August/September 2022


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Quiet achiever
There’s no air-conditioning or heating, apart from a slow-combustion fire, yet the temperature in this Burradoo home ranges from 18C to 26C no matter how icy or sweltering it gets outside. 

Man of steel
Dave Ball’s large-scale steel sculptures grace some of the Highlands’ most impressive properties, prompting amazement, joy and quiet contemplation. 

An inquiring mind
Mary Jerram left teaching for the law, and rose to become NSW’s first female State Coroner. Now semi-retired and living in Exeter, she talks about her brilliant career.

Escape to the country
Whenever they can, fashion designer Sarah-Jane Clarke, of Sass & Bide fame, and landscape architect Daniel Baffsky, head to Runnymede, a stunning Glenquarry property.

Growing memories
In the last two years of his life, billionaire health care magnate Paul Ramsay decided to build a garden at Yarrawin, the home where he grew up. 

Cool change
The Highlands is renowned for its stunning autumn streetscapes. Last autumn Tony Sheffield photographed some beautiful foliage and scenery around Bowral and Mittagong.

Horse power
Bec Hogan’s love of endurance riding has led to the annual Wingello Forest Endurance Ride and Australia’s only Shagya-Araber stud.

A dairy tale
In 1999, Bill Smillie decided going organic would give his Moss Vale dairy farm its best future. He explains how the gamble paid off. 

Uphill battles
The undulating Highlands hardly seems like racing car territory, but from the 1950s until 1970, hillclimb races saw roads blocked and Formula One cars hitting their straps.

Classic cars
Lance Hill, owner of the Bowral antiques shop that is older than he is, is the proud owner of a glorious black 1956 Austin-Healey 100M, thought to be one of only five M models delivered new to Australia.

Our social pages kick off with three pages of photographs from the 130th Moss Vale Show.