Peninsula Essence June 2024

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Living & Visiting on the Mornington Peninsula



Michael “Harry” Harris is the quintessential fisherman, with a sun-kissed face, broad smile and a connection with nature and the ocean that seems to seep from him. In his youth he was instinctually drawn to a life at sea and in 1999 he established Flinders Mussels, a mussel farm in the aquaculture reserve at the mouth of Western Port Bay.

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10. Mussel Man

Michael “Harry” Harris is the quintessential fisherman, with a sun-kissed face, broad smile and a connection with nature and the ocean that seems to seep from him. In his youth he was instinctually drawn to a life at sea and in 1999 he established Flinders Mussels, a mussel farm in the aquaculture reserve at the mouth of Western Port Bay.

16. Eighty-Eight Not Out

With eighty-seven books on cricket and football, author and sports commentator Ken Piesse is the most published sports author in Australia and perhaps the world. He’s about to publish his eighty-eighth, titled, ‘Living the Dream – 60 Years of Cricket’, and this time it’s a memoir and all about Ken.

20. Tiny Mysteries

Frankston South ecologist Amelia Carlesso is passionate about ants. It wasn’t what she expected to specialise in, but once she discovered their vital place in the ecosystem, she wanted to know more.

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24. Creative Longevity

Mike and Janet Green are well-respected, award-winning career artists. They are also genuinely equal partners in a marriage spanning nearly six decades. They have travelled together and separately for work and leisure, lived abroad and raised two sons while building their respective careers. They now work in their home art studios in Rosebud.


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Michael “Harry” Harris is the quintessential fisherman, with a sun-kissed face, broad smile and a connection with nature and the ocean that seems to seep from him. In his youth he was instinctively drawn to a life at sea.

“My parents used to have a place at Flinders Island. There was a fishing fleet there and I used to be fascinated by the lifestyle.” He found himself with an after-school job as a deckhand on a cray-fishing vessel, quickly learned the ropes, and has worked on the ocean ever since, traveling afar.

They’re like a little super food, amino acids, protein, all the good stuff

In 1999 he established Flinders Mussels, a mussel farm in the aquaculture reserve at the mouth of Western Port Bay.

“It’s such a dynamic environment here. I’m not dissing Port Philip Bay, but where’s the water there coming from? Off the streets, stormwater.” The reserve’s unique marine environment allows the mussels to thrive, fed by the ebb and flow of the Southern Ocean tides. “Hence, different coloured flesh, different flavoured flesh. And they grow bigger.” The result? A product that is coveted by world-renowned chefs including specialist seafood restaurateurs Jacques Reymond and Michael Bacash.

“My quality control is different. I sort them out; they’re all good for the plate, they’re all the same size. So the chefs have minimal stuff to do.” continued page 12 ...

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As for home cooks, Harry suggests keeping it simple. “You don’t use much water. Because my mussels are so fresh, the moment they’re on the heat they’ll pop open and boil in their own juice. When they’re cooked, I finish them off with apple cider or wine. And that’s it.”

And nutritionally? “They’re like a little super food, amino acids, protein, all the good stuff.

Harry describes himself as “old school”, a boutique producer. From his first harvest in 2000 he has been selling direct to the general public from his fishing boat at Flinders Wharf. The business grew by word of mouth. In 2016 he opened a food truck by the wharf, serving freshly-cooked mussels to an enthusiastic clientele.

During mussel season, from late-December to mid-winter, he works seven days a week with his small team, seeding and harvesting mussels, and managing distribution.

The long hours don’t bother him. “I feel very lucky to have found something that I love doing. I don’t even consider it a job. Every day I'm looking at the conditions. I’m entwined in the elements and the weather and the seasons. I love that. Tides, weather, winds, barometric pressures, they get me going.”

There is significant scientific expertise and infrastructure supporting aquaculture businesses like Harry’s. He acquires the baby mussels from the Queenscliff Shellfish Hatchery, which operates in happy symbiosis with his business - they in turn select particularly choice mussels from his farm to spawn and breed.

Harry’s long in-season hours are balanced by the off-season when he takes it easier, looking after essential maintenance and management to ensure the next season runs smoothly. He’s also an avid traveller, with a penchant for music festivals, and an enthusiasm for surfing and snowboarding.

Because my mussels are so fresh, the moment they’re on the heat they’ll pop open and boil in their own juice

The cropping process involves putting baby mussels, known as ‘spat’, into cotton stocking-lined ropes in the water, to which they attach and grow over the course of a year or more. “You want calm weather when you’re handling the baby mussels. You want them to attach quickly.”

Harry’s Quality-Control process leaves behind a small proportion of cracked or undersized mussels to pass on to others.

“I might have a bait fisherman who’ll take some. Bartering is a powerful tool. It’s a feel-good tool as well. ‘Whadda you got? I’ll swap ya.’ This guy brought me around a kilo of whiting fillets, and all I did was give him my rejects.”

Harry also loves that his work ticks so many ethical boxesproducing food, from a native species, for local consumption, in a sustainable way, and contributing to water quality. “We as humans put a high nitrogen load into the sea, and mussels are little bio-filters that balance that out. It’s a win-win. And they taste good!”

As for the future, Harry’s thoughts turn first to family. “My parents are both 83. They live off the grid on Flinders Island. If I could sell up today and get over there, I’d do it.

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Take mum and dad on adventures, and just be there for them. They’re just great people, great people. Mum’s been a giver her whole life.”

Don’t try to do everything. Just do one thing and do it really well

In the meantime, Harry has plans to expand his lease, allowing him to increase his output and start processing. “I’ve experimented with smoking mussels … and they are superb. They are unbelievable. Everyone I’ve given them to is like 'Where? How?' ”

“I want to see my mussels in a little can. Just a romantic little tin with a great label on it. That’s where I want to see my product.”

“My grandfather was a farmer, and I always wanted to be a farmer. But I never knew how I was going to do it.

Then I went fishing, and here I am owning a mussel farm. I’m working with the best chefs in Melbourne and my product is known worldwide.”

His own life motto has paid off. “Don’t try to do everything. Just do one thing and do it really well.”

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Witheighty-seven books on cricket and football, author and sports commentator Ken Piesse is the most published sports author in Australia – perhaps the world – although there is no official record for this.

He’s about to publish his eighty-eighth, and this time, it’s all about Ken. It’s a memoir, 'Living the Dream – 60 Years of Cricket'.

Ken started young, playing for Beaumaris in the underfourteen team at only nine years of age. Ken demurs when called a prodigy and says:

“I just loved it so much. If I were a prodigy, I would have played league footy and firsteleven premier league cricket (I only got to the seconds) but I was keener on writing. In year twelve, a lot of my friends wanted to be teachers, but that didn’t appeal to me. I liked writing, and my dad was friends with Creighton Burns, one of the associate editors at the Age, and he suggested I use him as a reference to try and get a cadetship.”

“He said that it was the first time he’s been caught out by a journalist in twenty-five years! I got David Hookes out at the MCG as well. There’s been some mighty moments along the way.”

So, how was it writing a book about himself?

