Australian Country Issue#21.3 May 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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1 min
editor's letter

As the nation reeled from the shock of the tragic suicide of 14-year-old Amy (Dolly) Everett, Springsure locals Shannon Bleakley, her partner, Dan Roberts, and a team of 200 volunteers jumped into action and organised a fundraising Doin’ It for Dolly rodeo. More than 6000 people converged on the little town, population 1100, for the event and, at the end of the day, they raised more than $175,000 for the Dolly’s Dream Foundation, established by Dolly’s family and friends to combat bullying in all its forms. If you’re as inspired by this achievement as I am, you can lend your support to the foundation by visiting facebook.com/dollysdreamaustralia. You can also see pictures from the rodeo in our Out & About pages in this issue. We’ve again collected a bumper crop of…

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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. She 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 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…

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diary notes

MAY 5-27 (NSW) TRANSITIONS AT EVERGLADES The culmination of two years’ work at Everglades Historic House & Gardens at Leura in the Blue Mountains, Transitionsis an exhibition and accompanying book chronicling the cycle through the seasons. Photographer Tracy Ponich has documented the changes that take place in the gardens each year with spectacular success. The event is part of the Australian Heritage Festival and is also a regional venue for Sydney’s Head On Festival for 2018. As well as Tracy’s photographs, the exhibition includes historic photos and documents including diary excerpts from Paul Sorensen, who created the garden in the 1930s. nationaltrust.org.au/ahf_event/transitions-everglades-historic-house-gardens MAY 12-13 (NSW) BATHURST HERITAGE TRADES TRAIL The Heritage Trades Trail provides a cultural and educational journey around five significant heritage sites in Bathurst, Australia’s oldest inland European settlement. The event coincides with Heritage…

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baker's dozen

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thoroughly modern moree

A western NSW farmer who can talk furniture designer Mark Tuckey as confidently, and passionately, as agricultural machinery manufacturer John Deere, Moree’s Andrew Ball is fascinatingly contrary. Pinterest, his go-to for inspiration, reveals expertly curated folders on architecture and design, seamlessly co-existing with pins on rugby and cars. His large farmer’s hands swipe, and the fact that he even has a Pinterest account speaks volumes. “My mother had a beautiful eye for design and style,” he reflects. “It’s quite amazing, you never forget those things that were ingrained into your childhood.” Nestled in a leafy local street, Andrew and his wife, Barbara, have restored one of the town’s most stately properties, the type passers-by crane their necks at in anticipation of a glimpse beyond the perfectly manicured hedges and topiaries. The unusual,…

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at home in the hills

Melissa and Andrew Kidd were roughly 16,000 kilometres apart when something life-changing popped into their respective inboxes. “Melissa and I emailed the same land to each other,” Andrew explains. “She’d returned to Australia a few months before me, while I finished an assignment in Frankfurt. While apart, we’d share property ideas. I was excited to see it as soon as I got off the plane.” An unbelievable coincidence or a sign from somewhere beyond, no matter how you look at it, it seemed it was meant to be. “We loved the area and had lived around here in our teenage years,” Melissa says. “So we couldn’t believe it when this block of land came up for sale.” It seemed to tick all their boxes — rural, close to the beaches of…