Australian Country Issue#21.1 January 2018

Australian Country is a magazine that lets you escape. This luxurious title delves into the world of sprawling homesteads, charming properties, working farms, contemporary cuisines, tasteful interior design and outdoor living ideas, with everything from antiques and collectables to recipes in between. Australian Country is dedicated to highlighting the best of the Australian country life, made for the people who are passionate about country living by the people who are passionate about country living because we understand that a love of country runs deeper than just a passion for decorating. The magazine provides readers with the inspiration to capture the essence of the country lifestyle, no matter where they live — whether city, coast or country. urchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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in this issue

2 min
editor's letter

ONE OF THE MANY PRIVILEGES OF EDITING AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY IS THAT I GET TO TRAVEL ALL OVER THE COUNTRY MEETING FASCINATING PEOPLE WHO GENEROUSLY welcome us into their homes and lives. As regular readers know, I grew up in country Queensland and never for a minute take for granted the opportunity that this job affords me to keep one foot in the bush. Wherever theACteam travels we are always impressed by the resilience of people from rural and regional areas and their energy to constantly reinvent themselves and try new ways to keep their businesses viable. Quite frequently we find ourselves in communities that have a particular energy: the people behind the tiny, remote towns that won’t give up in the face of droughts, floods, fires and uncertain commodity markets. Winton…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

TAMARA SIMONEAU WRITER & STYLIST Tamara is falling in love with her homeland again after almost a decade living in Canada where she worked in TV, running the prime-time program, Entertainment Tonight Canada. She’s produced live shows, been on the red carpet for the Academy Awards, and travelled the globe . These days, she’d like to say she’s living a quieter life as a writer, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, but with three young kids, it’s anything but. JOHN DOWNS PHOTOGRAPHER Four generations of John Downs’ family have been photographers, starting with his great, great grandfather in Wales in 1868. John started as a staff photographer at London’s Natural History Museum and his varied career has seen him shoot everything from fluffy cushions in the studio to Formula 1 cars screaming around the track. Australian…

5 min
diary notes

JAN 12-22 (TAS) MONA FOMA A highlight on Tasmania’s summer calendar is the Museum of Old and New Art’s (MONA) Festival of Music and Art (FOMA) curated by Brian Ritchie, the bass guitarist for the Violent Femmes. FOMA brings a beguiling mixed bag of music and art to various locations around Launceston (Jan 12-14) and Hobart (Jan 15-22). From post-punk bands to avant-garde orchestras, inflatables, installations and performance art, MOFO sprawls unconventionally across the island state. Launceston highlights include Gotye joining the Ondioline Orchestra to pay homage to renowned French electronic composer Jean-Jacques Perrey and rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor from Canada providing the live score for The Holy Body Dance Tattoo’s Monumentalin Launceston. They’ll also perform live at MONA, playing tracks from their latest album, Luciferian Towers. MONA’s outdoor stage will…

5 min
precision planning

MANAGEMENT, IAN AND ALICIA COOKNELL HAVE BUILT THEIR DREAM HOME IN RURAL VICTORIA. Not very many two-year-olds receive a deck for their birthday. But for little Bonnie Cooknell the extension to her caravan cubby house was the realisation of her wildest dreams, particularly as it came with a slippery slide, a telescope and a steering wheel to make playing there even more imaginative. Mind you, by most accounts Bonnie is a lucky little girl. She lives with her parents, Alicia and Ian, on a hilltop acreage on Melbourne’s northern periphery. She has all the freedoms of country life, plenty of space to play, Ralph the dog and Isa Brown hens Sally, Kelly and Natalie to entertain her. She’ll have the good fortune of going to the small local primary school and the privilege…

6 min
artist in residence

Chance has been kind to Paul and Bonnie Atlan. It brought them together in the first place after Bonnie set off for Paris as a young American model in search of success in the City of Lights. She found it, and also added a dashing Parisian to her portfolio. “I was on the metro heading home from a modelling job,” Bonnie recalls. “Suddenly the train came to a halt and all the passengers frantically exited the underground seeking transport on buses or from passing cars. It was a strike, and I was left not knowing how I would get home to my little studio apartment. Buses were jammed and, too scared to ask for a ride, I stood helplessly until I spotted a red motorcycle that had stopped with a young…

5 min
living history

If the walls could talk in the homestead at David and Cheryl Hunt’s Ivybrook Farm at South Australia’s Maslin Beach, they’d be telling tales that go back almost as far as the foundation of the colony. They’d doubtless recall the arrival of the Reverend Charles Hall, a congregational minister for the parish of Aldinga and how he moved into a two-bedroomed cottage with an underground cellar in 1851. He then set about extending the house with a second storey and an outdoor wash house and man’s room. It’s not known what the somewhat dour looking gentleman would have made of his neighbours, John Reynell and his former employee, Thomas Hardy, who had planted the first grapes in the district in the 1840s and thus founded the now celebrated McLaren Vale wine…