“It’s nostalgic because it makes you think back to various times and where you were. I’ve been so lucky to meet all these amazing people like Jack Nicklaus. They’ve all got a story, whether they’ve played bush football or played league football at the highest level.”

It’s nostalgic because it makes you think back to various times and where you were

Ken was interviewed for the job by the great Australian journalist and editor-in-chief of The Age in the seventies, Graham Perkin. Ken says, “I asked Dad, ‘What should I say to Mr Perkin?’ He said, ‘Look him in the eye, smile, and give him a Teddy Whitten handshake.’ Teddy would grab your hand and really squeeze it, so you’d have to brace yourself; otherwise, you lose your hand,” Ken laughs.

Ken gave the handshake and got the job. “Mum was very proud because four hundred and seven went for the cadetship, and six of us were successful.”

Ken’s dad nurtured his love of footy, taking him to Glenferrie Oval to watch Hawthorn play, and to the cricket. He would buy Ken a can of lemonade and a pie (both taboos at home). Ken still has all the scorebooks, still plays cricket as a spin bowler for Port Melbourne and has the distinction of getting out Bob Hawke.

“There were lots of ups and downs. They called me Tolstoy at The Age because I loved writing long stories. I spent four days writing a story, and the sports editor came back on a Thursday night after having a lot of wine at the Age’s watering hole and said, ‘Tolstoy, what’s this shit?’ and threw it up in the air. Message to Ken: don’t offer any stories to the sports editor on a Thursday night after he’s been to the pub.”

Ken also wrote for the Sunday Observer, was chief cricket and football writer for the Sporting Globe, and then ended up freelancing. This led him to do radio with 3MP and then Sport 927 (now RSN) for thirty-five years, then television reading the late-night sports news on Channel 7 and with World of Sport. He has worked with people like the immortal sportscaster Bill Collins. Ken has published forty-six cricket magazines, one every year since 1978.

In 2006, he was in Sydney collecting material for the magazine, and interviewing Sydney Swans player Darren Jolly (The Block), who was in the Grand Final that year.

Ken recalls, “I said, ‘You’re going to need a hundred tickets; all your mates from Ballarat will want to watch you play.’ He said, ‘That’s right, but I’m not sure about Deanne. She’s due to have our first next Saturday.’ I said, ‘Next Saturday, that’s Grand Final Day!’ He said, ‘That's right, I’m going to be there at the birth.’

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You need to get that foot in the door, and away you go

Ken asked Darren if Deanne was carrying the baby way out in front. He said she was, and Ken, who had had five children, said, “It’s sure to be a boy. Boys will hang on forever. You’ll be able to play on Saturday and have the kid on Sunday, no problem. The punchline was little baby Maddison, a girl, was induced on Friday, and he got to play. They lost the Grand Final by only a couple of points, but everyone was a winner that weekend. That was an exclusive story that went in all the News Limited papers all around the country. I was pretty thrilled about that.”

Has anything ever brought Ken to tears in sport?

“Trevor Barker dying. I cried then. Thirty-nine he was. One of my best mates. He was amazing. I’ve ghostwritten nearly everyone of note over the years in cricket and footie, including Trevor. Trevor was so young. Everybody loved him. He said to his dad, 'I tried, Dad,' but he couldn't beat his cancer.”

Ken’s advice to budding sports journalists?

“Look after your contacts. Try and write human interest stories about the guy with one leg who’s still swimming every day and playing lawn bowls and put it into your local paper. Put it

online. If you’re keen enough and you keep on banging on the door, someone of importance is going to say, ‘Hey, do you want to come and do this for me?’ You need to get that foot in the door, and away you go.”

Ken and his wife Susan bought their first house in Seaford and have always loved Mt Eliza. They raised their five children on the peninsula. Ken is now a sports commentator for P&O Cruises, entertaining passengers around the Asia/Pacific region. He says it’s a nice way to transition into retirement. Ken is sixty-eight. He might have a long way to go since his Mum, Patricia, recently turned a hundred! He loves New Zealand because “They’ve still got bookshops, and I love to do a book crawl, as you can see,’ he says, pointing to the thousands of books on sport adorning the bookshelves of his writing room. “There’s not a weight problem bringing them home when you’re on a ship.”

Ken’s memoir, 'Living the Dream - 60 Years of Cricket' will be released in September.

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TINY mysteries

I look at all the little building blocks that make up the animal and what’s going on in there
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South ecologist Amelia Carlesso is passionate about ants. It wasn’t what she expected to specialise in, but once she discovered their vital place in the ecosystem, she wanted to know more. Amelia has always been driven by curiosity and a genuine spirit of inquiry – excellent qualities in a scientist.

Growing up with Sweetwater Creek in her backyard meant she spent a lot of time in nature exploring and observing. “Living on the Peninsula, we are so lucky to have all of these lush wooded areas,” she says. While she loves the abundant local flora, she has always been drawn to fauna.

When Amelia was a child, her aunt had a horse and she fell in love with everything equestrian. Then the family got their beloved Jack Russell and Amelia considered being a vet. As a teen, she dreamt of travelling to Africa to work with lions, rhinos, giraffes and elephants.

In high school, at John Paul College, Amelia studied chemistry and biology achieving the highest marks in her biology class. Immunology was part of that study and it really intrigued her. So, when she went Monash University, she did a double major in Zoology and Immunology, earning a Bachelor of Science with honours.

“Zoology looks at the external structures and struggles of the animal in its environment, but with immunology, under the microscope, I look at all the little building blocks that make up the animal and what’s going on in there. I can see its internal struggles and get to know the mechanisms inside the body too,” she says.

Working as a field ecologist with Wildlife Unlimited, Amelia learned land surveying, GPS tracking and camera trapping before going on to La Trobe University to become a Graduate Research Assistant in the Insect Ecology Lab.

The position just happened to be looking at ants so she sort of fell into the speciality, but she loves it. Amelia views ants as tiny mysteries. Previous work in her honours degree course made her the perfect candidate for a research assistant placement because she had field experience and transferable skills. She already knew how to do science well.

While many people dislike bugs, Amelia respects them. “As humans we tend to gravitate towards vertebrates, cuddly things, the ‘charismatic animals’ so invertebrates get ignored, but they are so important. They are the backbone of our ecosystem. Invertebrates represent the bulk of biodiversity; 97% of animal biodiversity are invertebrates. Without insects, we wouldn’t have anything else,” she says.

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“There are 15,000 described ant species alone and scientists think there are probably 15,000 undescribed species. There is so much more than little sugar ants, carpenter ants or bull ants. The variety is mind boggling. The world of bugs is like science fiction,” she says.

Ants are a vital link in the ecosystem. “They can bring back our degraded landscapes. They help with soil turnover which aerates the soil, bringing in oxygen, and they help with soil breakdown which cycles nutrients into the soil. This benefits the environment. Ants are also important in the food web scheme,” she explains.

They are also role models in the value of cooperation if nothing else. Humans could learn a few things from ant behaviour. Ants are social insects that help one another working almost as one animal. They may also be a barometer for climate change; their thermal limits could telegraph climate change.

Joining the team in Ant Ecological Studies at La Trobe has been a major win. Amelia finds the diversity of the project exciting. There are so many things going on within it. As the research assistant, she gets to be involved in all aspects.

