thinking and the way we live. In this month’s exhibition ‘A Journey of Time’, Nissarana Galleries presents a collection of art-works that traverse the unimaginable time of indigenous Dreaming and the evolutionary movements of art in modernity. of ideas conditioned by thousands of years of spirituality and creativity and the human mind's quest for expression. Walk through time and discover works by acclaimed indigenous artists Lindsay Bird Mpetyane, Karen Bird Ngale and Anna Price Petyarre, the niece of Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Then discover the contemporary indigenous art of Bianca Gardiner-Dodd, and Rex Winston Walford, moving on to the deep mood of the contemporary masterpiece ‘Eternal Now’ by Jonathon Hayde, the mesmerizing painterly abstracts of Colin Passmore and the serene award winning photography of Visuddhacara . You’ll also find stunning paintings of provenance by artists such as Zoe Ellenberg, Dallas Leslie, Graham Jones, and incredible fibre landscapes by Zetta Kanta and Olga Finkel. Exhibition February 8 to March 4 Nissarana Galleries 211 Main St, Mornington Ph 5976 8877 nissaranagalleries.com.au
Bianca Gardiner-Dodd 'Ochre Dreaming'
Lindsay Bird Mpetyane ‘Bush Plum’
Blue Lake Bird Life
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As soon as you walk into the shop there is so much to see, with two stories of antiques and bric-a-brac from lovely old tools, crystal and fine china to fur coats, hats, dining furniture with chairs by Jacob and Josef Kohn (established in 1849), hat boxes, old leather suitcases with great labels, as well as a great variety of lovely lamps to give your home that special ambience.
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Upstairs hosts a range of books dating back to the 1700’s, prints and paintings.Known by reputation for her fabulous jewellery with lots of old (including Gold Rush jewellery which was actually made during the Gold Rush) and mourning jewellery which was created to mourn the death of a loved one and became popular in the 1800’s, along with newly created hand-made pieces by Melbourne’s top jewellers.
Marlene Miller Antiques has been in Sorrento since 1985 and has been in her present purpose-built building for the past 10 years. 128 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento Ph 5984 1762 or 0438 537 757
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The Gallery is an old converted heritage house and offers a wonderful space to relax and view the amazing artworks. While specialising in local scenes of the magnificent coastline of the Mornington Peninsula since 1998, the stable of artists has been expanded offering a diverse collection to all art lovers.
There is also a lovely range of giftware, pottery, jewellery and decorative pieces available for your home.
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Original Oz Art Gallery at the Boathouse 368 Nepean Hwy, Frankston 0412 543 338 www.originaloz.com.au
Original Oz Art Gallery at the Boathouse is locally owned and operated by Christina & Peter Nolan. Over the years, Original Oz Art Gallery has built a reputation for having a beautiful collection of original artwork painted by local, Melbourne and interstate award winning Artists.
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MANYUNG GALLERY SORRENTO Manyung’s captivating ‘Artist in Action’ series allows visitors to meet our artists and observe their creative processes in
the gallery, and our exhibition launches are events not to be
missed with champagne and canapes accompanying brilliant new paintings and sculptures.
If you have any empty walls at home, Manyung’s friendly art
consultants can help you with the selection of art options to
suit your vision and can organise a complimentary home-trial of any pieces that catch your eye. Consultants will work with you to ensure you are completely happy with the end result, Manyung Gallery Sorrento offers visitors to the Southern Mornington Peninsula a unique opportunity to see a wide array of original, high quality, Australian artworks created by a diverse selection of talented contemporary artists. Exhibiting and featured artists over the course of the season, such as Craig Penny & Gina Fishman, capture the essence of summertime on the Mornington Peninsula and fill the gallery with colour.
allowing the artworks to transform and uplift your home.
With works ranging from Susan Sutton’s vibrant beachscapes to Ralf Kempken’s unique portrayal of Melbourne, to Greg
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Manyung Gallery Sorrento is at 113 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento. Enquiries 9787 2953 manyunggallery.com.au
MANYUNG GALLERY SCULPTURE lawn and courtyard works to subtle, smaller indoor pieces. Visitors can also view almost 2000 artworks via an interactive monitor, choose those they would like to see in their homes and offices, then organise Manyung’s mobile gallery service Hand x an 94mmW) art consultant, to visit.
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Over the last few years, the village of Flinders has seen the opening of many new art galleries.
To assist with acquiring artworks, Manyung offers Art Money which enables buyers to secure then pay for their new art, over ten months. Other services include framing, hanging and assisting with installations.
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With two venues in Flinders, ‘Manyung Gallery Flinders’ and the new specialist ‘Manyung Gallery Sculpture’ join a number of art-orientated outlets now numbering thirteen establishments.
Flinders has now become Mornington Peninsula’s go- to art precinct. The two Manyung galleries in the village, typically have over eighty sculptures on show, from larger garden,
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one of the six galleries and let them assist you find those special artworks.
Manyung Gallery Flinders is at 37 Cook Street, Flinders. Enquiries 9787 2953 manyunggallery.com.au
Great summer art activity in Sorrento and Flinders galleries Established over 50 years ago, Manyung Gallery Group continues to bring the best of Australia’s contemporary paintings and sculptures to the Mornington Peninsula. In the large Sorrento gallery’s exhibition spaces, visitors will see regular exhibitions with over 200 works available to view. In the two Flinders galleries one can see large outdoor and beautiful indoor sculptures in ‘Manyung Gallery Sculpture’ as well as a wide range of affordable paintings and artworks in the separate, ‘Manyung Gallery Flinders’.
Ash ‘Ocean pebbles’
Stellar ‘Flight large’
Ardley ‘Morning barrel down the coast’
Stratman ‘Cultivating the stars’
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Story and Photos by Andrea Louise Thomas
You’re so in tune with the process. It’s amazing how much your fingers interpret to the brain
ount Eliza ceramic artist, Natalie Heriot, loves the feel of clay. She loves what it can do, the sense of permanence and its functionality. Working with clay is also therapeutic. “It’s such a relaxing thing to do, like meditation or yoga. There’s no room for thinking, just working. You’re too busy coordinating your hands,” she explains.
Clay has memory. Once it goes into the kiln, it can revert to a mistake in the building process. On the other hand, before firing, clay can be reclaimed endlessly. It just goes back into the bucket with water to be used again later. There is virtually no waste in ceramics. Even broken pots can be used in the garden for drainage.
While she also uses the handbuilding technique, Natalie has always been drawn to the potter’s wheel because it’s such a hard skill to master, but deeply satisfying to get right. Also it’s quick and she can dictate to the clay. The hardest part is judging when to stop. A piece can be overworked and that’s problematic.
