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RACHAEL COOPES IS IN IT FOR THE KIDS
Play School presenter tells SHANNON COCHRANE why she loves her job and the challenge of being a mother figure to her own child as well as to millions across the country...
lay School presenter Rachael Coopes has always enjoyed working with children and now she has the chance to experience all the challenges and joys of motherhood. The actress, who has been presenting ‘Play School’ since 2011, was knocked back when she auditioned for the role seven years earlier and admits that she was “thrilled” to be cast. “It’s pretty much the best job in the world, isn’t it? You get to be on an iconic show where everyone who’s on the show loves it. I get to play, I get to sing, I get to dance and all the presenters and everyone who works on the show actually... everyone’s just the nicest people in the world and it has that reputation, to get the ‘Play School’ gig is a big deal,” she gushed. Coopes will be coming to Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers on Thursday, October 3 with the live show ‘Humpty’s Showtime’. Children who have grown up loving ‘Play School’ can look forward to seeing their favourite toys and presenters on stage, while there’s also a few funny moments that parents will be able to enjoy. “We’re always quite conscious to try to give the parents a few little laughs in there and Teo [Gebert] and I normally have quite a lot of fun together on stage, because we’re both parents ourselves, to include parents in a few little aside jokes when we can,” she said. Although some actors might find that performing for children is boring or difficult, Coopes said that she enjoys the challenge and fun of the show. “We do the same show for months on end and the show changes and emerges, and we
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work out which bits the kids are getting bored in so we change it a bit... you get to play with the audience in theatre, which is such a joy and particularly with Play School where you’re actually engaging with the audience,” she said. As you might expect, Coopes’ role as a new mother has completely changed her life, with the actress working to strike the balance between career and family. “It is very hard, he’s still very young, he’s five-months-old, so I’m still in the very early stages of trying to figure it all out but there’s this dichotomy that you want to be with your bub all the time but you also want to be the best version of yourself you can be so that you can be a good role model. And I think there’s always this mother’s guilt that you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t,” she said. While some actors are born knowing they were meant to be on the stage, for Coopes the realisation was more gradual as she flourished in amateur theatre productions and put herself through an economics degree with the pay she received from acting jobs. “I think I got to the end of uni and I had kind of been a working actor, which is what many actors strive to do and don’t do for many years, and I was like ‘oh actually now I’ve got this degree and I think I am actually an actor’,” she said. “By default I found myself doing it and loving it, and I did try a couple of times to work, do things that entailed my degree, but I always came back to acting.” From there, Coopes appeared in numerous television shows including ‘The Secret Life of Us’, ‘White Collar Blue’ and ‘McLeod’s Daughters’. She has also worked as a mentor for
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We are always quite conscious to try to give the parents a laugh children with the Australian Theatre for Young People, an institution she chose to teach at after having positive experiences there when she herself was a student actor. “I went to the Australian Theatre for Young People and I had some amazing teachers and one of them was Cate Blanchett, she was teaching when I happened to be there and I found it a very inspiring experience,” she said. “It inspired me to have the career that I have and do all the different things that I have, so I always wanted to give the same kind of inspiration back.” Coopes has an impressively diverse portfolio, but unlike fellow ‘Play School’ alumni, she is happy with children’s television and has no burning desire to break out into more
mature roles. “I’m certainly not doing what I anticipated I would be doing 10 years ago, but that’s the beauty of it too – you just never know what doors are going to open. I just hope that I keep being as blessed as I have been with work and interesting and exciting projects,” she said.
Play School will bring ‘Humpty’s Showtime’ to the Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers on Thursday, October 3 at 3.30pm. Tickets are $18. For bookings or more information, call 4720 5555 or visit www.penrith. panthers.com.au.
