Australian film director Peter Weir made his iconic movie “Picnic at Hanging Rock” in 1975. Based on Joan Lindsays novel of the same name, he filmed part of her legendary story in South Australia, at historic Martindale Hall. The film - and the story behind it - have captivated me since I was a child... today I visited Martindale Hall for the first time.
"Martindale Hall was built for a wealthy bachelor pastoralist, Edmund Bowman Jr (1855–1921). The architect was Ebenezer Gregg of London. Due to the specialist nature of the work involved, 50 of the 60 tradesmen were brought from England, and they returned when it was completed. The hall has some 32 rooms and also a large seven-room cellar, and its environs at the time also included a polo ground, a racecourse, a boating lake and a cricket pitch.
A decade after its construction, debt and drought forced the Bowmans to sell all their holdings. William Tennant Mortlock bought Martindale Hall in 1891. His son, John Andrew Tennant Mortlock, developed Martindale Station and built up an impressive collection of artwork which was displayed at the Hall. Dying childless, his wife became the heir to the Mortlock fortune, and she bequeathed Martindale Hall and the estate to the University of Adelaide in 1979 upon her death.
Martindale Hall along with 19 hectares of grounds were later handed to the South Australian Government and is now managed by the national Trust of South Australia."
It's been over twenty years since I first set eyes on Uluru. Visiting it again this week, the sacred beauty and majesty of this natural wonder are more obvious to me than ever. It's enormous presence is truly awe inspiring.
In 1985 , as an 'Innocent' fifteen year old student, my fellow classmates and I climbed the rock as part of a school vacation to central Australia. Looking back, its hard to believe that we were encouraged to do this, from memory, it may even have been mandatory.
Standing at the rock today, with a greater understanding of its deep cultural significance, I couldn't dream of touching the rock face, let alone walk over it; it's hard to believe that some travelers still feel it's ok to do so.
In November 2017, Georgia Hitch and Nick Hose of the ABC wrote:
Climbing Uluru is set to be a thing of the past after the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board decided unanimously to ban the activity, starting in 2019.
The board, made up of eight traditional owners and three representatives from National Parks, made the decision after consulting with the wider Anangu community, who it said was overwhelmingly in support of banning climbs.
Senior traditional owner and chairman of the park board Sammy Wilson was at Uluru for the announcement and in a written speech said the site had deep cultural significance and was not a "theme park".
"Some people in tourism and government for example might have been saying we need to keep it open but it's not their law that lies in this land," he said. "It is an extremely important place, not a playground or theme park like Disneyland.
"The Government needs to respect what we are saying about our culture in the same way it expects us to abide by its laws.
"After much discussion, we've decided it's time."
The ban will begin on October 26, 2019 to coincide with the 34th anniversary of the return of Uluru to traditional owners.
En route to central Australia this week, crossing the south Australian border, we passed by the now famous Coonalpyn Silos, and they literally stopped us in our tracks!
The Border Chronicle writes:
'The silo’s at Coonalpyn are the talk of the town as the 30 metre high painting on the Dukes Highway is now complete.
Tatiara residents taking a drive in the last few months would have seen the art in progress that has been going on since February 1, and as of today it is finished and ready for visitors to see.
The mural is of five children between the ages of 5-9 who attend school at Coonalpyn that has a total of 38 students.
The Coorong Council arranged to have their silos turned into a sky high work of art in July last year to stop travelers on the highway in the small town of around 200 people that now has a unique tourism opportunity and an established sense of civic pride in the community.
The Creating Coonalpyn project invested $85,000 in the creation of the mural, bringing in world renowned artist Guido van Helto to create the piece.'
Recently, we installed some hand made/ hand printed wallpaper in the formal study of a residential project.
Its all about layers, each layer should have a commonality with the next and should play its part in building up a beautiful interior. In the case of this wallpaper we selected an archival design, most suitable for a traditional study. We hand selected a natural cream and a accent colour that perfectly flowed with the colours of other elements in the room. The oak flooring, the curtains (not shown here) and the elegant off white walls.