There are many steps to working with ceramics from sourcing and prepping the clay to firing and the tricky science of glazing. For Natalie, it’s all a pleasure. She just loves the making. “You’re so in tune with the process. It’s amazing how much your fingers interpret to the brain,” she says. continued next page...
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Natalie feels that a great ceramic piece has to be balanced. If it’s a functional piece, it needs to be user-friendly and light. Its weight should match its look and its purpose. Most importantly, it needs to have some character to it. “I’m not a production potter. A piece needs to have the maker’s personality reflected in the work,” she says. She also learns a lot from teaching by realising why she does things the way she does them. Natalie teaches students one-onone or two-to-one in her purpose-built home studio. On her wishlist for the future is having a dedicated space outside of the home for teaching. There are very few places to learn ceramics, yet there has been a resurgence of interest. Outside of the satisfaction of making, art is therapy. There is no denying the emotional benefits of creativity. Natalie understands this intimately; for her, working with ceramics helped her to escape from two difficult relationships. While she enjoyed her education in ceramics and arts in high school, she decided on a career in nursing. She knew it would provide a steady and reliable stream of income while providing independence and flexibility, but she continued her ceramics work as well, completing a Diploma in Ceramics at Holmesglen Institute.
When she ended her relationships, she had both skills to rely on. Natalie raised all four of her children on her own from the time the youngest was 18 months old and the others were 3, 6 and 9. She worked night shifts and her mother stayed for the nights while Natalie was at work. She never missed meals, school drop off and pick ups, bedtime, or taking the children to activities. Through all of it, she continued working with ceramics. Now her children are grown, she has more time for creativity. In fact, she has taken this year off from work to dedicate time exclusively to her art. She’ll be travelling to Korea later in the year to take a ceramics masterclass. Living and working on the Peninsula provides a constant source of inspiration. She loves walking the beach collecting bits and pieces to incorporate into her work. She loves the colours and the textures she finds. She wants her work to reflect the relaxed lifestyle of the Peninsula and look like something found in a beach house. In the future, she’d really like to partner with a local restaurant to create bespoke dinnerware for them. Her pieces are restaurant quality and safe for both microwave and dishwasher. In the meantime, you can inspect what she makes at local markets and arts shows, Oz Art in Frankston, and on Instagram and facebook.
Left: Natalie at her home workshop, photo by Kate Tellefson. Right: A range of Natalie's work
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NINE Men - NINE Lives By Cameron McCullough Photos Gary Sissons
very man has a story. But men are often a closed book. One local author and photographer has managed to break through the barriers and present a fascinating exhibition entitled “Nine Men – Nine Lives”. continued next page...
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Blairgowrie resident Amanda Stuart is intrigued about the story behind the person. Having spent 15 years as a relationship counsellor, she has heard it all, and eventually realised it needed to be written down.
I can honestly say it was lifechanging for some, as they had never spoken of some things before
There were stories of pain and loss. And stories of survival against the odds. Painful. Cathartic. Therapeutic.
“In 2012 I wrote a book about the journey of my ex-clients in counselling,” said Amanda.
“I had no idea when I started the project just how interesting their stories would be, nor how significant it would be for the men to tell their story,” said Amanda.
“That led me to the journey of writing and photographing nine men for the current exhibition.”
“I can honestly say it was life-changing for many, as they had never spoken of these things before”.
The men are from all walks of life. Indeed, their portraits and stories are titled: The photographer, The artist, The sailor, The soldier, The woodwork teacher, The athlete, The spiritual healer, The gardener and The ex-minister.
It wasn’t just the men who benefitted from the experience. The stories took Amanda along for the ride.
“I was drawn to writing about men,” said Amanda.
“There is so much meaning in this; for the men, for the audience but also for me,” said Amanda. “It deepened my understanding of these men, but also men in general.
“Men don’t reveal everything the way women do. But once we started talking, they knew exactly what they wanted to talk about”.
“It incorporated all the things I love; photography, writing, and people’s lives.
Sometimes their stories were their life’s journey. Sometimes they concentrated on a specific formative period in their lives.
“From the beginning, I believed there is purpose in this. Meaning. I like life to have meaning!”
“As the stories came out, there were extraordinary coincidences among them and extraordinary parallels”, said Amanda.
“Nine Men – Nine Lives” exhibition is presented as large posters containing the stories of the men, their portraits and other photos from their lives.
“And what the men decided to talk about always led to an interesting story”. One hundred year old Les, for example, talked about two-and-a-half years of his life; his experience in war. Clarry revealed how he survived as a Vietnam veteran. These experiences define both men; it was what they wanted to talk about.
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The exhibition will be on display in the Mornington Library Foyer Display area until 6 March. The exhibition will be on display in the Mornington Library Foyer Display area until 6 March.
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SUNDOWN AT McClelland A FIRE RELIEF BENEFIT
undown at McClelland presents a fantastic day of art making, music, picnics, sculptures and food in a bush environment. Timed to enjoy the park at its best: a relaxed summer afternoon through to sundown, watching the sun set whilst the full moon emerges and a lantern parade takes place, all whilst enjoying a great musical line-up, creative activities for all and gourmet food and drinks supplied by local producers. The musical line-up includes:
Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier – legends of the Australian music scene Kutcha Edwards – indigenous performer and legend of Australian music
Our thoughts are with all Australians affected by the bushfires, the firefighters, emergency services and volunteers helping our communities, animals and lands. So much is going to be needed and we believe that every contribution can help, so spread the word, come and join a collective effort in support of others in need. Lisa Byrne (Director McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery) All ticket sales will go to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin Victoria Date: Saturday 8 February 2020 Time: 3.30 – 9.00pm Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/BGLFB
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McClelland was a family gift of a cultural organisation to the community in 1971 in Langwarrin. As such we value highly community support initiatives through cultural experiences. At this time with so many people needing the community behind them as they rebuild and reimagine their lives after great loss, McClelland will present its planned family event in the park, Sundown at McClelland, as a fundraiser for the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GEFR) on Saturday 8 February at 3.30 - 9pm.
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Kutcha Edwards will be performing at the benefit February 2020
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MONTALTO SCULPTURE PRIZE 2020 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
he finalists are confirmed, and Montalto is excited to announce an incredible roll call of Australia’s finest sculptors and visual artists for Montalto Sculpture Prize 2020. As many as 24 sculptures will be installed with the winner announced at Montalto on Sunday, 23 February.
Montalto Sculpture Prize is among the most valuable private sculpture prizes in Australia: founders John and Wendy Mitchell have, once again, confirmed a prize value of $40,000 for 2020. The winning piece becomes part of the stunning Sculpture Trail at Montalto in Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula. continued next page...
