• All the Buildings in Sydney: James Gulliver Hancock’s obsession with drawing his city

    Sydney Tower by James Gulliver Hancock.
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    The first house he lived in at Balmain by James Gulliver Hancock.

    Sydney Tower by James Gulliver Hancock.

    Sydney Tower by James Gulliver Hancock.

    All the Buildings quiz: can you recognise these Sydney landmarks?

    James Gulliver Hancock says his obsession with drawing buildings is a bit like trainspotting. He can walk or ride or drive past a building, perhaps one he has passed many times before, then suddenly notice something about it that makes him stop and look again. If he likes what he sees, he will make note of it with a sketch or a photo. Back at his studio, he reconstructs the building with an illustration that is not exactly like the original, but captures its essence and personality.

    He started doing it when he moved to New York City in 2010. It began as a diary of his days, a way to map the sprawling grid of streets, a project to work on as he found his feet in the city’s intense creative landscape. He started a blog, and as it filled up with more and more buildings, it began to attract attention, first online, then in newspapers, and finally as a book, All the Buildings* in New York (*That I’ve Drawn So Far).

    Three years later, after many artistic adventures and career-boosting commissions, he returned to Sydney. Driving to Clovelly where he and his wife, singer Lenka Kripac, were moving with their baby son, he was in tears. Not of joy.

    “I was hating it, I didn’t want to be here at all,” he says. “I’d left all these amazing influences in New York and opportunities.”

    Sydney felt like a country town in comparison; returning home seemed a backwards step. Fortunately, Hancock says, “I got over it.” One of the things that helped was starting a new obsessive project that has produced another book, All the Buildings* in Sydney (*That I’ve Drawn So Far).

    He began with his childhood home in Balmain, a characterful sandstone cottage built by eminent architect Edmund Blacket, who also designed Sydney University’s grand old buildings. Hancock drew all the other places he had lived, the places his friends lived and other places they suggested. He walked around different neighbourhoods, spotted candidates from his car, and tackled the blockbusters: the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Sydney Tower, Luna Park. It helped him reconnect to the city, looking at it with fresh eyes and reconciling his past with the new identity he had formed overseas.

    “It’s hard sometimes returning to a place and walking around old ghosts, so drawing was definitely therapeutic in that way, by paying more attention than normal to those ultra-familiar spaces,” he says.

    Some of his choices for the book might seem surprising – the ominous UTS tower block on Broadway, for instance, where he studied visual communications. Blues Point Tower is in there too. Hancock enjoys tackling unpopular buildings and contributing a new perspective.

    “I hated all that brutalism stuff before I started drawing buildings; now I love it,” he says. “I don’t love interacting with it daily, but as a sculpture, they’re amazing.”

    His drawings, though instantly recognisable, have a cartoon buoyancy to them, with scribbles and squiggles and ink splats, like a sketch book.

    He also uses collage, and often finds mistakes look better than reality, which happened when he was drawing the crane at Garden Island. Trying to recreate the struts, he drew the wrong kind of triangle, but decided it looked better that way and did them all like that.

    “There’s a little whirlwind world that happens around the drawing you’re trying to do, it gives it a lot of extra personality.”

    He has reconciled with his hometown that, it turns out, has its own opportunities: his local commissions include painting a mural last year for the City of Sydney’s bicycle parking station. Overseas jobs still come in, such as designing the artwork for a New York music festival or packaging for a US gourmet burrito chain, and he goes back to New York each year.

    Hancock’s obsessive urge to draw began when he was a child; he was happier at home making models and painting than going to parties. As an adult, he gets cranky if he doesn’t draw every day.

    It comes from the desire to know everything, he says, “to overcome the infinity of everything through drawing and logging … Every drawing feels like I’ve gathered a bit more into my understanding of how things are.”

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  • Attitude problem lets down the Storm

    LAUDERDALE 12.15 (87) -d- WESTERN STORM11.10 (76)IT IS an opening-round State League loss that has left Western Storm coach Mitch Hills seething.
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    The Storm yesterday lost to Lauderdale by 11 points at Aurora Stadium, 12.15 (87) to 11.10 (76), with Hills saying his charges’ poor attitude going into the game was a significant factor in the loss.

