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s a soprano, Deborah Cheetham is a strong voice on stage. But today it’s her sonorous speaking voice that transports us to a chapter in history we have to remind ourselves isn’t that long ago. We’re in a Southbank café. I had suspected Cheetham was going to be interesting – anyone who writes a play called White Baptist Abba Fan can’t miss – but I’m not sure I was quite prepared for the sadness, the courage and the redemptive power of her story. “I am eternally grateful that I was born with the ability to express myself through music because I had a platform I could work through some of this, a cathartic process figuring out who you are and how you came to be,” she says. “Without that voice, without music, how would I have found my way?”

abandoned but you’re not living that sense of abandonment. It doesn’t really hit home until much later on.” When it did hit home, it hit hard. “In 1985 I was in a play in Canberra. I came out on stage one night and I had to play this scene very close to the front row of the audience, and I looked into the audience and looking back at me was a woman who could have been my identical twin. “It was like a jolt. We met after the play and she had recognised that we had this incredible similarity in our features. And we managed to work out that we were related. The one piece of information my adoptive parents gave me when I was growing up was that I was the niece of Jimmy Little. My mother was his younger sister. “I’d never wielded that piece of information in my whole life.

notes At 49, Cheetham is Australia’s best-known indigenous opera singer. Since making her international debut in 1997, she has performed in concert halls across Europe, the United States, Britain and Australia. She is an outspoken voice on indigenous issues and gay marriage, a respected academic (she is head of the Wilin Centre at the faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and associate head of indigenous development) and in 2010 wrote and created Australia’s first indigenous opera, Pecan Summer. Now she is using her profile to promote February’s Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, as an ambassador. It’s been a long journey to find her place in the world. Cheetham was just three weeks old when she was adopted in 1964 and she grew up in Sydney’s southern suburbs with two other adopted non-Aboriginal siblings. “My adoptive parents were good people,” she says. “They had been told that I’d been abandoned by my Aboriginal mother and they believed that. They were told that by a church authority and, being quite religious themselves, they never questioned that authority. “In time they said, ‘You were abandoned by your Aboriginal mother and we adopted you and essentially we’ve rescued you from your Aboriginality, from being abandoned, from a life that would have been much less than it is with us’. This was a message that was constantly fed to me.” Her adoptive parents, she says, were very generous and “no more dysfunctional than any other parents”. They were church-going Baptists and Cheetham’s earliest memory is of leaning up against her mum in church and hearing her voice. Her father, a baker, and mother, who looked after the children, seldom listened to music, but Cheetham fell in love with singing in church and adored pop music. “I can’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t singing. It was my way of communicating anything.” Cheetham grew up with no connection to her Aboriginal heritage. “I grew up in a world where Aboriginal Australia was completely absent,” she says. It was a scenario she says her parents did nothing to change. Throughout her youth she believed what her parents told her. Her life began with “this falsehood, this lie that I was abandoned”. “As a small child you can’t really comprehend what being abandoned means, particularly when you’re in a family who love you, who take good care of you, provide every opportunity in life for you,” she says. “You’ve been told you’ve been

“as a small child you can’t really comprehend what being abandoned means” I knew Jimmy was a famous Aboriginal man. I never allowed myself to think that he was actual family. He was uncle Jimmy. Any friend of the family was called uncle this or aunty that.” Cheetham said to the woman: “Jimmy’s my uncle.” And the woman said: “We’re cousins and I know your mother. Do you want to meet her?” And that was the breakthrough. Meeting her birth-mother, Monica, in 1985 and then, a decade later, hearing the truth about her adoption, was confronting and confusing for Cheetham. “My adoptive parents had worked really hard to educate me out of being Aboriginal because they saw Aboriginality as less than … something quite negative. My adoptive mother would say, ‘You’re really quite fair; you don’t look that Aboriginal’, implying ‘You could get away with not being Aboriginal if you just try hard enough’. “My parents didn’t see the true value of this unique culture – the longest continuing culture in the world – that wasn’t celebrated in the ’60s and ’70s and when they were growing up in the ’40s and ’50s. They knew hardly anything about it.” Cheetham and Monica slowly developed a relationship, often singing together. But it was to be another 10 years before Cheetham found out what actually happened. “For a decade we tried to find our way,” she says. “And then finally Monica felt that she had to tell the truth.” That truth came in the form of a letter in 1995, in which Monica described how Deborah had been taken from her at three weeks of age, and that Monica had begged the authorities to tell her where they had sent her. For Cheetham it was a defining moment. “In 1964 Monica was a young Aboriginal woman (aged 19). My biological father, her husband, had left her. She had no rights, no one to protect her, no one to stand up for her. The referendum [in 1967] was still a couple of years away. “As an Aboriginal child, especially one with one Aboriginal parent and one non-Aboriginal parent, I could be taken and sent wherever they wanted to send me and my mother had no rights. She was living in an orphanage run by the Salvation

