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InspiringPlaces#4: The Cedars, Hahndorf

A visit to the Heysen estate, The Cedars, brings the lives and works of this artistic family vividly to life. Set on the outskirts of Handorf, a Lutheran German colony in the Adelaide Hills, the property nestles into the undulating pastoral country that Hans Heysen obsessively reconfigured in his landscapes. With its screened verandah, stoves and inglenooks, the homestead is a northern European house in Peramangk country. Heysen’s studio is left as it was during the artist’s working life: tubes of colour, sketches, props. Family memorabilia hints at the complex relationship of father Hans and daughter Nora, both painters.

Studio of Hans Heysen, The Cedars

Studio of Hans Heysen, a chalet in miniature. Photograph by Jose Morales on Flickr.com. Some rights reserved.


InspiringPlaces#3: Limestone Coast, South Australia

If, like me, you’re intrigued by the history of the French exploration of Australia, then the South Australian region known as the Limestone Coast will be a revelation. Outside the small fishing port of Robe, ragged cliffs demonstrate the relentless push of the sea, suggesting the many dangers faced by Baudin, de Freycinet, Lapérouse and other men of the Enlightenment who were curious and foolhardy enough to make the long journey south to the “Terres Australes”. Some of the place names they left behind (Fleurieu, Vivonne, Lacepède) are still scattered along the Australian coast, like abandoned shells.

Limestone Coast, Robe, SA
Photo by Catherine Howell, 2007