    “Our boys just turned up and thought it was done deal,” Hills said.

    “They did just think they could roll in thinking they would get the job done no matter what and took it easy on a team you can’t take it easy on, and it was really an unprofessional performance.

    “I put it on them after the game we’ll do during the week, but our best players didn’t stand up when it mattered and the team’s performance was very ordinary.

    “If you think you are just going to turn up and roll through teams in TSL footy, well that just doesn’t happen.

    “It wasn’t structurally why we lost, it was truly an effort-based thing.”

    Not even the fact that last year’s grand finalists were able to fight back from 22 points down in the second term to briefly take the lead was enough to make Hills smile.

    Lauderdale looked in control from the opening moments, but a goal on the quarter-time siren from Alex Russell saved face for the home team, with the scoreboard reading 3.6 to 2.1.

    Storm small forward Zane Brown started to get involved when his side fell down by those 22 points, playing a role in the next four goals as they got back into a match that was all level at half-time.

    Brown would kick two of these goals himself, the second a beauty after running inside 50, receiving the ball via hand from the teammate he just gave it to, and slotting it on the run.

    He was also the one to pump it inside 50 in the lead-up to Corry Goodluck’s goal from a free kick, and it was the crumbs of his attempted mark that Thane Bardenhagen would pounce on in the goal square.

    The third quarter started with a wonder goal around the body from Lauderdale’s Ashley Woodhead, but after that the Storm started to look comfortable again.

    When Bardenhagen kicked his second, the Storm looked like they could take the game away from the Bombers, holding an eight-point lead in the low-scoring game.

    But Benjamin Halton stood up in attack for Lauderdale to kick two quick ones and give the visitors a five-point lead at the final change.

    Halton again stood up in the final term to kick another two majors, to be in the difference in a quarter that saw momentum swing both ways.

    Other Southern Bombers to impress included running players such as Thor Boscutt, Kaine Waller, Dylan Fyfe and Sean MacKay.

    Bardenhagen, Brown, Jobi Harper, Will Hanson, debutant Goodluck and Tom Reinmuth all tried hard for the Storm, who play Launceston at Aurora on Friday night.

    Lauderdale will play Clarence at Bellerive Oval next Saturday.

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  • Duncan sees big picture in his faith

    Landscape photographer Ken Duncan’s Good Friday address focused on his photography Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.
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    A MAN hired to photograph stills from The Passion of the Christ is in Launceston as part of the city’s Easter Community Festival.

    Ken Duncan spoke at the Tramsheds at Inveresk yesterday about his experiences with the film and its impact on his faith.

    Duncan, a friend of director Mel Gibson since the pair were at school, said his involvement with The Passion of the Christ confirmed his religious beliefs.

    He likened working alongside Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in the film, to being in a “3D confessional”.

    “It was such a graphic reminder of what Jesus went through,” Duncan said.

    “I was a Christian before the film but when I saw that I thought ‘there’s no way that didn’t happen’. When you look at the evidence, you can’t just write it off.”

    Organising committee member Andrew Corbett said that the festival would tap into the Easter tradition of inspiring great art, music and thought. Duncan is one of three key figures at the festival, with law professor Tim McCormack representing “thought” and astronomer Professor Fred Watson, who put himself through university by playing the guitar, representing music.

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  • A mother’s pride in her family of loyal Knights

    Happy family: Mrs Mata’utia with her sons Pat, Sione and Chanel at Nobbys Beach. Photo: Marina Neil Happy family: Mrs Mata’utia with her sons Pat, Sione and Chanel at Nobbys Beach. Photo: Marina Neil
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    Happy family: Mrs Mata’utia with her sons Pat, Sione and Chanel at Nobbys Beach. Photo: Marina Neil

    Happy family: Mrs Mata’utia with her sons Pat, Sione and Chanel at Nobbys Beach. Photo: Marina Neil

    Matalena Mata’utia’s eyes well with tears, and not because of the howling nor’easter blowing sand and grit from nearby Nobbys Beach.