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Even better, Professor Heloise Gibb, who runs the lab, has asked Amelia to stay on for another two years.

A typical day in the field for Amelia involves visiting the site looking for nests, following ant trails to their source, collecting ants and examining their spectrum of traits. The research team discovers many interesting things. For instance, they were surprised to find that, under the right conditions, carpenter ants can live over a year. They can store food in their bodies and share it with other ants.

In future, Amelia would like to work on improving scientific communication to make research more accessible and easier to understand for the general public. She’s thinking about getting a Master’s degree in Biomedical Health and possibly a PhD in Ecology. She’d like to combine the two to work on health problems in animal populations.

Her key goal is to create positive change. “It’s the responsibility of current generations to create a comfortable and sustainable future for the next generations,” she says. If previous generations had felt this way, we’d be in a different world now.

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CREATIVE longevity

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Mikeand Janet Green are well-respected, awardwinning career artists. They are also genuinely equal partners in a marriage spanning nearly six decades. They have travelled together and separately for work and leisure, lived abroad and raised two sons while building their respective careers. They now work in their home art studios in Rosebud.

Janet grew up on a seven-acre property near Melbourne. She enjoyed drawing with her mother. Her father was a brass founder with fabulous building skills which he passed on to Janet. Sometimes Mike would return from travelling to find Janet had built a new deck or summer house.

Mike is from Auckland, where his father was a journalist/writer. His mother, who grew up in Tonga, had wonderful sewing and crafting skills. Mike attended a small private high school where he was taught by politically progressive intellectual European WW II refugees. It was the opposite of Janet’s conservative private girls’ school.

After getting her Diploma of Fine Art at Melbourne Technical College (now RMIT), Janet went to Mercer House Teachers’ College where she learned invaluable art skills with mentor/sculptor, Clifford Last. She became a junior school art teacher covering everything from woodwork and pottery to drawing and painting. She loved her work and continued to teach for many years.

While Mike was passionate about painting, he didn’t feel the trends in Australian art at the time suited his skills so he skipped art school. He got a scholarship to University of Melbourne to study Commerce, but it wasn’t for him. Almost by accident, he moved into advertising. His talents suited that field better as there was a lot of experimental thinking going on.

Janet (20) met Mike (21) at a party in Sorrento. He was immediately attracted to Janet in her red top and tight jeans, but her interest in art was the clincher. She too, thought they were kindred spirits. It was a long courtship because Janet set off to hitchhike around Europe for a year. Mike proposed over a longdistance phone call to Italy.

The pair moved to Canada in 1966 escaping restrictive Australian society. They freelanced and sold their paintings door to door. Janet created magazine cover art. Both worked on Expo ’67, a world fair in Montreal. Their two sons were born in Canada. Then Mike and Janet took a year off to travel 27,000 miles around Europe in a van with the boys.

When they returned to Australia in 1975, Mike and Janet were determined to paint full-time. They built a house in Mount Eliza. Mike started exhibiting at Manyung Gallery before approaching Australian Galleries which launched his career in galleries across Australia.

In 1980 Mike decided to broaden his skills. He applied to schools in the US and UK and was accepted at Boston University. They sold everything and moved to the US. Mike transferred to Boston’s famous Museum School where he could work with artists in an unrestricted way. In 1982, Janet started painting again when they were living in picturesque Rockport, Massachusetts inspired-by-the-water view outside the window.

Both Janet and Mike enjoy exploring different mediums. Janet likes painting and ceramics. Mike thinks painting is the medium in which he can most make his mark, but enjoys ceramics and sculpture. He also loves printmaking. They are currently in Fiji at a printmaking residency with master printmaker, Peter Lancaster.

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My work is surreal –objects are identifiable, but the composition is unexpected

Because they work differently, there has never been rivalry between them. “We generally don’t interfere with each other’s work,” Mike says. Janet adds, “We do check on one another, but only comment on the work if asked.” For Janet the subject is the most important thing, but for Mike it has always been about the subtext of the piece.

Signing her paintings as simply 'Janet' prevented her from being branded reductively as the wife of a well-known painter. They have established individual careers and each have exhibited widely across Australia and overseas. Currently Mike is represented by Magma Galleries, Collingwood. Both are represented by Nura Gallery, Sorrento.

While they have travelled the world, the couple love the Mornington Peninsula. “It is conducive to creating art,” Mike says. “We love walking in the bush and the beach. It’s very calming,” Janet says. While they share similar interests, each finds artistic inspiration differently.

“The subjects find me. I get a lot of inspiration from writers. As I get older, I’m more reflective. I want to express how I delve

26 | PENINSULAE ssence June 2024 IMAGE: Marion Harper, I imagine you as everything you are , 2023 (detail) oil on timber panel. MARION HARPER RESTLESS ENCOUNTERS 18 MAY—18

through life now. I look for a metaphor and build the painting around that. My work is surreal – objects are identifiable, but the composition is unexpected,” he says.

“I chose the background first and then decide what to put in the foreground. So, if I travel to Central Australia, I am looking for foreground objects that work with the colours of that place. Composition is really important. I go for realism with attention to detail. Then I rearrange the elements,” she says.

Mike and Janet find the art world today challenging, interesting and exciting. They get great pleasure following the careers of current young artists and seeing how they are progressing –especially on the Peninsula. Meanwhile, there’s no stopping Mike and Janet.

IG: @janet38green


Everywhen Art's June exhibition features paintings, sculptures and weavings of Indigenous wildlife from around Australia in an intriguing variety of works.

While many works depict colourful and quirky images of birds, echidnas, lizards, fish, and other animals; others focus on the creation stories relating to animals. These include barks, ochre and acrylic paintings relating the stories and myths of the creation figures such as stingrays, dugongs, crocodiles, and other water life from the coastal regions of Arnhem Land, the Kimberley, and Far North Queensland and the Brush Tail Possum of the Western Desert.

Featured artist is Cherylyn Napangardi Granites from Warlukurlangu Artists who depicts the wildlife she sees in her travels around Australia as well as that of her homelands around Yuendumu.

Opening event: Saturday June 8 | 2- 4 pm. Exhibition runs June 8-30

Whistlewood, 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham Open: Friday-Sunday 11-4


P: 03 5931 0318


June 8-30

Opening event Saturday June 8, 2-4 pm

RSVP: T: 03 5931 0318

From kangaroos, birds and water life of Arnhem Land and the Kimberley coast to echidnas and birds from the NT, and a wide variety of mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians from around the country, this exhibition celebrates the indigenous wildlife of Australia.

Whistlewood, 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham, Vic 3916

Open: Fri-Sun | 11-4 |

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Marion Harper is an artist based in Merricks, Boon Wurrung/ Bunurong, on the Mornington Peninsula. As well as painting, her practice incorporates a range of media including sound, video, installation, ceramics, and photo-based media.

