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SAVED BY THE BULL

Cattle breeder Patricia Hunder always thought herself a city person, but a rising feeling of being trapped there left her craving the open spaces of the peninsula. A self-proclaimed ‘cow whisperer’, she now lives on a property in Bittern surrounded by a few furry, miniature Galloway friends.

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8. Saved by the Bull

Cattle breeder Patricia Hunder always thought herself a city person, but a rising feeling of being trapped there left her craving the open spaces of the peninsula. A self-proclaimed ‘cow whisperer’, she now lives on a property in Bittern surrounded by a few furry, miniature Galloway friends.

12. Mission for Mac

In a world where some harms can’t be foreseen, Wayne Holdsworth is on a mission to shine a light on these dangers with his organisation “Smacktalk” and he is taking the fight from sporting clubs and community groups, right to the halls of power in Canberra.

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16. Writer’s Heart

Merricks writer, Megan Rogers learned the art of storytelling from her dad when she was four years old. Her debut novel, ‘The Heart is a Star’, was released in 2023 to critical acclaim, debuted at number four in Australia and was the 5th best-selling debut novel in 2024. It’s since been optioned for film adaptation by award-winning Aquarius Films.

20. Reimagining Women

Mount Martha photographer Michelle Bolitho hopes to use her photographic art to encourage women to reimagine how they view themselves. She wants to capture their stories and beauty through every stage of womanhood –celebrating their vibrancy and uniqueness.

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28. Have You Met Annette?

Peninsula Essence’s new style editor, Annette Sanfilippo, shares her journey to becoming the peninsula’s ‘it’ girl on all things fashionable.

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Jess Hitchcock is a Melbournebased Indigenous singersongwriter whose powerful voice and knack for storytelling has seen her shine across pop, country, folk, opera and music theatre, sharing the stage with some of Australia's favourites.

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SAVED BY THE bull

Patricia Hunder always thought herself a city person, but a rising feeling of being trapped left her craving the open spaces of the peninsula.

“I bought twelve acres in Balnarring and looked at different animals such as sheep, alpacas and lamas but nothing satisfied me. Someone said, ‘What about cows?’ and I went to see some, but they were big and had horns, and they scared me. I then saw miniature cows without horns online and I thought maybe I could have two like that to keep the grass down. I bought two stud cows, and they both had babies: a bull named Tom Thumb and a chocolate heifer.

“Everyone who came to the house would say, ‘Oh my God, what a beautiful bull.’ To me, he was just a calf, but it was said to me so often that I thought I’d better get someone with knowledge to have a look.” Eventually, Patricia enlisted the help of then cow handler, now award-winning Angus Stud breeder Fiona Glover and she said, “He’s so good I’d be willing to come and pick you up and take you to Melbourne Show, but first you have to learn how to lead him.”

Fiona entered him in the show in September, came and picked me up, took me there, and my little bull beat thirty-seven others in my Galloway class.”

That little bull changed everything and so much for the better

And so, Patricia’s journey as a cattle breeder began, although she denied being a breeder for years. People would ask her if she’d become a breeder, and she’d say, ‘No, I’m a writer.’ Patricia was in fact an educational writer and had a television series on SBS. Somewhere along the journey, she embraced it and now accepts that she is a really good cattle breeder. “I have a really special relationship with animals but particularly cows – I’m a cow whisperer,” she laughs. “That little bull changed everything and so much for the better. I struggled in the city, but I’m suited to having my hands in the dirt and picking up cow poo.”

Patricia now lives on a smaller property in Bittern and agists most of her cattle nearby.

Patricia enrolled in a four-day beginner’s course at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

“I learned to pick up poo, hose them down, wash their bums –the whole thing, and I wasn’t very good. True to her word,

Galloways, a breed with a rich heritage, were selectively bred in Scotland for their exceptional meat quality. Miniature Galloways were selectively bred for their short stature. Their compact size, a unique trait, makes them a perfect fit for small holdings and even as pets. They’re not the kind of pet you have inside; they’re still a sizeable beast, but you can have them in a paddock, feed them, groom them, and they can even learn their name and come when called.

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Patricia cares a great deal about who buys her cattle. “I don’t advertise. I wait until the call comes, and when I’m thinking, ‘I've got too many cows,’ the next day, the phone will ring. It’s been quite magical the whole way through my cow journey.

“No one can buy them unless they come and spend a few hours with me. I make them shampoo an animal because I want them to get their confidence. That’s how I learned. People think they want them because when you say ‘mini cow’, they picture sheep. When they see that, although they’re minis, they’re very solid, and they can knock you over, they change their minds. Even if I was broke, I wouldn’t make a wrong placement because then you've got unhappy animals and unhappy people. I check how many acres they’ve got and what their fencing is like.”

Miniature Galloways live for fifteen to twenty years. Compared with dogs, they’re not very expensive. A pet steer will cost about $3,000. A cow that will give you babies can be up to $6,000 and a good bull could be $6,000 to $10,000.

During COVID-19, people were moving to the country, and there was a strong demand for Patricia’s Torcroft Miniature Galloways. Coincidentally, she had a surplus of bull calves and was able to supply the demand. There is another serendipity in Patricia's cow journey; she’s written a screenplay, ‘For The Love of

Cows’ that she hopes will be made into a film. Now, her cattle are mostly bought by other breeders for her bloodline. The success of her cattle at shows hasn’t stopped since that first little bull at the show in 2004, whose mother, Thumbelina, was described as ‘The plainest cow I’ve ever seen.’

In 2016, Patricia sold a bull to people in Canberra, and that bull beat her cow for Grand Champion. The bull, Torcroft Thyme, was then entered in Facebook Champion of The World, and he won.

Patricia says caring for the cattle, including picking up their poo, can be a bit Zen.

“Yesterday, I was all over the shop and feeling a bit low, then I thought, ‘It’s getting late, I’ve got to do the cows,’ and once I went down, and gave them all their biscuits and talked to them, I wasn't low anymore. For me, they have a calming effect. In the city, I was very often down, and since cows came into my life, I’m mentally in a much better place. Animals do that for us all.”

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MISSION FOR mac

You are the victim here

12 July 2024

Itis the contract of parenthood. Protect your kids at all costs. Teach them to look each way when crossing roads, and watch for any potential harm. But what if the harm can’t be foreseen? What if it is so invisible and insidious? What if its danger can’t be comprehended until it is too late?

Wayne Holdsworth is on a mission to shine a light on this type of harm with his organisation “Smacktalk” and he is taking the fight from sporting clubs and community groups, right to the halls of power in Canberra. His solution? Be a better listener, and “Smacktalk” is all about teaching people to listen. To really listen.

But how did “Smacktalk” come into existence. It all comes down to three letters in the name. M, A, and C.

Mac, short for MacKenzie, was Wayne’s 17-year-old son. Mac loved his sport, playing footy for Mornington Junior Football Club and basketball at Frankston District Basketball Association, where his dad is CEO. He was loved and cherished by his friends and family. Mac always told his dad he was fine; he wasn’t. Mac took his own life on 24 October 2023.

It all started when Mac befriended a girl on Snapchat who was a friend of some of his friends. They began exchanging messages in a flirty way, and then began exchanging increasingly revealing photos.

She sent him a photo of herself nude, but without her head in the photo. Mac did the same. She then sent a nude photo with her head in the photo. He did the same.

Then the phone rang. On the other end of the line was a middleaged man:

“I’ve got your photo, and I’ve hacked your Snapchat. Mac, you are going to put $500 into this bank account in five minutes, or I will send it to all your contacts.”

Mac was being sextorted.

In panic, Mac deposited the $500. Then his phone rang again “Now I want another $500 or I will send the picture to all your contacts.”