    Mrs Mata’utia is talking about her beloved boys, and how proud she is of them, and where they have come from, and what they have achieved. Those boys, Sione, Pat and Chanel Mata’utia, turned down offers from Canterbury to sign new three-year contracts with the Newcastle Knights two weeks ago. Being close to their mother, and continuing to represent their adopted home town and the club where they began their flourishing footy careers, is why they stayed.

    “When they said they’d been asked by other clubs to go there, I said ‘Do what you have to do, but I’m not moving’,” Mrs Mata’utia said. “I’m settled here and I’ve gotten used to the life here. I think they felt like they wouldn’t do well without me but I wanted them to go and experience that for themselves if they wanted to. But they decided to stay because I said I wasn’t moving. I’m happy that they’re staying, but I’m just happy because they’re settled and they’re happy.” Mrs Mata’utia raised the boys, Sione’s twin sister Sylvia, and older siblings Josephine, Jana and Peter, mostly on her own. Working several jobs to keep the children fed, clothed and housed, she did it tough, initially in Sydney’s inner western suburbs around Bankstown and Liverpool, then relocating to Raymond Terrace and eventually resettling in Mayfield.

    Though 18-year-old Sione is the baby of the family, he does most of the talking for 21-year-old Pat and 22-year-old Chanel. He has assumed the role of patriarch since 24-year-old Peter left the Knights to join St George Illawarra last year. “I’ve noticed that everything has to go through this boy, even though he’s the youngest, but it’s good for him to take control of things and learn how to handle things,” she said of Sione. “He makes decisions for himself and what’s suitable for him, but I’m proud of him that he’s 18 and he’s more of the leader of the group than the older boys. I’m happy and I’m proud of all them that they’re doing well for themselves but it wasn’t an expectation for me when I first put them into rugby [league]. All I did was throw them in there to get them off the street, but I didn’t expect them to go this far and be successful.”

    Mrs Mata’utia said her allegiances were tested when the boys play each other, as they did several times last year, so she sits on the fence. Sione will be the family’s sole representative when the Knights play the Dragons on Saturday.

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  • No worries on legal mistake

    THE Law Society of Tasmania says it’s unlikely that a 30-year-flaw in the way that magistrates have been appointed will affect past legal decisions.
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    Yesterday the state government revealed that magistrates, coroners and justices of the peace hadn’t been appointed in accordance with the law for three decades.

    The realisation saw the government scramble to swear in all current magistrates properly yesterday morning to ensure that their authority was valid.

    Magistrates, coroners and justices of the peace are meant to take the “judicial oath” in front of Tasmania’s governor or a Supreme Court justice.

    But since the mid-80s it appears they’ve only been taking the oath in front of other magistrates.

    Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin said “legal doctrine” would uphold the validity of past decisions, sentences and actions made by magistrates.

    Law society president Matthew Verney said the alternative would be “somewhat chaotic” and he didn’t envisage any challenges to past decisions in the magistrates court.

    “The bottom line is to maintain public confidence in the courts, and I don’t think that’s been challenged by this,” he said.

    Mr Verney said it was positive to see government publicly identifying the problem and addressing it.

    The government did not say how the oversight was caught.

    However, Ms Goodwin has previously said that she hoped to modernise some of the state’s legal practices.

    She said the requirement to have the judicial oath taken by the Governor was “impractical and outdated”.

    “An amendment will be introduced in the next sitting of Parliament … to allow the oath to be taken before a magistrate,” she said.

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  • Rule change too negative

    THERE had to be a definitive statewide ruling from AFL Victoria on finals eligibility.
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    The ruling it did make was just too negative.

    AFL Victoria has declared this week that any player who plays more than 10 games in the Victorian Football League will be barred from returning to their nominated home grassroots club for finals.

    This is designed to stop players fine-tuning their game at the state’s top level – against and alongside AFL-listed players – then dropping back to dominate country and suburban flag bids.

    Something had to happen because there was no uniform ruling to restrict VFL players.

    AFL Victoria community football operations manager Gerard Ryan told The Courier there had been concerns raised with the game’s state governing body about this.

