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PENINSULA Living & visiting on the Mornington Peninsula

From Hot Hits To Hot Potato • Dad And Daughter Carving Memories Together • Labour Of Love All Creatures Great And Small • Miss Personality • Two Boys One Beagle And A Coffee Shop Story In Every Piece • Property Developer Turned Successful Candle Maker • Everywhen For Everyone The Physicist Who Wanted To Be An Artist • “Saltbush Bill’ – The Balnarring Connection

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He’s rocked some of the biggest venues in the world, with band Hunters and Collectors. In a recent incarnation Barry Palmer, or Baz as he prefers, became a mobile technology entrepreneur, having created the Wiggles app by Weyo, groundbreaking technology in a Fun Time with Faces interactive app that lets your child be one of their favourite Wiggles 14. Dad And Daughter Carving Memories Together RYE father and daughter Jim and Anna McCauley are carving some special memories as they work alongside each other on the southern peninsula’s newest attraction – Sand Sculpting Australia presents Peter Pan. 22. Labour Of Love - Gin Distillers When the Richartz family set their mind to something, they never do things by half which is why the team of Kristoff, Barbara, Felix and Darcy have created award winning gins in their first year of operation. 28. All Creatures Great And Small Ever since Founder and Director of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Michael Johnson, dreamed of opening a wildlife park, it has been a safe haven for thousands of animals. 34. Miss Personality There could not be a more deserving winner of “Miss Personality” than peninsula girl, Elyce Vandersluys, who took out the Miss Supercars Australia category last year. 36. Two Boys One Beagle And A Coffee Shop There’s a charming little café nestled in Frankston side streets with the unique name, Two Boys One Beagle and A Coffee Shop. A trendy coffee shop with pink painted walls and a welcoming vibe. 48.Story In Every Piece Sitting among the treetops in a home that is like a treehouse, Emily Boyd looks out over the rolling hills of Shoreham as she creates her artisan jewellery. 52. Property Developer Turned Successful Candle Maker Success is never attained without compromise, hard-work and relentless struggle. Such a statement couldn’t possess more validity when hearing Kym Eliopoulos’ foray into the candle-making business. 56. Everywhen For Everyone Art writers, curators and gallerists, Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs have moved from their home gallery Whistlewood to a new space in Flinders which opens this month. 58. Noosa Comes To Mornington Nissarana Galleries is now open in Main Street, Mornington, bringing a wonderful array of local and Australian artist’s work to the peninsula. 60. The Physicist Who Wanted To Be An Artist Nic Kirkman has proven she can do anything she wants. With a PHD in Physics, a second degree in architecture, and numerous other academic achievements, the thing this talented lady really wanted to be was an artist. 66. Flavours Speak For Themselves Born and bred on the peninsula, Marty Brennan had always wanted to be a chef, These days, Marty has definitely fulfilled his dreams, working as the head chef at Trofeo Estate in Dromana. 68.The Dava Hotel - Still An Icon 70 Years On Steeped in history since the 1920’s, The Dava Hotel with its views across the bay still stands as an iconic and family friendly venue well into the 21st century. 72. Recipe 75. Must Try Dishes 78. Crossword 86. Real Estate - Hamptons Style Classice Beach Home The Tempo Group has just completed their latest property in the heart of Sorrento, a Hamptons style, luxuriously appointed classic beach home, close to superb amenities and the Sorrento back beach 92. Saltbush Bill’ – The Balnarring Connection When Roderick William Mills was born in Balnarring in 1869 there was nothing to suggest that one day, as ‘Saltbush Bill’, he would thrill audiences world-wide with his whip-cracking skills and even perform for royalty at Buckingham Palace, or that his name would enter folklore through the poems of Banjo Patterson.

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January 1 - 28 Now located in the beautiful surrounds of Boneo Maze. This summer you can get in touch with your inner child and spend the day in Neverland. The Peter Pan exhibition will take you on a journey told through sand. Additionally you can enjoy giant games, mazes and the jumping castle, all included in your entry cost Boneo Maze 695 Limestone Rd, Fingal Ph 5988 6385


January 13 Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been loved for over four hundred years and continues to weave its spell worldwide. Crittenden Estate is delighted to again be hosting the Essential Theatre Group as they celebrate their 17th summer of Shakespeare in the Vines. Crittenden Estate transforms into the magical land of Athens. The Crittenden Wine Centre 25 Harrisons Road, Dromana Ph 5987 3800




January 1 There is no better way to relax on New Year’s Day than the fun of the races at Mornington. There are free kids rides and activities all day, live music, hawker style food stalls and all the racing action. Mornington Racecourse 320 Racecourse Rd, Mornington Ph 5975 3310

January 5 Set in the Mornington Peninsula hinterland town of Red Hill, this monthly market of over 300 stalls is all about celebrating hand made products. Expect to meet emerging artists, taste test local produce and see one -of -a -kind products. Enjoy an extra hour of shopping this summer market. Red Hill Recreation Reserve 184 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill Ph 5976 3266



January 25 Head to the pristine surrounds of Mornington Racecourse to enjoy a relaxing day at the races. Experience first class racing action at one of the most picturesque racecourses in Victoria. Mornington Racecourse 320 Racecourse Rd, Mornington Ph 5975 3310 www.

January 23 After several successful European tours in 2017 and 2018 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany) is coming back to Australia in summer with a powerful and lovely new programme. "Classical music the world over" this is the motto of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. St Macartan's Catholic Church, 4 Drake Street, Mornington Ph 5950 1579

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From HOT HITS to HOT POTATO By Melissa Walsh


e’s rocked some of the biggest venues in the world, been a member of the band Hunters and Collectors since 1988, is a singer-songwriter, record producer, start-up company CEO, and loves living life on the Mornington Peninsula. In a recent incarnation Barry Palmer, or Baz as he prefers, became a mobile technology entrepreneur, having created the Wiggles app by Weyo, ground-breaking technology in a Fun Time with Faces interactive app that lets your child be one of their favourite Wiggles. Baz Palmer talks to Peninsula Essence about a journey that stretches from tour schedules to technology. continued next page... January 2019

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“Whether it is with a band like Hunters and Collectors, or with start-ups, or our venture into the Wiggles app, I have been very fortunate to work alongside great artists and individuals who hold a personal and lifelong commitment to finding better outcomes for the world,” said Baz, who started Weyo and Vampr to use technology for causes that can make a difference. “I realised a long time ago just how much we use our mobile technology and how important it is for young children to have access to good apps as there is a lot of deregulated information they are accessible to.” “As a kid I started playing guitar and became obsessed with it,” he says with a laugh. “I eventually dropped out of school and spent my time playing gigs, and did my first festival at Sunbury when I was 15.” While Baz’s parents were supportive of his musical career at a young age, he still decided to return to school to have a backup plan, and get a teaching degree. “I went to university and did my degree but never ended up teaching,” said Baz who played music all through university until he was eventually picked up by the Hunters. “I practiced eight hours a day minimum and treated it like a job. I was with the band Harem Scarem, a big 'indie' favourite and we had a great following. John Archer, bass player for the Hunters was recording an album for us and asked me to play slide guitar for their record. I thought I was going along to record an album but I was actually being auditioned.”

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Within a couple of days, Baz was asked to join the band which turned out to be the perfect timing as Harem Scarem was starting to disband. “We toured continuously for the first ten years and it was amazing. Once it started, it took off like you wouldn’t believe,” said Baz of the band that toured the globe and Australia for many years, sold over one million albums in their home territory, and along the way wrote and performed songs that have become a part of the Australian musical and cultural landscape. “These days when we do get back together for a gig, it’s like we never left. We reformed for the 2013 AFL Grand Final performance which was fantastic and led to a run of shows around Australia in 2014, where we played support slots with Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones,” he said. “The band just walks on stage and get straight back into it. We are a great bunch of friends. We hadn’t played for ten years when we did the bushfire appeal at the MCG and we booked three days rehearsal but turned up for the first of three rehearsals and did not drop a beat so decided to go to the pub,” said Baz, who then played in front of 10,000 people like they had never been away. “It’s about the essential honesty and integrity of the band that makes the difference.” Since the heyday of the Hunters, Baz has started his own music production company and label, Gigantically Small. He has cowrote, produced and worked with some of Australia's finest young artists, and in 2012 transitioned to mobile technology, cofounding a global tech start-up, Soundhalo, with his son Declan.

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“Soundhalo is a real-time live concert high-definition video delivery mobile application, launched with artists such as Alt J and Thom York's 'Atoms For Peace,'” said Baz, who would eventually end up developing apps for the Wiggles. “The Wiggles app is so creative with its ground breaking technology; it’ll send your tiny human mind into a Dorothy Dinosaur tailspin. They can ‘become’ Wags or Dorothy Dinosaur, have the delightful Emma read them a story, be the star of a Wiggles video clip and watch their masterpiece back over and over again,” said Baz, who still continues to learn all the time. “The app is a way for children to safely play on mum or dad’s iPhone or iPad and enjoy their favourite Wiggles characters and songs. The fact is most of our children under the age of five have access to a smartphone or tablet and parents are constantly concerned by whether their children’s screen time is educational or whether they are just consuming junk. We have teamed up with these trusted brands to deliver age-appropriate and fun content in our app.” These days, Baz and his wife spend their down time enjoying the peace and serenity of the Mornington Peninsula, where they moved to five years ago. “We just love it down here. We are massive foodies and there are some great restaurants, as well as the incredible wines of course,” he said. “I still travel for work but these days it’s the technology side rather than the band but I love it when I come back here. It’s quiet and peaceful and has everything we could ask for.”


