Issue #143, Summer 2016-17

Burwood Walks #15: Village to Village

OUR fifteenth walk takes us northerly “from village to village” (about 6km), from Burwood to Mont Albert. Starting in Burwood Village (Melway 60G6), walk westerly from Warrigal Road to the second street heading north from Toorak Road – Fairview Avenue. It may not have a street sign, but it has large street trees and is … Continue reading Burwood Walks #15: Village to Village

By: Mark Learmonth

An extraordinary life

IT was an auspicious day on 6 August 1926 in Kent, England, when Edna Frances Clarke joined the fold. By age three, it was clear she had weak ankles so her aunt suggested enrolling her in dance classes. Edna’s life-long love of singing, dancing and acting resulted. Although dancing strengthened her legs, she was never … Continue reading An extraordinary life

By: Raine Biancalt

Cultures can – and do- mix at Louise Multicultural Centre

I spoke to Anna Walker and Klaudia Lozo in the warm offices of the Louise Multicultural Centre in Box Hill. Anna, who has just assumed the role of president, is passionate about her work, as are all those who come together in the organisation – and all are volunteers. She hales from Scotland, and coming … Continue reading Cultures can – and do- mix at Louise Multicultural Centre

By: Chris Gray

Waverley Helpmates celebrate

WAVERLEY Helpmates, a not-for-profit community based Supported Employment & Training Program located in Ashwood is celebrating 30 years of service in 2016. In October 1986, a group of forward-thinking community members established a new program in Ashwood to employ and support young people with Intellectual Disability. Set up as an alternate employment option to the … Continue reading Waverley Helpmates celebrate

By: Christine McKillop

Mad Cat – a joyous beginning

THEATRE is alive and well … which is attested to by the fact that, along with the established companies, new ones are still emerging. And one of these is Mad Cat Theatre Company. Mad Cat (Music and Dance, Comedy and Theatre) springs from the St Dunstan’s Rep Circle; under which umbrella Mad Cat’s first two … Continue reading Mad Cat – a joyous beginning

By: Chris Gray

Gardiners Creek guardians for 20 years

A stretch of Gardiners Creek south of Nettleton Park in Glen Iris was environmentally developed not by a local authority, but rather by members and friends of the Lions Club of Boroondara–Gardiners Creek. For one weekend a month, for more than ten years, members and supporters of the club gathered together to prepare and plant … Continue reading Gardiners Creek guardians for 20 years

By: Chris Hayward

George Bills: a Legacy of Welfare for Animals

GEORGE (Joe) Bills left a lasting local legacy to animal welfare when he died in December 1927. He and his wife Annis, who predeceased him, had no children but shared a great love of animals. After providing some personal bequests his will established a trust and directed that the residue of his estate and income … Continue reading George Bills: a Legacy of Welfare for Animals

By: Richard Daly