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Last year’s winning sculpture ‘Moonah’ by Kylie Stillman (pictured in middle). February 2020
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Montalto Creative Director, Neil Williams, comments, “The Montalto Sculpture Prize has grown to become one the most anticipated events in the Australian art calendar, and it is astonishing to be celebrating 18 years of Montalto Sculpture Prize in 2020! We’re particularly delighted to see so many returning artists, many of them amongst the very best in their discipline.” It is especially pleasing to have artists Shawn Begley, Ralf Driessen, Philip Cooper, and Faustas Sadauskas as finalists in 2020, as they were also finalists for the inaugural Sculpture Prize in 2003. These artists are affectionately coined Montalto’s “MSP Originals”. Many other artists are also returning: 11 times finalist Christabel Wigley and 10 times finalist James Parrett form a unique club of what they’ve termed the “MSPX+” group; those artists that have been finalists more than ten times. 13 times finalist Ralf Driessen has the amazing distinction of belonging in both groups. In future celebration of Montalto Sculpture Prize and its artists, they will recognise those that have reached the elite MSPX+ group. Lastly, they also congratulate and recognise Luke Neil, Louis Pratt, Alex Seton, Benjamin Jay Shand, James Voller and Julia Sides (in collaboration with Martin George) for their sculptures to be announced as finalists for the first time in 2020.
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Many pieces confirmed for 2020 are already completed. However, over the next few weeks many artists will be completing their work and people are invited to follow #montaltosculptureprize on Instagram to keep up with all of the updates from the artists. Montalto Sculpture Prize 2020 is an Acquisitive Sculpture Prize – among the most valuable private sculpture prizes in Australia. 2020 is our 18th annual Exhibition and Prize! Our first exhibition was in 2003, with 17 finalist artists competing for an $8,000 award. From 2003 through to 2019 Montalto have exhibited 444 sculptures and awarded over $368,000 in prize money. The permanent collection on the Montalto Sculpture Trail is now 33 sculptures and is one of the most visited attractions on the Mornington Peninsula, open daily from 11 am – 5 pm. The 2020 finalists will be on display and available for purchase from the 23rd of February through to the end of August 2020. Sculpture is an integral part of life at Montalto and a highlight of any visit to the estate. The Montalto Vineyard Sculpture Trail winds its way through the property and the beautiful natural gallery provides diverse settings for the pieces. You might find monumental works sited in open spaces through to more intimate pieces amongst the wetlands and vines. continued next page...
John Mitchel, owner of Montalto, welcoming the crowd to the 2019 Sculpture Prize event. February 2020
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Above and top right: Various sculptures along the Montalto sculpture trail February 2020
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AUTENTICO Italiano By Andrea Louise Thomas Photos Yanni
ichele Zedda, head chef at Unica Cucina e Caffé in Capel Sound comes from Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia. Food and dining are part of the culture. Becoming a chef would seem natural in such an environment, but his parents had other ideas. All of the men in his family, including his father, were doctors so that’s what they expected Michele to become. He went to medical school, but his heart wasn’t in it. His dream was to become a chef. So he went off to Rome to study at one of Italy’s most famous culinary schools, Gambero Rosso Academy where he trained with Michelin star chefs. After completing his studies, he was sent to provincial Rimini for work experience. He then spent five years working at two Michelin star restaurants in Lucca, Tuscany before starting his own restaurant, La Pineta Due, in Cagliari. After selling his restaurant in Cagliari, has was executive chef at La Pailotte in Cagliari. When Michele felt he had done everything he could do in Italy, he decided to spread his wings. He wanted to learn English. He came to Australia because of its beautiful beaches and started his new life in Byron Bay. He began working as a chef at Basilico in
Byron, which just happened to be owned by fellow Sardinians, making his transition a bit easier. He later moved to Melbourne where he continued working as a chef. One of the restaurants where he worked had a sister restaurant in Sorrento so he found himself on the Mornington Peninsula. This was very lucky because it’s where he met and married Michelle Loielo (now Zedda) who owns Unica. Having come from Italy where food is very rich and robust, Michele had to change his approach to cooking. He discovered that Australians have a different palate and generally prefer milder flavouring. He also comes from a tradition of making pasta by hand and creating sauces from scratch so the idea of packet pasta and sauces that come from a jar are foreign to him. You won’t find any of that at Unica! Michele cooks using the traditional methods he learned in Italy, but he’s also developed some techniques of his own. When asked about his favourite technique, he quipped, “a pan and some fire.” Originality is the key to his success. He makes all of his own pastas, broths and sauces from scratch. He has also brought some family recipes to the table, but altered them slightly to suit local tastes. continued next page...
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It’s nice work because you make something special that makes the customers happy
Being the sole chef in the kitchen, Michele dishes up hundreds of entrees, mains and desserts in any given night, yet each dish has its own individual personality. Diners can rely on the quality of his cuisine, but won’t be bored ordering the same dish time and again. And the majority of Unica’s patrons are regulars. They know quality when they taste it.
For Michele, cooking is a labour of love. “It’s nice work because you make something special that makes the customers happy,” he says. He takes great pleasure in pleasing the patrons. That’s one of the reasons they keep coming back. The restaurant is consistently booked. According the owner, one of the most impressive things about her chef, outside of the beautiful food, is his zen-like calm under pressure. The busier it gets, the more focused he becomes. There could be 85 patrons in the restaurant ordering dozens of different things, yet he never gets flustered. He gets lost in the cooking. Looking at the expansive menu at Unica, it’s even more remarkable that there is only the one chef. Patrons can choose from over twenty items on the regular menu, as well as half a
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dozen choices from the specials board. Specials change every day depending on the availability of local meat, seafood and produce. The Mornington Peninsula offers an abundance of quality ingredients.
What to select is the real challenge for diners, but most people come for something from the specials board. Michele’s signature dish is seafood marinara, but there are other fresh seafood items on the menu. He likes these dishes because he says, “You can taste the sea from within.” Unica, in Italian, means unique. When you dine at Unica, this is the kind of food you will be served. Like all other creative professions, no two chefs create the same cuisine. At Unica, you can taste the personality in chef Michele’s food and it’s delicious!
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trong, determined and resilient are all good words to describe restaurant owner, Michelle Zedda, but underpinning all of that is a kind heart. Having faced serious challenges in her life, she bravely rose up to meet them and came out stronger on the other side. She feels blessed to have been so fortunate and because of that, she wants to give back.