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YE father and daughter Jim and Anna McCauley are carving some special memories as they work alongside each other on the southern peninsula’s newest attraction – Sand Sculpting Australia presents Peter Pan.

They have joined 13 other award-winning international and Australian sand sculptors as they intricately carve 3500 tonnes of sand into Peter Pan themed artworks along the wetlands and garden pathways of Boneo Maze. Jim has been involved with the sand sculpting movement on the peninsula from the beginning. In 2000 he approached the Rye Action Group with the idea of a sand sculpture exhibition and competition on the Rye Foreshore.

Jim was involved with enticing the world champion, American Kevin Crawford, to Rye and establishing an event that has offered a long-standing connection for many families. The event attracted the support of Vic Health, Mornington Peninsula Tourism, and Vision Australia, who ran it for many years. Jim was so inspired by the sand sculptors he met that he decided to learn the craft himself. “I feel as if I’m the longest apprenticed sand sculptor ever,” he said. “Each time I return I learn new skills from other experts. Before that I’d only ever built sand castles on the beach. I started off helping with the basics, like windows and doors, and then I became more and more confident. Before I knew it, I was designing and working on my own sand installations.” continued next page...

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Talented daughter Anna, 26, was urged to enter the event’s summer sand castle competitions before continuing on to explore arts at Rosebud Secondary College and study at Frankston TAFE. Since graduating Anna has travelled Australia designing and sculpting her own installations in sand and other mediums.

Sand is very tactile, it’s such a lovely material to work with and the results speak to so many

that the piece is done. You can just step back and enjoy it,” Jim said.

Reflecting on what makes sand sculptures so special, Anna said: “Sand is very tactile, it’s such a lovely material to work with and the results speak to so many. While other art forms can be exclusive, everyone has some form of connection with sand sculptures.

Sand Sculpting Australia’s return to the southern peninsula is like a homecoming for Jim and Anna, who lives in Alice Springs where she works in an art gallery while creating her own red-earth sand sculptures.

The two have been working alongside each other sculpting the pirates’ lair of Skull Island and adding touches to Peter Pan and Captain Hook. These four-metre-high sculptures will take up to two weeks to complete.

Sand Sculpting Australia at Boneo Maze opened on 15 December and will run though until 28 January. Friday night Big Kids Can Play wine and dine packages also available.

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An eight-year-old and an eighty-year-old can both be just as curious and equally delighted when they see the sand sculptures” adds Jim.

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oneo Maze was a hive of activity on December 15 when the young and the young at heart enjoyed the opening of Sand Sculpting Australia’s exhibition, Peter Pan. This summer you can get in touch with your inner child and spend the day in Never-land. Locals and visitors alike enjoyed a lovely twilight stroll through the stunning maze gardens with world class sculptures guiding along the water’s edge and through to an incredible activity zone. Wandering entertainers wowed the crowds and the food and wine flowed throughout the evening. The Peter Pan exhibition runs until January 28, 2019 January 2019

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hen the Richartz family set their mind to something, they never do things by half which is why the team of Barbara, Christoph, Felix and Darcy have created awardwinning gins in their first year of operation. Crafting things has been a family tradition for generations, with mum Barbara recalling her Dad growing up in a wine region in Germany where he made cider and brandies and where they regularly went to visit. “My Dad grew up in a wine region called Mosel where we had orchards and the family always made cider or fruit brandies. It’s a tradition I grew up with. My mum used to make her own herbal schnapps which is very common in Germany, a drink which is a little bit medicinal. It was something you drank after dinner to help digest your food,” said Barbara. It was a natural progression for Barbara and Christoph to dabble in making their own digestive but soon the hobby turned into something that was in demand. “It was always a hobby for us and we started with a very small back factory in Carrum Downs which we outgrew so quickly when people started wanting to drink it,” Barbara said with a laugh. We made the digestive first with the help of a well-known distiller from Germany who has a PhD in all-things-distilling. He came out to Australia and helped us to set up our small still and refine the recipe for the digestive.” continued next page...

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I love being able to explain the history and how the drink was made Always being a fan of gin, Barbara and Christoph decided it was time to delve into gin production as they couldn’t rely wholly on sales from the digestive. “We started making gin, then limoncello and tawny which is like a port, and we made each recipe to our own taste which has proven to be very popular,” said Barbara. “Our limoncello for example is more lemony tart, with less sugar which lots of people like.” As their range started to grow and they started selling at markets, people loved the story behind the range. “I love being able to explain the history and how the drink was made, what ingredients we use and give people a chance to meet the maker,” said Barbara. “There are great food markets and festivals around the area that give us the opportunity to talk face to face with people.” The Original Spirit Co moved into their new premises in Somerville around 18 months ago and have almost outgrown the entire space. “Everything is made small batch and with lots of love. I believe that is the reason why our gins taste so great and why we have won so many awards,” said Barbara, whose gins have taken out three prestigious awards in the international spirit world. The Original Spirit Co Classic Dry Gin was awarded Double Gold, Best in Show Gin and Best in Show Un-aged White Spirit at the 2017 World Wine and Spirits Competition held in New York. Later that year, the same gin won Gold in Hong Kong. And just last month, Original’s Classic Dry gin was not only awarded Gold for the second year in a row in Hong Kong but also the Trophy for the best London Dry gin in the competition. “It is amazing to think our gin has already won these awards from the best competitions all around the world,” said Barbara. “The 2017 competition in New York was the first time entering our classic dry and we thought that we would just give it a go and see what happens.” The Original Spirit Co uses traditional botanicals such as juniper berries and coriander seed and compliments those with Australian-grown native ingredients to produce their aromatic and well-rounded dry gin. “It is going ahead so well we feel after such a short time that we are now outgrowing the factory in Somerville,” said Barbara however she is determined to stay small and personal. continued next page...

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“Most importantly we still a have a really small handcrafted copper pot still that holds just 135 litres which is tiny so everything we do is micro-distilled and produces the best quality.” Choosing the peninsula for their first distillery was a no brainer according to the family. “We love it down here and it is the food and craft brewing capital of Victoria. People on the peninsula really appreciate finely handcrafted products and our gin is very much in that category,” said Barbara. “We make everything ourselves, from the gin, to the bottling, heat sealing and applying the labels and even deliveries. So when we say handcrafted, we really mean handcrafted.”

handmade and produced in micro-quantities to ensure the best possible quality and taste. Our ingredients are sourced manly from Australian suppliers. Many are grown organically; some are even foraged from the wild. We consider distilling to be a seductive balance between science and art. We use traditional techniques and methods to achieve the best result.".

While Christoph, Felix and Darcy are all about production, Barbara is hands on in the office taking care of the administration and making sure the world knows about their wonderful craft distillery. “We want to provide high quality, small batch spirits to our local community and to those who like interesting drops. We continuously develop and distil new spirits to share with our friends and customers. Although we do not have a cellar door at the present time, we are at a number of markets around Victoria and you can purchase online,” said Barbara. “Our philosophy is quite simple; source the best ingredients and help them reach their natural potential. All of our spirits are

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ver since Founder and Director of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Michael Johnson, dreamed of opening a wildlife park, it has been a safe haven for thousands of animals. It opened in September 2001 and, seventeen years later, Michael is still kicking goals. He recently won the 2018 RACV Victorian Tourism awards with two gold wins including the highly coveted Tourist Attraction category as well as Ecotourism.

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“I wanted a place where people could experience the rare and unusual animals that roam the Australian bush, especially those that no longer do locally, and to help save endangered species by giving them a safe place to be,” said Michael from the café on the Moonlit Sanctuary. As a child, Michael collected small creatures in his suburban Melbourne backyard, with his school yearbook even quoting his future ambitions as "wanting to help animals." continued next page...

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An avid reader, he was inspired by Gerald Durrell, a famed British naturalist, conservationist and zookeeper. Durrell's writings fascinated and captured the hearts and minds of animal lovers worldwide and Michael was not immune. In 1996 Michael travelled to the Durrell Foundation's Conservation Academy which has been at the forefront of wildlife preservation for decades. There he took part in an endangered species breeding course for conservation professionals. “We purchased the property in Pearcedale where the park is now; it was formerly a farm and pony club,” said Michael, who could see there was nothing like it on the peninsula and it was a great place for tourists to visit on the way to Philip Island.

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“When we first opened it was just night tours to the public,” said Michael, of the lantern-lit tours that were declared ”magical". As word grew about this special opportunity to get up close and personal to nocturnal wildlife, the number of visitors increased.

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By 2007, the sanctuary opened its doors during the day, expanding the number of animals and welcoming up to 80,000 visitors a year. The award winning Wildlife Park has over 10 hectares of open bush-land, feeding kangaroos and wallabies, petting koalas, colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals including endangered species. At night, it comes alive with world-famous lantern-lit tours; night birds are active, tiny feather tail, gliders and giant yellow-bellied gliders swoop around, and endangered quolls, pademelons and bettongs forage for food.