Marion’s exhibition at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Restless Encounters, explores the emotional, psychological, and physical shifts we have when our bodies and environments change. The impetus for this series started when one of her close friends had an accident which left him with a severe spinal injury. Suddenly from a fit, active person, he was unable to move his arms or legs and is now in a wheelchair. After the accident he had to negotiate the world in a completely new body. This got Marion thinking about how each of us move through life and we each must continually negotiate and adapt to changes that life throws our way. It was the stillness of her friend’s limbs that inspired Marion to bring figures and movement into her paintings.

To develop the paintings, Marion worked with a group of dancers to improvise and test new ways of moulding their bodies into cardboard boxes. She was interested to explore how we might encounter familiar things in an unfamiliar way. Marion believes that playful encounters are central to being human – that play is “a kind of creativity – it’s how we can explore and look at things differently? When we play, we feel the intrinsic joy and vitality of participating in reality on its own terms, instead of trying to control and manipulate it to serve our own needs. It’s a place outside of societal controls, a bit like painting.”

Before going to art school, Marion studied medicine. It was during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s and she was interested in the way medical science conceptualised bodies. Immunological texts were filled with metaphors of warfare: Killer T cells, foreign antigens, hierarchies of command. She says, ‘They conceived the body as something contained, separate and impermeable. Since that time, I’ve been interested to explore bodies as a vehicle for synthesis and transformation and to visualise them as open, active, relational, dynamic, and moving. I think the boundaries between bodies and spaces, between individuals and society has been transformed over recent years. Think about how technologies now are so integrated into our bodies – mobile phones, hearing aids, pacemakers to name a few.’

Marion has several projects and exhibitions coming up and is always working at her studio in Merricks. She is currently making a ceramic back-pack/machine which will be shown at Art Programme and Idiot Savant Art Projects in the Nicholas building in Melbourne in July along with some small paintings. She is also working on a solo exhibition of paintings and ceramics for March next year. You can catch Marion Harper’s current exhibition Restless Encounters at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until 18 August.

A: Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd, Mornington P: 5950 1580


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Marion Harper in her studio
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Marion Harper, I am turning in all directions, 2024, oil on timber panel
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Old Modern Auctions of Tyabb has moved to 2-4 Collins Road, Dromana. This site was previously ‘The Factory Antiques’ run by George who has retired. All remaining stock will be sold through several onsite clearing sales. Full catalogues will be made available on the webssite. Viewing will be available in the days leading up to the auction and bidding can be undertaken online or in person. Dates are still to be finalised, but will likely be in June. Please check website for confirmation of dates.

The auction will contain a vast selection of vintage, antiques and collectables. Quality antique and mid-century furniture, vintage bottles, garden, tools, glassware, ceramics, vintage household and toys. It will be a truly mixed sale with something for everyone.

Once the stock has been sold, the centre will be renovated and re-opened under the management of Old Modern Auctions. We will be moving our existing auction rooms from Tyabb and opening a new vintage and antique centre. We will fill the site with all new vendors and stock. An opening date and details will be made available online as soon as we know. We will be looking for stall holders for vintage, antiques and collectables.


Old Modern Auctions

Clearing sale at George’s antique centre Dromana

Old Modern Auctions has moved to 2-4 Collins Road, Dromana. This was previously George's ‘The Factory Antiques’. Remaining stock will be sold in clearing sales starting in June. The auctions will contain vintage, antiques and collectables. Check website for dates.

After renovations, the centre will be re-opened by Old Modern Auctions. This will include auction rooms and vintage and antique centre. We will be looking for shallholders - vintage, antiques and collectables. 2-4 Collins Road, Dromana



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


8 DAY ADELAIDE SA & amp; THE OVERLAND Sunday 27 October – Sunday 3 November 2024

The Overland operates a day (Red Premium Class) Melbourne to Adelaide, including return journey.

We tour in a luxury coach for our 6 night stay at the Hotel Alba Adelaide, visiting the coastal town Victor Harbor, a journey to Port Elliot on the CockleTrain, Port Adelaide. Including a tasting to the iconic Barossa Valley & Sepplestfield Winery & Chocolate Company

Cost: $3,000

Per person twin share/double (Single supp $630) $200.00 Deposit ASAP to secure booking NORFOLK ISLAND Including THANKSGIVING DAY Thursday 21 – Friday 29 November 2024


Cost: $5,250

• Home pick up & return service metropolitan / Mornington Peninsula

• Tours escorted by Vickie Lamble

• All ages and abilities.

• Safe and inclusive environment.

• Mental and physical health

• All ages and abilities.

• Great opportunity to network new people.

• Safe and inclusive environment.

• Exclusive use of facilities for community (MFTTA hosted Olympics qualifiers as pictured All gender toilets.

• Mental and physical health benefits.

• Safe and inclusive environment.

• Great opportunity to network and meet new people.

• Mental and physical health benefits.

• Great opportunity to network and meet new people.

• All gender toilets available.

• Exclusive use of facilities for LGBTIQA+ community (MFTTA hosted the 2020 Tokyo

• Exclusive use of facilities for LGBTIQA+ community (MFTTA hosted the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifiers).

Cost: First 3 sessions are FREE! Then $10 per session (Includes bat and ball hire).

When: 10:30am - 12:pm on nominated Sundays. (Please refer to our website for full 2023 dates).

Where: MFTTA Stadium Civic Reserve Recreation Centre 350 Dunns Road, Mornington.

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Family, friends, and allies are most welcome!
LGBTIQA+ Community Contact: MFTTA
stadium 0498 003 788
Where: MFTTA Stadium Civic Reserve Recreation Centre 350 Dunns Road,
TABLE TE FOR A Family, friends,
LGBTIQA+ Community Contact: MFTTA stadium 0498
$10 per session (incudes
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Olympics qualifiers as pictured below). All gender toilets. Cost: First 3 sessions are FREE! Then $10 per session (incudes bat and ball hire). When: FOR ALL Family, friends, and allies are most welcome! Detailed itinerary phone: 0418 853 810 Email: Relax,
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A leading name in residential aged care, Arcare Aged Care is dedicated to delivering the highest standards of care. With over 50 unique residences across Victoria, Queensland, and New South Wales, our 40+ years of experience ensure you receive personalised care you deserve.

At Arcare, we pride ourselves on our rich history and deep understanding of aged care needs. Our Relationship-First Approach ensures each resident receives personalised care tailored to their unique needs. Whether you require permanent, respite, palliative, or dementia care, our team is here to support you with compassion and expertise.

We understand how important it is to find a residence that fits your needs. At Arcare, we balance responsibility and innovation, creating a model of care driven by the needs of our residents. Our approach is grounded in our past successes while embracing present-day advancements, ensuring you feel at home and thrive in our communities.

Experience quality aged care and community living at Arcare Balnarring.

P: 1300 ARCARE


34 | PENINSULAE ssence June 2024 ON THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA & SURROUNDS Discover the Arcare difference in Balnarring Discover quality aged care at Arcare Balnarring • 51 Balnarring Road Phone 1300 ARCARE or visit to book a private tour


Embark on a wondrous winter adventure at the Arthurs Seat Eagle—an enchanting experience that promises to warm your heart and captivate your imagination! This winter, soar to the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula and embrace the seasonal blend of excitement and coziness for visitors of all ages.