Michelle had a good role model for strength in her father. When she was a child, her parents were in a horrific car accident. Her mother was killed and her father was left in a coma for six weeks. He rehabilitated himself, reclaimed his children (10, 9, 3 and 18 months) and raised them on his own as the rest of his family was in Italy. He worked three jobs to support them.
Strength and determination have pulled Michelle through many difficulties. In 2015, she faced her own mortality when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Fortunately, it was operable, but she was told she would never have more children, yet not long after she became pregnant with her third daughter. She and her partner welcomed a healthy baby they were told Michelle would never carry to term. Mia Grace (my blessing in Italian) was a miracle baby. Her partner, who had been a chef in Milan, had a dream of opening a restaurant. It would be a new venture for both of them as Michelleâ€™s career was in human resources. Together, they decided to take it on. With help from friends, they transformed an existing Capel Sound restaurant into their own in only four and a half weeks. continued next page... February 2020
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It opened in November, 2016. They called it Unica Cucina (unique kitchen in Italian). A year after they opened, her partner was diagnosed with cancer. A year after that, he died. Michelle has been running Unica single-handedly since. “I’m a very determined lady as most people who know me would tell you,” she says.
Going through a journey of loss and grief helped me cross paths with people I never thought I’d meet
“For me it wasn’t just about building a restaurant. It was about creating a place people could bring their families and enjoy traditions that are fading away,” she says. Coming from an Italian background where food is shared and enjoyed throughout the course of a day, she wanted to recreate that experience, bringing authentic Italian food to the table. Responsible for that great food today is head chef, Michele Zedda. Michelle met Michele by chance dining at a Sorrento restaurant.
He always made a fuss when she came in telling her she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen and wooing her with wonderful food. She thought he was having her on, but for him, it was love at first sight.
She finally agreed to go out with him. On their first date he said, “I’ve been in love with you for a long time. I know you don’t know me, but you’re going to love me and we’re going to be together.” Four months later they married. They have been working, living and raising three children together comfortably ever since. Last year they went to Sardinia to meet Michele’s family for the first time. His parents warmly embraced Michelle and their 3 instant grandchildren. To them, they were all a blessing. Feeling blessed has inspired Michelle to give back to her own community. It started with Wednesday nights providing free dinners to families battling cancer. Michelle knew first hand how little money is available for enjoyment when so much is going to fighting the disease. She’s also raised tens of thousands of dollars to help charities such as the Make a Wish Foundation and Tour de Cure. “Going through a journey of loss and grief helped me cross paths with people I never thought I’d meet,” she says. Through the Tour de Cure fundraiser, she met Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Health. He was interested in fundraising at a grassroots level. Michelle’s work impressed him. From that, he asked her if she would consider running in the next election to represent the Mornington Peninsula’s Nepean ward. He asked her how tough she was, if she was up for public scrutiny and taking on the Peninsula’s diverse community. She told him he’d never find a tougher person and she would be honoured to take it on. She wants to help bridge the gap in the Peninsula’s socioeconomic divide. “If it hadn’t been for Unica, being a part of the community, learning about people and realizing the Peninsula’s diversity at ground level, I wouldn’t be able to be on this next path,” she says. There is a lot more to Unica than spectacular Italian food. There’s love, there’s spirit, there’s collaboration, a lovely staff and one amazing woman behind it all. “I’m used to miracles. I’ve never been left without food, shelter or love,” she says. That’s why it’s her mission is to give back. She’s certainly putting her money where her mouth is.
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ombine one part: years of experience, (Matt Little), and a second part: zeal and creativity, (Nat Sevior), and you get Little Spritz; a blend of Australian sparkling wine, natural fruit, botanicals, spices and soda which is locally owned and handcrafted in Dromana. Matt Little, also known as Mr. Little Cider, was a founding owner of the iconic Blue Tongue Wine Bar in Elwood in early 2000. The place had a real buzz and focused on the fabric of Elwood, the locals. Nat Sevior was one of those locals. Working a hectic schedule marketing for Nike, Blue Tongue was her â€˜Cheersâ€™ bar and the place her friendship with Matt began. continued next page...
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Though they lost contact over the years, both ended up on the Mornington Peninsula and reconnected which enabled them, along with friend and business partner of Mr Little Cider, Mal Stewart, (who has been producing premium sparkling and cider for decades), to blend their creative juices on a new project: Little Spritz.
People are focused on a healthy lifestyle, less sugar and especially the option of drinks with lower alcohol content
While the origins of the classic spritz is said to be Venice, the Austrians were also spritzing in the 1900’s adding a splash of spritz to local dry wines. The practice of pouring soda into still wine or blending prosecco with bittersweet liqueurs has been a long-standing convivial tradition.
Through the 1970’s and 1980’s the Aussies were owning their own version of a spritz. A mix of dry white wine and soda served over ice in a long glass, ultimately delivering a refreshing summer drink with a lower alcohol content. Fast forward to the present day and the spritz trend continues to play a role in the Australian lifestyle. In 2018, the aperitif culture started making a glorious, trend-setting comeback. According to data from market research firm IWSR, global sales volumes of spirit-based aperitifs, which are half the strength of regular spirits,
Left to right: Matt Little, Mal Stewart and Nat Sevior
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rose 7.4 percent last year, while vodka fell 6 percent, brandy declined 1.3 percent and rum sales lost 0.8 percent. This timeless, low alcohol, wine-based drink continues to be celebrated and enjoyed through the decades from tennis clubs to Aussie barbies.
Nat feels that their customers are looking for alternate options. “People are focused on a healthy lifestyle: less sugar and especially the option of drinks with lower alcohol content so they can still enjoy a glass or two and yet consume sensibly.” One of the luxuries of the Little Spritz range is that if you want to reduce the alcohol content even more, just add some additional soda. The spritz family can also be used as a base for no-fuss cocktail making by adding a garnish and spirit of your choice. “You choose your drinking style”, says Nat. The aim of the boutique operation is to channel the feeling of summer holidays, relaxed lunches, sitting under an umbrella at the beach, ocean swims and picnics. Nat explains, “Little Spritz is a STYLE of drinking, rather than a specific recipe. A refreshing drink, lower alcohol and a little spritz.”
The small-scale production is 100% managed on-site. The team wear many hats — they blend, taste, make, bottle, pack, distribute and greet customers at their on-site spritz bar and cider door. The venue has a very relaxed vibe and people are encouraged to stay and enjoy a beverage or two. “It’s a nice way to connect and familiarise with our brands”, reminds Matt. “We have eight ciders available for tasting, along with three sparkling wines and the Little Spritz range. We also have a selection of Spritz cocktails.” They serve locally made dumplings, cheese boards and olives to go along with your spritz. You can also view our production facility and see where they craft all the products. The intimate venue is available to host small functions, hens/ bucks, tour groups etc, but encourage that you book.
