Janet Dawson – a celebrated artist

Art is never still; it reflects the times in which it is produced, the individual who produces it and the past which has shaped it. Nor is it a linear progression – it can step sideways, backwards and forwards – but always it is a process of investigation. Janet Dawson is an artist of intense […]

Road to Refuge at SacredEdge

The Sacrededge Festival will once again be a welcoming host to people with a lived experience of seeking asylum. Jeanine Hourani is a refugee advocate, writer, researcher and public speaker. She is the Director of Road to Refuge, an organisation that aims to change the narrative around refugees and asylum seekers in Australia by providing […]

Rod Dudley – Sculptor/Painter

Queenscliff resident Rod Dudley grew up in suburban Melbourne. After leaving school in the 1950s he worked in a variety of jobs in the city and country, as well as doing National Service. He then trained to be a Secondary Art and Craft Teacher and taught at Bairnsdale and Camberwell High and at Wesley College. […]

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!’ […]