As you ascend in the fully accessible, state-of-the-art gondolas, leave behind the everyday hustle and bustle. At the Eagle, every moment is special, whether you're seeking a magical family outing, a cozy retreat with friends, or a romantic evening under the stars on one of the unique night time flights.

The comfortable, all-weather gondolas, equipped with large windows, provide the perfect vantage point to admire the breathtaking beauty of the region.

Step into a whimsical world with our blow-up "bubble houses" filled with balloons, creating a playful and warm atmosphere. Delight in warming foods from the Eagle café, featuring treats like decadent hot chocolate, hearty soup, and mulled wine, perfect for keeping the winter chill at bay.

Experience the magic of faux snow falling on the hour, every hour, and immerse yourself in cultural enrichment with yarn and yidaki sessions by Living Culture. Enjoy the thrill of nocturnal animal shows and enchanting winter night flights on Saturdays,

offering a unique perspective of the Peninsula after dark. With live music every weekend, and daily winter kids' crafts to provide endless fun for the little ones, there’s always something on.

As the season peaks, join us for a special "Christmas in July" celebration on the last weekend, making memories that will last a lifetime. Arthurs Seat Eagle offers a world-class experience unlike any other, promising to be "every bit special." Book your tickets now and discover the magic of winter!

A: 1085 Arthurs Seat Rd, Arthurs Seat IG: @arthursseateagle W:

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Calling all aspiring hen keepers! Have you dreamed of gathering fresh eggs from your own backyard flock? Or perhaps you're curious about the delightful companionship that chickens can bring? Look no further than Talking Hens' 3-part Winter Series – your ultimate guide to a fulfilling backyard chicken-keeping journey.

Why Chickens? These feathered friends are more than just a source of delicious eggs; they're known to steal hearts with their quirky personalities and entertaining antics.

Families across Melbourne are discovering the joy of welcoming chickens into their lives and we're here to help you do the same!

What Awaits You:

• Sunday, June 23rd (2 pm): Selecting the Right Breed Learn to match the perfect chicken breed to your unique lifestyle and preferences. We’ll look, see and touch a number of the breeds right from the farm.

• Sunday, July 21st (2 pm): Coop Management and Safety Uncover the secrets of building a secure, comfortable haven for your flock, safeguarding them from predators and the elements.

• Sunday, August 25th (2 pm): Health and Wellness Empower yourself with the knowledge to keep your feathered companions happy and healthy for years to come.

Each session will be held onsite at the Talking Hens farm in Merricks, where you'll gain hands-on insights from our highly experienced and expert presenters.

Ready to Start Your Journey?

Don't miss this opportunity to launch or elevate your backyard chicken experience. Tickets are just $29 per person (17 years and under free).

Visit our website or scan QR code below for more details and to secure your spot.

Let's make this winter the start of something special for you and your future flock!

A: 3590 Frankston Flinders Road, Merricks

P: 0406 691 231



Looking for backyard hens but unsure where to start?

Talking Hens is a business that enjoys backyard hens. We specialise in friendly, egg laying hens with quality products to keep them happy and healthy. There’s nothing like the friendship and entertainment that you receive from our laying hens - a pleasure to be shared!


Open 7 days: 10am to 4pm

3590 Frankston-Flinders Rd Merricks,
Vic 3916
For enquiries call 0406 691 231 Email: Visit:


Is it time to outsource your bookkeeping?

Say hello to Double Balance, your local bookkeeping team nestled in the heart of Mornington.

Whether you're a thriving enterprise on the Mornington Peninsula or a growing venture across Australia, our tailored services are designed to elevate your financial game.


Seasoned Experts: Our team boasts years of collective experience navigating businesses of all industries and scales.

Tailored Solutions: No cookie-cutter approaches here. We craft bespoke strategies to match your business's unique needs.

Competitive Rates: Quality meets affordability, ensuring you get the best bang for your buck. Community-Centric: Proudly located on the Mornington Peninsula, we're committed to giving back to our local community.

Accessible & Responsive: Reach out anytime. We're just a call or email away, ready to address your concerns promptly.


Regular Insights: Gain actionable insights with our comprehensive management reports.

Local Touch: Expect personalised, hands-on assistance from our friendly local staff.

Proactive Recommendations: We don't just crunch numbers; we offer unprompted, value-adding business suggestions.


Fixed Monthly Packages: Transparent pricing with no surprises.

End-to-End Bookkeeping: Let us handle the nittygritty while you focus on what matters most.

BAS Lodgment: Stay compliant effortlessly.

Payroll Management: From wages to Workcover to Industry specific lodgments like Coinvest, we've got you covered.

Financial Reporting: Gain clarity and make informed decisions.

Accounts Management: Streamline your payables and receivables.

Bank Reconciliation: Keep your finances effortlessly organised.


Tradesmen: From electricians to plumbers, we understand the unique needs of trades businesses.

Professional Services: Whether you're in finance or consulting, we speak your language.

Healthcare Professionals: Surgeons, medical personnel, and allied health practitioners trust us with their finances.

Small & Medium Enterprises: No matter your size, we're here to fuel your growth journey.


Founded in 2019 by Director Brittany Willard, Double Balance stems from a passion for empowering local businesses. With a corporate bookkeeping background, Brittany envisioned a firm dedicated to the success of small to medium enterprises.

Our team of six talented individuals, all Mornington Peninsula locals, brings a diverse range of skills and experiences to the table. With 78 satisfied clients and counting, we’re eager to welcome more aboard.


Specialising in Xero while proficient in MYOB and QuickBooks, we harness the latest in cloud-based technology to streamline your operations.

Stay ahead of the curve with our commitment to staying abreast of technological advancements and legislative changes.


Kickstart your journey to financial excellence with a complimentary 30-minute business consultation. Reach out to us today at 1300 805 870 or drop us an email at

Phone: 1300 805 870

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• ½ cup grated zucchini

• ½ cup grated carrot

• 500g beef and pork mince

• 6 eggs

• 3 tsp Italian seasoning mix

• 1 small onion, finely chopped

• 1 clove garlic, crushed

• 1 Tbsp Worcestershire

• ½ cup grated parmesan

• ½ cup dried breadcrumbs

• 2 Tbsp olive oil


• 400g jar pasta sauce with basil

• 400g can diced tomatoes

• 4 eggs

• 1 cup grated mozzarella

• Cooked garlic bread, to serve (optional)

• Basil leaves, to serve


1. Process zucchini and carrot in a small food processor until finely chopped. Combine vegetable mixture, mince, 1 egg, seasoning, onion, garlic, Worcestershire, parmesan and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into balls using damp hands.

2. Heat oil in a large, frying pan over a medium low heat. Cook meatballs, shaking pan, for 8 minutes until browned. Add pasta sauce and tomatoes. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 8-10 minutes until thickened.

3. Use a spoon to move meatballs aside to make 6 holes. Crack remaining eggs into each hole. Sprinkle mozzarella around eggs and over the top. Cover and cook for a further 7-9 minutes or until eggs are just set and mozzarella melted. Serve sprinkled with basil leaves.


• Weekly Meal Prep Tip: Double the meatballs and freeze half so you have a meal ready to go during the week.

• Warm leftovers gently on 50% microwave heat for approximately 3-5 minutes.