Army.” After giving birth to Deborah, Monica earned some money by picking beans. “She came back after a week and I was gone. In the letter my mother said she’d searched for me. She’d searched for two years and she finally found where they had taken me. “She made her way to Oatley (from Nowra on the NSW south coast), found the home of my adoptive parents. She came to plead with them, could she at least see me, to see how I was getting on. Obviously her deepest desire was to get me back. But she didn’t get any chance to explain any of that because as soon as my adoptive mother saw her approaching the house she got straight on the phone and called the police. The police came and they quite literally dragged Monica away. “I was conflicted. I had a complete breakdown. I was in the middle of a crisis of identity because I’d had this decade of knowing Monica, of trying to see myself in this Aboriginal family and not really understanding what that was.” Cheetham was angry that she hadn’t been told the truth. “I wasn‘t sure at that time how to direct that sense of loss. And I think this is true of so many of the Stolen Generations. Many children that were taken never met their families. “I was fortunate.”


heetham wrote a play about her experiences called White Baptist Abba Fan, which premiered in 1997 at the Sydney Opera House. “It really defined that period of my life, of coming to the realisation that I’d been taken, not abandoned, and someone had loved me and not wanted to give me up.” In the play, Monica’s voice can be heard reading the letter. Monica died in 2000. With the confusion and pain of her life story being revealed, music provided a constant comfort for Cheetham. “I think music is so deeply embedded in my identity … I was born with this ability. It’s my way of being in the world.” She toured White Baptist Abba Fan on and off for five years before travelling to Melbourne in 2006 to take up a six-month position at the Victorian College of the Arts. Seven years later she is still here. “I absolutely fell in love with everything about Melbourne. The arts scene, the connectedness, the way Melbourne knows itself. An artist can really find themselves in a city like Melbourne. And I found myself.” Cheetham saw her first opera as a teenager at the Sydney Opera House in 1979 and fell in love. “I thought, ‘This is what I want to do’. She studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. Her adoptive mother, Marjorie, who died in 2000 aged 78, struggled with her daughter’s very public connection with her Aboriginal mother. “She felt it very deeply,” says Cheetham. “In a way she felt I had abandoned her but how could I have done that? If you ask any adoptive mother this is a question they are constantly considering – ‘I raised this child as our own but there’s another mother out there’.” Her father, Mervyn, who died in 2003 aged 79, was more sanguine. “He could see that he hadn’t lost anything and that the family was as we always were.” In 2009 Cheetham started the Short Black Opera Company, a national non-profit opera company devoted to the development of indigenous opera singers. Her latest project is Til The Black Lady Sings, a recital that tells the story of how the opera company came into being. Accompanying her in the recital will be pianist Toni Lalich, who is Cheetham’s partner in life. They met in 2006 soon after Cheetham arrived in Melbourne. “We were sharing an office and I thought ‘This is it’,” recalls Cheetham. “I knew straight away’.” The couple live in inner Melbourne with one of Cheetham’s three stepchildren from a previous relationship. She is a strong advocate for gay marriage, but she recognises her good luck. “For a soprano to form a relationship with an accompanist is a very fortunate thing,” she says with a smile. \ We Welcome your feedback @

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to watch a concept in my head become a reality,” says Viska. “The main characters in the series were just initial sketches but they’ve taken on a life of their own.” Viska discovered illustrating at 15 when he saw his first Mad. He began drawing his own caricatures for fun and hasn’t stopped. “I loved science and sport and didn’t do art,” he says. “At school I had to do an aptitude test and there was this skyscraper standing out on the chart for art and I thought that was just stupid.” After high school, Viska joined Shell Oil as an operations clerk – but after a short time he decided



eter Viska’s first venture into the colourful world of illustrating didn’t go to plan. During his last year at high school in Perth, he created his own version of the satirical Mad magazine, basing his caricatures on his schoolteachers. “I gave it to a friend to print and didn’t realise there was a hole in the middle of one of the pages. He filled that hole with a little rhyme about flirting with another man’s wife,” recalls Viska. “A few of the teachers at school were playing up and they thought I was on to them. I was almost suspended.” Since that shaky start, Viska has created children’s pages in newspapers, developed children’s TV series such as Li’l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers, and illustrated more than 40 books including Far Out, Brussel Sprout! and All Right, Vegemite!, which have sold more than a million copies in Australia. At his studio in a Richmond warehouse, a small team of animators, editors and designers is bringing to life Viska’s latest animation project – Jar Dwellers SOS – a 56 episode series which screens on Channel 11. Large cut-outs of the cast, including a purple monster and a creature holding a string of sausages, stand to attention in a corner of the studio. “The story is based around two siblings, Sophie and David, who discover and release three amazing creatures from special science jars, handmade by famous naturalist Albert Derwent,” says Viska. “Ooble, Crunch and Barka are not ready for exile so Sophie, with the help of of Derwent’s Big Book, introduces them to her “Survival of Species” program. They learn to avoid Professor Van Riceberger, his Jar Trackers and his assistant Chang. The creatures have no plans to return home. They are out, there is no going back! “It’s been a wonderful journey over the past six years

