Progressing nicely.

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Work on my Portraits of Elizabeth: Migration, community and identity exhibition is progressing well. The show will be held at the Migration Museum during the South Australian Living Artists festival in August.

It is a somewhat frustrating yet enjoyable process putting something of this scale together. I’m excited and curious to see how the whole thing will knit together and get a true sense of the impact of this story of stories.

Still a lot to do …

The book THIS IS OUR TOWN is also tracking well. With a first draft of the design by John Kingsmill of Tabloid in hand, the process of proof reading and making the odd change begins.

Watch this space!

The accidental winemaker

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Ed Carr, an ex-Elizabethan and Group Sparkling Winemaker with Accolade Wines.

Ed’s journey has been an interesting one. Arriving with his family as ‘ten pound poms’ in 1964, they soon found themselves settling in Elizabeth. After “bumbling” through local schools, Ed studied microbiology and chemistry at university, believing he was destined to become a chemist.

Instead, Ed became a winemaker. Working at a winery as a chemist and microbiologist, he was drawn to winemaking because “it’s about the science”.

Thirty-five years on, Ed has an influential role with Accolade Wines, responsible for the production of, among others, the Arras brand, considered by many to be Australia’s finest sparkling. In 2011 he was named Winemaker of the Year by Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine.

Ed remembers growing up in Elizabeth with fondness. Although the city has a reputation for being a bit rough, Ed feels Elizabeth is no different to many other places. The only time he sensed any stigma about his Elizabeth origins was at Norwood Oval watching his local football side Central Districts play, where a wag in the crowd shouted, “Centrelink is that way, guys!” Typical.

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