A third accent colour, handprinted onto the paper, was a fine metallic bronze, highlighting the details of the pattern. This detail matched the antique bronze light fittings and the darker tones of the oak parquet floor. A beautiful connection.
The paper was a collaboration with Maree Wilding, through her company 'Interior Productions' and we feel it was a great success. We look forward to collaborating with her again, on future projects, next year.
Recently we were asked to take on a 'small' design project; the conversion of an abandoned shipping container into a stunning office for the Valley Ranges Getaways, Sassafras office.
We couldn't resist!
Working with the initial ideas of business owner, Peta Rolls, we set to task creating concepts and bringing them to life. It had to be simple, streamlined and uncluttered, however we wanted to add some sophisticated character to the mix also.
With simple finishes, including feature copper detailing in select areas, set against a wallpaper backdrop of a crisp black and white forest image, we achieved the desired outcome. The scheme was a success.
We were back into the swing of things, talking all things style and design this weekend, at our first Interior Design workshop for 2017.
Many thanks to all the participants. It was a great to meet everyone and to share our design experience.
With a fabulous lunch from Cafe de Beaumarchais, platters from the Yarra valley and local wines, it was another enjoyable and rewarding day.
There is nothing like scent to create ambience and warmth in a room. The evocative smell of rich timbers. The lingering subtlety of lovingly polished heirloom furniture and smoky leather.
Each aroma is beguiling. But when combined, the result is an exhilarating and uplifting fragrance that envelops you in a luxuriously sensory experience.
This was the inspiration for Justin Bishop’s Signature No.1 Candle. A blend of cedar and other precious woods – with hints of bergamot, amber, saffron and clove – has produced a beautifully well-rounded, refined and woody scent that uniquely captures Justin’s passion for traditional craftsmanship and design.
The candle itself is presented in an elegant black glass holder, inside a superb presentation box with a textured finish and black satin details.
A testament to Justin’s design aesthetic, the No.1 candle is a must for anyone who appreciates the warmth of tradition and classic style.
Available online at www.justinbishop.com.au/a-scented-candle-by-justinbishop/ or in store at Cafe de Beaumarchais 370 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd Sassafras.
After a wonderful Christmas, New Years & holiday season, I am back on deck this week and looking forward to a busy year.
I have many residential projects in Melbourne continuing on from 2016; I am excited to be working on these again. I have a variety of new projects beginning also, in Melbourne, Perth and country New South Wales, and I welcome the challenges that these will bring.
I have travel plans mid year, a trip to Europe, where I will be visiting some of my favourite interior design, furniture and antique stores, I will be hunting for treasures in the fabulous Porte de Clignancourt Les Puces Flea Market outside of Paris, which I know will be a highlight.
A line of my own decorative interior products is underway, including a range of soft furnishings and lighting, which will be available online, I will be sharing more news of this very soon. The Justin Bishop range of scented candles will also be available over the coming month.
My Interior Design Workshops are being planned again, for the second half of the year. Dates will be released soon.
There is never a dull moment, and I am fortunate to have such wonderful projects and clients to work with. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.
I hope you have all had a great start to 2017, I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone throughout the year.
From all at Justin Bishop Interior Design,
we would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas
and happy and safe new year.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2017.
Throughout the festive season,
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Justin Bishops scented candle collection evokes a landscape of sentiment and memories, reminiscent of his upbringing in an historic homestead on a traditional Victorian country property.
The luxurious scent unearths its own distinct origins; from the rich, spicy timbers of grand historic homesteads to handcrafted heirloom furniture and antique leather-bound books.
The candles, in their elegant black glass holders, are packaged in beautifully designed presentation boxes. A stunning gift for yourself or someone special.
Handmade in Australia, with a luxurious blend of superior soy wax and quality fragrance, these extra large candles have a burn time: of up to seventy five hours and are made with a superior braided cotton wick.
Recently, we added further finishing touches to one of our favorite projects for 2016. Included here was a magnificent floral display incorporating over fifty faux magnolia stems, in different species.
Teamed with an elegant, classically shaped vase, the installation sits proudly on our bespoke front entrance table, commanding views from various angles throughout the home.