Choralography with Jonathon Welch

Queenscliff town hall reverberated with song and applause for 65 singers under the direction of Dr Jonathon Welch AM, best known as the Founding Music Director of the inspirational Choir of Hard Knocks, Sydney Street Choir, Australian Pop Choir, Pop Kidz and now THE CHO!R. Jonathon’s innovative choral arrangements cover a range of musical styles […]

On the road to Ramingining NT

I recently undertook a road trip to deliver a replacement vehicle for my son Damon, who teaches remotely in Ramingining. Ramingining Community and its surrounding outstations in North Eastern Arnhem Land is home to a varying population of 700-1200 people depending on season and ceremony. The visit began at the local oval where the Eagles […]

The Queenscliff Harbour Story

Members of the Queenscliffe Historical Society aren’t just a few retirees filling in their days welcoming you at the door of the museum and pointing you in the direction of the latest exhibit. They are zealots when it comes to preserving the borough’s history inside and outside the building in Hesse Street. One member, Diana […]

The Queenscliff & Point Lonsdale Low Light Festival – 3 May to 30 June

Top and tailed by twin lighthouses, High Light and Low Light, (where the festival gets its name), the picturesque playground that is Queenscliff has a reputation as a long-standing host to bespoke music events, art exhibitions and gourmet dining. Offering the most spectacular and diverse range of venues including circus marquees, grand ballrooms and intimate […]

William Buckley’s life and times

Since his retirement as a drug counsellor, self published author Phillip Gray spends a large part of his spare time writing and enjoying the seaside at Mount Martha. His second book ‘From Dreamtime to Arma-geddon’ is about William Buckley, an escaped convict who lived with the local aboriginals. “I just love the history and the […]

Low Light in the Limelight

Friday 22nd June in the borough featured a range of events kicking off the inaugural ‘Low Light’ festival that will run over four consecutive weekends during the winter months of June and July. The festival is promoted as a ‘celebration for all the senses’ with international and local arts and culinary talents. The festival launched […]

Queenscliffe Literary Festival Keynote Speakers – John Bell & Robert Dessaix

What a piece of work is a man! The modern interpretation of this quote from William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ could relate to Shakespeare. ‘What a perfect invention a human is, how noble in his capacity to reason, how unlimited in thinking, how admirable in his shape and movement, how angelic in action, how godlike in understanding!’ […]

Whitehall hosts Boxwood Workshops

Boxwood returned to Queenscliff late in February for a long weekend of immersion in traditional music. Around 40 musicians from all over Australia stayed at historic Whitehall Guesthouse where they had lessons with Boxwood’s Chris Norman from Canada, James Kelly from Ireland and Rennie Pearson from New Zealand. Chris Norman is founder and director of […]

GPAC launches its 2018 theatre season

Oh what a night it was! Geelong’s theatre enthusiasts gathered at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre eager to find out what is in store for the 2018 theatre season, and they were not disappointed. A generous nine shows will grace the Playhouse and Drama theatre stages bringing laughter, tears, and every emotion in between. First […]

Queenscliff – a sense of place

‘My heart pounded as I noted the empty beds and the partially opened tent flap. The girls were gone.’ My two daughters disappeared from the Queenscliff caravan park just after sunrise in January, 1985. I didn’t hear them leave their bunks. Nor did I hear the annexe unzip just enough to release the girls out […]