to find out whether he could make a career with a sketchpad and pencil. After a backpacking trip around Europe, he landed a job in Canberra as a newspaper cartoonist and then moved to Melbourne to draw for the Sunday Observer. There he created the Wotcha-ma-callit Club – a children’s page – and the mix of characters, stories and competitions hit a sweet spot with eight- to 12-year-olds. By the time Viska moved on, the club had 50,000 enthusiastic members. “That page has a special spot in my heart,” he says. “I’ve met people who said they made their parents go out to buy the paper just for the kids’ page. Rove McManus read the Wotcha-ma-callit page when he was growing up in Perth.” Viska then illustrated Far Out, Brussel Sprout! and discovered a passion and a flair for visualising the characters within dozens of children’s books. “Far Out, Brussel Sprout! was a slow burner at first – then it disappeared off the shelves,” he says. The title is now on its 40th reprint and was followed by other childhood favourites such as All Right, Vegemite! and Unreal, Banana Peel! “I see the words and I get a vision almost immediately and I try and capture that,” Viska says. “My drawing style is fairly energetic and it tickles the imagination. And I immediately know when I’ve got it right. I work very quickly from brain to paper and, when I put my little V for Viska on an illustration, I don’t go back.” In the late 1980s, Viska was asked to design the 37-cent stamp and he created a postie on a flying stamp – rather than a magic flying carpet – being chased by an angry dog also on a flying stamp. “It was the biggest buzz because the 37-cent stamp

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was the everyday stamp. Almost every letter in Australia and rhyme” books, written by former headmaster Peter had that image on it,” he says with a smile. Durkin, with titles such as Hang Loose, Mother Goose! There have been more book illustrations but when and In Your Eye, Meat Pie! Viska set up his own studio, Viskatoons, he ventured “I think it’s important that Australia develops its own into animation, often working with the Australian style of illustrating, as we’ve done with music. Look back Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). Li’l Elvis on Australian music from the 1970s and 1980s and it’s Jones and the Truckstoppers is one of Viska’s favourite so different … and it’s good. We need to have our own creations for TV so far. “I had a concept of Elvis Presley style in illustrations, too,” he says. as a young kid, living in Memphis, guitar on his Viska has four adult children and two shoulder with a hound dog and I wrote to grandchildren, who are too young to appreciate Graceland asking to take the idea further but his work. When he isn’t creating his next “almost they knocked me back,” says Viska. character, he enjoys time with his family and every letter “The ACTF was looking for a distinctly being creative in the kitchen. “Cooking at the had that Australian series at the time and so Elvis weekend relaxes me,” he says. “I have a group image became Li’l Elvis with red hair and he of friends and every so often the men take it in was found in a guitar case in a roadhouse turns to cook for their wives. We had a French on it” in the middle of Australia. His mum is a night not long ago and I think the best reaction dyed-in-the-wool Elvis fanatic and his dad is an Elvis I’ve ever had was for my tuna tartare. impersonator. One of his friends plays the didgeridoo “As with my characters, I’d imagined it in my head – so they play ‘didgabilly’ music together instead of and knew exactly what I wanted it to look like. My first rockabilly. One of my children’s friends in Romania idea is instantaneous and it’s usually what I go with phoned me at three o’clock one morning because they’d because something magic happens at that moment.” \ seen Li’l Elvis on Romanian TV and were so excited.” Viska juggles half a dozen projects at once. As well as » Jar Dwellers SOS, Channel 11 from 8am Saturdays. Jar Dwellers, he has just illustrated a series of new “chant

Stamp of authority: A barking dog chases a postie on the 37-cent postal stamp designed by Peter Viska, who has also illustrated dozens of children’s books.