“Our Sanctuary is an ark for endangered creatures, and a showcase of their unique beauty. It is a living classroom which encourages children and adults alike to unlock the mystery of Australian mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, insects and amphibians in a natural bush setting,” said Michael. continued next page...

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You can wander around the beautiful wetlands, a haven for water birds that change with the seasons. Meet koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, Cape Barren geese and curlews, and stop to look at the wombats. There’s also daily dingo talks, or pop over to see orange bellied parrots, a critically endangered species; then visit the stunning redtailed black cockatoos, gang gang, superb parrots, and the unique violet eyes of their bower birds. “One of the more pleasurable outcomes of growth has been the ability to introduce education in behavioural training to the keeper staff. This has resulted in our daily Conservation in Action show in the new amphitheatre, where young animals, such as a bettong, dingo, spot-tail quoll, barn owl, barking owl, cockatoo or tawny frogmouth can be seen going about their training where


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they are rewarded for their natural behaviour, such as climbing, or flying point to point. As this is not a performance, each day can be different and the success has been the staff interpretation as they talk visitors through each animal's traits, quirks, and conservation status,” said Michael, who wants to thank every visitor who comes through their doors to experience Moonlit Sanctuary. “It is our hope that each connection creates awareness of the plight of these rare and unusual animals, and that we can all help halt their extinction, so that our children's children will also experience the joy of their company.” Moonlit Sanctuary is at 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Road, Pearcedale.

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here could not be a more deserving winner of “Miss Personality” than peninsula girl, Elyce Vandersluys, who took out the Miss Supercars Australia category last year. For the bubbly blonde, who applied because she loves cars and promotional work, the title is one very close to her heart as she has always been a pocket dynamo, following her dreams from a young age.

“I never really knew what I wanted to do when I left school but I started out doing promotional work and loved it. It was then I moved to London at the age of 22, even though I had never lived out of home before,” said Elyce. “I thought it was warm in England and didn't even take a jacket.” With a plan to stay just six months and then fly back to Australia, life took another direction and soon the Somerville girl was travelling to countries on weekends and working for a talent agency doing a show on ITV2.

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“It’s funny when I look back. I got there with no job, nowhere to stay and knew no one, but luckily a friend I worked with in Melbourne contacted me and asked me to share a room in London. Of course I accepted and that was the best decision I could have made,” said Elyce. “Within a week I got a job as a barista at the bottom of the Endomol Building although I didn’t even know what Endomol was. I ended up working at the cafe for about eight months and met some great people who worked upstairs. Next thing I knew I was working on the third floor on a casting team for a show called " The Almost Impossible Gameshow”. That was five years ago and since then life has taken off in leaps and bounds. For this 27 year old is now in the top five of Miss Supercars Australia, and runs two successful businesses on the peninsula. “After working on different shows and getting back into promotional work for Azure Promotions like the Adidas

Launch Party, London Cocktail week, and The Brit Awards 'After Party', I decided to move back home,” she said.

I just love car racing and to be able to meet these guys was a real highlight

Within a year of being back, the self-confessed tom boy who also loves to dress up was planning her own business ventures, finding a niche in the marketplace for promotional work and guided tours.

“It was 2017 when I started EV Promotions and EV Tours and they are going great. Even when I went away to do the Supercars, my business was able to still run with my dad at the helm,” said Elyce, who runs EV Tours with her father, John. “It’s’ so great working with my dad. He drives the bus and everybody loves him,” she said of their business that does winery, cider and brewery tours, hens nights, bucks nights, races, weekend hire and airport and city charters.

we got to experience once-in-a-lifetime highoctane supercars action on track with grid duties, drivers parade, corporate hospitality and pit walks,” said Elyce, who drove around with Craig Lowndes and had Chaz Mostert with her the first time on the Grid.

“I just love car racing and to be able to meet these guys was a real highlight. My dad only had daughters so I was the token boy, watching all the sports and car racing with him,” she said with a laugh. “I was thrilled to win the Miss Personality but just as rapt to be able to do a lap with Craig Lowndes the second time I was on the track for the drivers Parade. Even though he is a Holden driver and I’m a Ford girl, I was super stoked. He had just won Bathurst and he was retiring soon so I am very grateful to have met such a legend.”

“When I was away for that week doing the Miss Supercars Australia events in Queensland, dad just kept it all running,” said Elyce, explaining how she loved the whole full on week at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 in October last year.

Being part of the Miss Supercars Australia, Elyce was also involved in raising money for Variety the Children's Charity, made some lifelong friends along the way, and came back to the peninsula even more determined to let her personality shine in her EV Tours and Promotions business.

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here’s a charming little café nestled in a Frankston side street with the unique name of Two Boys One Beagle and A Coffee Shop.

A trendy coffee shop with pink painted walls and a welcoming vibe, it is the creation of owners Mikaela Keysers and Jamie Bowmen who met 13 years ago at a Mt Eliza restaurant. “I was a waitress and Jamie was an apprentice chef,” said Mikaela, and the rest is history.

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Now the young couple have two beautiful sons, a beagle Penny, and a coffee shop named after their family. “We had both spent our career in hospitality and always wanted to open our own place,” said Mikaela. “We live close to this set of shops and saw one vacant so snapped it up straight away.”” For the young couple who opened the café six months ago, it was quite the learning process to get it all set up, with Mikaela giving birth to their second child just a couple of weeks before they opened.

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after the little ones. “Jamie is here six days a week but I only work occasionally as the kids are a handful.” Loclas and visitors have taken to the trendy, boutique café nestled in the suburban neighbourhood already, with the business constantly busy. “We serve up local coffee roasters Commonfolk coffee, have an all-day brunch menu and yummy home baked cakes,” said Mikaela.

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The menu includes avo crush, garlicky mushrooms, Egg and beans, pyrenees pork elly, and a delicious Jamaican Me Crazy Pop with rainbow salad, wild rice, quinoa, yoghurt and cucumber popsicle. “Yes we didn’t plan that well,” she said with a laugh. “I guess it was just one of those things and the baby arrived a week early too. It just meant a bit of a rest then straight back into it.” Finding a name was the easiest part for the couple with Jamie coming up with it out of the blue. “He just said Two boys, One Beagle and I knew it was right,” said Mikaela, who works in the café occasionally in between looking

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ENCHANTED ADVENTURE GARDEN There’s fun and games for everyone at the Enchanted Adventure Garden where 22 acres at the summit of Arthurs Seat offers over ten different outdoor attractions in a beautiful garden and bush setting. And this year, there’s even more to this magical place with the addition of some extra attractions. Jessie Roden from the Enchanted Adventure Garden says there are some wonderful areas being constructed at the moment. “We have a few new things coming up over the school holidays and recently opened a new boardwalk around the enchanted lake which leads to a new section of the park which will be opened in 2019,” said Jessie, of the gardens that have been opened for 25 years. There are over 20 gardens, a grand hedge maze, lawned picnic areas and a beautiful ornamental lake with valley views to explore. Around each corner there is another perfectly maintained feature garden, all built around unique artistic pieces and clever topiary. Follow the native garden trail to the Bush Adventureland Area where you will find 100m of articulated boardwalk 8 metres off the ground. 55 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat VIC 3936 Phone: (03) 5981 8449


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ARTHURS SEAT EAGLE The Arthurs Seat Eagle experience gives scenic views of the Mornington Peninsula across the Bay, the Melbourne skyline and beyond. Ride inside a state of the art gondola passing over Arthurs Seat State Park to the summit, 314 metres above sea level. Named in honour of the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, it’s an awe-inspiring journey as you ascend quietly to the summit station travelling in comfortable, all weather and fully accessible cabins. As you enjoy your flight surrounded by the Australian landscape you may even spot some native animals.

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At the summit you can enjoy a casual dining experience in The Eagle Café with amazing views and an expansive outdoor deck. Come join us for Summer Saturdays with a BBQ and family fun every Saturday during January. Free with each return gondola ride between 5 – 8pm. See our website for more details. open seven days a week

TYABB PACKING HOUSE Sun, sea, sand and surf, interspersed with good food, fine wine and visits to the Tyabb Packing House, the best antiques and collectables centre on the Mornington Peninsula, add up to the perfect summer holiday. Filled with fascinating items from times past, the Tyabb Packing House is a place that brings people back, time after time. Furniture, jewellery, glassware, china, books, silver, linen, lace, art and ceramics from different times and places are all on offer. Be amazed at the variety! Specialist dealers are on hand to answer questions and assist with your purchases. Delivery can be organised for larger pieces. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then leave your details because one never knows what will turn up in the future. The new licenced Tyabb Packing House Café is the perfect place to take a break during your visit. Michael and G offer great coffee and food whether you want a tasty snack or a delightful meal with a glass of something cold. I have it on good authority that the coffee rivals anything on offer in Melbourne. Come and say ‘hello’ and check it out for yourself. The Tyabb Packing House, the best part of summer on the peninsula.

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Guests enjoyed the outdoor screening of the film “The First Man,” along with a lovey picnic and some bubbles, as part of Kilburn Cinema in Mt Martha. The event was hosted by Danckert Real Estate.