Little Spritz and Mr Little Cider, 20 Brasser Avenue, Dromana. www.littlespritz.com.au
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Recipe MUSSELS WITH CHILLI, GARLIC AND WHITE WINE Ingredients
50 ml extra-virgin olive oil
Heat oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic and chilli. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until shallots are
2 French shallots, chopped
soft. Add tomatoes, wine, lemon rind, juice and cook for 5 minutes.
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic 1 tsp finely chopped fresh birds eye chilli 800 gms (2 cans) chopped tomatoes 250 ml dry white wine 1 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced 2 kg mussels, scrubbed and debearded 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped Serve with toasted ciabatta and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
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Add mussels to sauce. Cover and cook, shaking pan occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until mussel shells open. Discard unopened
shells. Ladle sauce and mussels into bowls. Sprinkle with parsley. Drizzle with oil and serve with ciabatta bread.
Avocado, shredded chicken, mayonnaise, black beans and jalapenos
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Luxurious and stylish... Whether it is bespoke furniture, or expert reupholstery, we craft our pieces with love and care. Together we will create furniturethat you will love for a lifetime. 10 Bennetts Rd, Mornington | (03) 5975 0344 email@example.com February 2020
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WHAT'S YOUR Story? By Cameron McCullough Photo Yanni
ave you ever attended a funeral and during the service learned remarkable facts about the dearly departed that you wished you’d known before? And, what about the valuable life-lessons and stories that weren’t recorded and shared during the eulogy?
Experiences, relationships and wisdom gathered over a lifetime, unless documented somehow – preferably while we’re still here – can be forgotten or lost in translation. While most adults may have a will – designating money and material possessions – there’s something else, very meaningful, that can be undervalued and overlooked. Their stories. Whether we’re Aussie ‘quiet achiever’ types, or maybe afraid of the tall poppy syndrome, most Australians don’t blow their own trumpets, and in many cases, when people die their stories die with them. Writing or recording your own story can be rewarding – both for you and for others. For children and grandchildren in particular, there can be important facts including family medical and genealogical history that are invaluable. Further to that, stories of your adventures and achievements or hardships and challenges – not just what you did, but how you did it – can be well worth passing on. As funeral directors, Andrew Ternes and Lindsay Cameron, of Mornington Peninsula Funerals, tell of another compelling reason to document certain details of your life. Information relating to you, your parents and any marriages and children you’ve had, are legally required for the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Recording these details and placing them with your will can save your family or executors the trouble of searching for this information at what can often be a stressful time. While these details can certainly be woven into your story, they can also be documented in a funeral pre-planning booklet. A complimentary copy of the Mornington Peninsula Funerals Preplanning book can be downloaded from www.mpfunerals.com.au, or mailed out, upon request.
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In their experience as funeral directors, Andrew and Lindsay have felt privileged to hear people’s stories as they’ve sat with families to arrange services. The colleagues, who met whilst working for a large funeral organization, had both individually identified the need for a truly local, independent provider to offer a more personalised service at a fair price. This was a vibe amongst members of the community as well. After much consideration and discussion, the two men realized that together they could start their own funeral home. Along with Andrew’s wife, Julie, they worked on the architectural layout and interior design, then applied for the necessary permits from council and other statutory bodies. The two friends donned their overalls and got to work building the offices, meeting rooms and a mortuary while Julie created the website, set up the office and tended to their cuts and bruises! Then together they recruited the right team and developed a business plan and way of working which incorporates their experience, ethics and personal integrity. The trio launched Mornington Peninsula Funerals at a time when the industry was under intense media scrutiny. As Andrew describes it “There’s a general uneasiness in the community regarding funeral companies, and we want people to feel confident that, with us, they and their loved ones will be treated with respect and compassion when the inevitable occurs. As a small, family-owned and operated business, we offer continuity of care right through until our ‘guests of honour’ reach their final destination.” So please, before you reach your final destination, share your stories. Discuss them if you can and have meaningful conversations with your family and others about your heritage, or at least document the stories for them to read later. Mornington Peninsula Funerals - 5 Trewhitt Ct, Dromana Ph 5982 0086 www.mpfunerals.com.au
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Red Hill is 73 kilometres south of Melbourne, located in the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula, between the coastal towns of Dromana and Balnarring. It has a population of approximately 1900 including Red Hill South and is very much a rural area, with the landscape consisting of scenic hills and native forests. The name Red Hill derives from the rich, red clay that has made the area predominantly agricultural from its first European settlement in the mid-nineteenth century. Many Red Hill streets are named after pioneers: Sheehan, McIlroy, Stanley, Bayne, Arkwell, Eaton, Nash, Perry (sic) and Callanan. Red Hill Post Office opened on 1 August 1871. A railway operated in Red Hill between 1921 and 1959 and was known as the Red Hill railway line.
Red Hill is very much a rural area, with the landscape consisting of scenic hills and native forests. Scattered throughout the area is a proliferation of vineyards, orchards and berry farms. Many of the vineyards are boutique wineries, offering visitors the opportunity to experience fine dining, wine tasting and the purchase of local produce of the region. Most of the wineries also feature attractive gardens, free for visitors to wander through or have a picnic within.
Since the 1970s, wineries have been established around Red Hill to take advantage of the microclimates that suits cool climate grapes, and especially pinot noir.
The commercial centre of Red Hill is spread along a number of distinct spots on Arthurs Seat Road, Flinders Road and Shoreham Road, featuring a variety of eateries and services. Tucked away along roads and shady laneways around Red Hill, visitors will also find several galleries and cafes.
Herbert Robinson (1876â€“1919), later mayor of Albany, Western Australia, and member of the Parliament of Western Australia was a notable resident of Red Hill.
Red Hill is a major centre on the Mornington Peninsula for entertainment events, including the popular Red Hill Show and the peninsula's premier art show - Art Red Hill.
Wine lovers unite at the annual Winter Wine Weekend in June, and join in the fun and sample more than 200 premium wines from some 50 wineries before exploring local cellar doors.
The median house price for Red Hill is $830,000.
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Strawberries, cherries and apples are grown and available seasonally at the farm door.
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This bright and airy Scandi-style cafe is the perfect brunch spot, offering Allpress Coffee, local wines and cafe classics with a modern twist. You can also shop Allpress coffee beans, Prana Chai, and Huskee Cups as well as stylish home and kitchen wares by Danish design house, HAY.
159 SHOREHAM ROAD
This all-day bistro, bar and cellar door prides itself on sourcing sustainablygrown local produce and is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Quality service and dining in a Hecker Guthrie designed space.