It was at this point that Mac went to his dad, Wayne, and told him everything. “Dad, I’ve made a big mistake.”

He hugged his son and said “Mate, you’ve done nothing wrong. You are the victim here. Everything is going to be all right.”

The next phone call from the scammer, Wayne answered. The scammer didn’t care that Mac’s parent was intervening. He wanted the money or else. When Wayne refused, the scammer published the photo.

Yes, Mac’s contacts saw the photo. It was rough for him. Yet, he got through it. He appeared to be back to his old self and went off to bed one night telling his dad he was excited to put on his L-plates in the morning.

By the next morning Mac was dead. And Wayne’s entire world fell apart.

The next few weeks were a blur. Heartache and pain. The grief, shock, helplessness and self-blame knocked Wayne over physically and mentally. Sitting in Mac’s room one day, Wayne saw something out of the corner of his eye. It was a note. It said:

Dear Dad,

Things haven’t been the same for me since that photo. I’m really embarrassed. I’ve let you down.

I am so sorry.

Love, Mac

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Wayne thought everything was alright. Indeed, Mac kept on telling him everything was alright. But Mac wasn’t alright.

Mac had been through a difficult time. On top of the sextortion, Mac had also lost his mum to cardiac arrest. Something that, with hindsight, had compounded Mac’s feelings of isolation. In fact, Mac died 100 days to the day after the loss of his mum.

So, where to from here?

Wayne has used the tragic loss of his beloved son as a catalyst to educate people to simply be a better listener.

“The research clearly confirms that learned listening techniques make a world of difference,” said Wayne.

“And while I regularly asked Mac if he was ok, he was not ok. If I had the knowledge and skills that I have now, to really listen, the outcome may have been different”.

“Smacktalk” runs 40-minute sessions, free of charge, to reduce the epidemic and silent killer that is suicide in our community.

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And while I regularly asked Mac if he was ok, he was not ok

Recently Wayne headed to Canberra to meet with politicians as part of a group called “Let Them Be Kids”.

The campaign is pushing home the harms of social media on youth and lobbying for substantial change.

“The politicians we met realise it is a huge problem,” said Wayne.

“There was lived experience in the room of what harms social media can have on the young. And we are pushing back against these huge companies that use algorithms to specifically target our youth with harmful content.”

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The group are part of a wider push to limit access to social media for those under 16.

“The select committee we met with will be preparing a report for parliament which they will present in a few months’ time. We are pushing for change to protect kids from the terrible dangers that lurk for them on social media and the internet”.

Back home, Wayne is taking every opportunity to spread the word to make the world a safer place for our kids to be in.

“I miss my son. My purpose now is to create a legacy in his honour”.

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WRITER'S heart

Perched atop a backyard boulder in the Dandenongs overlooking the treescape, Merricks writer, Megan Rogers learned the art of storytelling from her Dad when she was four years old. They would sit for hours yarning. He’d tell her about the journey of a raindrop and she’d soak it all in. Then she’d scribble her stories into the pages of her mother’s 1970s gardening books, their hard covers harbouring the budding writer.

“Writing was the way I made sense of the world,” she says. Once she could physically write, it was an everyday practice. Early on, she wrote poetry before moving into longer forms. In high school she was drawn to journalism. Megan also has an impressive writing ancestor: Matthew Prior (1664-1721), English Diplomat and Poet Laureate, entombed in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey, no less.

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In her youth, Megan read widely from newspapers through to classic literature. She still loves reading when she gets the chance. Poetry is her go to. “Poetry is a whole world in a single page. When you’re a working Mum who is also trying to write books, you don’t get a lot of time to read. I had to be very disciplined and focused to write and cover Mathematics, Astrophysics, Literary Studies and Contemporary Dance which were the focus of my Bachelor of Arts/Science at Monash University. The Literary Studies component covered the gambit from poetry to contemporary fiction.” Megan followed this up with a Professional Writing and Editing Diploma (RMIT). She also completed a Masters of Marketing (Monash).

Madness was the only sane response to an insane world for women

Her first book, ‘Finding the Plot’ (Demeter Press), was an academic text in which she ‘released’ the madwoman in women’s literature. “Madness was the only sane response to an insane world for women. A woman’s journey only ever ended in marriage, madness or death,” she says. For her PhD in Creative Writing (RMIT), she mapped these madwoman stories to debunk that trope and conceive of a feminism in which women could be happy.

Megan began her career as an editorial assistant at Allen & Unwin. Then she was Marketing Director at the State Library of Victoria for many years. She left that to write her debut novel: ‘The Heart is a Star’. It took three years to craft. Released in 2023 to critical acclaim, it debuted at number four in Australia and was the 5th best-selling debut novel in 2024. It’s since been optioned for film adaptation by awardwinning Aquarius Films.

Three things inspired this book. A male undergraduate lecturer’s class on writing ‘likable women’ infuriated Megan who then committed herself to writing women beyond cliché. When Megan’s daughter was in hospital, she met an empathetic paediatric anaesthesiologist whose ethos was ‘never look away from the human experience’. It struck a chord. Megan also wanted to honour the generations of real women’s stories she’d heard throughout her life.

In ‘The Heart is a Star’, protagonist, Layla, is messy and imperfect. Megan felt this is the reality for most women despite the constant, galling emphasis on female perfection. She wrote in first person to

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witness Layla’s inner thoughts and in present tense so the reader could experience her life in real time. Megan was inspired by Ernest Hemingway who said, “Write hard and clear about what hurts.”

When her literary agency, Zeitgeist, sent Megan’s novel out, all six publishers came back with an offer. Megan chose HarperCollins because she wanted to work with publisher, Catherine Milne, who really ‘got’ the book. Megan trusted Milne’s structural edit. The whole process was comfortable. HarperCollins have signed her for a subsequent two-book deal.

As for process, plotting comprises 70% of Megan’s novel planning; the rest evolves organically. Mapping out a novel from beginning to end is important to see the whole scope of the story. It’s also more time efficient. Generally, Megan sets a goal of 500 words a day several times a week, but with a day job, (teaching), mentoring and parenting, it can be hard to find time.

“There are certain things a reader likes to see in a story, such as a change in the character. There also needs to be conflict. Writers have ‘craft dials’, as I like to say, for story elements like character, plot and setting. We have to dial those decisions up and down as needed,” she says.

Characters become my friends because I spend so much time thinking about them

A lot of the work is done in her head before it reaches the page. “Characters become my friends because I spend so much time thinking about them,” she says. Her characters are not based on her own life because she feels she wouldn’t see them clearly then.

Megan advises new writers, “Trust yourself. Know what advice to take and what to leave. Be humble enough to know when something isn’t working. Writing well is about faith and humility and knowing when each is required. The answer is never in the general. It’s always in the specific. Also, see writing as a job. Work hard. You have to really want it,” she says.

Her next novel, ‘The Anatomy of Tears’ is scheduled for release in 2025. She’s working hard at it. It’s very different to the first novel, but she imagines it will attract a similar audience. Soon, Megan will be championing local writers at the upcoming Western Port Writes Literary Festival to be held on September 6-8.

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REIMAGINING women

20 July 2024

MountMartha photographer Michelle Bolitho hopes to use her photographic art to encourage women to reimagine how they view themselves. She wants to capture their stories and beauty through every stage of womanhood – celebrating their vibrancy and uniqueness.

Older people, particularly women, can feel marginalised and invisible in the current youth-focused culture. This does not sit well with Michelle. She asks, “How do we not fade as women? How do we own our power?” In her next body of work, she wants to address those questions.