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In Mornington, the Christmas spirit was in fine form at the Mornington Chamber of Commerce Networking event at the delicious Main Street restaurant at "Thanks Albert Burger Company".

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Mornington Racecourse in full swing, as people flocked to the Christmas Race Day, a popular destination for businesses hosting their Christmas break-ups

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Story By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni


itting among the treetops in a home that is like a treehouse, Emily Boyd looks out over the rolling hills of Shoreham as she creates her artisan jewellery. The flamboyant artist and jewellery designer simply loves what she does, and is passionate about empowering people to feel self-love by providing them with high quality, artisan jewellery that accentuate the wearer's natural beauty.

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With a desire to create and an appreciation for hand-crafted objects, Emily loves to make minimalist jewellery inspired by nature and the environment. So it was a natural progression for the nature lover to move down to the peninsula two years ago. “I just love it down here; as soon as I discovered this area I felt relaxed, “said Emily from the treehouse home she shares with her musician boyfriend. “I sit at the workbench and look out over that view and feel how grateful I am to be able to create my jewellery in this environment.” Wherever possible, Emily uses only ecofriendly materials.

My jewellery is created from recycled materials and is produced in a sustainable way

“My jewellery is created from recycled materials and is produced in a sustainable way. This is incredibly important for me as a silversmith as I truly believe that as consumers and makers, we should take every opportunity to be as kind to the earth as possible,” said Emily, whose jewellery is inspired by the ocean and coastal environment, where she spends her days designing and creating jewellery.

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A true passion for jewellery making ensures a high level of craftsmanship and guarantees to bring joy and happiness into the wearer's life. “I love being creative and get so much happiness from people being able to enjoy the jewellery. Each piece has a story to tell and a life to it, and I make sure I can explain to the purchaser where I got the materials from and how I collected them. I use only recycled silver and try to source as many products from around the peninsula as possible,” said Emily, who wanders around the beach and forest areas to find some unique treasures. “I use shells from our beach, and beach glass as well as beautiful crystals in some of my pieces.”

Everything Emily makes is from the heart and handmade so the wearer is receiving a truly artisan piece. “I basically started my own design business this time last year and have always been surrounded by art and crafts with my parents

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being a big influence. They took me to lots of galleries when I was younger,” she said. “Mum is a teacher and artist and dad works in the public service but they had a real passion for the arts.” For Emily who lived in the city for many years, peninsula life has been her saviour, and allowed her to express herself even more through her jewellery. “It is a place that I feel so relaxed. As soon as I discovered the peninsula through a friend who was house-sitting a couple of years ago, I never wanted to leave. We have everything you could want here and a wonderful artistic community and feel,” said Emily, who sells her jewellery online and through markets and local shops.

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Property Developer Turned Successful

Founder of Wicks and Stones Candles Kym Eliopoulos speaks of her arduous climb to global popularity By Jay McCarthy-Rivero Photos Janis House Photography


uccess is never attained without compromise, hardwork and relentless struggle. Such a statement couldn’t possess more validity when hearing of Kym Eliopoulos’ foray into the candle-making business.

Formerly working as a property manager for a property developer based in South Melbourne, Kym wanted a change of direction, deciding to move on with her husband and two children. “We packed up and moved down to the Mornington Peninsula,” she mentions. “I knew it was a big risk to take but I always wanted to run my own business.” After moving down to the peninsula, she became a regular yoga teacher, changing her lifestyle in the process. “I began to live more sustainably and ethically, getting into crystal healing (where gemstones comprised of distinctive properties are put on the body, withdrawing negative energy). I always carried crystals in my pocket, and I wanted to introduce that to people.” continued next page...

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This notion of carrying around crystals actually carries a plethora of benefits, from clearing the mind to promoting luck depending on the crystal. Kym’s personal business Wicks and Stones has been running for approximately two years, with her operating with another brand prior to its inception. “For about two years I was making jewelry, sustainable yoga t-shirts and candles prior to starting my business. So, I’ve been in the industry for a bit over four years.” Kym ensured she equipped herself with the skills necessary to running her desired business, integral to staying afloat in times of economic hardship. “I attended numerous workshops and courses that candle manufacturers run, as well as visit some crystal courses. I studied business and have a Certificate IV in Business Administration.” She admits getting her business off the ground wasn’t an easy feat, acknowledging that it wasn’t the “overnight success” story others claim it to be. Despite Wicks and Stones being in a strong position currently, there are still never-ceasing difficulties that may place the business in jeopardy if not managed properly. With each challenge she was constantly re-assessing, adapting and evolving.

“The Good Morning America and ABC breakfast shows contacted us, wanting our candles on their shows. I also featured on The View in October this year, a women’s talk show featuring Whoopi Goldberg.” A factor that separates her company in contrast to others is the use of their ethical and sustainable practices, which revolve around protecting Mother Nature, using natural and pure ingredients as well as supporting women, with one of the candles sold on their website having 10% of its profits donated to the Global Women’s Project. Evidently Kym’s modern business practices put some larger businesses to shame, as well as her conscious decision to listen to her customers. “I spent the first year trading at my local craft-markets, so I was able to talk to my people and find my tribe,” which Kym’s believes was the difference between counting followers on Instagram and actually taking the time to chat to her customers about what was truly important to them. “Companies need to listen to what people want now. They can’t just keep releasing products onto the mass market. A product released needs to have soul.” In regards to the openness of businesses, Kym went on to say that; “If a company is transparent, they have nothing to hide.”

“As a business we grew extremely fast, due to various brands being interested in our products and our Australian made story. Our cash flow is extremely important, as we need lots of money to finance jobs for the large companies.”

Wicks and Stones have an astronomical 62 stockists, with 20 of these being based overseas in the U.S. They even have a stockist in New Zealand and Hawaii! Kym states “they contacted us”, arguably a testament to the excellence of her candles and holistic products.

Kym’s biggest break has been in America, where they were contacted by Anthropologie, a U.S.-based retail outlet that operates stores in countries including Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, she was contacted by a variety of American television shows interested in her products.

On her company website, Kym describes herself as a yogi, an idea unbeknownst to me and a term I only knew as the name of a dog, as my godparents have a golden retriever named Yogi.

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Kym’s recent blog pertaining to ‘The Ritual of Earthing’ outlines

There has to be a balance and time to reconnect Earthing (defined on her blog as “Any connection you have to the ground with your bare skin”) and its many benefits. In a society where our lives are busier than ever, she stresses how important it is to devote time to relaxation and living a balanced life. Which also mean’s celebrating the big and small wins with a glass or two of champagne! “There has to be a balance and time to reconnect. You have to be mindful and ground yourself. Never underestimate the power of just 10 minutes a day of quiet time with yourself.” Kym is joined by a group of four inspirational women; Matilda, Jax, Cara and Cynthia, with her husband joining the business also! “My husband has quit his job after ten years at a printing company to join us and make candles!” she laughs happily.

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By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni


rt writers, curators and gallerists, Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs have moved from their home gallery Whistlewood to a new space in Flinders. The ladies have been bringing Aboriginal art from all over Australia to show on the peninsula for the past ten years and have now moved to a more modern space from their home at Whistlewood.

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The Peninsula’s only specialised Aboriginal art gallery, Everywhen Artspace will feature acrylics, barks, ochres, works on paper and 3D from the thirty plus leading Aboriginal-owned art centres the McCullochs represent. Showcasing a wide variety of Aboriginal art, regular exhibitions, talks, art parades, conversations and other events will also be presented.

Barry Jones first came to public prominence as Pick-a-Box quiz champion, and from then on he has embraced a myriad of passions and causes. He has had a remarkable career, from a lonely childhood in Melbourne of the 1930s and 1940s to the fight he led against the death penalty to his crusade to make science and the future prominent issues on the political agenda. He has worked tirelessly on both a global and local scale to rethink education, to improve and preserve our heritage, to revive the nation’s film industry, and to build a better Australia.

“The gallery was named in tribute to the anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner who said ‘One cannot fix The Dreaming in time, it was and is everywhen’”, said Emily who, along with her mother Susan, has acquired a considerable amount of Aboriginal works. “We are thrilled that the smartest man in the world, Barry Jones, as guest speaker for the opening.”

“The exhibition, running from January 5 to February 28, is called Colours of My Country. It is new Aboriginal Art from the central, western and eastern deserts, far north Queensland, the APY Lands, Utopia, the Pilbara, the Kimberley, Tiwi islands, Arnhem Land, and Victoria, celebrating the diverse colours, styles and countries of Aboriginal art,” said Emily.

Everywhen Artspace is at 1/39 Cook Street, Flinders. Phone 0419 896 473.

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By Melissa Walsh Photos Yanni


issarana Galleries is now open in Main Street, Mornington, bringing a wonderful array of local and Australian artists' work to the peninsula. The gallery which started in Noosa (Queensland) showcases master photographers and painters as well as upcoming Australian, Indigenous Australian and International artists. Nissarana Galleries director, Valerie Pasquale, says she and Phillip, gallery manager and photographer, had wanted to open the Mornington gallery for quite some time as Phillip lives in the area. “We had talked about opening a gallery in Mornington as it is a great spot and there is nothing like this in the area,” said Valerie. “We know the population of the area is constantly growing, and with peninsula link there are a lot more tourists so thought it would be the perfect time to do this.”