• Can be served with fettuccine and a crisp green salad.

Check out Dani Venn cooking this recipe on the Australian Eggs Flip It Cooking Stage at the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show 31 May - 2 June. I

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Hidden Ridge






LOCATION: 2080 Frankston - Flinders Rd, Hastings

HOURS: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm

PHONE: 9596 4278


LOCATION: Unit 5, 3 Trewhitt Court, Dromana Industrial Estate

HOURS: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am until 5pm PHONE: 9596 4878

Our Price $8 RRP $12
Evolution Shiraz Rosé 2020 Heathcote Shiraz
Our Price $10 RRP $20
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Wine Lovers Warehouse is the direct to public arm of our wholesale business specialising in restaurant, hotel, and function wines for over 17 years.

COVID-19 put a big handbrake on our wholesale business and so we made a decision to transform and stay alive, supported by our friends and the local community, which we will be forever grateful.

We opened the warehouse every week to the public, selling our wines and suppliers at trade prices and no retail mark ups. It is our commitment to remain open servicing the needs of our Wine Lover community into 2023 and beyond. Come along and say hello, grab a bottle or a case. Try before you buy at the Hastings store guarantees you will be satisfied with your choices.

$7 RRP $22
Franca’s Vineyard Riverland Pinot Noir 2022
Our Price $7 RRP $14
Yalumba Y Series 2021 (Vegan) Sauvignon Blanc
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Flinders is a beautiful and historic coastal village overlooking Western Port, 73 km drive south of Melbourne's Central Business District.

Coffee Safari

Fresh brewed coffee is a must have for weekends away and Flinders 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.

Flinders is an appealing holiday destination due to its scenic coastal location amongst rolling green hills and the fact that commercial development seems to have forgotten this town, instead preserving the area's natural beauty and scenic views.

The town was named by George Bass after his friend, the explorer and British naval officer Matthew Flinders. Settlement commenced in 1854 and many pioneers and settlers are buried at the Flinders cemetery. Flinders Post Office opened on 7 March 1863 as the population grew.

Fishing and providing timber for the railways were important early industries. Fishermen settled in cottages on the beach near the jetty, where the catch was kept alive in floating coops before being sent to market.

A number of historical buildings exist within the town, complemented by several antique shops, restaurants and cafes, chocolate maker, a village store and the 125 year-old Flinders Hotel, with adjoining hotel.

At the most recent 2021 census, Flinders had a population of 1,103.

In recent times, Flinders has become a hub for the arts with seven galleries along the main street.

Attractions along the coast include Bass Park which provides spectacular views down to the Flinders Jetty and across Western Port, as well as being home to a monument dedicated to George Bass and Matthew Flinders who were the first explorers in the area.

The weedy sea-dragon, whose habitat is beneath the Flinders Pier, attracts snorkelers from around the world to view this unique marine creature. This area is also popular for sailing, fishing, and other watersports.

The Flinders Golf Course is situated above the cliffs and ocean beaches to the south, overlooking the Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary and bordering the Mornington Peninsula National Park. To the west of Flinders, just off Boneo Road, is The Blowhole which includes walking tracks along the rocky coastline and over huge bluestone boulders.

Around 12 kilometres west of Flinders is the small community of Cape Schanck, known for its golf courses and the historic lighthouse situated at the rocky southernmost tip of the peninsula.

After petitions and protests from locals, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council voted unanimously on 7 September 2021, to save the Flinders Pier from demolition to the inner section, because of significant historical, social, aesthetic, and environmental reasons

Georgie Bass Cafe



This Flinders institution serves up Commonfolk’s Progress St blend alongside fresh, local and seasonal produce. They also offer cooking classes led by their own chefs using premium Miele equipment. These classes cater for a maximum of 11 people and are suitable for all levels of experience.

Pier Proverdore Flinders



Lovely cafe with delicious coffee. Indoor and outdoor seating great for all weather, with a fabulous alfresco area at the back with lots of tables and toys to occupy the kids. Excellent breakfast menu and gourmet foods.

Village Cafe & Wine Bar


This family owned and run business pride themselves on their houseroasted coffee, great meals (eat in or take-away), famous house made cakes and extensive wine list. Sit by the toasty fire in the winter or enjoy the sun filled courtyard on warmer days.

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Mt Eliza Gardens Aged Care is a brand new luxurious, 141 suite state-of-the-art aged care facility, located on the Mornington Peninsula and is now open for admissions.

The prestigious facility is part of the family-owned Australian Aged Care Group Pty Ltd (AACG), which prides itself on innovation in caring for the aged with a mission to excel in providing quality care services and accommodation.

Mt Eliza Gardens is architecturally designed with premium hotel-style accommodation that embraces older Australians in a place where they feel most comfortable, while still living in their local community.

The facility has been purposefully designed with careful attention to detail in the quality of the living environment and services provided. It will be staffed to meet the increasingly discerning standards demanded by our ageing population. The multi level facility will provide care to residents with ageing in place programs offering all levels of care, as well as consulting suites for medical practitioners and allied health professionals. We also offer a dedicated Memory Support Unit. The spacious and elegant facility consists of several separate wings, adjoining central lounges, café, bar, reception centre and provides an extensive range of services to assist residents in remaining active and engaged.

Features include:

n Respite stay now available

n Single, spacious rooms/suites with ensuite bathrooms and comfortable living areas

n Ageing in place programs

n Larger suites with fully equipped kitchenettes and lounge area for premium style of living

n Spacious lounge, sitting and dining areas

n Individually controlled heating and air conditioning in every room/suite

n Telephone, Foxtel and Netflix connection points in every room/suite

n Expansive undercover car parking

n Courtyard and outdoor garden sitting areas

n Hairdressing & Beauty Salon

n Chapel (non-denominational)

n Gold Class Cinema

n Café and Bar

n Medical Suite incorporating G.P. Clinic, separate Physiotherapy treatment room and large fully equipped gym

n LED TV screens in every room/suite

n Dedicated bus for resident outings

n Wi-Fi

n Private Dining Room for special occasions

n End of Life Care

To discuss your individual requirements and experience the Mt Eliza Gardens Aged Care lifestyle firsthand, please phone (03) 8001 8000 or visit our website

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Mt Eliza Gardens Aged Care 235 Canadian Bay Road Mount Eliza, Victoria 3930 PO Box 411, Mount Eliza, Victoria 3930 (03) 8001 8000
(After hours and weekend appointments also available)

What to do

Located close to the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula, Flinders is an appealing holiday destination due to its scenic coastal location and nearby rolling green hills. Enjoy leisurely walks, a hit of golf overooking the ocean, The Blowhole, coastal walks, food and wine galore at restaurants, cafes and nearby vineyards, and browsing antique stores and art galleries.


Tired of stale tasting supermarket eggs? Our farm is family owned and managed. We have been producing quality eggs for over 40 years, supplying the public, cafes, restaurants and other businesses on the peninsula. Eggs are collected 365 days a year so you can be assured that you are buying the freshest eggs with the best yolk and flavour from our barn door. Come and visit our Free Range hens roaming in their paddocks!