    Ballarat Football League club presidents Peter Carey (North Ballarat City) and Jack Ogilvie (Sunbury) have been outspoken against the ruling and deny any consultation on concerns.

    Imagine the uproar – probably a happy roar from the Lions – should decorated North Ballarat Roosters ruckman Orren Stephenson suddenly appear onfield for Redan in September if the Roosters missed the finals.

    Unlikely, but still possible.

    The crunch would be felt more on fringe VFL players and their community club.

    A more positive ruling on finals eligibility would be to flip the AFL Victoria stance.

    In the Ballarat Football League there is a mandatory three-game standard to qualify for finals. Why not adopt this across the state’s club competitions? Even lift it to four or five games if you want to make it a little harder for VFL players looking to return home.

    This would instead encourage predominantly younger, developing players to keep striving to take their game to the highest level they can, rather than worry about potential game-count repercussions.

    Those playing key VFL roles are unlikely to return to community football enough to qualify under this alternate standard anyway. The Roosters, for example, have two byes this season and there is no break for interstate football because the VFL has the year off.

    Senior players clocking up serious minutes – and those carrying niggling injuries or sore bodies – do not return to grassroots football in their breaks.

    This is all part of player management. Clubs know this when they take on a VFL-listed player.

    Generally, when a VFL player is returning from injury via a home club, it is only for a week or two, in the same way AFL clubs might work a star player back through its VFL arm.

    The Roosters had North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow in action for two games last season.

    If a VFL player takes to the field for a home club longer than that, struggling to find form or struggling for selection, then they, too, deserve a chance to represent their home club in finals.

    Sunbury duo Jack Sheahan and Daniel Toman each chalked up the mandatory three games in the BFL home-and-away season to play finals for the Lions last year.

    Under AFL Victoria’s new rule, both would have been deemed ineligible due to their game time with the now-defunct Bendigo Gold.

    Lions president Ogilvie raised an interesting point in what would now happen should either have played 11 VFL games and then been dropped.

    What club would want such a quality player whose season would end in the final round?

    VFL players who return to grassroots clubs are a bonus for their home team and league to which they return.

    Any time a high-calibre player, or developing player exposed to high-level competition and training, makes a homecoming, they lift the standard of those around them.

    Access to such players ultimately makes the game stronger and more exciting across the whole state.

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  • Cats in fine form to maul Robins

    WYNYARD 24.26 (142) -d- ULVERSTONE 11.10 (76)WYNYARD started the new season from where it left off last year, beating arch-rival Ulverstone last night.
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    The Cats went through the 2014 season undefeated and have started in similar fashion, casting aside one of the teams expected to give them a run for their money this year.

    It was a familiar sight at Wynyard with key forward Gregg Sharman kicking eight.

    Zane Murphy came off the field in the last term to rest a minor ankle injury but he should be fit to play against East Devonport next week.

    Although many of last year’s premiership players are missing, the Cats are still going to be a formidable force.

    Sharman, the competition’s leading goalkicker in 2014, is likely to get plenty of support this season as brothers Nick and Tom Mitchell kicked three goals each, as did Stuart Turner.

    Turner is on the comeback trail this year after missing last season with a shoulder injury.

    Ulverstone went into last night’s game under-manned with several of its top players missing. New Robins’ coach Justin Rodman made his presence felt with three goals in the opening half.

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  • Walters takes medal after Dockers thump Magpies

    Burnie Dockers ruck-rover Harry Walters capped a dream start to the season.BURNIE 16.13 (109) -d- DEVONPORT 9.5 (59)BURNIE Dockers ruck-rover Harry Walters capped a dream start to the 2015 State League season when he took out the inaugural Cameron Baird Memorial Medal after his team’s 40-point win over Devonport.
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    The 27-year-old on-baller was in the thick of play all night in the game played at West Park and was presented with his medal before an appreciative crowd after the final siren.

    Cameron Baird was Australia’s last Victoria Cross winner and lost his life in a gunbattle in Afghanistan.

    His father Doug, a former player with Cooee, came from interstate and made the presentation of the medal to Walters.

    The Baird Medal will become an annual feature for the best player in future Burnie-Devonport derbies.