As an artist, she is only just beginning. After a long and successful career with Flight Centre Travel Group (Australia and the UK), in 2019 she accepted a redundancy. Michelle then decided to pursue her lifelong passion and started an Advanced Diploma of Photography at Photography Studies College, Melbourne.

During her busy travel industry career, she’d never had time to master the technical skills of photography. “I knew I had a good eye, but I needed to learn how to use the camera, understand light and how to make creative decisions,” she says. At PSC, she learned how to shoot in manual mode. It was then she finally embraced identifying as a photographer.

Being in the company of other photographers and taking pictures of subjects she had never shot before was liberating and instructive. One of her female lecturers had a profound impact. “I loved the encouragement to tell photographic stories about women through a female lens,” she says.

During COVID lockdowns, Michelle studied every day. This time gave her the opportunity to create a photographic documentary series featuring her daughters as models. It resulted in a wonderful time capsule of isolation, languishing, and teenage angst. She exhibited this series at PSC COVID Gallery.

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A key turning point as a photographic artist came when Mornington Peninsula painter, Janine Daddo saw Michelle’s photos on Instagram and contacted her. In October 2020 Janine started mentoring Michelle, encouraging her to push herself creatively and explore paints, colours, textures and layering to create photographic collages. Their collaboration resulted in a joint exhibition in May 2021.

That exhibition entitled, ‘She Is…’ observed the innocence and freedom with which her daughters moved through the world before they were aware of their presence and impact, of being noticed and judged. “That time is so fleeting and poetic,” she says.

Exhibiting at The Other Art Fair in Sydney was another confidence booster; representing herself as an artist with other artists. There was great camaraderie amongst them and Michelle felt very much part of the scene. She also realised there that her ambition wasn’t about sales. “I am doing this because I love it, not because I want to be commercial,” she says.

in those days. So, Michelle only took pictures on special occasions. That meant the film might be in the camera for a year!

Growing up in the steel manufacturing town of Whyalla, South Australia, Michelle longed for more. She moved to Adelaide to study at the University of South Australia. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education.

After a year of teaching, she’d saved enough money to pursue her other passion – travel. She left her studies and spent the next two years working and travelling in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA. It was life changing.

I want to tell stories with my photos

In her early travel days Michelle shot a roll a day. Impatient to see the results, she’d frequently pay extra for expedited printing. With digital photography, that’s no longer an issue. Now, she might shoot 500 photos a day on holiday using her Canon 5D DSLR. Michelle never deletes anything because she never knows what story a photo will tell.

As a child, photography was always something Michelle loved. She remembers taking her first photos with a little Kodak box camera when in Grade 5 during a family caravan holiday. Her brother was also a keen photographer who inspired her to experiment and create in the darkroom which her father had built in his shed.

Her mother often cautioned Michelle not to take too many pictures because the cost of developing and printing was so high

Her favourite photographers are portraitist, Annie Leibovitz, mid-century style icon Slim Aaron, and text over photograph artist, Barbara Kruger – each one a storyteller. Michelle’s style is always evolving, but her aim is the same as theirs, “I want to tell stories with my photos,” she says.

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ART AND NATURE PLAY THIS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT McCLELLAND

This July, join McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery for free school holiday workshops. Families of all ages can create artwork inspired by First Nations Culture.

Looking at fire as inspiration for artwork by honouring the flame, we kindle the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation. Listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.

During this drop-in event, the McClelland team will be using foraged native plants, and various art materials to create artwork to celebrate First Nations culture and arts.

Dates: 10:30 am-1 pm - Wednesday 3 July, Thursday 4 July, Wednesday 10 July, Thursday 11 July

Where: Sarah & Baillieu Myer Education Pavilion. No booking required. This event is included with your entry, no extra fees

Ages: 5-12 I Dress: Weather ready & for art play.

Note: Parents /carers remain with children during workshops.

390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin VIC

P: 9789 1671

E: info@mcclelland.org.au

Saturday 30 March — Saturday 30 November 2024

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“celebrating the astounding talents of the best Australian creatives”
—Curator, Monica Curro

390 McClelland Drive

Langwarrin VIC

Australia 3910

+61 3 9789 1671

info@mcclelland.org.au

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WARM HUES + WINTER LIGHTS AT EVERYWHEN

Rich palettes, warm colours and soft hues of winter whites, blues, greens and pinks feature in Everywhen’s Winter Salon exhibition of First Nations art from 5 regions.

Featured are glowing new paintings from Australia's oldest continuously running art centre - Ernabella Arts in South Australia - including those by senior artist Yurpiya Lionel and rising stars Janice Stanley, Michelle Lewis, Langaliki Lewis and Tjulyata Kulyuru.

Also featured are striking new works by Candy Nelson Nakamarra, a leading mid generation artist from Papunya in the Western Desert; bird paintings by local Bunurong artist Mark Brown and brilliantly coloured landscapes by the Central Desert's Ada Pula Beasley.

Vibrant and softer hued works include those of the women artists of Utopia in the Eastern Desert, including Bernadine Kemarre, Caroline Petrick Kngwarreye, Jeannie Mills Pwerle and Belinda Golder Kngwarrreye plus striking paintings by Betty Campbell and Emma Singer from the APY Lands’ Mimilli Maku Arts.

The exhibition also celebrates NAIDOC Week which runs from July 7 to 14. Established in 1974, NAIDOC Week features a wide variety of events across Australia that celebrate and recognise the

history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and offer opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories.

Winter Salon runs from July 13 to August 25

Everywhen Art, Whistlewood, 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham

Open: Friday-Sunday | 11-4

P: 5931 0318

E: info@everywhenart.com.au

W: everywhenart.com.au

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Michelle Lewis, Michelle's Tjala Dreaming (Honey Ant, 153 x 183 cm. Courtesy the artist and Ernabella Arts Candy Nakamarra Nelson, Kalipinypa, 152 x 152 cm. Courtesy the artist and Papunya Tjupi Arts
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Shopping at David Jones in Elizabeth Street Sydney with my great grandmother was always an outing with I remember vividly. Seeing my reflection in the window outside wearing my new pink pinafore at age four is embedded in my memory as a happy moment that may have catalysed my love for pretty things. I never wanted to take it off! It was only superseded a few years later by my gifted yellow corduroy suit hot off the European shores at the ripe old age of six. I’m so glad I had a photo taken wearing both.

My pop would scoop me up on a Sunday morning to go mushrooming, cook up a mean breakfast and then we would head out to Trash and Treasure for a forage. Perhaps that was where I found my love for eras forgone, vintage and old-world nostalgic charm. In my teens I was always the ‘go to girl’ who could shop with my girlfriends and get shoes, bag and dress whatever the budget needed to be.

Fast forward a decade and my studies at university took me from teaching, majoring in Art and Dance to a scholarship in folklore overseas at 19. Something I wanted to do and made happen! It was actually on my return that my career direction would change. My sliding doors moment (marriage) lead me deep into the heart of a photography business and the world of Haute Couture.

Taking over a make-to-measure boutique in the Southern Cross Hotel in 1987 I was lucky to inherit a couple of renowned couturiers Ross Weymouth and John Clarringbold, both multi ‘Gown of the Year’ recipients and it was then the fashion fun began. I was immersed in designing and styling fabulous clients; one day it would be a wedding dress the next an avant-garde costume for an entertainer. I was in my happy place. It was a great time to be in fashion. Everything was big, bold, colourful and a ball gown was exactly that, something you would see on the red carpet worn by everyone not just celebrities.

During this time, I learnt so much about construction, workmanship, fashion politics and most of all customer service. When you start with a piece of fabric and guarantee to bring someone’s dream design to life you learn quickly that to gain their trust, you need to be authentic. Having the photography studio below my boutique meant I could play

with fabrics, makeup and create imagery that made people feel and look amazing. I had found my passion-path; this was what I loved to do!