KEYS SETS THE WORLD ON FIRE
he soulful voice and melodic piano tunes of Alicia Keys’ music will fill up stadiums when the award-winning musician visits Australia. Keys has been travelling the globe with her Set the World on Fire Tour, with Australia being the last stop in December. The platinum selling singer-songwriter will be performing at Sydney’s Allphones Arena on Wednesday, December 11 with special guest John Legend. Both musicians will bring their full bands with them to perform arena shows that are bound to impress. After shooting to fame as a 20-year-old in 2001, Keys released her debut album ‘Songs In A Minor’, which proved to be a massive hit and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Charts, selling more than 10 million copies and winning five Grammy Awards. Her lead single ‘Fallin’’ was also a massive hit and was the first one many number 1 singles that Keys would go on to release.
Later albums such as ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’, ‘As I Am’ and ‘The Element of Freedom’ were also wildly successful, as were the hit singles ‘No One’, ‘If I Ain’t Got You’, ‘Superwoman’, ‘You Don’t Know My Name’, ‘Empire State of Mind’ and others. Throughout her career so far, Keys has sold more than 1.7 million records in Australia alone and over 30 million albums internationally. Her most recent album ‘Girl On Fire’ debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200, the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and the Top Digital Albums Chart as well as topping the iTunes Album Chart in 19 countries. She is currently in New York for the Global Citizens Festival at Central Park, before heading to Dubai in November and then on to Australia. Keys will be joined on stage by the soulful, nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend who released his debut album ‘Get Lifted’ to critical acclaim, with the hit single ‘Ordinary
People’ getting him lots of recognition and airplay. He recently released his fourth studio album ‘Love In The Future’, which debuted in
the top five on the iTunes chart. Alicia Keys will perform at Allphones Arena on Wednesday, December 11. For bookings or more information, visit www.ticketek.com.au.
Hill RSL by storm again. Don’t miss this foot-stomping country music spectacular! ‘From Tamworth to Tennessee’ will show
at Rooty Hill RSL on Friday, October 4 at 11am. Tickets are $20 for members or $25 for visitors. For bookings or more information, call 9625 5500 or visit www.rootyhillrsl.com.au.
TAMWORTH THROUGH TO TENNESSEE
et a taste of Nashville with real bootscooting, guitar-twanging country music live on stage. The country tribute show ‘From Tamworth to Tennessee’ will transform Rooty Hill RSL into a country music mecca when the show is held on Friday, October 4. You don’t have to be a hardcore fan of country music to enjoy this classy concert, which features the best of country pop music throughout the ages. Everything from old school outlaw country music from legends such as Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, through to the beautiful tunes of Patsy Cline and the feisty songs of Dolly Parton. Country pop music from homegrown artists Olivia Newton-John will also be played, along with music from Slim Dusty and current country king Lee Kernaghan. Other stars that will be honoured in the show are Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, John Denver and Shania Twain.
Songs on the ‘From Tamworth to Tennessee’ setlist include classics like Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand By Your Man’, Charley Pride’s ‘Kiss An Angel Good Morning’, Slim Dusty’s ‘I Love To Have a Beer With Duncan’ and Hank Williams’ ‘Hey Good Lookin’’. The show was first formed when artists David Bond and Paula Watt, who have previously worked in the entertainment industry in theatre and performing rock and dance music, decided to unite to stage their favourite country pop hits. They are backed up by a talented and experienced band, with members who have worked in studio and on stage alongside country musicians such as Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Gina Jeffreys, Pam Tillis, Johnny Cash and K.D. Lang. Over the years, ‘From Tamworth to Tennessee’ has become incredibly popular on the club circuit and has been performed to packed houses across New South Wales and Queensland, and now it’s ready to take Rooty
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hey’re some of the loudest, most colourful trucks on the planet and Sydney-siders will get a chance to see them in the flesh when the American monster truck juggernaut ‘Monster Jam’ heads down under. The event will be making its Australian debut at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday, October 19 for one night only. This exciting form of entertainment is fun for the whole family, with four-metre tall, fivetonne Monster Jam trucks showing off their strength to the crowd’s delight. Racing around the stadium and zooming through a custom-designed track filled with obstacles, the Monster Jam trucks are impressive machines that have plenty of fans in America and are about to earn more in Australia. After ANZ Stadium has been transformed into a mountainous dirt pit and the performances are over, the fans will be able to join in on the fun at the Monster Jam Party in