    Burnie overcame a slow start last night to reel in the Magpies and go on to a big win in perfect conditions at West Park.

    Devonport led early by three goals before the Burnie machine moved into top gear and the Dockers were clearly the better team on the night.

    Walters gained great assistance from Darren Banham who challenged him for the Baird Medal and it was also the Burnie big men led by Nick McKenna, Jason Laycock and “fly-in” Cameron Cloke who caused damage to Devonport.

    McKenna, recognised as one of the best defenders in the competition, found himself on the forward line and was effective kicking four goals.

    Laycock was credited with eight marks in the first quarter and went on to take 13 for the game in an impressive start to the season while Cloke made his presence felt as the game progressed.

    Devonport was left to lick its wounds with new coach Mitch Thorp assisted off in the last term, and he is in doubt for next week’s clash with the Tigers.

    Thorp had played well until he was injured, and the Magpies would have been happy with the debut of former Wynyard big man Sam Douglas.

    Kade Pitchford appears ready to continue on from where he left off last year while Sean McCrossen and Ben Hawkes were impressive.

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  • Ballarat Heritage Weekend to pay homage to Anzac centenary

    On song: Ballarat City councillor Samantha McIntosh with members of the Federation University Graduating Actors Company, who will perform as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCESTURT Street was alive with the sound of Federation University performing arts students on Thursday.
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    The Federation University Graduating Actors Company students were warming up their vocal chords for next month’s Ballarat Heritage Weekend.

    The students have been behind the scenes preparing to perform a series of war-themed shows, including the epic 1960s musical Oh, What a Lovely War.

    The musical will be performed nightly at the Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre.

    Students will also perform in a pop-up concert featuring iconic songs from both World Wars at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

    Director of the project Bryce Ives said all the performances were about retelling iconic chapters in Australia’s history.

    “It will be a rigorous work of art,” Mr Ives said.

    “The idea behind the concept is to connect and draw comparisons between now and what people were experiencing during wartime 100 years ago.”

    He said students would also be taking patrons on a walking Anzac tour, which will retrace the steps of World War I soldiers in Ballarat.

    Mr Ives said students will be reading personal diary passages and letters from World War I soldiers during the tour.

    People are also invited to bring along their own war memorabilia.

    City of Ballarat councillor Samantha McIntosh said Ballarat’s unique historic streetscape would come to life for the weekend.

    “We all know history lives in Ballarat all year round but Heritage Weekend really is our chance to celebrate and discover parts of Ballarat you may have never explored before,” Cr McIntosh said. “It will be a particularly significant historical showcase this year as we come into the Anzac centenary.”

    Other highlights of the weekend will include an extensive display of military vehicles, steam train and double decker bus rides around the city.

    Fashion enthusiasts can step back in time with a Charlotte Smith war-themed fashion parade and an exhibition dedicated to vintage aprons.

    Special guests will include archaeologist and ABC television host of Who’s Been Sleeping In My House, Adam Ford.

    Ballarat Heritage Weekend will be held from May 9 to 10 from 10am to 5pm.

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  • Domestic violence must stop

    No longer silent: Domestic violence victim Caroline Pascoe with her parents Gladys and Grant Pascoe.PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCEToday, The Courier can finally tell the stories of two very brave women.
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    Both have been victims of one violent man.

    Both are bravely speaking up because they don’t want any other woman to suffer what they went through.

    Caroline Pascoe and Kate Moffatt both took their attacker to court, but he received a suspended sentence in one instance and a community-based order in the other.

    Both are also speaking up because they are concerned domestic violence sentences are too lenient, and the legal system fails the victims.

    As Ms Pascoe says: “Society and the legal system say you have to speak up and have a voice, but you need to be supported when you do speak up.”

    Both women also wanted their assailant named, as his criminal convictions over their assaults are a matter of public record.

    And they want all women to live free of fear, with both determined to make a difference.

    Ms Pascoe is now a passionate anti-domestic violence campaigner.

    “I don’t want any other woman to go through what I went through. I may have laid down for a little while, but I never gave up the fight,” she said.


    Caroline never gave up the fight against violence

    Doctor suffered years of abuse from partner

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