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The gallery opened in December last year and the response has already been impressive. Phillip Ayres, says they are displaying some fabulous works already. “We have been in Noosa for six years and have a group of fine artists from all over Australia exhibiting, including Andrew Grassi, Bianca Gardiner who is an indigenous artist, Zoë Ellenberg , Ben Lucas a sunshine coast artist, Kerrie Warren, Stuart Clues from Tasmania, Jud Keresztesi, and Fred Colla, and Sarah Clark, Dallas Lesley, Deb Hutton, and Liz Gray,” said Phillip. “We have mainly modern and abstract art and landscape.” Nissarana Gallery is open from 10 till 5 every day. 211 Main Street, Mornington. Phone 5976 8877.


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ic Kirkman has shown that she can do anything she wants. With a PHD in Physics, a second degree in architecture, and numerous other academic achievements, the thing this talented lady really wanted to be was an artist. And true to form, that’s exactly what she has done. You would be hard pressed to meet a more energetic and bubbly artist than Kirkman, who has now made her home on the Mornington Peninsula. As any of her workshop students would attest, when you do a course with Kirkman, it’s certainly fun and entertaining. Peninsula Essence talks to the emerging artist and teacher about her passion for art and how it helps provide a reset button to deal with our hectic lives. continued next page...



“I was one of those kids who always loved art and did it as a hobby from the time I was about four,” said Kirkman, from her studio in Mount Martha. “I also grew up in the era where it was believed that art was not something you made a career out of and so you had to do a proper job,” she said with a laugh. It wasn’t until getting close to 40 that the physicist turned architect started believing this could really be her work.

“I moved out to Australia in 2012 as my partner was living over here,” said the artist who is originally from Yorkshire. “In previous lives I have been a physicist, university tutor, taught study skills to dyslexic and dyspraxic students and, before realising that art is a real job, returned to university to study architecture. While that last bit didn’t go so well, it did set me up for a career in art and helping others on their creative journeys, especially if it involves overcoming perfectionism.” continued next page...



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These days, Kirkman teaches from her studio in Mount Martha, and is heavily involved at Peninsula Arts Society, where she teaches, learns, and has been promoted to committee member and newsletter editor.

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“If art helps somebody it does its job, whether it helps the artist or the viewer,” said Kirkman who has firsthand knowledge of how art can be calming. “If you take those times when you feel overwhelmed a landscape can help press a reset button, and help you see the beauty in the world.”

For Kirkman, working in the world of academia, particularly the latent career in architecture became far too stressful, to the point where the zany brunette knew something had to change. “As a perfectionist I ended up doing academic studies, my PhD as a physicist, then architecture which I had to stop as it highlighted how the perfectionism can become debilitating,” she said candidly. “In the end, I gave up the career and came to Australia after I met my partner who was living on the peninsula." Kirkman says she doesn’t believe in following a path but believes that no matter what you do, you must put your heart and soul into it. “I think this idea that if you have a passion you must follow it is incorrect. You have values and you turn up no matter what your job and do your best. For me, I like helping people to cope, to become the best version of themselves. Art is the place where we can learn to deal safely with uncertainty. The best thing about art is there is no way I could do this where someone could die. It is safe.”

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Kirkman says art is not only her safe place; it can teach you about the world and yourself.

“Art helps us understand about ourselves and take time out to discover who we are. I have a lot of students who are in that stage of life where the children have grown up. They come to the classes or workshops and it is the first time for a long time they have truly done something just for them. It is so great to see them enjoy creating something and being able to express themselves.” Kirkman says art can help you see beauty in the mundane and can slow you down, but it also is a non-judgemental space. “With art, there are no socially unacceptable thoughts. Anything can be expressed in art,” she said. “It is the perfect place to set your mind free. You need to be able to be mindful, be in the moment and play and silence the critic,” she advises. “That is the basis of being creative. Then you step back and assess your work.” Kirkman says doing art and teaching art is like accidental therapy. “The intention is to come and produce art. However in the process, I help the students be in the moment and learn the practical skills through their art,” said Kirkman, who never tells them what to do but gently advises. “It is so important that everyone is in charge of their own art.” When she teaches, Kirkman has many catchphrases and silly voices, believing that’s the best way to get serious work under pomposity’s radar.

“My art-work and teaching is all about joy and making increasingly better mental health choices. I am so grateful to my partner Stu, my students and teachers especially my mentors, Catherine Hamilton and Marilyn Richards,” said Kirkman, who has a distinctly impressionistic style that is joyous and serene. “I love lots of colour now which was not something I started off doing. These days, my main subject areas are portrait, still life and landscapes, especially in oils and charcoal. I used to be mainly a watercolour artist but discovered oils are so forgiving and there are so

many colour choices. I have recently started exploring some abstract work as well which I am enjoying delving into,” she said. “What I love the most about creativity is that there is music, art and books and thousands of years later they will still be here. They will have made a difference to the world.”

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orn and bred on the peninsula, Marty Brennan had always wanted to be a chef, having started his culinary journey from Dromana High School where he did a pre apprenticeship course. These days, Marty has definitely fulfilled his dreams, working as the head chef at Trofeo Estate in Dromana. “Ironically, the estate is right opposite the Dromana High School,” said Marty, as we sit in the restaurant eating cookies he and his two year old son made the night before. “My son Noah loves doing things in the kitchen with me so maybe it’s in the blood.” For Marty, working as a chef has always been his dream, having worked around the peninsula after completing his main apprenticeship years at the Sofitel as a pastry chef. “I was always into the pastry side of cooking but now have evolved into more savoury dishes,” said Marty, who became head chef at Trofeo over a year ago. “I was thrilled to be working here as my wife and I have always loved the rustic ambience of this restaurant. In fact, we got married here five years ago.”

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With the Trofeo restaurant in one of the most unique and historic 1930’s buildings on the Mornington Peninsula, it is the perfect environment for delicious food and wine. Surrounded by vineyards, open gardens and lake, the dining area also includes an outdoor terrace and wine garden. “It offers a unique dining space paired with a paddock to plate experience that provides seasonal and regional flavours with a modern flare,” said Marty, who loves creating delicious and beautifully presented cuisine. “Our fresh, organic and biodynamic produce provides mouth-watering dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We pair all our meals with suitable recommendations from our extensive estate wine list.” With a team that includes two chefs and an apprentice, Marty says the Trofeo philosophy is about simple, tasty food with little interference. “I like to let the flavours speak for themselves. Our philosophy is local food and paddock to plate menu,” said Marty of the food that brings more awareness to the ingredients. “We use lamb from our own paddocks, a bio dynamic garden in Main Ridge where we

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teeped in history since the 1920’s, The Dava Hotel with its views across the bay still stands as an iconic and family friendly venue well into the 21st century. A sweeping staircase in the bistro dining room is a reminder of a bygone era in a hotel that proudly incorporates its history and modern day expectations. Over the past two years the venue has undergone major renovations that have given the hotel a whole new life and seen it evolve to meet customer expectations. At the same time, a five star chef, Richard Keane, was brought in to work his magic, and offer locals and tourists alike more upmarket food at mid-range pricing.

With sweeping views across Port Phillip Bay, an expansive rooftop deck bar perfect for summer drinks and casual dining, four different function rooms, a spacious modern bistro with an indoor and outdoor kids play area and a bright and airy café with an al fresco area, The Dava Hotel really does have something for everyone.

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The original building has a wonderful rich history as home to The Sisters of Charity, a boarding school and preparatory school for boys in the 1920’s. A decade on in 1935, it was sold to John Ross who would redevelop the buildings as The Dava Lodge Hotel and Guest House which attracted celebrities to the shores of the bay. These days, The Dava provides a quality standard of dining and entertainment, having become reputable for its cuisine and relaxed ambience, while still maintaining its status as a family friendly venue as demonstrated by the recently launched Teens menu, the first on The Peninsula, catering to the 12-16 years’ old as well as a ‘Kids Eat Free’ deal five days a week that has been around for years. Head Chef, Richard Keane, says he decided to create a menu that would seamlessly incorporate upmarket dishes such as pan fried scallops on a bed of squid ink risotto alongside traditional pub favourites. “I think it’s important for a Hotel to evolve and offer gourmet style dishes with modern flavours alongside traditional pub

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favourites such as the parmas and roasts, and it has paid off with a broad spectrum of locals and visitors coming back time and time again,” said Richard who has been in the hospitality industry for 35 years, working in five star restaurants. ”We do a fantastic twice cooked pork belly with celeriac puree and apple, pickled cabbage and honey glaze, and I personally love the salmon fillet which is crispy skinned, served with beetroot humus, roasted chickpea and pomegranate and herb salad.” It’s inspiring to see that the same venue that used to offer accommodation, where people would arrive on a horse and cart, is still being nurtured to this day, after passing through so many owners over the years. “It is still going strong and evolving, and a great place to be working as a chef,” said Richard, who has been in the industry long enough to understand the market and what people like to eat. One of the first venues to offer a drive through bottle shop, The Dava still has everything for locals and visitors with a fully refurbished sports bar and beer garden, offering happy hour five continued next page... January 2019

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days a week and free pool two nights a week as well as bistro style bar meals available 7 days a week. The rooftop Deck Bar has live music on Sundays during the summer months with a wide range of cocktails and the new Wine-In-A-Can phenomena popular with millennials, while taking in one of the best backdrops you will ever see on the peninsula and unparalled views of the bay. The Dava Bistro has a versatile seasonal menu and fortnightly chef ’s specials. While the café is great for catch ups with friends, it also offers a full bar, lighter café meals and fabulous coffee to enjoy with a fully cooked breakfast on a Saturday while reading the morning paper. The Dava Hotel has been synonymous with the Mornington Peninsula for over six decades and it is by far the most multigenerational venue on the Peninsula. It’s not unusual to see those that once frequented The Dava Hotel back in the 80s and 90s when The Dava was known for its discotheque, where young ones would flock to in the area, to still frequent it today with their young families, their parents and grandparents, and celebrating milestone events at the venue from kids parties and 21st’s to 40th’s, through to engagements, weddings and anniversaries. In 2019, The Dava Hotel is still the place to be so check it out for a family dinner, drink with friends or a coffee and cake and you won’t be disappointed. The Dava Hotel is at 614 The Esplanade, Mt Martha . Phone 5975 1555.