the Pits. This ultimate fan experience will begin at 2pm on Saturday, October 19 and let fans walk the track, meet the truck drivers, take happy snaps with the trucks and become a part of the show. Some of America’s most popular Monster Jam trucks will be featured in the show, including the 11-time world champion Maximum Destruction, the famous Grave Digger, Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Iron Man and many more. The event draws crowds of more than four million fans from all corners of the globe each year, with more than 350 performances. It has been to more than 40 cities, and the trucks have crushed an average of 3,000 cars each year. Feld Motors’ International Vice President Magnus Danielsson said that the company was excited to debut the show in Australia. “We are thrilled to be bringing Monster Jam to our fans in Australia. We are revved up and ready to go with a great show in Sydney
and 10 of our most popular trucks,” he said. “This is as big as it gets, and we are confident that not only New South Wales but crowds from all over Australia will not be disappointed.” ‘Monster Jam’ will be held at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, October 19. Tickets range from $40-$95 for adults and $25-$65 for children. For bookings, visit www.ticketek.com.au or www.monsterjamonline.com.au.
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SLOT CARS ENJOY A RESURGENCE
hether you’re looking for some entertainment for your bored kids during school holidays, or you’re a big kid yourself, there’s something for everyone at Penrith Slot Car and Hobby Centre. The centre is family owned and operated having recently opened in March this year and has already gathered a group of keen slot car enthusiasts who regularly meet to race and have fun. It boasts some of the most impressive slot car racing equipment in the country, with the fastest drag strip in New South Wales and catering for 1:24, 1:32 and 1:43 scale cars. According to staff member Belinda Walker, whose son Daniel runs the centre, slot car racing is enjoying a comeback with younger people. “Slot car racing was really, really popular back in the 60’s and 70’s and there was a slot car centre every second suburb, and then it really died out and now there’s a bit of
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FAVOURITES AS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD
hey’ve been touring at Sydney clubs for over 20 years, but The Bandits still bring the same fresh enthusiasm and great music to the stage. The band, which was formed in 1989, has built up a reputation for playing spot on covers of all your favourite songs, from the classics to recent hits. They will be wowing audiences again when they play at Rooty Hill RSL on Saturday, September 21. Founding member Paul Hakim is an experienced musician who began his professional career in the band The Beatboys in 1985, followed by a stint with The Echoes. After learning the ropes in other bands, Paul decided to embark on creating his own group and recruited fellow musicians to form The Bandits. On top of his work in cover bands, Paul has also performed in numerous tribute shows honouring a range of legends including Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Everly Brothers and
George Harrison. He is joined by drummer Warwick Fraser, who began playing with The Bandits in 2005 after a long musical career performing in bands such as Feather, Black Feather and The Screaming Tribesmen. Warwick has also appeared on television, showing off his classic rock drumming on the beloved ABC show ‘Countdown’. Helping keep the rhythm is Gary Dixon, who brought his talent and passion for music to The Bandits in 2007 and has since taken their performances to a new level. Better known for being a member of the Ted Mulry Gang, Gary has a wealth of experience in the music industry and has performed both in concerts and on television. The most recent member of the band, Conrad, joined The Bandits on a permanent basis in 2008 after working in reception bands for years and playing in the Sydney-based group The Beatboys, as well as the show ‘The Swinging Sixties’.
Together, these veteran musicians combine their skills and experience to play a catchy repertoire of hits that will please all ages and tastes.
The Bandits will perform at Blacktown Workers Club on Saturday, September 28 at 9pm. Entry is free. For more information, call 9830 0600 or visit www.workersclub.com.au.