I was very blessed to create four beautiful children over the next ten years and swapped the boutique for school morning teas and volunteering for fundraisers, as you do. Photoshoots and glamour sittings became a bit more part time but my styling behind the scenes to facilitate them became my forte. I did however snap my kids a lot and I felt like an Anne Geddes protégé. By the time my last baby was headed for school I found myself compelled to create and jump back into doing something more in fashion. After organising a school fashion event I received an amazing opportunity to work as a creative director and personal assistant for a couple of entrepreneurial sisters who bought the rights to an International ready- to-wear label. I was thrust into an arena of luxury high-end apparel and marketing. Feeling very scared to work for someone else it was a chance for me to get an education. I learnt to use a computer!

My days were surrounded by stunning collections, beautiful models, fashion shows, celebrity, travel and aligning with amazing businesses like the VRC and Crown to service their VIP cliental. It was also a very productive time for my creativity as I was making headwear at the time and was so inspired by their designs that I became their in-house milliner making bespoke pieces for all their one-off designs. It was so much fun producing events and seeing my work on catwalks and stunning models. There was such a demand for something stylishly exotic and we had an audience at a time when we dared to be different.

for charities. I had a real sense of purpose and so much was happening that I couldn’t even keep up with myself.

Over the last five years though our world and our glorious Peninsula have taken a deep dive. Not much has happened on the event frontier. It’s not fashion that’s changed though, it’s our mindset. Dressing has taken on a new renaissance. Sneakers are now our new best friend! It’s been a slow and steady return but I’m not quite sure we are back yet.

Our confidence in dressing needs to be reclaimed

Melbourne Fashion Festival and the Myer Design Award were proud moments during my time with them but a sudden decision to move to the Peninsula in 2005 shifted my energy which allowed me to focus on my own creative side. It was so different to the city with all its competitiveness. The strong sense of community was refreshing and I soon emersed myself into opportunities to network and start a new fashion journey. It seemed as though I was the only one doing what I do so I opened up a studio at the Tyabb Packinghouse and exposed my work to a new demographic…the racing industry! I discovered the Racing Club and started writing for the local magazine at the time and over the next 11 years it was a platform to shake up fashion and enjoy styling all the locals, men and women alike. There was such a vibe down here. Everyone was excited to dress up, attend events and be seen. I couldn’t sit still so I harnessed that energy produced events and wherever I could I used that support to pull businesses together and raised money

These days I’m lucky to work for an Iconic Australian label and get to style and dress people every day. I listen and try to stay across attitudes about where and how we wear our clothes. I’m finding the consensus is that it’s starting to get exciting again but the message needs a huge shout out. Its time we embraced standing out at functions, not just blending in. Our confidence in dressing needs to be reclaimed and in saying that designers need to parallel that idea and produce apparel that inspires us as well. It’s become a real hunt out there for special occasion outfits but if we settle for unelevated dressing we will start to blur the lines when we get an invite that says dress code ‘formal’.

We have always had unique businesses and boutiques showcasing a wide variety of local talent, contemporary labels and eclectic designs that have given them their signature style. Over my 20 years here some great ones have gone, some have become celebrated and as I have been exploring lately… I have found some sensational new ones. I thoroughly enjoy being the stylist, the speaker, the maker and the muse so after a little bit of an introduction about my connection to fashion I am very excited to join the Peninsula Essence team and continue delving into our wonderful fashion community. I’ll bring you places to discover, styling tips and trends, stories, people and hopefully some chic soirees for all of us to dress up for! Let’s anticipate some stylish flair between our pages and join us monthly for your fashion forward journey.

Who knows it might be you in the spotlight.

Fashionably yours, Annette
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MCCLELLAND DESIGN STORE

Taking inspiration from the red desert, rural landscapes and coastal regions, the Buttonworks Studs Patterns range is crafted from beautiful Australian timbers presented on stainless steel studs. Earring size: 1.5 cm 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin 9789 1671

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FRANKSTON AUCTION MART

Frankston Auction Mart sell direct to the public providing a huge range of ex-display home furniture, factory seconds and home decorator items from some of Australia’s top retailers. You'll find used, antique, retro and the latest contemporary styles to suit your home.

42-54 New Street, Frankston 9783 9613 frankstonauctionmart.com.au

AVEDIS JEWELLERY

The Tissot Carson, an all-timer which will suit any time or place, will be the perfect partner to accompany you to every great occasion in your life so that every moment you live is right on time. Its classic style allows it to never go out of date, while giving it its sumptuous look, highlighted by a graceful dial design.

Shop S105 Karingal Hub Shopping Centre, 330 Cranbourne Road, Frankston 9789 2388

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BAYSIDE SHOES

PRODUCTS FROM THE PENINSULA WE'RE SURE YOU WILL LOVE

Designed in Australia and crafted in vegan leather, this bag has plenty of storage room, including twin internal phone compartments, and is guaranteed to keep you organised.

103 Railway Parade, Seaford 9785 1887 baysideshoewarehouse.com.au

BABY GOODS WAREHOUSE

Soft against delicate skin, the merino baby hat and mittens feature a knotted top which allows you to make the hat smaller or larger. The mittens are double layered so there are no exposed seams, with a touch of elastic around the opening. Machine washable for easy care.

Shop 107, Mornington Village Shopping Centre, Mornington 5977 0966

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The new, monthly Peninsula in Style column feature local businesses to discover, styling tips and trends, stories, products and people.

If you have something you’d like to share, let’s talk! Contact our style editorannette@mpnews.com.au

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FLINDERS FRINGE FLAUNTS FASHION

Created with the support of the Mornington Peninsula Performing Arts Development Grant, this premiere event offers thought-provoking and meaningful content that will engage and delight local audiences in a triple tryst on Saturday 27 July, at the Flinders Civic Hall.

The curtain raiser commences with L’Exposition: a Static Catwalk and La Costumiére: a Fashion Forum. The exhibition includes work by local ateliers, and features costumes designed by Marion Boyce for ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries'. Boyce also joins the Forum panel sharing whimsical wardrobe-mistress anecdotes, knotted alongside the macramé musings of Lea Oldjohn, intertwined with the sustainable wardrobe strategies of Dr Kate Luckins and styling wizardry of Estelle Michaelides. Led by artistic director Melissa Jackson, this FASH-CHAT will have you in stitches.

Interval unfolds with a book signing of ‘Live More With Less’ by Dr Luckins accompanied by a pour of Rahona Valley Wines, local roaming performers and projected images by photographer Noa Smith Fletcher.

The tryst concludes with OPERA CLOSETS, a one-woman show by renowned mezzo soprano Dimity Shepherd, who says, ‘Flinders feels absolutely right for the premiere of my work. It’s a place of rejuvenation – ocean air, with a wonderful current of positive energy!’

Reminiscent of nostalgic ‘dress-ups’, Opera Closets steps into Shepherd’s magical playground where personal style and costume collide – here every outfit tells a story, and every story has a song. Shepherd explains, ‘It’s about aging disgracefully, breaking through society’s rules and finding your own voice.’

Opera Closets is an expressive work of universal themes, touching on body image, rejection, well-being and self-love, and showcasing Shepherd’s virtuosic vocal bravura and acting prowess. ‘Shepherd was extraordinary – a powerful, charismatic voice creating limitless tone…’ said LIMELIGHT magazine. Co-directed by Richard Piper and local Evelyn Krape in collaboration with chamber trio The Persephone Project, this is one Frock Opera you don’t want to miss.

