Australian Country Issue#21.5 September 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

AS THIS ISSUE WENT TO PRESS, PHOTOGRAPHER KEN BRASS AND I MADE A QUICK TRIP TO THE NSW SOUTH COAST VIA THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS AND TABLELANDS. It was yet another sobering reminder, as if one were needed, about the dire straits that many farmers across Australia’s east, south-east and south-west are still facing. Bureau of Meteorology reports confirm these car-window observations. June rainfall was below average for most of Australia, and very much below average for parts of the east coast. For Australia as a whole, April to June this year has been the fourth-driest such period since comparable records commenced in 1900. The human face of this climate disaster is evidenced by the increasing numbers of farmers who have to seek work off-farm, the growing incidence of mental health issues…

1 min
helping out on this issue are ...

KIM SELBY PHOTOGRAPHER Kim is a multi-award winning family, wedding and commercial photographer. She is best known for her natural and emotion-filled lifestyle photography. She loves being able to capture those special little moments that abound in everyday life and knowing people will be looking back at their photos in years to come. She lives in the Macedon Ranges with her husband, two beautiful boys, dog Fergus and Myrtle and Gertie the chickens. DON FUCHS PHOTOJOURNALIST German-born Don has enjoyed a semi-nomadic lifestyle for more than 35 years. Driven by curiosity and the need to know what’s around the corner, he explores the globe professionally and privately. Resident in Australia since 1995, he is a member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association in Sydney and the LOOK photo agency in Germany. australiancountry.net.au facebook.com/AustralianCountry @australiancountrymag zinio.com pinterest.com/auscountrymag…

4 min
diary notes

NOW—OCTOBER 7 (NSW) MYALL CREEK AND BEYOND This year marks the 180th anniversary of the horrific massacre of at least 28 Aboriginal people by colonial settlers on the banks of Myall Creek near Bingara in north-western NSW. While it was no means the first or the last acts of frontier violence, the subsequent sentencing and hanging of seven British subjects for the murder of the Wirrayaraay people did mark the first time white men were brought to justice for their actions. The event is commemorated each year with a gathering of both relatives of the victims and the perpetrators of the massacre at the site. Myall Creek and Beyond, an exhibition of works by contemporary Aboriginal artists has been curated by the New England Regional Art Museum to explore responses to the…

1 min
baker's dozen

4 min
a passion for provence

“The house led me from favouring a colonial country look to finding a passion for all things with a distinctly French provincial accent.” The old saying that every cloud has a silver lining proved true for Frieda and John Smith. John’s health had been deteriorating for months when the couple decided to take a holiday at Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. They fell completely under the spell of the resort town’s benign climate, laid-back lifestyle, proximity to the beach and relative lack of traffi c compared to their home in inner Sydney. “We went back to Sydney, put our house on the market and bought up here,” Frieda recalls of that fateful holiday in 1997. “Just as well we did because shortly after the move, we also found a doctor who was…

6 min
made to last

It may not have been the most romantic of gifts, but Kylie Warrington says it quickly became one of her most treasured. When her then fiancé, Peter, excitedly ushered her outside their Canberra home to reveal the John Deere 855D Gator that was waiting on a trailer out the front, Kylie admits she may have been slightly underwhelmed. But closer acquaintance with the 4WD all-terrain utility vehicle on their hobby farm in the rugged hills behind Narooma on the NSW south coast changed her perception. These days Peter says he practically has to fight Kylie for access to the Gator, as it has become her vehicle of choice for all shifting and carrying jobs and getting around the steeply sloping terrain of their 10-acre (four-hectare) block. In fact, she is…