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HEAVENLY MUSIC AND DINNER SHOW
n a trip down memory lane, audiences will love to reminisce about their favourite musicians who brought back to life in the ‘Heroes From Heaven’ tribute show. The variety show features music from some of history’s most celebrated music legends, and will be showing at the Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers on Saturday, September 28. This truly memorable concert will take audiences back in time on a journey through a broad range of musical genres, with the performers putting their own spin on the songs of legendary entertainers of the 21st century. Fans can expect to hear the great songs of dearly departed stars such as Elvis Presley, Australia’s King of rock n’ roll Johnny O’Keefe, Dusty Springfield, Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, John Lennon, Roy Orbison and many more. The fantastic music is complemented by gorgeous, glitzy outfits in the style of Las Vegas shows and Broadway costuming. Behind the scenes, the ‘Heroes From
Heaven’ show is made up of a talented cast of well established Australian performers, who devote themselves to giving the audience an amazing night of music. The show has managed to impress not only audiences but critics too, with ‘Heroes From Heaven’ being nominated for numerous prestigious awards over the years including the MO Award for Best Variety Production Show and the ACE Awards, where the group was also invited to perform. With its great selection of songs from the golden age of rock and country, the ‘Heroes From Heaven’ show features nostalgic music, breathtaking costumes and electric stage presence to create a fun, party atmosphere that all audience members will be able to enjoy. Best of all, at the Evan Theatre the crowd will be able to feast on a tasty meal and free glass of bubbly before the show. Don’t miss the chance to take a trip back in time and honour the musical greats of the past with the ‘Heroes From Heaven’ show.
‘Heroes From Heaven’ will be playing at the Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers on Saturday, September 28 at 8pm, with the meal being served at 7.15pm. Tickets are $10-$20
for the show only, or $25-$35 for the show and dinner. For bookings or more information, call 4725 5555 or visit www.penrith.panthers. com.au.
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revi Ristorante is Penrith’s answer to sophistication with one of the finest menus in Penrith; diners will be highly impressed by the quality and presentation of dishes, as well as impeccable service. With its sleek lines and modern décor, Trevi has transformed itself into an award-winning venue. With a new and exciting Summer menu out in October, your tastebuds will be tantalised by light summer meals, freshly made Gnocchi and ravioli pasta dishes not to mention the range of delicately plated desserts made on site. Trevi cater for all dietary needs including a range of gluten
free and vegetarian meals, as well as catering meals for Celiacs and Vegans. If you are looking to take the family out they also cater with a kids menu. Whether it is a private function seating up to 30 people, Cocktail party in the Bar Lounge or a birthday/engagement party, Trevi has it covered with a spacious yet cosy atmosphere that caters for any function. They have function menus, banquet menus and great kids menus. Quality, affordability, atmosphere and great service is what Trevi is all about, call the friendly staff on 4732 5377 to book your next dining experience or function.
$10.00 LUNCH SPECIAL Monday – Friday Plus $2.00 Cash Back and a complimentary Middy of Beer, Soft drink or House Wine. *Selected Menu Items Only.
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Enjoy authentic mouth watering Indian Cuisine which would please the fussiest of eaters
Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week until late. Takeaways available. Fully Licensed.
SILVER SPUR 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith. Tel: 4732 1700 www.spurgroup.com.au WW3480
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TAJ OF THE VALLEY
here’s nothing like a delicious butter chicken, with a side of Naan bread to really get the taste buds buzzing! One of Penrith’s most popular Indian restaurants is Taj of the Valley on High Street in Penrith. With a range of lamb, beef and chicken dishes and delicious entrees like seekh kebabs and lamb rolls, the menu at Taj of the Valley offers a full Indian cuisine. If you’re a fan of Indian food and haven’t tried Taj of the Valley, you are missing out. Enjoy a meal out with friends at the restaurant or order a take away and enjoy brilliant Indian food with the family at home.
f you’re after a quick meal, or a bite to eat with friends over a few drinks, you can’t go past the Peachtree Hotel. You’ll find one of the best club bistros in Penrith! Why not try the delicious chicken breast, marinated in garlic and herbs. Or if you love your steak, challenge yourself and take on the 1KG grain fed rump. There’s of course plenty of schnitzel on the menu and seafood options as well. But perhaps the best of the best is the awesome burgers… all for a fantastic, low price. If the bistro doesn’t suit you, check out the awesome pizzas – best in town, some say!
