Australian Country Issue #22.5 October/November 2019

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

As this issue goes to press, I’ve been reflecting on the collaborative effort that each issue of Australian Country entails. It’s not just the people in-house, the designers, production, prepress, circulation, advertising and marketing folk, who all make vital contributions. It’s also the freelance photographers, writers and stylists who search out and pitch stories from all over the country. And our wonderful readers who play their part, by alerting us to their own, or other’s people’s, events, homes and leads for future articles. Then there are the incredible folk who open their homes to the scrutiny of the reading public. I’m lucky enough to meet a fair chunk of them in my travels, but some remain complete strangers, who just thought to drop us a line or send an email. I’ve…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

BRONTE CAMILLERI STYLIST & LOCATION SCOUT Bronte’s career began in visual merchandising for major Australian retailers, including R. M. Williams, Myer and Cue. She has been a lecturer on the subject for the tertiary education system and has worked as overall coordinator on a range of projects from small studio propping to major photo shoots for international corporations such as Nikon, Japan and ING. ROSS WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHER Ross has been a photographer for more than 30 years, shooting food, wine and commercial and residential architecture, as well as travelling overseas to shoot everything from mining projects to aircraft. He relishes the challenge of arriving at a previously unseen location and working on the best way to showcase it. australiancountry.net.au facebook.com/AustralianCountry @australiancountrymag zinio.com pinterest.com/auscountrymag…

5 min
diary notes

OCTOBER 27-29 (QLD) THE WARWICK RODEO The undisputed highlight of the APRA (Australian Professional Rodeo Association) calendar is the annual National Rodeo Finals and Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft, held in the Darling Downs regional centre of Warwick. As well as the chance to see horsemen and women at the top of their game in both rodeo and campdraft, there’s a packed program of live music, country cooking and a tradeshow alley for merchandise and wardrobe updates. warwickshowandrodeo.com.au NOW-END JAN 2020 (NSW) EDEN UNEARTHED Australia’s largest privately funded installation exhibition covers more than 40 works across 2.5 acres (one hectare) of the Sydney plant mecca that is Eden Gardens. The exhibition includes sculptural pieces, textile artworks and interactive sound installations, all capturing something exceptional and ephemeral about our environment and often utilising recycled materials and plant…

6 min
glenowie grandeur

Standing around their kitchen bench, Angus and Brooke Stockman playfully bicker about the number of pets the family has and whether their four children may renovate the family homestead in the future. They bounce off each other with laughter and finish each other’s sentences as only long-term couples do. Angus was born in Burra Hospital and his parents brought him home to the family farm — “and I’m still in the main homestead now,” he says. “So I’ve been here forever.” “Angus’s dad grew up in Burra,” Brooke continues. “He didn’t grow up in Burra, he grew up on a farm,” Angus takes over. Brooke starts again: “When Angus’s mum and dad got married ... sorry, Angus is shaking his head, so I’ll let him tell the story.” “It was my parents’…

5 min
the ties that bind

It was meant to be. When Caroline Gabriel and Shaun Bowden went looking for a property in Melbourne’s near countryside, their wish list included a reasonable train commute to the city, a town with a strong sense of community and culture, and a variety of restaurants, theatres and entertainment options. As keen cooks, they wanted a kitchen garden, or at least space to create one, a workable kitchen and space to entertain. Ballarat ticked all the location boxes, so when Caroline spotted an online ad for a mid-19th century miner’s cottage, she didn’t hesitate to jump in the car and head up to the former gold-rush town to check it out. “Shaun was interstate for work and I was actually searching for another property when I came across the ad,” she…

2 min
sculpted in style