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Wednesday Market Personalities Greg, our resident cartoonist and caricature artist has lived all his life here in Mornington. His first published cartoon was in the Mornington Leader back in 1980 for only $5. He then became a regular in the Melbourne Herald with his daily comic strip. Now a frequent exhibitor at the pop culture events across Australia, New Zealand and this year in Singapore, he is planning to exhibit in the USA next year. “My clients have included NAB, MYOB, Innovia Australia (bank note printers), Comalco, Lonely Planet and the 'Keep Australia beautiful' campaign”, said Greg. “But I love drawing the personalised caricatures of our market goers”. Greg works full time from his home studio and we are thrilled to have him at the Wednesday market each week. Nuri’s Natural Nibbles and big Mama’s Gozleme is a family business that started 10 years ago. “We have been at the Mornington Main Street Market every Wednesday for the last 2 years”, exclaimed Hacer, “and have not missed a day. I love cooking, so I put all my love and the best fresh local ingredients into my food and delicacies". Our market goers come back each week for the best Gozleme in four different flavours including delicious vegetarian options, home-made Turkish Delight, dips and Baklava. Nuri Nature Nibbles new baklava energy balls and nut bars are very popular, and they sell a range all Australian nuts. In 1959, a 4-year-old Italian boy, along with his Mum, Dad, brother and sister, migrated to Australia and settled in Silvan in the Yarra Valley where they grew berries for decades. His name is Santo and he grew up farming with his parents and also worked in the surrounding area. In 2003 Santo decided to sell berries at market stalls all over the Yarra Valley and ventured to the Peninsula. Santo moved to the Mornington Peninsula where he lives with his life partner Cheryl. Three days a week he commutes to the Yarra Valley, working at the farm organising the fruit for all of the markets. “Cheryl is a registered jam maker and I believe that she is the best jam maker in Victoria, maybe Australia”, commented Santo. “Her expertise completes the final part of the puzzle in the business. With Cheryl making jam we have little to no waste of our Produce”. We pick it. We pack it. We sell it. What doesn’t sell fresh we freeze. What doesn’t sell frozen we make into jam. You will always find Santo and Cheryl at the market come rain, hail or shine.

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Despite its similar area and name, Frankston City is a different entity to the former City of Frankston which existed from 1966 until 1994, which was a continuation of the former Shire of Frankston and was abolished under the Kennett local government reforms. The Frankston City population forecast for 2016 is 134,143, and is forecast to grow to 155,202 by 2031. Frankston Memorial Park (Frankston Cemetery) is located on the corner of Cranbourne Road and Moorooduc Highway (McMahons Road), Frankston. Land was set aside for a cemetery in Frankston in 1864-65. The first recorded burial was 1878, although there were almost certainly burials prior to this date before the keeping of records. The City of Frankston was created in 1994 out of the remains of three abolished councils — all but the suburb of Mount Eliza from the former City of Frankston; the suburbs of Carrum Downs, Langwarrin and Skye from the City of Cranbourne; and part of Carrum Downs from the City of Springvale. The major part of the City was first incorporated in 1860 as the Mornington Roads District, which became a shire in 1871 and was renamed Shire of Frankston and Hastings in 1893, losing its western riding to form the Shire of Mornington, which has since been amalgamated into the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. On 19 October 1960, the Shire of Frankston and Hastings split in two, with the western part remaining as the Shire of Frankston, and the eastern part being incorporated as the Shire of Hastings. Frankston was officially proclaimed as a City on 24 August 1966. Median house price in Frankston is $615,075 for sale and $380 per week for rent. Frankston has a thriving arts and theatre scene with the popular Frankston Arts Centre and several galleries. A visit to the McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery is a great experience.

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The beaches around Frankston are mainly calm and sandy, perfect for swimming, boating and other water activities. To the south, the sandy beaches make way for rocky cliffs and headlands. Panoramic views can be enjoyed across Port Phillip Bay and north along the beachside suburbs from vantage points such as Olivers Hill. In 1857 a short pier was built on the site of the present pier. In 1863, after a petition presented by local residence to the Public Works Department the pier was extended into deeper water. In 1867, The Frankston Fish Company was established for the sole purpose of supplying fish to the Melbourne Fish Markets. Auction sales were held every morning at the Melbourne Markets. Horse drawn wagons left Frankston in the middle of the night, reaching the Melbourne Markets in time for the morning auction sales. According to local residents one of the most famous visitors to use the pier was Lord Brassey, later becoming the Governor of Victoria from 1895 – 1900, when he tied his yacht “Sunbeam” up to the pier during his around the world journey in 1876-77. In the early 1920's at the entrance to Frankston pier there was the "Fairy Garden" with a number of small pavilions along the beachfront. These were designed by the famous architect Walter Burley Griffin. Every year the Norfolk pine tree outside Frankston's civic centre is adorned with more than 4000 globes as families turn out for one of the great Christmas events on Frankston's calendar.

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

Stereo Espresso 4 WELLS STREET

Dishes ranging from pork jaffles to deluxe cheeseburgers to satisfy the pickiest of diners, with excellent coffee that complements the food available,

Rocotillos Café 36 WELLS STREET

Mediterranean-inspired cuisine available throughout a vast breakfast and lunch menu.

Flourish Café Olivers Hill


Cozy and comfortable environment that makes you feel like you’re at home! Great tasting Genovese coffee premieres, alongside delicious dishes.

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Following the motto “A fiesta of fine coffee and food”, this café makes it their mission to start your day off with a “perfect cup of coffee” and their “famous Egg and Bacon sandwich on thick toast or a fresh muffin.”

What to do

Frankston’s comprehensive array of attractions will keep you engrossed for ages! Head down to Bayside Shopping Centre to complete an immense shopping spree, or attend the nearby Hoyts Cinema and watch a film that will adhere to your tastes. For a more tranquil day out you can visit the Frankston Foreshore and enjoy a fabulous meal at the adjacent Sofia restaurant. On those beautiful days the beach opposite the foreshore is waiting for you to come and traverse through its smooth sand, making everlasting memories. At the top of Olivers Hill you can look out at Port Phillip Bay, admiring the distant city views. Photography: Yanni

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‘Saltbush Bill’ – the Balnarring connection By Ilma Hackett, Balnarring & District Historical Society

When Roderick William Mills was born in Balnarring in 1869 there was nothing to suggest that one day, as ‘Saltbush Bill’, he would thrill audiences world-wide with his whip-cracking skills and even perform for royalty at Buckingham Palace, or that his name would enter folklore through the poems of Banjo Patterson. The Mills family at Balnarring Roderick’s grandfather, William Mills, an Englishman from Bedfordshire, arrived in Australia in the 1830s. William worked as a carrier mainly in the Brighton area and in 1847 selected land in Heatherton where he established market gardens. He married a young widow, Mary Denham and the couple raised three sons and a daughter. At the end of 1867 a son, William Jr. (Bill), applied for a lease to land at Balnarring and moved onto lot 34B the following year. The land covered approximately 131 acres and was situated along Stanleys Road in what in now Merricks. By the middle of 1870 a small farm stood on 60 acres of cleared bushland. Bill met an accidental death in 1871 and William Sr. took over the farm. He, Mary and their daughter, Georgina, came to live at Balnarring. Nearby was Newstead, the home of John Oswin, who married Georgina in 1872. When his wife died in 1894, William Sr. lived at Newstead until his death in 1900. The other two sons,

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Jack and Bob, farmed the Mills’ property in Heatherton and visited Balnarring regularly. Jack had married Mary Carter in 1866 and four of their nine sons were born at Balnarring, including Roderick William who was known as ‘Dod’ to the family. ‘Dod’ becomes ‘Saltbush Bill’ As a fourteen-year-old Dod went to outback Queensland where he worked on a cattle station. An excellent horseman he spent many hours out in the saltbush on his horse. The station owner dubbed him ‘Saltbush Bill’. His exploits as a drover and bushman are said to have provided inspiration for Banjo Paterson when he created his Saltbush character. Paterson’s first poems were published in The Bulletin in 1885 and his bush poetry became highly popular. They were rollicking tales in verse, full of laconic humour that reflected the isolated life of those in the Outback as typified by stereotype characters. I have gathered these stories afar In the wind and the rain, In the land where the cattlemen are On the edge of the plain [prelude to The Man from Snowy River and other verses] continued next page...