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enrith just got funky! If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend breakfast, or a quick snack, the very snappy Henri Marc could well be the answer. Located in Memory Park in the Penrith CBD, Henri Marc’s menu changes daily, so your experience will always be a delightful surprise. As long as the beautiful milkshakes are on the menu, we’re happy! Pancakes, a variety of egg-based dishes, chorizo-inspired items and a whole heap more… Henri Marc is simply stunning and certainly very different from the run of the mill cafes you’ll find around the place. Shop 2, 438 High St, Penrith.
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE IS A GEM DROP by David Ellis
hen you are growing vines on land that can best be summed up as austere, and with its harshest areas almost pure rock, you can expect crops to be pretty minimal. Such is the case with the St Mary’s Vineyard that the Mulligan family planted outside the township of Penola in South Australia’s south-east back in 1985 – even though Mulligans have lived on the land there for over 100 years. But what this vineyard may lack in large quantities of fruit, it makes up for with sufficient famed Terra Rosa soil over a limestone subbase creating stunning fruit quality. And true to its quality, the just-released 2012 St Mary’s Pinot Noir proves a surprising gem for those of us who enjoy this lovely foodfriendly red. A soft and elegant wine, this one’s got wonderful balance of ripe fruit and soft tannins, with flavours of black cherry, plum and subtle confectionery. At $35 it’s a rewarding
drop to enjoy with a late Sunday brunch of bacon stuffed mushrooms. (If you can’t find it locally, go onto www.stmaryswines.com for the name of your nearest dealer.) One to note: Still in South Australia, Howard Vineyard near Nairne in the Adelaide Hills and just 25km from the Adelaide CBD, has a delightful 2013 Clover Pinot Gris from a region that produces some of Australia’s best examples of this varietal. Situated some 450m above sea level, their Schoenthal vineyard enjoys a long, cold ripening period that’s perfect for acid development and fruit intensity. With a nice citrus zing and crisp acidity this is a lovely food wine: match it nicely chilled with seafood or pork dishes and you’ll find it wonderfully rewarding. Already good buying at $22 per bottle in a 6-bottle pack plus $15 freight, it’s even better value with a 25 per cent price discount if you sign up to their mailing list. Details are available at www.howardvineyard.com.
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ooking for that perfect place for a romantic dinner, but don’t want to travel all the way into the city? Why not try the steak and ribs specialists, Osso at Panthers. Osso is a beautiful restaurant with delicious, high quality food which is as aesthetically appealing as it is scrumptious – and you’ll be hard pressed to find better ribs in Penrith than those on offer here. With an amazing wine list, brilliant food from starters all the way through to dessert and exceptional service, a night at Osso is a truly memorable occasion.
Panthers complex, Mulgoa Road, Penrith. Phone 4720 5588.