SATURDAY 27 JULY 4:00–5:00pm

ON THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA & SURROUNDS
FLINDERS FRINGE PRESENTS DIMITY SHEPHERD with special guests The Persephone Project “a fearless bravura performance…” CLASSIC MELBOURNE 5 time Greenroom Award Winner “Dimity Shepherd stole the show with total conviction” THE AUSTRALIAN DOUBLE TICKET OFFER: $85 (15% discount when purchasing Opera Closets & The Forum together) Join industry fashionistas between the seams to unpick the power of costume to shape emotion and identity, and the characteristics of dress. La Costumière: a Forum on Fashion is an insightful, educational forum. Woven together with a ‘slow fashion’ message, and full of wardrobe-mistress anecdotes and more sustainable style strategies, this fun, interactive hour of FASH-chat will have you in stitches. Moderated by... MARION BOYCE Award-winning Costume Designer & Curator for film & TV LEA OLDJOHN Champion of slow fashion & Artistic Director of Corde Couture DR KATE LUCKINS Sustainable living Researcher, Educator & Creator of The Clothing Exchange Starring Panellists ESTELLE MICHAELIDES Founder & Designer of Saint Stella M & Micky In The Van AN ARTISAN EXHIBITION
FLINDERS CIVIC HALL | Cost: $35 / $25 Concession BOOK NOW! FLINDERSFRINGE.COM.AU
Photos by Noa Smith Fletcher
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Photos Yanni

FIRING UP CREATIVE ARTS IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!

After two successful Summer festivals, FLINDERS FRINGE is set to fire up the Mornington Peninsula’s creative arts calendar with a Winter Warmer program. This exciting new initiative promises to ignite the coastal village of Flinders from July 26–28. A combination of free and ticketed events are on offer across music, film, performance, art and fashion, showcasing celebrated local artists and talent from further afield.

Flinders Fringe encourages artists to create and present diverse, inclusive, interesting and experimental events not readily available to Mornington Peninsula audiences. It is a not-forprofit entity with a community-driven volunteer committee led by festival convenor Claire Thorn and artistic director Melissa Jackson. Together they have curated a cosy selection of twelve events around the village, with an emphasis on immersive, educational and interactive experiences.

Not to be missed is OPERA CLOSETS, a world premiere made possible through the Shire’s Performing Arts Development grant, featuring renowned Australian operatic star Dimity Shepherd, accompanied by chamber trio The Persephone Project. Step through Shepherd’s wardrobe into her imaginary, magical world where style and costume collide. In this unique show every outfit tells a story and every outfit has a song.

La Costumiére: a Forum on Fashion will have you in stitches, as an expert industry panel unpick the power of costume to shape emotion and identity. Other highlights include L’ Exposition: a Static Catwalk an artisan exhibition featuring award-winning designs from Marion Boyce; creative workshops with fine artists Helen Kennedy and Leyla Bulmer; and a mask making workshop for the youngsters

HOT OFF THE PRESS: IT’S A PENINSULA TALENT QUEST!

That’s right, Flinders Fringe in partnership with The Music Industry, has sparked a Peninsula-wide talent search. Experience the hotbed of Peninsula talent and cast your vote in the people’s choice! The winner will take home the grand prize of $1000, generously donated by the Flinders General Store. Tickets available through the website.

W: flindersfringe.com.au

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SATURDAY
ST JOHN’S CHURCH FLINDERS OPEN REHEARSAL FLINDERS FRINGE PRESENT JaGaY AN ARTISAN EXHIBITION LeylaBulmer
27 JULY 2024 10–12:30PM
FREE WORKSHOP FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
Helen Kennedy Melissa Jackson, Claire Thorn. Photo by Sarah Koch

A DAY OF COLLABORATION, CONVERSATION AND CONNECTION

The MP Music Summit today announced its first line-up of big industry names and professionals which includes renowned singer songwriter Katie Noonan, popular roots and blues performer Dallas Frasca as well as Rye rockers Stiff Richards.

The event, set to take place on Monday 12 August and open to students, emerging and established artists, music venues and creatives and promises to be a transformative day of engagement.

Also confirmed for the conference panels are members of the Australian music industry from Frontier Touring, OzTix, Music Victoria as well as Something for Kate drummer and Peninsula venue owner Clint Hyndman and Legless Records label owner Arron Mawson.

With a focus on collaboration, conversation and connection, the Summit promises to be a unique opportunity for individuals across the music spectrum to come together, share insights and forge meaningful bonds with both the local and wider music industry.

The Summit will include a program of keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, break-out sessions and live performances all geared towards inspiring those involved in the music community as well as performances from an array of local talent.

Music journalist and broadcaster, Jane Gazzo, who will be facilitating many of the Summit panels, says relationships are the currency of the music industry.

“A lot of the time, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know and the idea of this year’s summit is to really foster support and strengthen bonds for both musicians and venues whilst offering invaluable advice and ideas to everyone; whether you’re an emerging artist or an established muso. It is a challenging time for many in the arts and becoming even more competitive for local artists to successfully break into the music scene. We need to cultivate Australia’s thriving live-music culture and as part of that, look for opportunities to nurture our upcoming talent.”

Make Music Matter: Our new Mornington Peninsula Music Industry initiative celebrating our vibrant local music scene. As part of the Mornington Peninsula Music Plan 2025, we are focusing on fostering connections, supporting a diverse musical culture, and laying the groundwork for music investments on our Peninsula.

Stay updated as we announce the program by subscribing to our Arts & Culture eNews and discover ways to get involved.

W: artsandculture.mornpen.vic.gov.au/mpmi

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TWO LEADING DENTISTS ARE JOINING TOGETHER TO CREATE PENINSULA SMILES

Healthy Smiles @ Mount Eliza is joining Barkly Street Dental Group to become Peninsula Smiles.

Barkly Street Dental Group has provided high-quality dental care to the Mornington Peninsula since 1988. In recent years, they have become one of the Peninsula‘s most progressive dental and orthodontics clinics. In the last five years, they have introduced:

• All On 4 Plus® dental implants.

• Invisalign orthodontics for children and adults.

• Zoom® teeth whitening using the Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed LED.

• Digital Smile Design.

• Single-visit restorative dentistry using CEREC® technology for porcelain veneers and crowns.

• Affordable composite veneers.

• 3D CBCT scanning onsite.

• At-home dental monitoring using the DentalMonitoring App & ScanBox.

• Sleep dentistry for anxious patients and complex surgery.

• Dental payment plans to help make services affordable for everyone.

Healthy Smiles @ Mount Eliza, a purpose-built practice that opened in 2011, has been a leader in technological innovation and unquestionable patient care.

Since opening, they have introduced:

• State-of-the-art dental suites.

• The Wand, single tooth anaesthesia (STA).

• CJ Optik Dental Microscope for intricate surgery.

• Kavo Pan Exam Digital OPG Unit.

• Spectra Caries Detection Unit to detect issues even before X-rays.

• QIP Certification.

Both practices are leaders in dental innovation and exceptional service quality, making them a natural fit. With two convenient locations, patients will have access to more appointment times and service options.

We are proud to introduce our new name, Peninsula Smiles. This name reflects our commitment to our local areas and signifies their dedication to the entire Mornington Peninsula. At Peninsula Smiles, we are more than just general dentists. Our focus is on bringing smiles to people of all ages and caring for their dental health throughout their lifetime.