Saltbush Bill -

By Andrew Barton Paterson

Now is the law of the Overland that all in the West obey — A man must cover with travelling sheep a six-mile stage a day; But this is the law which the drovers make, right easily understood, They travel their stage where the grass is bad, but they camp where the grass is good; They camp, and they ravage the squatter’s grass till never a blade remains. Then they drift away as the white clouds drift on the edge of the saltbush plains: From camp to camp and from run to run they battle it hand to hand For a blade of grass and the right to pass on the track of the Overland. For this is the law of the Great Stock Routes, ’tis written in white and black — The man that goes with a travelling mob must keep to a half-mile track; And the drovers keep to a half-mile track on the runs where the grass is dead, But they spread their sheep on a well-grassed run till they go with a two-mile spread. So the squatters hurry the drovers on from dawn till the fall of night, And the squatters’ dogs and the drovers’ dogs get mixed in a deadly fight. Yet the squatters’ men, thought they haunt the mob, are willing the peace to keep, For the drovers learn how to use their hands when they go with the travelling sheep; But this is the tale of a Jackaroo that came from a foreign strand, And the fight that he fought with Saltbush Bill, the King of the Overland. Now Saltbush Bill was a drover tough as ever the country knew, He had fought his way on the Great Stock Routes from the sea to the Big Barcoo; He could tell when he came to a friendly run that gave him a chance to spread, And he knew where the hungry owners were that hurried his sheep ahead; He was drifting down in the Eighty drought with a mob that could scarcely creep (When the kangaroos by the thousand starve, it is rough on the travelling sheep), And he camped one night at the crossing-place on the edge of the Wilga run; ‘We must manage a feed for them here,’ he said, ‘or half of the mob are done!’ So he spread them out when they left the camp wherever they liked to go, Till he grew aware of a Jackaroo with a station-hand in tow. They set to work on the straggling sheep, and with many a stockwhip crack The forced them in where the grass was dead in the space of the half-mile track; And William prayed that the hand of Fate might suddenly strike him blue But he’d get some grass for his starving sheep in the teeth of that Jackaroo. So he turned and cursed the Jackaroo; he cursed him, alive or dead, From the soles of his great unwieldly feet to the crown of his ugly head, With an extra curse on the moke he rode and the cur at his heels that ran, Till the Jackaroo from his horse got down and went for the drover-man; With the station-hand for his picker-up, though the sheep ran loose the while, They battled it out on the saltbush plain in the regular prize-ring style.

Now, the new chum fought for his honour’s sake and the pride of the English race, But the drover fought for his daily bread with a smile on his bearded face; So he shifted ground, and he sparred for wind, and he made it a lengthy mill, And from time to time as his scouts came in they whispered to Saltbush Bill — ‘We have spread the sheep with a two-mile spread, and the grass it is something grand; ‘You must stick to him, Bill, for another round for the pride of the Overland.’ The new chum made it a rushing fight, though never a blow got home, Till the sun rode high in the cloudless sky and glared on the brick-red loam, Till the sheep drew in to the shelter-trees and settled them down to rest; Then the drover said he would fight no more, and gave his opponent best. So the new chum rode to the homestead straight, and told them a story grand Of the desperate fight that he fought that day with the King of the Overland; And the tale went home to the Public Schools of the pluck of the English swell — How the drover fought for his very life, but blood in the end must tell. But the travelling sheep and the Wilga sheep were boxed on the Old Man Plain; ’Twas a full week’s work ere they drafted out and hunted them off again, With a week’s good grass in their wretched hides, with a curse and a stockwhip crack, They hunted them off on the road once more to starve on the half-mile track. And Saltbush Bill, on the Overland, will many a time recite How the best day’s work that he ever did was the day that he lost the fight.

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Paterson’s ‘Saltbush Bill’ was first published in 1894. The character was a drover, easy going yet shrewd, knowledgeable in both bush law and lore that he used to his own advantage. Saltbush Bill appeared in five of Paterson’s poems and the name became synonymous with Outback Australia. In 1888, at the age of 19, Mills had married Hannah Porter and the couple raised eleven children. The family home was at Heatherton where they had market gardens and where their children grew up. Mills’ droving exploits were well-known. He created his reputation as a whip-cracker, and won £100, when he successfully cracked a 65 ft (19.8m) whip believed to be the world’s biggest stock whip. The money had been offered by Melbourne saddler, J. K. Jennings to the first person who could crack the whip, which he had in his Melbourne store, in three attempts. ‘Saltbush’ did it on the first. The feat was so impressive that Mills became an instant celebrity. His skill with the whip had earned him big money. Federation celebrations In 1901, when the Duke of York visited Australia to open the first

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Federal Parliament, one of the events organised for the occasion was a Procession of Stockmen through the streets of Melbourne, ending at Government House where a demonstration of whip cracking and rough riding for the royal party took place. The stockmen, resplendent in red shirts, neat black leggings, spotless white moleskin breeches and ‘wideawake’ brown hats, were called by the Press “men from Snowy River”, echoing Paterson’s popularity at the time. Mills was one of the 200 or so riders who rode through the streets cracking their whips and calling ‘cooee’ and, according to later claims, the Duke was so impressed with his display with the whip that he invited ‘Saltbush Bill’ to call on him should he ever travel to England. However it should be noted that an account of the demonstration in The Argus mentions the exhibition of stockwhip cracking by Dan Hassett, ‘Whip Cracking Champion of the World’. In fact the royal demonstration was to be a turning point for Mills. He realised that money could be made from wielding the stock whip for appreciative audiences and he entered show business. ‘Saltbush Bill’ became his show name. From stockman to showman

Saltbush Bill joined a Western Australian buckjumping outfit that toured Australia and the Commonwealth. He was with Martini’s Buckjumpers in 1906 when he was taken to court by Martin Breheny, owner of the outfit, over the ownership of a whip. Bill used his own stock whips in the show but a ‘Henderson’s monster stock whip’, 54 ft long, had been purchased by Breheny to use in the show after Bill had negotiated its sale from Henderson, a Sydney saddler. When Mills left the outfit he took the whip with him believing it was his. Mills lost the case and the whip was returned. In 1908 he was at Oamaru in New Zealand with O’Neill’s Buckjumpers. He also gave an impromptu show to his Balnarring cousins and neighbours when he visited Newstead, the Oswin homestead, briefly in April 1908. His aunt, Georgina Oswin, wrote in her diary: Dod gave an exhibition of whip cracking this a.m. He had quite a crowd of spectators but he did not do anything very clever - his whips were not right. [The Oswin Diaries 1880 – 1910 by Mary Karney. 1990] Later he abandoned the rough riding shows for vaudeville. For appearances on stage he had to adjust his act. The 30 ft (9 metre) whip proved to be awkward and damaging to manage in a confined space but a 20 ft (6 metre) one allowed him to perform feats such as snuffing out a candle. In 1909 he was performing at shows throughout Queensland and N.S.W. He performed at the Royal Agricultural Show in Sydney, and the Jubilee Carnival in Brisbane. A private performance at Government House in Sydney was given for Lord Dudley, the Governor- General. One reviewer wrote in The Queenslander [22 May, 1909]: Bill is an unassuming and straightforward bushman with a little of the backblocks worn off perhaps by his stage experiences but no-one meeting him at the tail of a mob of cattle with stock whip in hand could mistake him for other than a genuine ‘cattle puncher’. During his act he demonstrated his dexterity with whips of different lengths and different styles and performed feats such as cutting a cigarette out of his own hand and knocking ash from a cigarette in his own mouth. He could use the whip skillfully with either hand. A big man, 6 ft 2 tall, powerful and more solidly built than in his droving days, he made an impressive figure on stage armed with his whip. In 1910 Saltbush Bill was advertising himself on his professional card as “Champion Stock Whip Cracker of Australia”. Command performance In 1912 he toured the U.K with Bostock’s “Wild Australia”, a government-sponsored tour to promote Australia. The show included cattle mustering, wood chopping, boomerang throwing, whip cracking and bushranging. Audiences were enthralled. Saltbush had to be warned not to frighten prospective emigrants with stories of alligators and snakes and suggesting carpet-snake meat was a regular item of diet in Australia. The English Press publicised the show and King George V, recalling the display of whip cracking in Melbourne in 1901, invited Saltbush Bill to perform at Buckingham Palace. The Warrick Examiner and Times [Queensland], among other Australian newspapers, described the event in detail. The audience, about 150 people all told, included George V and Queen Mary,