Music and Lyrics by ROBERT & JEFF LOPEZ MARX
Book by JEFF WHITTY
Based on an Original Concept by ROBERT & JEFF LOPEZ MARX
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre October 18,19,25 & 26 @ 8pm October 26 @ 2pm $35 Adults
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Originally produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY) WW2197
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he 2013 Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles this week with plenty of popular TV shows named winners on the night including ‘Breaking Bad’ who won Most Outstanding Drama; ‘Modern Family’ who won Most Outstanding Comedy; Jeff Bridges who won Best Drama Actor for ‘The Newsroom’; Claire Danes who won Best Drama Actress for ‘Homeland’; and ‘The Voice US’ won Best Reality Program. I was actually quite shocked there was no Emmy for Best Pawn Shop series because they should definitely have their own category. Well to my delight Channel Seven’s new game show ‘Million Dollar Minute’ is tanking
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after just two weeks on air. The show started off fairly strong beating ‘Millionaire Hot Seat’ in the first few nights but has since slipped away when viewers started to realise that a contestant can only win a million dollars if they continue to win each night for two weeks, and that’s IF they chose to stay on rather than take the money and run when the stakes get high. If Seven are struggling for a decent game show to fill that 5.30pm slot I would suggest going overseas and securing the American version of ‘Family Feud’ hosted by comedian Steve Harvey. This show has been around for close to 40 years and has been so successful in recent years (thanks to Harvey) that it regularly features in viral YouTube clips of families saying the dumbest things. Of course this won’t happen but just a thought. Still on Seven and ‘The Morning Show’ host Larry Emdur has recorded a late night talk-show pilot for the network. The show titled ‘Larry on Late’ was recorded last week with Guy Sebastian and Samantha Armytage as guests. Who knows whether this show will get off the ground or if it will be any good but I guess there could be worse people with their own shows. Everybody’s favourite dancing show, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ has finally been given an airdate with Tuesday, October 1 at 7.30pm the chosen slot. Daniel MacPherson is back as host along with a huge list of celebrity dancers including singer Tina Arena, model Jesinta Campbell (who was also in reality tv show ‘Celebrity Apprentice Australia’), actress Rhiannon Fish, game show host Tony Barber
and Olympian Steve Hooker. US cable network AMC has announced a spin-off to ‘The Walking Dead’. It’s understood the show will revolve around an entire new story and set of characters and will give fans “another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse”. The next series of ‘The Walking Dead’ is set to air on Foxtel’s FX channel while SBS will begin airing season one soon.
Lastly, Channel Nine has confirmed the premiere date of Toni Collette’s new show ‘Hostages’. The series is based on an Israeli show and follows the family of a doctor who will be doing surgery on the US President. The family is captured by a rogue FBI agent who orders the doctor to assassinate the President. It will air on Wednesday, October 2 at 8.30pm. Meanwhile, the new series of ‘CSI’ will air straight after at 9.30pm.
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TRIBUTE FOR THE SAVIOUR OF SOUTH AUS by David Ellis
trange as it may sound, Adelaide as we know it today may well have never come about had it not been for the achievements of a resourceful Police Commissioner in the 1850s who not only saved the city from bankruptcy, but also the potential abandonment of the entire fledgling colony of South Australia. And yet despite such seeming heroics, not only was he never accorded any official recognition, rather he was demoted and ultimately sacked. Now, 123 years after his death, a winery in the state’s famed Coonawarra region is giving fresh kudos to his deeds by naming a ripper new drop of red after him. Alexander Tolmer was born in England in 1815, ran away to sea as a teenager, fought in Portugal’s Civil War, and once back home joined the 16th British Lancers… all by the time he was 17. But he quit the Lancers after a few years too, and in 1840 with wife and son sailed to far-off South Australia, where his cavalry skills saw his quick appointment as a Sub-Inspector of Police to establish a much-
needed Mounted Police Branch. He and his men quickly threw themselves with gusto into hunting down cattle thieves, bushrangers and sly-grog makers, while also settling land disputes between squabbling settlers and Aborigines; so successful was he in fact, that in just 12 years he was appointed Commissioner of Police. But the colony by then was in deep financial trouble. With the discovery of gold in Victoria, 20,000 men had fled Adelaide for the goldfields. Shops and other businesses tacked “Gone to the Diggings” signs to locked doors, and the fledgling colony’s banks were drained of deposits as hopefuls withdrew whatever they had to take to Victoria. It was then that Commissioner Tolmer had a brilliant idea. Why not provide a gold escort service to safely bring back to South Australia the gold that miners were winning from the ground in Victoria, so that instead of it going into the banks of Victoria, it would revitalise the South Australian economy? Governor Sir Henry Young enthusiastically agreed, and a month later Tolmer and a party
