Local Profiles

My Castlemaine with Jane Cafarella (Parts 1 & 2)

"I feel very lucky to have been in journalism during that period. I look back now and think it was a miracle I was never sued."

My Harcourt with David Dean

In this two-part interview David talks to the Mail about his long and interesting career, his early years and his hobbies and interests.

My Castlemaine with Jim Foley

"One of our daughters lives at Campbells Creek and after coming to check out the town we decided this was the place for us. It was the best decision we ever made"

My Castlemaine with Chris Cassidy AKA Fluff

"When I was still a junior, I started playing seniors for Harcourt and that's where the nickname came from – because of my fluffy hair."

My Castlemaine with Rosie Annear

"I love being able to talk to teens and tell them that no matter how bad you get, you can come back from it - you could even be the mayor."

My Castlemaine with Brian Heydon

"I studied at the Perth Modern School. I sat next to Bob Hawke for two years and even went on a delegation with him to India in the 1950s."

My Campbells Creek with Robyn Hansford

"I grew up in Woodend and started working in retail straight out of school at Coles-Fossey's in Kyneton. I had worked at Beehave for three years prior to buying the business. "

My Chewton with Gloria Meltzer

Gloria Meltzer is a renowned author who has published 10 books.

My Castlemaine/Chewton with artist Robert Maclaurin

"I stopped through Castlemaine in '95 -‘96 around three times while on the painting scholarship and I remember walking around and thinking 'oh my goodness, what a bonnie toon!'"

My Castlemaine with painter Ned Middleton

"I started painting at school. I've been working with Tobias Richardson at Lot 19 for the past three years. It's the most fun part of my week."

My Castlemaine with Matt Barnes

"The town is beautiful and historic but it’s the people. When I take the dog for a walk - everyone waves."

My Sandon with Jill Atkin

I coached tennis both professionally and voluntarily for 45 years. I think I've coached all the kids in Castlemaine and their parents.