Queen Alexandria, the Prince of Wales, Princess Mary and Princess Victoria. Members of their suites watched and as many of the royal servants who could be spared from other duties. With Saltbush Bill was the young lady who assisted him in his performance. He flicked a cigarette from her mouth with his whip and cut a lighted match from her hand. She subjected herself to being lassoed around the neck with the thong of two whips, one being used with one hand and the second with the other. She was then drawn towards him, to show how securely she had been ‘roped’ and not a mark appeared on her skin. Mills was dressed to look the part. He wore ‘jackboots, a scarlet shirt and a knotted muffler around his neck’. After a full routine of tricks he performed his finale, cracking out several bars of “God Save the King” on his 65-foot whip. The whip-cracking, which was held indoors in the ballroom, was followed by a display of boomerang throwing in the palace gardens. In appreciation, the King presented him with a gold pin, featuring the royal cipher, set with rubies and diamonds. Saltbush presented the king with one of his handmade stock whips and suggested that whip cracking was a fine form of healthy morning exercise that developed the muscles. It did become a fashionable diversion for a period. The war years Saltbush Bill toured England, Ireland, Scotland, France and Germany presumably before the outbreak of the war in Europe. In April 1915 Bill returned to Australia from North America where he had been present at the Panama exhibition. America didn’t impress him - “a land of slavery and graft” [Armidale Express & New England General Advertiser 13 April, 1915] and gave his opinion that Australia was the best country in the world. He was back in the U.S. towards the end of 1915 to give shows in Vancouver, Portland, ‘in and about’ Seattle and San Francisco. In 1917 Mills returned to London from America, possibly sailing on a U.S. mercantile marine ship as the U.S. had now entered the war. In a letter to a friend in Sydney he wrote that he was there to spend time with his two sons who were serving with the AIF and were on leave from the French Front. He wrote, “I can’t get out now and shall have to stay till the war is over”. While in England he gave many charitable performances for the war effort. When Edward, Prince of Wales sailed to Australia in 1920 aboard HMS Renown to thank the Australian people for their part in World War 1, Saltbush Bill tried to get a berth aboard the same ship. He aimed to teach the Prince the art of whip cracking so that he might be at home when he toured country Australia. His bid was unsuccessful. The Adelaide Daily Herald reported his return from the U.K. in June, 1920 on board the Horarata, describing Bill as “one of the most skilful handlers of the Australian stockwhip that this country has ever produced”. Points of contention Banjo Paterson’s poems were often loosely based on a particular individual and there were often multiple claims as to who that individual actually was. Paterson generally refused to disclose the identity of his characters. In some cases, such as the Man from Snowy River, there was a degree of certainty, although in spite of a statue to Jack Riley erected in Corryong, there were others who continued next page...

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Above: Advertisement for a Queensland performance. Top right: Postcard of performance at Government House, brisbane, 1924. Bottom right: Short message to Balnarring cousins, written on the reverse side of the Government House postcard.

claimed the title. In some instances such as The Man from Ironbark or Mulga Bill, it was anybody’s guess. But what of Saltbush Bill? The nickname had been given to Mills as a young stockman in the outback and he took it with him into the world of show business. Saltbush Bill had a long career in which he performed with many well-known groups including Circus Sarrisani, Barnum & Bailey and the Ringling Brothers. Performances were given at many world-renowned venues such as the London Hippodrome. He visited the British Isles, Holland, the Scandinavian countries, France, Germany, India, South Africa, North and South America and New Zealand. Wherever Saltbush Bill went he received accolades. Newspaper reporters gave rave reviews and often acknowledged him as ‘The Greatest Whip Cracker in the World’ Stockman, Dan Hassett, was greatly annoyed by this recognition. In a brief letter to the Brisbane Truth in 1912 he claimed the title as his and pointed out he had been the only whip-cracker to perform at the 1901 celebrations. Hassett, from around Benalla in Victoria, was a stockman well known for his incredible ability with the stock whip. He had worn the title of Champion Whip-Cracker of Australia, if not the world, for many years. Much later, during the 1930s, in a much longer article he accused Saltbush Bill of trading on his, Hassett’s, name and reputation to wrangle an invitation to perform for royalty at Buckingham Palace.

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He was incensed by one column in a country newspaper which stated that Mills had been his tutor. He claimed that the reverse was true. He described Saltbush as a ‘third-rater’ when it came to handling a whip and added he didn’t wish to associate with Saltbush in any way.[Narromine News and Trangie Advocate, 12 June 1931]. Although Hassett did give exhibitions and demonstrations he was not a showman. His skill was mainly with the stock whip, a shorter whip, 9 to 15 ft in length, over which he had complete mastery. He deeply resented the champion title being conferred on Mills. An obituary written in 1922 claimed that a stockman named Charles Moore was the inspiration for Banjo Paterson’s Saltbush Bill. A drover, his story of an incident along a stock route was very similar to the prolonged fight described in the poem ‘Saltbush Bill’, when a stockman and a station jackeroo came to fisticuffs over the right to graze moving stock on more than a half-mile strip along the roadside. Moore had been moving cattle not sheep but the outcome was the same. The animals had grazed most of the day over a wide area while the fight was in progress. Back for good During the early years of the 1920s, Mills now in his 50's, was touring the southern states of Australia. In the mid 1920's he was back in Queensland performing in Brisbane and Rockhampton. He demonstrated his skills at Government House in Brisbane for the governor, Sir Matthew Nathan, in 1924. In 1927 he was at the

Above left: Advertisement for 'Saltbush Bill's' final appearance at Dandenong. Above right: Roderick Mills, aka 'Saltbush Bill'.

tropical Theatre in Cairns. The following year he was on stage in the towns of Grafton and Lismore in N.S.W.

Theatre. Roderick William Mills died in 1940 at the age of 71 years.

In 1926 Saltbush sent a letter from Brisbane to his Balnarring cousin, Olive (Oswin) Robb. Some of the pages are written on the reverse side of flyers for two coming shows in which he was to perform. His letter includes an incident worthy of any of Paterson’s characters:

The ‘Saltbush Bill’ name lived on. There were others who adopted it, such as a travelling troubadour in the 1950's. This singing Saltbush Bill went from town to town performing for rural audiences.

Here is a bit of a joke. I was sitting in the [restaurant] house Saturday night having a bit of tea. When I got up to leave my hat was gone from the rack. A fine cowboy hat I gave four pound ten for it, with a horse hair band worth thirty bob on it. I went and reported it at the CI branch close by and went to the Savoy Hotel to get anouther [sic]. As I was passing along Edward Street I saw a fellow go into a hotel wearing my hat. I followed him and heard him offer it for sale for ten bob. I caught him a good hard jolt sideways which settled him and I picked up my hat. He jumped up and said I’ve been looking all over the town to give it to you. I said ‘Oh yes you are a friend of mine’ and gave him anouther [sic] beaut and left him laying there. I had to hurry as I had outher [sic]business to attend to. In the late 1920s ‘Saltbush’ turned his back on show business and remained home with his family in the Dandenong area. His last performance on stage was held at Dandenong’s Boomerang

Other ‘Saltbush Bill’ characters

In1924 a comic strip titled, ‘The Adventures of Saltbush Bill’, appeared in The Herald newspaper. This followed the fortunes of a swagman by the name of Saltbush Bill as he travelled through outback areas. Later, Eric Jolliffe created his Saltbush Bill, a simple bushman plagued by continual mishap, who lived with his family on a rather rundown rural property somewhere in the Outback. He was a dinkum Aussie battler with a deadpan sense of humour, a comic figure whose portrayal upset some of Mills’ descendants. Jolliffe fell under the spell of Northern Australia and the Outback when, like Mills, he had left home in his mid teens to work and travel through outback N.S.W. and Queensland. He later captured its spirit, not in words as Paterson had done but in illustration – drawings and cartoons. His work was highly popular from the late 1940's onwards. He helped keep alive the name ‘Saltbush Bill’ first given to a lad born in Balnarring. continued next page...

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Above: A cartton from The herald, 1924. Below: Cover of edition 30 of Jolliffe's highly popular 'Saltbush Bill'. Facing page: Left: One of 'Saltbush Bill's' whips. Top right: The tie pin presented by His Majesty King George V. Bottom right: The insignia from the tie pin now fashioned into a ring.

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The tie pin The tie pin presented to Saltbush Mills was made of gold and set with diamonds and rubies. It displayed the royal monogram, GR, within an oval surmounted by a crown. Mills was immensely proud of it, stating he would not sell that tie-pin for a thousand pounds. The pin became a family heirloom. It was converted into a ring for one of his daughters and is now in the possession of a great-granddaughter. His whips Saltbush Bill used a variety of whips of different lengths and weight to demonstrate his skills. His longest whip was the 65 ft (20 metre) “National Anthem” whip that weighed 281/2 lbs (13kg). Many of the whips he used he made himself from bullock hide. One reporter who saw him perform in Kalgoorlie in 1920 described them thus: Coiled up some of his whips look like veritable boaconstrictors: nevertheless when Saltbush Bill sets them going they curl and twist with serpentine rapidity at the will of the operator. At the end of his career his collection consisted of some 150 whips. Only two are still with the family. It was reported that two whips were with his Balnarring relatives but there is nothing to support this claim.

References: * My Famous Grandfather: A history of Roderick William Mills mss by Sylvia Roberts. Courtesy: Dandenong Historical Society. * Mary Karney, grand-daughter of Georgina (Mills) Oswin * Articles from various contemporary newspapers * Diaries of Georgina Oswin and Family 1881 – 1910. by Mary Karney. 1990 * Photographs from Kingston H.S. - used with permission from a Mills family member. Photo of the ring supplied by its present owner. * Postcards and brochures from Mary Karney - used with permission.

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