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1. Ignite

6. Russian guitar

11. Swindled

15. Senior

16. Tropical jelly-making fruit

17. Unforeseen drawback

18. Dutifulness

21. Stingiest

22. Party

23. Jittery (2,4)

24. Hollered

28. Adroit

30. Canvas shelter

32. Tiny islands

35. Angry

37. Ceases

38. Peaches & ...

40. Painter, Vincent ... (3,4)

43. Spread out

45. Backchat

47. Creep

48. Torvill or Dean (3-6)

52. Non-government body (1,1,1)

53. Oddest

56. Anxiety

58. Bahamas capital

60. Practice (5,3)

61. Cottons on

62. Derived from many sources

64. High-dependency ward (1,1,1)

65. Fah, ..., lah, te, doh

67. Shortbread treats

69. Hymn, Ave ...

72. Preoccupied

75. Harness (oxen)

77. Pelvic joints

78. Territory, Puerto ...

79. Knowledgeable about (2,2)

81. Most hideous

83. Submerged sandbank

84. Aural orifice

86. National banner

87. Honshu's chief city

90. Seize (power)

92. Flowing volcano rock

93. Recently

95. Redcurrants, etc.

96. Eventuates

98. Glide aloft

99. Velvety kidskin

100. Internet connection device

101. Lentil dish

102. Pastry meals

103. Mama & ...

104. Ruffian


110. Submarine detector

113. Kiddies

115. Ailment

116. Small leakage

117. Disembark

118. Spaces

119. Cylinders

122. Study tables

125. Rip violently

126. Revised

127. Take off

129. Beastlier

130. Fatigue

131. Left hurriedly

132. German WWII fascist

133. Egyptian cobras

134. Identify (problem)

137. Humble oneself

138. Swayed unsteadily

142. Purge

143. Dove call

145. Musical composition

146. Beetle grub

149. Models

151. Got older (of population)

152. Coronary artery disease symptom

154. Abnormality

156. Anti-lock braking system (1,1,1)

157. Baton-passing contest (5,4)

159. Rugby pack

161. Tariffs

163. Hot condiment

168. Sprightlier

171. Positive pole

172. Gossiped

176. Ally

177. Zany

180. London nightclub zone

181. Begone, go ...!

183. Buffoon

187. Despise

188. Firebomb liquid

190. Put to work

191. Partitioned container

192. Citrus crop

193. Flat-bodied lizard

194. Actress, ... Rigg

195. Forms liking for (5,2)

196. Reference tomes

197. Monday's tomorrow

1. Insinuate

2. Death-causing

3. Not sleeping

4. Slippery fish

5. Coach

6. Extensive

7. Certifies (accounts)

8. Prevents

9. Operative

10. Invaders

11. Stardom

12. End-of-year finals

13. Crinkly fabric

14. Calendar entries

19. Haemorrhaged

20. Disadvantages

25. Approximate hour of arrival (1,1,1)

26. Nigeria's principal port

27. Use shovel

29. Lionise

31. Exclusive English college

32. Little devil

33. Slanted

34. In French it's Le

36. Oratory

39. Attacks

40. Nullify

41. Ashamedly

42. Lies

44. Morse sounds

46. Realised

47. Lyrical tune

49. Grain tips

50. Dust-coloured

51. Encounters (4,4)

53. More nauseous

54. Nook

55. Withdrawal

57. Felled tree remains

59. Besiege

63. Employee suspensions (3-4)

66. Arcade game

67. Pauper

68. Excels

70. Aground

71. Baghdad natives

73. Break-up

74. Blunted

76. Malaysian capital (5,6)

80. Toy weapons

82. Eyelid swelling

85. Copied

88. Maintains pace (5,2)

89. Protests

90. Bent 180 degrees (1-6)

91. Unveils

94. Shockingly vivid

97. Everest is there

104. Firm up (grip)

105. Panted

106. Beachside hut

107. Determine (blood group)

108. Split up

109. Snow pastime

111. US astronauts' HQ

112. Street brawler

113. Strand (of cotton)

114. Willing torturers

120. Visionary speculation

121. Bubble

123. Typified

124. Guernseys & jerseys

127. Tamper

128. French dance

135. Run up (debts)

136. Fort

139. Allowing

140. Hollow

141. Spend time idly

144. Healing gel, aloe ...

147. Eve's mate

148. Immense

150. Assemble (film) for screening

153. Inheritor

155. Saint, Joan ... (2,3)

158. Prove wrong

160. W US state 162. Once again 164. Battery size (1,1,1)

165. Headgear

166. Pre-publication fee

167. Chronicle

169. Public house

170. CD brand (1,1,1)

172. Energetic person

173. Bacall's first husband

174. Hispanic US resident 175. Scandinavian 177. Fix (photo) on to backing 178. Wet one's whistle

179. Awry

180. Rise suddenly, ... up

182. Inches, feet & ...

184. Senseless (comment)

185. Carried on (war)

186. Delicious

187. Child's building blocks

189. Castle water ditch

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In the late summer of 1935, newspapers from Townsville to Tasmania carried the story of the emergency landing of a plane at the “Balnarring aerodrome”.

The plane, Holyman’s Airways the ‘Golden West’, was on the mail flight from Launceston to Melbourne via Flinders Island and had run into bad weather. This might not have caused so much interest had not one of the company’s planes gone missing, just three months prior, over the ocean near Wilsons Promontory, with the loss of all aboard.

The future is in aircraft

William Holyman, the founder of the shipping firm Holyman & Sons, had bought his first ship in 1861. With his three sons, Thomas, William Jnr and James, he built up the shipping line which moved passengers and goods between coastal Tasmanian towns and Bass Strait islands. The firm operated out of Devonport, then later Launceston. It was later extended across the strait to the Australian mainland. By 1931 the company had nine steam ships plying the seas.

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Top: The "Golden West" at "Balnarring Aerodrome" Above: William Holyman Right: A Holyman steamer

Victor and Ivan Holyman were two of the thirteen children of William Jnr. Both sons intended entering the family shipping company but Victor saw the potential of air transport after having learnt to fly during the years of World War 1 when he served with the aerial wing of the Royal Navy. He was described as “an airman with rare ability.” (Younger brother Ivan enlisted in 1914 and served at Gallipoli and the Western Front where he was promoted to Captain and awarded the Military Cross.) After a rival competitor started an air link between Flinders Island and the Tasmanian mainland, the Holyman brothers bought their first plane in 1932. ‘Miss Currie’ was a three-passenger de Havilland DH83 Fox Moth which flew the old sea routes between Flinders Island and Launceston. Victor’s wife, Hazel Holyman, met the passengers and drove them to the airport at Launceston where she gave them blankets, biscuits and a warm drink for their flight. She has sometimes been called the first flight hostess although she never left the ground.

In 1933 the two rival companies merged to form Tasmanian Aerial Services. A new de Havilland DH 84 Dragon was acquired to make the run three times a week between Launceston and Melbourne .

