Wednesday, October 13, 2021
From unleashing your inner ghostbuster to investigating crime scenes and being part of a supernatural interactive theatre show, there’s something for everyone.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Nora Heysen is recognised as one of Australia's most significant 20th-century female artists, being the first woman to win the Archibald Prize (1938), and the first woman appointed as an Australian War Artist (1943-46). Her art is in the collections of the Australian War Museum, the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and the National Library, together with state and regional art galleries, and numerous private collections.
Born in Hahndorf in 1911, Nora was the fourth child and daughter of Hans and Sallie Heysen. Her first formal art studies were with Mary Overbury who tutored the Heysen children. From 1926 Nora studied at the North Adelaide School of Fine Art, which led to her winning the Melrose Prize for portraiture (1933). After a very SUCcessful solo exhibition, Nora Heysen travelled to London for further study and to visit major collections in Europe. She returned to Australia in 1937 and resided in Sydney until her passing in December 2003.
Nora Heysen's private collection returned to The Cedars after her death and is the single largest collection of her works. Her paintings, drawings, books and personal artefacts are now displayed in changing exhibitions in her restored studio. They include some of her finest portraits, still lifes and drawings from the model. We can trace Nora's career from her student studies at age 15, to drawings from her War service, and the works of a mature artist through to her final oil painting, Apples on a chair (1995).
|Apples on a chair, 1995 oil on canvas, 40.5 x 51.0 cm; Collection of the Nora Heysen Foundation, The Cedars, Hahndorf|
Nora Heysen used the art equipment and materials on display. Especially note the palette given to the young artist by Dame Nellie Melba, and a portfolio case for transporting works in the Pacific region in World War II. On her travels, Nora acquired the ceramics and other personal effects that often appear in her still life works. Nora Heysen's library gives us an insight into her artistic interests and influences. Jane Hylton's book, Nora Heysen: light and life, provides a comprehensive overview of the artist's life and work.
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
There's a unique kind of joy to sitting on a milk crate with a paper plate laden with flavourful food balancing on your knees. NSW has long had a love affair with food trucks, which shows no signs of abating. Here are some of the tastiest in town:
Monday, September 6, 2021
For the chefs who want to learn how to make more than just banana bread
Small Group Authentic Mumbai Virtual Cooking Class with Dessert
Learn how to make Pav Bhaji and Rice Kheer from Kajal. Based in Mumbai, Kajal picked up authentic home-style family recipes from her mom and sister. In 2017 she started hosting food tours and Pav Bhaji was always one of the most popular dishes. This Maharashtrian delicacy is a thick vegetable curry made from seasonal vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes and onions served with pav, which is a bread roll topped with butter and best served hot. The word 'pav' comes from the Portuguese word for bread and 'bhaji' in Marathi means a vegetable dish.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
|Photo: The Advertiser|
Adelaide East Herald
The future of the historic Ayers House and museum is under threat.
On 10th June 2021, an eviction notice from the Minister for Environment and Water and his Departmental Head was hand-delivered to the National Trust of SA demanding that it vacate the property within 31 days.
Following difficult negotiations, the eviction deadline was extended to September.
This is an unprecedented and unwarranted attack on the fifty-year stewardship of Ayers House by the National Trust, a body which, for 65 years, has nurtured and safeguarded much of South Australia's built and natural heritage.
The SA Government plans to appropriate Ayers House for the History Trust of SA which is seeking a new administrative headquarters.
This Trust is a statutory government agency, residing within the Department of Education.
Its funding, responsibilities and activities devolve from the government of the day
It is inappropriate for this state heritage building to be used to accommodate 25 History Trust staff in areas and offices which would re-purpose heritage rooms and completely displace the heritage museum with its collection of 30,000 precious artifacts and furniture. The planned takeover also foreshadows the use of Ayers House for government functions in order to capitalise on the commercial opportunities and political status symbolism of its proximity to Lot 14.
|Ayers House as it is today (Source: Ayers House)|
This is no excuse to eviscerate the House, tarnish its cultural heritage status and sacrifice the museum.
The government is promoting and underwriting this proposal with $1.5 million to relocate the 25 History Trust staff at a cost of $57,000 per head, along with $6.5 million to alter the structure and function of Ayers House.
This funding could more appropriately and effectively be used to install a lift and air conditioning, and in assisting the National Trust to embellish and maintain the fabric and contents of this heritage icon.
There is no imperative or logic in locating the History Trust in Ayers House
The government's requirements for office space for bureaucrats, a modern kitchen, lecture rooms, educational facilities and function spaces can readily be accommodated elsewhere in the CBD, and in particular in other prestigious locations on North Terrace.
The National Trust has cared for Ayers House as a historic public institution without government assistance for operating costs.
Over 50 years it has endowed the house with $20 million in fabric, contents and in kind, through volunteer support.