P: 5975 5355

W: peninsulasmiles.com.au

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7 DAY SPRING TOOLEYBUC – BROKEN HILL – MILDURA 15 – 21 September 2024

Travelling to NSW via Boort to Tooleybuc, Broken Hill, Mildura. Silverton, Balranald known as the gateway to outback NSW .Included in this holiday many interesting and relaxing attractions with multiple night stays

Cost: $2,200

Per person twin share/double Single supp $440.00

8 DAY SPRING GARDEN FLORIADE FESTIVAL – THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS BLUE MOUNTAINS 2 – 9 October 2024

Visiting the Floriade Festival, Corbett Gardens the centrepiece of the annual Tulip Time Festival - Cockington Green Touring the Blue Mountains – Cowra Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre – Cootamundra – Young and so much more...

Cost: $2,950

Twinshare/Double(SingleSupp:$650.00)

$200.00 Deposit ASAP to secure booking

• Home pick up & return service metropolitan / Mornington Peninsula

Detailed itinerary phone: 0418 853 810

Email: lambletours@bigpond.com Relax, Enjoy &

• Tours escorted by Vickie Lamble www.lambletours.com.au

RELAX, ENJOY, DISCOVER! WITH LAMBLE TOURS

Lamble Tours is a family-owned travel business, for over 27 years we have provided extensive touring experiences and happy memories for individuals and groups.

Our itineraries aim to please and are informative and pleasurable holidays for all levels of ability. There are no hidden extra costs.

Lamble Tours emphasises the importance of taking out travel insurance.

Please ensure you check your policy for COVID19 coverage.

With Lamble Tours you will make new friends, and will travel with like-minded people.

Included in a Lamble Tours holiday is a home pick up and return service (metropolitan and Mornington Peninsula).

For piece of mind and convenience, your holiday commences from the time we pick you up at your front door on the Mornington Peninsula.

P: 0418 853 810 W: lambletours.com.au

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Buy, Renovate or Build?

Owning a home will always be one of the top priorities as the “Great Australian Dream” and for many living in the lucky country, fortunately that dream has been realised. Yet a few decades later as they look around at their achievement, the house is tired, family dynamics have changed, or they simply want to upgrade and have all the bells and whistles they see on the numerous home renovation shows that weren’t available when the first brick was laid on their current home.

Sell and buy? Renovate? Or will a Rebuild be a better outcome?

Buying

After traipsing around open for Inspections for weeks/months and scanning the new listings on Realestate. com.au and then you finally find “the one” and move into your new home in as little as 90 days… you can definitely see the appeal in that.

However, aside from the cost to buy and sell with agents fees and stamp duty and the price difference of buying in the current market, there is still the possibility that you will be compromising on the “perfect” design and finishes in your new home and may end up wanting to add some personal touches, resulting in more money spent. Plus have you met the neighbours? (think ‘Meet the Millers’), and of course, nobody told you about the toilet that constantly blocks up and the major plumbing job needed to fix it!

Renovating

Once you add a few extra squares, a new living room, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, add double glazing the home will be perfect … won’t it? You’ve heard the saying “opening a can of worms?” In some cases, it could be a worm hole that just keeps going! Foundations, electricals, insulation, energy ratings and so it goes. Blending old and new can be super exciting and really satisfying but often will result in a much higher price per square to build and you still may be compromising on the “flow” of the floor-plan. And if you aren’t planning on moving out during the reno, remember “no pain no gain” will become your favourite mantra!

 Custom homesDesign & Construct

 Solutions for difficult blocks

 Knockdown & Rebuild

 Dual Occupancy & Townhouses

 Own plans welcome

EVERY HOME WE BUILD HAS ITS VERY OWN STORY

Building New

You can see it… a new outlook to finally capture the view that has been calling out to you forever. Or perhaps the kids are now older teens and there’s no sign they plan to move out any time soon... why would they?

With a well designed and zoned living space they can stay as long as they want and look after the pets and garden whilst you’re off on cruise number 5 for the year! Once you have a “wish list” for your dream home, a custom builder should be able to support you to design a home that will stand the test of time and we’re not just referring to bricks and mortar. Your consultation should factor in your needs for now and in the future. The bonus of rebuilding is not only will everything be shiny and new and the home energy efficient, a new build will come with warranties on everything! The downside, is “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and just like the Roman’s experienced centuries ago, it does take planning, labour, patience and time!

Before you make a decision to Buy, Build or Renovate, do your research on what option suits your overall vision and lifestyle best. If knocking down and rebuilding is on your radar, the Special Project Team at Aspire Designer Homes are available to speak about your vision and offer real advice about building in the current market. They have been supporting their clients for over 45 years and offer a full service from design concept and building your home to completion. They really are your one stop shop!

Get in touch with Aspire Designer Homes for an informal chat about your vision. After all, it all begins with an idea! aspiredesignerhomes.com.au 9785 5100

ROYAL FREEMASONS’ RESPITE CARE HELPS RICHARD GET BACK ON HIS FEET

Since suffering a painful spinal cord injury from a fall at home in April and undergoing treatment at hospital, Richard is now well on his road to recovery with the help of Royal Freemasons’ Respite Care program.

The short-term program is run out of each of Royal Freemasons' seven residential aged care homes in Victoria, and offers elderly people the full suite of care services and support they need if they cannot manage at home on their own or their family carer needs a break.

Richard has found respite care to be an enormous help while he recovers. Through the program, he receives support with everyday tasks that are currently a bit of a struggle, such as laundry and meals, and he enjoys peace of mind knowing that 24/7 help is on hand, when he needs it, in a safe and secure environment.

“The care here is excellent. The carers and nurses are very good at their work and are really lovely people,” says Richard. “I didn’t really know what respite care was before I came here, but it has all gone very well,” he says.

When he has been feeling up to it, Richard has enjoyed taking part in the lifestyle activities such as games of trivia and bingo, piano recitals, singalongs, and trips to the local shops.

“I’ve enjoyed all the activities. The staff are excellent how they organise them for everyone,” says Richard.

After being on the program for three weeks, Richard is now considering continuing as a permanent resident at Royal Freemasons.

Contact us today to find out more about the Respite Care program at our Safety Beach home, Royal Freemasons Mount Martha Valley.

P: 1300 623 642 W: royalfreemasons.org.au

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SUSAN'S JOURNEY

Susan's life took an unexpected turn when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and her mother tragically passed away in a car accident involving her father's declining driving abilities. Suddenly thrust into the role of sole caregiver while raising her young children, Susan faced overwhelming challenges and emotional turmoil.

From Tragedy to Compassionate Care

It was during this difficult period that Susan recognised the immense need for compassionate and reliable care for elderly and disabled individuals. Drawing from her own experiences and driven by a desire to make a difference, Susan pursued education at TAFE, specialising in personal care for those in need.

A Heartfelt Calling

In 2019, Susan founded Peninsula Private Care, fuelled by a passion for supporting individuals and families navigating similar journeys. Anchored in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area, our services are designed to be close and personal, ensuring that every client receives the attention and support they deserve.

Susan pictured with her parents

Connect with Peninsula Private Care, where caring for you or your loved ones is not just a profession but a heartfelt calling.

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on Tyabb

Tyabb is a township in a semi-rural location, 57km and an one hour drive from Melbourne. It has an area of 66.5 km2 and is part of the urban enclave on Western Port comprising Tyabb, Hastings, Bittern, Crib Point, and Somerville.

• The local area was well known as a fruit growing area in the early twentieth century and was identified by the "TYCOS" brand, which was the name used by the local growers co-operative.

• Tyabb is well known for its many antique shops. The largest, the Tyabb Packing House Antique complex is housed in an historic cool store building dating from the area's fruit growing past. The Tyabb Packing House Antique complex reputedly has one of the largest retail antique collections under one roof in the southern hemisphere. There are several other antique shops in the Tyabb township.