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Right: Victor (left) and Ivan Holyman, circa 1917 Below: Holyman's shed, Launceston wharf

A tragic accident

In November of the that year, 1933, the Commonwealth Government called for tenders for a subsidized airmail service as part of the Empire Air Mail Scheme and in July, 1934 Holyman’s Airways Pty Ltd was registered. The company was successful in its bid for the mail contract and two new aircraft, de Havilland DH86s, were bought. These aircraft had been specially developed for the mail route and hurried into use. They were four-engine, single-control models with the pilot seated in the nose of the aircraft and the co-pilot in the seat behind. This made changing seats awkward and was considered one possible cause of an accident that later occurred.

The first run was made on 3 October, 1934.

On 19th October one of their two airliners, ‘Miss Hobart’, described by the Burnie ‘Advocate’ as “the largest and most luxuriously appointed aeroplane at present in Australia”, went down near Wilson’s Promontory. Ten passengers, including a fivemonth-old baby and the two crew members, lost their lives. Victor Holyman had been the co-pilot. An extensive sea, air and land search for the aircraft was finally called off after five days and there was much speculation as to why the plane had disappeared.

Captain Ivan Holyman, took over management of the company. A second-hand de Havilland DH84 was purchased to replace the missing aircraft and this was named the ‘Golden West’.

An Emergency Landing

On the morning of 9th February, 1935, the ‘Golden West’, flown by Pilot Paterson, was carrying the mail and four passengers. When it left Launceston at 9.00 a.m. weather conditions had been excellent but misty rain, which greatly reduced visibility, had

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Above: "Miss Launceston" Below: Holyman's Airways luggage label Bottom: "Miss Hobart" with Victor Holyman (centre)

moved in before the plane reached Flinders Island an hour later. Newspapers had reported the pilot had radioed “running into rain; visibility ahead bad; due Flinders Island 10.10 a.m.” shortly before landing. There the pilot received news that Wilson’s Promontory was fog-bound and damage to the plane’s wireless aerial was also discovered. Thus, it was unable to receive or transmit messages during the remainder of the flight. However, the ‘Golden West’ left on time to continue its flight to Melbourne. Conditions worsened and visibility was extremely poor when the plane flew over Western Port and, as it proceeded towards Port Philip, the land fog became denser. Visibility was “almost nil”. Pilot Paterson made the decision to turn back to Balnarring East (Somers, to give it its new name) where he landed the plane without incident. About an hour and a half later, after having waited in vain for conditions to improve, the plane took off again for Melbourne. By hugging the coast where visibility was relatively good, Pilot Paterson landed the ‘Golden West’ at Laverton at 3.25 in the afternoon after a flight he later described as “one of the most unpleasant flights” he had made. The company had two planes, one that left from Launceston and one that left from Melbourne on the same day. Both flew via Flinders Island. The other plane, the ‘Loina’, had “battled her way through rain and fog” after a delayed start from Melbourne and had remained at Flinders Island until conditions improved before completing the final leg.

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The ‘aerodrome’ at Somers ‘Balnarring aerodrome’, as some of the newspapers termed it, was rather a grandiose name for the area where the mail plane set down. This was a paddock on the west side of Camp Hill Road between the new Somers township and Sandy Point Road. The land here was flat, allowing the planes to taxi and the paddock had been marked with a big carbide ash circle. The area was used mainly for sports as the football ground was nearby. The paddock was used by the mail planes as a temporary stopover if the weather was bad. Some early Somers residents recalled the mail planes flying across the area. Ray Stone related that, as a school boy, he often saw the planes pass overhead and how occasionally they landed if the weather was bad. He stated some passengers stayed in the plane while others walked to the store for a cup of tea. On one occasion a bigger, 3-engined plane landed. Ray and his mate, Roger Thompson, were not going to miss seeing it. The two excited boys went from school but they only had one bicycle between the two of them so Roger dinked Ray to the landing strip.

Holyman’s Airways lost another plane the following year. The ‘Loina’ left Melbourne with two crew members and carrying five passengers. It was due to land on Flinders Island at 9.55am. But it did not. Nor was it sighted, although the lighthouse keeper on Wilsons Promontory had seen it pass over at nine o’clock. It is believed the plane stalled as it was gliding down to the aerodrome and plummeted into the sea. Soon after this loss all of Holyman’s aircraft were subject to rigorous safety checks.

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Above left: The "Loina" Above: "Balnarring Aerodrome"

How Holyman’s Airways became A.N.A.

The airline continued to grow, expanding its operations throughout south-eastern Australia. In 1935 it had a route from Melbourne to Sydney and to Canberra and that same year a regular airmail service commenced between Melbourne and Sydney. In 1936 Ivan Holyman approached the Adelaide Steamship company which owned Adelaide Airways. It had recently taken over Western Australian Airways. He proposed a merger and with funding from the Orient Steamship Company, the two groups amalgamated to form Australian National Airways (A.N.A.). The new company was registered in May 1936. A twice-weekly service between Melbourne and Perth was introduced. The airline was now flying the Americanbuilt Douglas DC 2 planes, the first all metal aircraft. As yet, it did not have access to Queensland routes. These were controlled by rival company Airlines of Australia (AoA). Just prior to World War 2, ANA had a controlling interest in AoA and, between them, the two airlines were flying four DC-2s and four DC-3s as well as other aircraft. When war broke out the government requisitioned all four of A.N.A.’s DC 3s however the airline was soon operating a network of services around Australia on behalf of the war effort.

Then - Ansett Airlines of Australia

Hazel Holyman had left Australia after her husband’s death and had been travelling in England and the United States where she witnessed the air hostessing service introduced by United Airlines. Ivan had approached her in 1939, asking her to return and superintend A.N.A.’s air hostesses. Hazel designed uniforms, was responsible for stores, catering and laundry and she occasionally filled in if one of the hostesses was unable to fly. The girls were in awe of her and called her “Matron”.

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Above: One of ANA's DC3s Above: ANA poster

Post-war the Chifley Labor government established its own line, Trans-Australian Airlines (T.A.A) after failing to nationalise airlines. The two airlines, T.A.A. and A.N.A. became the major Australian airlines with routes that covered most of the continent. In 1949 A.N.A. was floated as a public company. It continued to expand with routes all over Australia and a handful of overseas destinations.

Sir Ivan Holyman died in 1957. The government declined the offer to buy the airline from the share-holders. Instead, Melbournebased Reginald Ansett bought A.N. A. for £3.3 million towards the end of that year. It merged with his smaller company, Ansett, to fly under the name Ansett – A.N.A. and was re-named Ansett Airlines of Australia in 1968. As such, it operated for 65 years until liquidation in 2002 after a financial collapse.

The “aerodrome” at Somers acted as an occasional landing place for the mail planes to Tasmania until 1940 when a new airfield was built at the nearby Flinders Naval Depot (now H.M.A.S. Cerberus) in Crib Point. By then, larger and better equipped aircraft made flying in unfavourable weather conditions less hazardous and an emergency strip, except on rare occasions, was no longer needed.

References: Contemporary newspapers; All Our Somers by Bruce Bennett, Australian Dictionary of Biography; University of Tasmania internet entry. Map: B.D.H.S. collection. Images from the internet.(Tasmanian Aviation Historical Society)

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Above: Hazel Holyman with newly graduated air hostesses, circa 1950 Below: Reginald Myles Ansett

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