Food on the hill
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Relaxed casual vibe with Mediterranean influenced, wholesome breakfasts and lunch as well as coffee and home made sweets.
Epicurean red hill 165 SHOREHAM ROAD
Enjoy coffee made from Little Rebel Coffee beans and delicious pastries from Johnny Ripe in the atmospheric, purposely preserved building which was formerly the Red Hill Cool Store and Packing Shed.
What to do Drive through the scenic hills and native forests, enjoy a relaxing stay at a B&B, or partake in the fine wines and art, in Red Hill. Scattered throughout the area is a proliferation of vineyards, orchards and berry farms. Many of the vineyards offer visitors the opportunity to experience fine dining, wine tasting and the purchase of local produce of the region. Further delights await in the commercial centre of Red Hill with a variety of cafes. Photography: Yanni
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Private Hinterland Estate with Acreage and Views 47-49 Tucks Road, MAIN RIDGE
magnificent home of distinction that ably demonstrates the versatility sought from any fine rural property with 20 hectares of lush pasture enjoying the perfect slope and aspect for viticulture, and comprehensive infrastructure that caters to equestrian and livestock pursuits. One of Main Ridgeâ€™s finest properties, the land is over two titles with picturesque Stony Creek and large dams bringing constant life to a breathtaking canvas of green fields and established natural bushland; truly this is where nature takes centre stage.
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Taking pride of place amongst the verdant landscape is the elegant main home adorned with welcoming verandas and an eyecatching sandstone faĂ§ade. To the left and right of a wide entry foyer are superb formal living and dining rooms; each with open fireplace and multiple sets of French doors. The grand dining room would comfortably seat up to 12 in style and the pleasant lounge room is enhanced with soft pastels and the beautiful fireplace has marble surrounds. Resplendent with stunning oak timber floors the hallway continues through to the vast light-filled family area that incorporates an enormous lounge facing an impressive wall of timber shelves and cabinets, there is a casual meals space and the equally spacious kitchen has big wrap around marble topped benches and appliances including a stainless-steel dishwasher and an Ilve freestanding cooker. More wonderful sets of French doors open to the rear veranda and through the lounge room is a divine sunroom. Completing the ground floor is a separate powder room and laundry, and accessible from the formal dining room is a home office. The extensive first floor accommodations feature no less than seven spacious bedrooms â€“ there is separate twobedroom self-contained wing above the double garage - alongside a study, family bathroom and two more powder rooms. A tranquil outlook across the property is afforded to every bedroom with
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the quaint picture windows framing the view perfectly. A grand master bedroom showcases a huge dressing room and a dazzling ensuite has exquisite marble tiling with built-in robes fitted to each remaining bedroom. A timber pergola draped in vines and supported by Corinthian columns creates an enchanting outdoor zone and with the securely fenced in-ground pool embraced by neat hedges you have a visual feast for the senses when entertaining. With views that can never be lost and extensive amenities for horses and livestock such as arenas, stables, cattle yards and loading ramps, this property represents an investment in time itself. Nothing here has happened overnight or even in a year, so it is pleasing when you call a place truly unique, with generous accommodations that offer equal parts pleasure as a secluded weekend getaway or as a wonderous place of permanent residence.
47-49 Tucks Road, MAIN RIDGE For Sale $8 - $8.8 million Kay & Burton â€“ 47a Cook Street, Flinders, 5989 1000 Tom Barr-Smith 0438 368 020
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‘COOLART’ – THE HOUSE THAT GRIMWADE BUILT
By Ilma Hackett - Balnarring and District Historical Society
n the winter of 1896 disgruntled passengers on the Peninsula railway lines were informed that the delay in services was due to exceptionally heavy traffic caused by the transportation of bricks to Bittern. These were for the Hon. F.S. Grimwade who was building a mansion on his property ‘Coolart.’ The bricks were being moved daily, seventy truckloads in all. They sat at the Bittern station until they could be hauled, by oxen, the extra three miles to Grimwade’s recently acquired property. Change of Ownership Frederick Sheppard Grimwade had purchased ‘Coolart’ the previous year from the estate of John Benn for £10,000 cash. It was a well-run property, one of the most prosperous on the Mornington Peninsula. Benn had built up the property during his twenty years of ownership and turned it into a showpiece with many features of a model farm where he bred shorthorn cattle, horses and Shetland ponies, and grazed sheep. ‘Coolart’ was one of the original runs on the Peninsula. The young Meyrick cousins took up 16,000 acres of Crown land but
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were nor able to weather the Depression of the early 1840s. William Payne did much better. The goldrush ensured he had a market for his livestock. He had reduced the area covered by the lease, made substantial improvements to the farmed area and when the property was sold in 1853 it was an attractive investment. It briefly interested Harry Drew before passing to Joseph Hann. Hann took advantage of the changing land laws and purchased some 2,000 acres from the Crown while retaining the remaining 6,000 acres under lease. When Hann left the district for Queensland, this land was acquired by the mercantile company, Sumner, Grice and Benn. Benn later became sole owner until his death. The new owner, Grimwade was a wealthy industrialist, head of Felton, Grimwade a Co., a firm he founded in 1867 with Alfred Felton. Grimwade’s Background Born in 1840 in Harleston, in the English county of Norfolk, Grimwade had arrived in Melbourne in 1863, aged twenty-two. In England he was apprenticed to his father, a wholesale druggist and,
on arrival in Melbourne, had joined wholesale druggists Edward and Henry Youngman. When Edward Youngman drowned in a shipwreck, his brother sold the business to Grimwade and his new partner, Alfred Felton. Felton, Grimwade & Co. opened in premises in Flinders Lane where, at first, they manufactured proprietary medicines (pills and powders). Soon they branched into the manufacture of industrial chemicals. Grimwade had a canny head for business. He had borrowed ÂŁ8,000 to buy the business and this was soon recouped many times over. The company expanded to other sites, establishing chemical works to manufacture any chemicals that were urgently
needed by the fast growing economy of a young Melbourne. Factories were built to accommodate the making of mineral acids, compressed gases, ammonia and fertilizers. Glass works were set up to make bottles for their products. Felton, Grimwade & Co was in partnership with Bosisto & Co., producers of eucalyptus oil. The drug house had subsidiary interests in Western Australia and in N.Z. and they had a partnership in the Adelaide Chemical Works Co. Their only failed venture was a salt mining company (in association with R Cheetham) on French Island. Grimwade had a reputation for being reliable, honest and determined. He believed hard work led to achievement and he became a wealthy man. continued next page...