• Tyabb Airport, a private airfield which has been operating for more than thirty years. The airfield provides access to the area for emergency services as well as a successful flying school. Tyabb Airport hosts an internationally recognised Air Show every second year, showcasing a collection of important and unique antique and warbird aircraft.

• The Post Office opened on 9 March 1891 shortly after the arrival of the railway in 1889

• Tyabb is one of the few towns in Australia that does not have a pub. Although the town is over 100 years old it has never had a pub, however two liquor vendors are operating in the town.

• Tyabb has given its name to the Tyabb Fault, an ancient geological formation extending from Tyabb across the peninsula to Mornington, and Tyabb Loam, the characteristic soil of the district. The Tyabb Fault produces many small earthquakes throughout the year.

• It is thought that the name 'Tyabb' was derived from an Aboriginal word describing waterholes or a mud hole.

• In 1861 a Tyabb township was proclaimed immediately north of present day Hastings, later known as Old Tyabb Township.

• In the last decade there has been rapid residential development in the town, changing its rural character. has its own cricket and football teams known as the Yabbies competing in the Mornington

• The population of Tyabb is estimated to be 3,449 according to the 2021 census.

Coffee Safari

Fresh brewed coffee and food is a must have for weekends. Here's are just a few to check out in Tyabb next time you visit this beautiful location on the peninsula.

Mitch & Co Cafe

1552 FRANKSTON-FLINDERS

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Coffee and Australian inspired cuisine to please the palate. Table Service and wheelchair accessible. Serving pies, poached eggs and burrito bowls, tasty, savoury pancake stacks and muffins. Vegetarian friendly and vegan options available, all set in a relaxing warm relaxing atmosphere.

Prodigal Coffee Roasters

1549 FRANKSTON-FLINDERS

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A boutique coffee roaster producing fresh coffee beans, killer coffee, toasties, and milkshakes coupled with great service and good vibes. The decor is simple and modern, with a focus on providing a comfortable space for customers to enjoy their coffee and food.

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Cobb & Co on the Peninsula

Cobb & Co - stage coaches; the two terms are inseparable.

Cobb & Co became a household name not long after the first coach left the Criterion Hotel in Melbourne for the Forest Hill (Castlemaine) diggings in 1854. The line was originally called ‘The American Telegraph Line of Coaches’ but was more frequently shortened to the name of its owners.

The name is born

‘Cobb’ was Freeman Cobb, and ‘Co’ (Company) referred to his associates John Peck, James Swanton and James Lambert. They were four young Americans who successfully established a service to the gold fields which had a reputation for being dependable, speedy and comparatively comfortable. Cobb imported coaches used in the American West. These had bodies that were comparatively lightweight and supple, resting on leather straps rather than on the

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Below left: Advertisement from ‘The Age’ announcing the inaugural run in 1854 Below: Freeman Cobb

stiff, metal springs of the more commonly-used English coaches. They were better suited to the rougher Australian terrain and the tracks that passed for roads. The coaches, drawn by teams of horses, travelled from changing station to changing station located at regular intervals along their routes. Here a fresh team of horses was ready to continue the journey. Initially the line carried freight, passengers and mail, and provided a gold escort.

The business expands

The founders sold the business after a couple of years for the equivalent of 2.1 million dollars in today’s money but the name was retained.

American-born James Rutherford took over the line in 1861 and it was under Rutherford, and a consortium of partners, that the company grew to be the largest of its kind. Routes and services were extended throughout Victoria and into NSW, then Queensland, following the discovery of new goldfields and the movement of diggers. Rutherford moved the centre of the company from

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Left: James Rutherford Below: Albion Hotel, Bourke Street. Cobb & Co Depot

Victoria to Bathurst where he established a coach-building factory. The company’s interests expanded. By securing the Royal Mail contract Cobb & Co, as a coaching line, was able to continue once the days of the gold rush were over. Coach schedules were set to ensure mail deliveries arrived on time not to suit the convenience of the passengers. As railways were introduced, the coach service did not compete over the same routes but provided a link from the rail terminals to destinations further afield.

Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula

Cobb & Co came to the Peninsula in the early 1860s.

All coaches out of Melbourne now left from the Albion Hotel in Bourke Steet. A three-storey building with an arched façade, the hotel, on the north side of the street, acted as a terminus and depot. The booking office was in an adjoining building while the lane behind provided rear access. The main changing stations, or ‘stages’ were at Mordialloc and Frankston where fresh teams of horses were available. The number of horses in a team, generally between two and six, varied according to the load.

A notice in ‘The Argus’ for Wed. 9 July, 1862 announced:

“Cobb & Co Telegraph Line Coaches to and from Melbourne and Schnapper Point – A coach will leave Bay-street Station Brighton on the arrival of 8.30 a.m. train from Melbourne every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, for Schnapper Point. Returning will leave Rennison’s [Royal] Hotel every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.00 am. For particulars inquire at Cobb & Co’s Office No 36 Bourke-street.”

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Above: Front page of the ‘Australian Illustrated News’. A coach leaves the Bourke Street depot Below: The coach at the Royal Hotel, Mornington

A public notice in 1867 indicates that the service reached Dromana.

“Royal Mail Coach for Schnapper Point and Dromana leaves Cobb’s Office at 1 p.m. daily.”

Richard Watkin was noted as being ‘mine host’ of Dromana Hotel, the changing station for coaches serving the southern peninsula. Mrs Beecher, a woman in her 70s who lived in Red Hill, mentioned while reminiscing in 1935 that Cobb & Co coaches ran from Dromana daily and were the only means of transport to Melbourne via Schnapper Point. [Flinders Historical Society records]

In 1864 Mt Martha property owner, Alexander Balcombe asked his wife to let him know if she was returning to Schnapper Point (Mornington) from Melbourne on the coach or by steamer so that she could be met.

In 1868 a letter from the school in Schnapper Point sent a request to authorities for books for the school to be sent by Cobb & Co’s coach instead of the steamer.

The Royal Hotel was the main Cobb and Co depot in Schnapper Point. Sitting on three and a half acres it had extensive yards and substantial stables that adjoined the hotel building. In 1876 the coach left at 6.00 a.m. arriving at the Albion Hotel in Melbourne at midday. It then departed at 2.00 p.m. to arrive back at Schnapper Point by 7 p.m.

From Melbourne to Western Port

A second route opened by Cobb & Co. serviced the Western Port side of the Peninsula. This route to Hastings followed the same track from Melbourne with stages at Mordialloc and Frankston, then came across country to Somerville and on to Hastings. Topography often determined the route commonly followed. Between Somerville and Hastings the coach veered further inland and followed a ridge to avoid the Tyabb waterholes and low-lying swampland, crossing paddocks to link up again with the main track. Horses could sink to their girths in the soggy ground. [Bruce Bennett: The Old General Store] . By 1872 Hastings had a Cobb & Co. depot and from Hastings the coach reached destinations further south. The service linked up with the regular ferry service to Corinella and Grantville (accessing South Gippsland) with calls at Griffiths Point (San Remo) and Cowes. A ferry service from Stony Point also connected with the Cobb & Co coach from Hastings. Sandy Point Road continued right to the Point through what is now the Western Park property and was the main route by 1872. [Rod Nuske – ‘The History of Sandy Point Road’]

Coach-Ferry links

The depot at Hastings included a coach station, repair shop and stables and was on land opposite what is now Pelican Park, near the jetty. The land, Lot 1, was owned by S Amess, a principal shareholder of the Western Port Steamship Company and also the owner of Churchill Island. The first steam ship to Cowes, the Sarah,

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Above: Cobb & Co coach at Hastings

connected with Cobb & Co. Unsurprisingly another shareholder was J. Roberts representing Cobb & Co.