This politically motivated and unnecessary eviction must not be implemented.
|Source: Ayers House Museum|
(Source: Adelaide Sketchbook/Max Lamshed 1967)
|Sir Henry Ayers|
Thursday, July 15, 2021
It's the little Outback Queensland town with a gutsy big past, but for most Australians, Cloncurry is about to go on record as the mightiest backdrop of any Survivor series when the 2021 production goes to air starting July 18. Thanks to its spectacular sunsets, rugged rocky outcrops and a population of a few thousand residents who helped the town take out “Queensland's friendliest” in 2013, the “Curry” (as it's affectionately dubbed) is about to explode onto our Road Trippin Radar.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
South Korea has one of the most advanced cycling infrastructures in the world and is a popular sport for locals, with trails tailored to families, leisure cyclists and professionals alike. There is an extensive network of bike paths and quiet secondary roads that will take you past areas featuring remarkable Buddhist temples and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Great Northern Railway to Asia
The Old Ghan story begins at Port Augusta, South Australia, in 1878 when, with picks and shovels, men began work on a narrow-gauge railway planned to snake its way to Darwin, and a link to Asia.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
|Methodist church and hall Goodwood. This church was built in 1880 (SLSA)|
Calm breezes and fruit trees populated the plain to the south of Adelaide in the days before King William Road was built.
Part of the land was the property of John Hyde, a pastoralist and namesake of the suburb that would eventually stand on his property, which was known as 'Hyde Paddocks.
Friday, June 4, 2021
To begin with, Lucinda cooks like a professional chef-using organic produce, much of it from her garden and Kevin would be capable of building an entire Alaskan village with his own hands. This is Alaska as you imagine it. This was a trip rich in both flora and fauna: a unique and remarkable natural heritage, an exceptional environmental journey from start to finish.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Before cars became so readily available public transport was the only viable option for people, unless they wanted to be on Shank's pony (ie, walk)
The East Adelaide line was a crucial transport line for locals and ran along Magill Road to Maylands
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021
She has been visited by many and forgotten by many as time passed us all by, however, she is back even stronger with a big attitude of hip, retro and gothic. She has and will continue to be visited by many on their transit journeys, food indulgence or just to take a walk into memory lane. Wonder no more! It is no other than Ipoh, the capital city of Perak.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
In 1935 Mr JM Smith established the firm of I M Smith and Co. which carried with it the Ford Company franchise in Urana. The motor business was registered in 1950 under the name of Billabong Motors. In 1959 the Ford Motor Company extended the franchise to take in the Lockhart district. Then in October 1962, the old garage formerly occupied by Mr Darcy McDougall in Urana Street was purchased and the business opened in Lockhart.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Every map tells a story; it reflects the individual mapmaker's particular perception of the world. Maps are a graphic representation of how we understand the condition of the human world based on concepts and events. They show the location of items and places and the spatial relationship between them. Specific cultural symbols and lines are often used to illustrate geographical features.
Matthew Flinders. Published by Joyce Gold, Naval Chronicle Office, 1814. Courtesy of the National Library of Australia: nla.pic-an9455829-1-v.
European mapping is based on Western concepts as they relate to geographical space. From the early 1500s to the 1800s, maps represented religious and political views of the communities that the map makers were serving as well as the scientific knowledge at the time. Artistic beauty was combined with geographical information because of the intention to sell the map or please a patron or employer.
Friday, March 12, 2021
|Colonel William Light|
The instructions issued by the Commissioners concerning the selection of a site for the capital of the new province were as follows:
When you have determined the site of the first town, you will proceed to lay it out in accordance with the regulations. You will make the streets of ample width, and arrange them with reference to the convenience of the inhabitants, and the beauty and salubrity of the town; and you will make the necessary reserves for squares, public walks and quays.
The following letter dated 13 July 1836 (the original of which is in the possession of the Adelaide City Council) from Lieutenant-General Sir Herbert Taylor, Private Secretary to King William IV, to Governor Hindmarsh, communicated the command of the Monarch that the capital of South Australia should be named after his consort, Queen Adelaide.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
|Motorcycle races at Woodside SA, October 1949. National Motor Museum Collection|
Racing and competition have been an important element of motorcycle culture from the start, beginning with friendly club competitions and road races.
Monday, January 4, 2021
School Residence (1894): The North Maryands schoolhouse features displays of a schoolroom, kitchenalia, religious vestments. banking office and photographic equipment.
Ardmore House (1920): This was one of five summer holiday homes built in Stanthorpe during the 1920s. It houses hospital, ambulance, dental, bathroom, bedroom, music, toy, domestic and textile collections plus the local Italian history.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
There is something impossibly romantic about Tibooburra; there it is in the far north-western corner (Corner Country) of New South Wales. Tibooburra is 335 km north of Broken Hill, 1504 km north-west of Sydney, 900 km from Adelaide. It seems so isolated and yet it is full of friendliness and activity.
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