Left: "Coolart House", 24/12/1898. Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 1975.0089.00001 Above: "Coolart Drive" (Oxen delivering bricks for the homestead), 13/1/1897. Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 2002.0003.00014 Below: "Coolart" (The Grimwade sisters), 17/1/1898. Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 1975.0089.00103
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Family Life In 1865, when he was 24 years old, Frederick Grimwade married Tasmanian-born Jessie Taylor Sprunt at St Paul’s Church, Kyneton. The couple made their home in St Kilda until they built a fashionable new house, in the Italianate style, in Caulfield. They called it ‘Harleston’ after Grimwade’s place of birth. ‘Harleston’ sat on a seven-acre lot, part of which was farm land. The couple became parents to nine children although two, a son and a daughter, died in infancy. Their eldest child, a son, Norton, was born in 1866; their last born, Freda, arrived in 1884. Three sons, Norton, Harold and Russell qualified as pharmacists, all working in the family company; the other son, Sheppard, became a doctor. Freda had two older sisters, Elizabeth and Alice, and the three girls were brought up to take an active interest in charitable work. The Honourable F. S. Grimwade, the public figure Grimwade’s political career started in 1891 when he became a member of the Legislative Council, representing the North Yarra province. Prior to entering state politics he had, for five years, been a member of the Caulfield Shire Council. He was a representative on the Council of the Railways Commission and of the Tariff Commission. He was a member of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, and of two Exhibition Commissions. For twelve years he was chairman of the directors of the Royal Bank of Australia and one of the foundation members of the Australian Club. Grimwade was a devout Anglican. For twenty years he was a member of the Church of England Assembly, a member of the Diocesan council and a lay canon. Business and religion were cornerstones of his life. For the Grimwade family ‘Coolart’ became their holiday home, a place to relax. Above right: Business partners Alfred Felton (left) and F. S. Grimwade. Below: "Coolart" (Frederick and Jessie Grimwade with family and friends in the entry porch), 2/1/1906. Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 2002.003.0464
The Holiday Home The mansion at Balnarring was two-storeyed, again designed in the Italianate style, built of red brick with the corner masonry and window surrounds rendered in white for contrast. A colonnaded veranda with tiled paving ran around three sides of the building. Long windows let light into the many rooms. The four-sided, steeply sloping slate roof was punctuated by chimneys, projections, low balustrades and dominated by the high, square tower which rose over the main entrance. From the tower there was an uninterrupted view across the waters of Western Port Bay. The building was spacious. There were twenty-seven rooms all told and each major room had a fireplace. Wood was no problem; it was gathered from the property. One end of the building housed quarters for the domestic staff as well as a well laid out kitchen. The house was reached by a long, tree-lined driveway that came in from the road and passed the manager’s house and a cluster of outer farm buildings. The first glimpse of the house itself was the tower showing above the trees. Older Buildings The new mansion rose on the site of an earlier homestead which was on a rise of land above the creek that separated it from the shore. All that remained of the older building was one separate wing. A low structure, built some forty years before, it was of buff-coloured bricks, hand-made on the property. This wing, later named ‘The Barracks’ as farm workers were housed there, had three rooms and an external bread oven. Each room opened onto a bricked pathway under a roofed veranda. The dairy and meat house were below the house, built into the hill slope for coolness. There were separate lavatories bunched together in a block. The Family on Holiday When Grimwade bought ‘Coolart’ he was fifty-five years of age, a short, sturdy man whose receding dark hair and beard had silvered. His youngest daughter was eleven and his three eldest children had married. The house was invariably filled with family and friends arriving from Melbourne, usually by train. They alighted at Bittern station where they were met by horse and buggy to cover the final few miles. Mornings at ‘Coolart’ started early with all the males meeting on the beach for a swim. F.S. himself set the example and only the elderly were excused. Pyjamas were shed and, as was the custom of the day, swimmers went nude. The swim was followed by a run along the sand to warm up before the party returned to the house for breakfast.
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Above: "Coolart" (Bringing in the sheaves), 28/12/1897. Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 2002.0003.00053 Right: Robert Morris with Bobadil. Photographer: E. Norton Grimwade. Coolart Collection Bottom right: "First past the post" (Emu Plains Racecourse), 27/12/1897. Photographer: Russell Grimwade. Coolart Collection
The Working Farm After breakfast Grimwade made the rounds of the property with his manager, William Morris, to inspect his stock and attend farm business. This was no mere hobby farm, but a profitable, working property. Grimwade, like his predecessor, bred horses, Shorthorn cattle and sheep. The 2,000-acre property was stocked with 100 head of cattle, about 100 horses and 1,400 sheep, both Shropshire, Cotswold and crossbred. At the Royal Show in 1900 only four animals were exhibited in the Cotswold class. All were from ‘Coolart’; thus Grimwade’s sheep took off the 1st, 2nd and Championship prizes for ewes and for rams. Initially Morris, a Welshman, was offered the position as manager by John Benn but Benn had died before Morris could start work. He commenced working for Grimwade and soon became a trusted employee. The two shared a love of animals and their farm animals, bulls included, were docile creatures. As Grimwade explained to a somewhat timid reporter from “Punch’ who had come to write an article about the Member of Parliament’s country property, “I always make it a feature of the management of my farm that none of my dumb animals shall be in any way frightened or ill-used.” [Punch, 21st April 1904]. Horses were Grimwade’s passion especially his prize stud stallion– Bobadil. Grimwade needed no excuse to parade Bobadil before his visitors. Although passionate about racehorses and racing he did not bet. “I don’t want your money and I don’t want you to have mine’. [Flinders Lane, Russell Grimwade p27] He showed an interest in the local Emu Plains Race Course but whenever one of his horses raced, the result was a certain win. continued next page...
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Above: "Making the Billy Tea", 3/1/1900. Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 1975.0089.00124 Below left: Harold Grimwade with children on the beach (bow tie essential beach wear). c. 1903. Russell Grimwade photograph. Coolart Collection Below right: "Coolart" (Jumping the fence), 2/1/1898. Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 1975.0089.00095
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Above: "Coolart" (Jessie Grimwade demonstrating archery), 20/2/1898, Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 1975.0089.00109 Top right: "Long Jump", 22/1/1898, Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 1975.0089.00105 Bottom right: Anyone for croquet?, 4/4/1904. Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 1975.0089.00129
Entertainments The races were just one entertainment. There was much to do at ‘Coolart’. The beach was a short walk along a bush track between the trees, across the creek and through the dunes. There were picnics at the beach and boating on the creek. The estate was extensive enough to allow riding and hunting while outdoor sports such as archery and croquet were practised on the lawns. Or perhaps a visit to a cherry farm at Red Hill might be the order of the day. There was a formal garden in front of the house and this was a pleasant spot to stroll or to sit and read. In the evening, card games, especially whist, were popular, as were charades. Guests and family alike enjoyed a game of billiards, musical evenings and board games. Two of the sons, Norton and Russell, were keen on the new hobby – photography. Russell, in particular, honed his skills at their holiday home as can be seen by the photographs in this story. Grimwade and his wife often invited clergymen from poorer country dioceses to come and holiday at ‘Coolart’ while Alfred Felton, when he could be persuaded, was a welcomed guest. The older man was very formal; he and Grimwade never addressed each other by their given names. continued next page...