By 1880 Hastings was the headquarters of fishing interests - “a hive of marine industry.” Fish was taken to Melbourne by various conveyances including a modified Cobb& Co coach.

The following timetable appeared in ‘The Argus’, Melbourne, Vic. Thursday, 29 December 1881

COBB AND CO’S COACHES - Schnapper Point, Dromana, Frankston, Hastings Lines On and after Monday next, 2nd January, 1882, COACHES will LEAVE Rennison’s Hotel, Mordialloc, for Schnapper Point, Frankston, Dromana daily (Sunday excepted) 2 p.m. returning from Dromana 5.45a.m. daily (Sunday excepted). And for Hastings, Frankston, Cowes, Griffiths Point &c, Tues., Thurs., Sat. 7.20 a.m., returning Mon., Wed., Fri. Passengers can book for coaches at Cobb and Co’s offices, Bourke Street east.

Destination Flinders

In the latter part of the 1870s and early 1880s the Tower House Hotel (now ‘Warrawee’) at Balnarring, was the staging point for Cobb and Co. between Hastings and Flinders. Paul Vansuylen was granted a publican’s licence to develop his homestead as an inn in 1872. His homestead had been the Post Office since 1868 and he also ran a store from there.

“The Tower House Hotel as it was known soon became a regular stopover for Cobb and Co coach drivers who would call in for an ale or two and to feed passengers and horses.” (Bruce Bennett: ‘ The Old General Store’)

The stables and yards adjoined the homestead and there was a blacksmith’s located close by.

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Above: Sketch of Hastings from the jetty. The Cobb & Co depot is the group of fenced buildings to the left Below: Staging stop at Balnarring - Tower House Hotel

Cobb & Co didn’t have a monopoly. Other coach services also operated but it would seem the name Cobb & Co continued to be used as there are continued references into the early 1900s.

“Coaches in the early 1900s were running every day. It was a fourhour trip from Bittern [to Flinders]. People needed refreshing so the hotel became the terminus. Cobb & Co had a coach service here as well as the Delaney’s and James Kennedy.” [Eric Lucas talking about Flinders (Flinders Local History News]

At Shoreham the old Cobb & Co. stables from the hotel at Flinders were moved from Flinders to a site near the post office.

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They were later used as cow bails by the Hitchcock family.

Mrs T. C. Cole spoke of the journey by coach: “It was a long and tedious journey from Bittern Railway Station to Flinders – big lumbering coaches with two horses.” She also mentions holidays at Flinders taken in her early childhood. We would go for lovely picnics – usually in a big red Cobb & Co coach with about four horses, and seats high up on the outside of the coach.” The picnic destination was Barkers’ homestead.

Homestead stops

Did the coaches actually call at some of the homesteads? The roads to the homesteads were well-defined tracks and well-used in days of early settlement.

“In earlier days passengers would have had to travel to Coolart by coach then by horse-drawn buggy along the beach’ to the ferry. [Rod Nuske ‘History of Sandy Point Road]

Maie Casey, in her memoirs, writes of the period 1862 – 1875. “The men travelled to Coolart by buggy or ridden horse or sometimes in stages by the coaches of Cobb & Co.”

Merricks Beach has a street called Minto Street. It has been said that it was the route taken by the Cobb & Co coach to ‘Minto’ homestead, home of the Cole family,

Between Mornington and Mt Martha is The Briars homestead and below the homestead a ford crosses Balcombe Creek. This is said to have been along the track used by the Cobb & Co coach. The track led not only to the ford and a nearby spring, but took advantage of a valley to skirt the very steep incline along what would later become the Point Nepean Highway.

Memorable drivers

The coach drivers were well-known, often colourful characters who were remembered vividly in later days. As well as the mail and packages they brought news from one settlement to the next. In his history of Frankston, Don Charlwood mentions Mr R Parry (‘Dick the Coachman’) the coach driver from Mornington to Frankston and Mr W. Kellim, the driver to Hastings, both popular men. Was the latter perhaps William Heelan, mentioned in an article in the ‘Mornington Standard’ as a driver who ‘earned respect with all he came in contact” over his sixteen years as a driver on the Hastings run? ‘Hellfire Jack’, a relief driver on the Mornington run, had the reputation of being a fast and somewhat reckless driver.

‘Cabbage Tree’ Ned Devine was the legendary driver of the Leviathan. This super-size coach, which made its first run from Geelong to Ballarat on 30 December, 1859, was built to transport large numbers of travellers to the goldfields. The normal-size coach

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carried between six and fourteen passengers whereas the Leviathan had space for sixty. It had five rows of seats inside and seven rows outside on the roof and was pulled by a team of eight horses although at times twelve might be used.

While the Leviathan could accomodate up to 60, there were times when a standard coach could be overcrowded, particularly when Chinese miners were bound for the diggings.

A certain romance has sprung up around the coach travel of a previous era - the loading of the coach, excitement of departure to the crack of the whip, the coachman’s colourful language, the rolling motion of the coach. The name Cobb & Co also evokes tales of bail-ups by bushrangers, although none are associated with travel on the Peninsula.

The physical hazards found in other runs were also absent on the Peninsula.

A fatality

However, the ride could be perilous. In April 1884 a fatal accident occurred on the run from Schnapper Point to Frankston. The coach, driven by James Grogan left Schnapper Point on time. It stopped to pick up a passenger, Miss Lillie Coates, near ‘Manyung’ where she had been visiting the Grice family. She asked to ride outside on the box seat with the driver. On a steep section of road, about half a mile from Frankston, a calf ran onto the road and one of the two horses shied. The young woman grabbed at the reins causing the horses to jerk around. The driver’s foot slipped on the brake and he was thrown to the road leaving the coach to careen toward a narrow turn in the road where it hit a projecting bank and overturned. Luckily none of the inside passengers were injured but the young woman was found dead under the wheel of the coach where she had been thrown by the impact. The driver, described as an experienced and careful driver, suffered cracked ribs and a severe head wound. He was taken to a Melbourne hospital by train from Frankston

The service declines as railways expand

As the railway network expanded, coaches continued to transport customers, mail and freight to places beyond the railheads.

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Facing page: The Leviathan in full flight Above: Cobb & Co on the way to the diggings

David Munro, who built the line to Hastings through to Stony Point, had to pay a penalty if work fell behind schedule. That was to pay Cobb and Co three shillings (3/-) per passenger from Hastings to the nearest rail station (Mornington Junction). [Toni Munday’s essay in ‘Mornington Peninsula Railways’]

Eventually the service couldn’t compete. Rail costs were 5d (five pence) for 24 miles, the steamer was 6d (six pence) for 22 miles while Cobb & Co. was 1/1 (one shilling and one penny) for 14 miles.

Cobb & Co coaches to Mornington continued until the railway opened in 1889. Services to the Peninsula ceased in 1890, a fact lamented in the ‘Sth Bourke & Mornington Journal’ of Wed. 9th July, 1890. “Two calamities have of late come over this progressive place, the one being the departure of Cobb & Co, the popular coach proprietors. The last contract to Flinders was completed with the ensuing contract being secured by Mr P. Kennedy of Shoreham.”

The second calamity concerned rail travel with its “abominable noise rendering conversation impossible” and the possible danger of travelling alone, especially if one of the feminine gender, in a compartment with a stranger.

The final run in Victoria of the distinctive red Cobb & Co coaches with its team of horses was made in 1916 from Casterton to Mt Gambier in S.A.

References:

Bennet, Bruce: The Old General Store

Records from:

Balnarring and District Historical Society

Dromana and District Historical Society

Flinders and District Historical Society

Hastings and Western Port Historical Society

Contemporary newspaper articles

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Above: A difficult crossing for Cobb & Co

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