of mounted troopers set off with a sturdy spring-cart for the near-600km journey to the diggings at Mt Alexander outside Bendigo, arriving there just 10 days later. Within a day of setting up camp, Tolmer and his party had accepted gold from a near300 South Australian miners, and departed for Adelaide with 5,200 ounces of gold worth an estimated 18,356 pounds ($36,712) a thenprecious fortune. And over the next two years a total of 18 “gold escorts” brought an amazing 28,502 ounces, or almost 10 tonnes, of gold from Bendigo back to Adelaide. It was valued at the time at 1,182,000 pounds ($2,364,000) and was enough to avert both the threat of Adelaide’s bankruptcy and the abandonment
of the Colony of South Australia – prospects already in consideration in the highest quarters. But while Commissioner Tolmer’s ingenious scheme had saved Adelaide and South Australia, his absences leading the first few gold escorts had seen management of the Police Force collapse into disarray. Within months his enemies had him demoted and then dismissed, accused of neglect of duty. He died of kidney disease aged 74, and was buried in a pauper’s grave at South Australia’s Mitcham Anglican Cemetery. Coonawarra’s Penley Estate has now released a premium 2010 Tolmer Cabernet Sauvignon in recognition of an extraordinary man who saved Adelaide from bankruptcy.
FASTER THEN LIGHTNING: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY By Usain Bolt
e’s been referred to as the fastest man of all time, inspired millions with his athletic achievements and it turns out that Usain Bolt also has a way with words. The Olympic legend put pen to paper to chronicle his life so far, with the result being his newly released autobiography Faster Than Lightning. Bolt is a household name and is famous across the globe, but once upon a time he led a simpler life that had no indications of the success and glory he would go on to achieve. His autobiography delves into his past, with Bolt telling his story in his own words; about his humble beginnings in Jamaica, following right through to the international stardom he achieved at Beijing and the dizzying heights of stardom he has reached since his amazing performance in London 2012. Beginning his athletics career at the age of 14 in Jamaica, Bolt was stunning his peers with his super fast speed and quickly excelled from regional races in his hometown to national meets in Kingston and then going on to perform in the wider Caribbean. He first became known on an international level following his entry in the 2002 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Kingston, wowing the crowd and winning his nation its only individual gold medal in the 200m race. The book is highly personal and gives a more intimate
insight into the legendary athlete, with the writing full of the charisma and inspirational spirit that has made Bolt such a wildly popular figure. Bolt is widely regarded as the faster person ever, and was the first man to hold world records in both the 100 metre and 200 metre events since 1977, while he and his team mates also set the world record in the 4x100 metre relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in those three events, the first man to win six Olympic gold medals for sprinting and a five-time world champion. On top of his status as an Olympic legend, Bolt has also smashed records in numerous other athletic events and competitions – he set two individual world records at the 2009 IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin, and successfully defended his World Championships title in the 200m race at the 2011 event. Despite all he has achieved in his career so far, Bolt is still full of enthusiasm and hope for the future and believes that he has yet to reach the peak of his athletic performance. “Who’s going to stop me from going faster? I’m a phenomenon, a serious competitor – a legend for my generation. Believe me, my time isn’t up yet,” he said. With his classic rags to riches story and dedication to selfimprovement, Usain Bolt is a role model for all young people and his autobiography will motivate and inspire.
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he sun was out and so were the crowds at the OZWAC Family Fun Day at the Nepean River last Sunday. Organisers of the day couldn’t have asked for better weather for the inaugural event, which is set to return next year. Local residents visited a number of stalls selling a variety of items, enjoyed some great food and participated in the ‘pram push’ along the beautiful Nepean River surrounds. Outgoing Mayor Mark Davies and Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies were among those who took part in the event. The day was all about raising awareness of OZWAC, as well as vital funds. OZWAC is a local charity that funds research into health issues surrounding women and children. This event was an entirely new direction for the charity, with its major fundraising event usually a gala ball. The ball will remain, but events like this one involving families are also set to grow. Photos: Hilary Nathan Photography.
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