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‘Coolart’ in the Balnarring Community The Grimwades took an interest in the community into which they had moved. Soon after purchasing ‘Coolart’ it was reported in a local newspaper that Grimwade had travelled down by train to vote in the local council elections – the first owner of ‘Coolart’ to have done so. That, obviously, made an impression. ‘Coolart’ became a centre for the wider Balnarring community. Before St Mark’s, Balnarring’s Anglican church, was built services were held periodically in the Grimwade home. The vicar arrived from Hastings to officiate. He was often accompanied by his small daughter whose mother had been hospitalised with rheumatoid arthritis. On learning this, Mrs Grimwade sent the pony and trap into Hastings every Monday morning to bring the child back to Coolart to be educated. The little girl stayed through until Friday, receiving lessons from their daughter’s governess. After St Mark’s was built, Mrs Grimwade, although no longer living at ‘Coolart’, donated altar cloths and communion vessels. In 1900, Mrs Elizabeth Bootle, the eldest Grimwade daughter, invited the ladies of Balnarring to meet for an afternoon, once a week, over two months, to make items for a gift sale being organised to reduce the debt on the new hall at Balnarring. Grimwade, in his official capacity, had formally opened the Mechanics Institute and Lending Library and donated a set of encyclopaedia. Later he wrote off the remaining debt. Farmers brought their animals to the property to be treated by Morris with pharmaceutical cures and when a farm labourer from a neighbouring farm was bitten by a snake, he was rushed to Coolart where Mrs Grimwade treated him with two injections of chlorinated of lime. [Argus, 9 Jan. 1896] Military Encampments Easter brought a different activity to ‘Coolart.’ Then it became the scene for war games. Harold Grimwade had joined the Victorian
Field Artillery in 1891 and his parents were happy to allow areas of their land to be used for an encampment. Here voluntary corps members came together to practise manoeuvres and the use of weapons. On 11th April 1908 a notice in the Mornington Standard warned that between the hours of 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. “all boats and persons on land should keep at a distance of 2000 yards on either side of the line of fire, for a distance of four (4) miles from the battery”. This applied to the area “from the vicinity of Coolart Creek towards the beach, Point Sumner”. Later, warnings were issued about people handling unexploded shells, adding that there was “no reward or payment of any description for finding shells”. Harold Grimwade served with distinction in World War One, rising to the rank of Major General. End of an Era and Beyond In 1907, twelve years after having bought ‘Coolart’, Grimwade put the property on the market. His health had declined and he had been advised by his doctor to slow down. The livestock, even his beloved Bobadil, were sent to Newmarket for auction. The property passed to Gippsland grazier, Thomas Armstrong, for the price of £7 10s per acre and the Grimwades moved on. Frederick S. Grimwade died in August, 1910 That same year Armstrong put Coolart on the market again, asking double the price he had paid. It attracted Dame Nellie Melba who was looking for a county residence for her retirement but she chose a smaller property in the Yarra Valley. Instead it was bought by George Fairbairn for his daughter and son-in-law, Captain Balmain, who were about to return from India. Balmain leased ‘Coolart’ in 1921 when the family left Australia to live in England and it was sold the following year. The next owner, Stuart Robertson kept the property for three years before again advertising it for sale in 1925. ‘Coolart’ lands were virtually cut in two when the road to Balnarring Beach was
"Field Artillery", Coolart. 31/3/1899. Russell Grimwade collection. UMA 2002.003.00327
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put through and he sold the western half, about 1000 acres, for subdivision. The remaining 971 acres with its “stately two-storied brick homestead” was bought by J.S. Feehan. Feehan also bred race horses. During his ownership he donated a corner of land close to the beach to Melbourne’s governor, Lord Somers, for a boys’ camp. Just over a decade after buying ‘Coolart’ Feehan was forced to sell because of failing eyesight and it waspurchased by Thomas Luxton. An avid bird-watcher, Luxton had ‘Coolart’ declared a sanctuary and developed the lagoon as a breeding place for water fowl. He farmed the property for more than thirty years and after his death, in 1968, his daughter, Margaret Roffey continued the Luxton connection. The homestead, lagoon and surrounding paddocks, 216 acres (87.5 hectares) were purchased by the Victorian State government in 1977. The remainder of the estate was subdivided. Many changes have occurred to the property over the past 130 years but the mansion Grimwade built, with its impressive tower, remains the defining feature of ‘Coolart’ and a distinctive landmark of the Balnarring area.
HARLESTON The Grimwade family’s primary home was ‘Harleston’ in Balaclava Road, Caulfield. Designed by Thomas Wells and built in 1875, twenty years before “Coolart’, it shared the same double storeyed Italianate style. It was where Mr And Mrs Grimwade lived for forty years, Frederick Grimwade died in 1910 just three years after he sold ‘Coolart’ and Jessie died in 1917. After the death of their mother the family donated ‘Harleston’ and it seven acres to Melbourne Grammar School. All four sons were educated at Melbourne Grammar and F.S. Grimwade had been a school governor and on the school council for a number of years‘. Melbourne Grammar opened “Grimwade House’ as a preparatory school for its junior students in February 1918. There have been changes over the years (it no longer takes boarders and is now co-educational) but the gracious old house continues to be ‘school’ for both young boys and girls starting their education at Melbourne Grammar.
References: Flinders Lane Recollections of Alfred Felton by Russell Grimwade. MUP 1947 Coolart, a short history by John Webb. Friends of Coolart 1996 Australian Dictionary of Biography Punch magazine, April 21st, 1904, article by “Lauderdale” various newspapers from the time: the Argus, Mornington Standard, Australasian Photographs, unless otherwise noted, were taken by Russell Grimwade and are from the Sir Wilfred Russell and Lady Mabel Grimwade collection, held by University of Melbourne Archives. They are reproduced with permission. The other photos are used courtesy of Coolart.
Coolart is managed by Parks Victoria and is open to the public seven days a week. (9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.) Location: Lord Somers Road, Somers. Melway 193 J9 Below: Coolart today. Photograph by Paul McDonnell
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