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Professor David Gartman of the University of South Alabama, and author of Auto Opium: A Social History of American Automobile Design, says passenger-side mirrors could just be dumb tradition arising from the man traditionally driving when couples travel. He told The New York Times that since 1936, when the Hupmobile offered a $1

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idden behind a shield of greenery, a weatherboard house built circa 1924 is a gem of a property standing on a lovely quiet street in the heart of Thornbury. There’s no doubting it is a modest building, spread as it is over a single level. But there is warmth at its heart, a feeling emphasised by a recent spit and polish that has seen the vendors apply a fresh coat of paint, along with new tiling in the bathroom. Its structure, too, has been reinforced courtesy of a partial restumping. It has also been rewired and replumbed. That the house is free-standing is an additional plus point. The bones of the house are good. Rooms are large, light is abundant and a north-facing backyard is a little private paradise with fruit trees and a covered pergola hugged by the twisted branches of a mature grapevine. Period touches are original – such as the leadlight decorative windows above the front and interior doors. Decorative ceiling roses catch the eye, and an ornate fireplace surrounded by a timber mantel of elegant simplicity is in working order. The area itself, according to the vendor, is possessed of its own appeal. She speaks highly of the quiet tree-lined street, of the “fantastic café” just across the road and of its proximity to a section of High Street that regularly sees the addition of great new cafés and boutiques. But back to the house. Dark-stained, Baltic-pine floors are a warm contrast to cream walls and the lush green that is viewed from nearly every window. The front bedroom is no exception: the buffer of a deep front yard makes this a quiet space with a view over the garden. A gas heater in the adjoining lounge room offers convenient warmth, while that aforementioned open fireplace will surely be a highlight of the house in winter, imbuing the room with a little cosy romance. There is a second bedroom tucked towards the back of the house, and a lovely study space that could easily double as a guest bedroom. Kitchen and meals areas are open-plan. And while the kitchen has not been recently refreshed, it remains an easy, functional space. An all-white and cream-coloured bathroom sits next to a slate-tiled laundry that leads to that covered patio and the garden beyond, with a shed in the back corner and enough sun and space for a vegie patch or even a chicken coop. Any lack of luxurious extras in the property is more than compensated for by its location. Public transport – trams and trains – and bike paths are easily accessible. Locals schools are less than a kilometre away. So, too, are cafés, conveniences and the High Street night life. There is proximity to parks, the city and the Eastern Freeway for those seeking a central spot on the north side of the Melbourne CBD. \ SARINA LEWIS



Collins Simms \ 9488 0688

Price \ $1.05 million

Private sale

A terracotta gargoyle perched on the roof guards this solid-brick Edwardian with a tessellated-tile verandah and deep-red lacework. Inside, a long hall with a central arch has Baltic pine floors. A huge formal lounge room with thick, cream-coloured carpet and a ceiling rose has a stained-glass bay window ensconced in a grand arch and deep cornicing picked out in steel blue on white. The first of six fireplaces is flanked by glass-fronted bookshelves. All four generous bedrooms, each with a ceiling fan, have fireplaces, and there’s one in the dining room. A sloping ceiling with downlights hangs over the bright and airy family room and meals area adjacent to a large kitchen with Miele appliances. The bathroom has a spa bath and skylight, with a separate laundry and powder room just outside. Sixteen solar panels on the roof ensure energy bills are low. The low-maintenance brick courtyard leads via a private laneway to a large garage with roller-door access. Darling Gardens and Clifton Hill station are nearby. \ STEPHEN A. RUSSELL







Woodards \ 9347 1755

Price \ $599,000

Private sale

Royal Park directly opposite makes for great views from both bedrooms of this 1970s apartment. The ground-floor residence has Tasmanian oak floors and a satisfying floor plan. A cutaway from the central hall introduces the large lounge room with a wall of bookshelves, an electric heater and a picture window to the garden entrance. Opposite the lounge, the recently refurbished kitchen and meals area has granite-look benchtops and modern appliances. Both the generously proportioned, park-oriented bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and one has a desk. The bathroom has mosaic floor tiles, a shower, bath and contemporary vanity unit. Sporting matching floor tiles, the toilet is conveniently separate. There’s a car space on title. A stroll through greenery gets residents to Royal Park station. Trams, shops, Melbourne University, University High School and the city are also within walking distance. Because of the green, never-to-be-built-out location, birdsong could replace the morning alarm. \ KAY KEIGHERY





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STATELY AND SOPHISTICATED EDWARDIAN LANDMARK! ´Lyndhurst C1910´ A luxurious family landmark with grand, period details, this gorgeous late-Edwardian residence offers a wonderful innerurban lifestyle. Comprising four bedrooms, superb ensuite and main bathroom, formal lounge, vast open-plan living/ dining area and designer marble-bench kitchen, laundry and powder room. Features include heating and cooling, ducted vacuum, alarm, plantation shutters, finest-quality fittings, plus a fully-landscaped north-facing backyard garden with decking, bluestone paving and secure carport.


By appointment $1,429,000 Northcote | 9486 1800 Tom Alexiadis 0417 030 452 Spiros Karagiannidis 0413 348 793

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GREAT POTENTIAL AND POSITION Comfortable DF home boasts with wonderful potential to renovate, taking advantage of its north orientation & highly regarded location, to create the ideal family home. 3 bedrms, front living rm, family sized kitch & dining, rear yard with garage (ROW) & garden shed. A rare opportunity!



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