Robert Gordon

More than sixty years of heritage and three generations of potters.

A love of pottery has been handed down from June Dyson to Robert and his four children. The family has been immersed in the world of ceramics for over sixty years. This is a story unlike any other pottery in Australia.

Fluted Pie Dish

Meat pies, apple pies, lemon meringue pies, you’ll be keen to cook them all – just make sure you have a few friends to help you eat them!

Octagonal platter with bowl, white and yellow with gum leaves.

stamp on base

“Orchard Blossum” vase

Robert Gordon remains a family-owned, Australian business, dedicated to hiring locals who produce hand-finished ceramic products.

HMS Endeavour

Marine archaeologists believe they have finally identified the resting place of HMB Endeavour, the ship James Cook commanded to Australia on his first voyage of discovery, an achievement that would solve one of the greatest maritime mysteries of all time.

The Endeavour was purchased by the British Navy in 1768 for a scientific mission to the Pacific Ocean and to locate the mysterious southern continent then known as Terra Australis.

Cook departed Plymouth in August 1768, travelling through the Pacific Islands before arriving in New Zealand in September 1769.

In April 1770, Endeavour became the first ship to reach the east coast of mainland Australia, when Cook arrived at the site now known as Botany Bay.

The ship was sold in 1775 and renamed Lord Sandwich 2. It was hired as a British troop transport during the American War of Independence and was scuttled in a blockade off Rhode Island in 1778.

Source: Where is the Endeavour in Newport Harbor?

At 5-6 p.m. on Friday, September 21, at the Gurneys Resort on Goat Island, Newport, Rhode Island, archaeologists from the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) and its partner, the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), will announce their 2018 research results for the study of the Newport Harbor transport fleet. The event will review how the 25-year-long archaeological study of the Newport transports has narrowed the search for the Endeavour from a fleet of thirteen vessels to five, and now possibly to one or two archaeological sites.

Big Balloons

The stunning vocals of Lauren Lucille and Nick Di Gregorio on guitar feature in Big Balloons.

David Dower & Matt Fisher create original, vibrant music with piano, percussion, strings and vocals.

Their music is rhythmic, sensitive, engaging, accessible, and fun. Their new album, “The Frog, the Fish, and the Whale”, recorded at Porcupine Studios in London, is available now. Physical copy follow PayPal link:

Digital copy available from CD Baby or iTunes

David Dower (piano) and Matt Fisher (percussion)


Steiglitz Primary School is one the earliest state schools in Victoria. Designed by renowned surveyor and architect Henry Robert Bastow, who oversaw an unprecedented school building program after the passing of the Education Act (1872). This legislation proclaimed that education should be free, secular and compulsory for all children. 615 schools were built within five years.

Steiglitz is a place replete with stories. It is a rare place where the history of the gold rush can be interpreted through architectural remains, remnants of an early urban fabric and the mullock heaps that have been progressively reclaimed by nature. It presents a fascinating reminder of the many questions of heritage and place that constantly surround us.

Steiglitz is significant for many reasons. It is one of the first places where both alluvial and reef gold mining occurred in the central Victorian gold rush. Quartz mining brought investment, technology, colonial government, commerce and civic infrastructure.

The first substantial gold rush to Steiglitz was in 1856 and the town’s population peaked at around 2,000 people with the school’s attendance booming along with the town throughout the 1880s. State School Number 1487 was opened in 1874 at New Chum, a defunct settlement near Steiglitz. The school was relocated in 1880 to its present site just outside Steiglitz and renamed as the Steiglitz Primary School.

The 20th century brought changes in mining practices and the decline of Steiglitz, with many buildings disappearing. Bushland has reclaimed the surrounds, further cutting off the school from the remnants of the town. This isolation and the ongoing deterioration of the building has made the former Steiglitz Primary School a fascinating case study in heritage conservation dilemmas.

Located on public land, the building is at risk from bushfire, vandalism and ongoing decay. Its isolation means it is rarely seen or interacted with. But while doing nothing will likely result in the building’s erasure, the question of what can or should be done is complex. It displays tensions in local planning policies, within the Burra Charter (2013) and in the politics of public land management.

Since the closure of the school in 1960, the site has had a variety of uses, which ceased come the 2000s. From the 1990s, there has been a succession of plans for the school site and building. Many elements of these plans that related to the building including recommended maintenance works have never been implemented. It appears that government funding to implement conservation plans was often not available, while community groups lacked the resources or authority to carry out maintenance works themselves.

In 2013, Back to Steiglitz, a local community group, commissioned a plan that recommended relocating the school to a site within the Steiglitz township as the only viable means to ensure its conservation. This is in light of Article 9 of the Burra Charter’s reference to relocation being “generally unacceptable unless this is the sole practical means of ensuring its survival” given the physical location of a heritage place forms part of its cultural significance. And yet, the regrowth of bushland and the increasing isolation of the school site from the rest of the Steiglitz township raise questions as to the role geography plays in the cultural significance of the school site. It might be argued that moving the school into the old Steiglitz township not only better protects the building, but makes it more visible and accessible and re-establishes the school building’s link to the township. In other words, changing the geographic context may preserve or even reintroduce a social context formed in the school’s links with the Steiglitz township.

Even if moving the building is acknowledged as a suitable solution, the same questions of resourcing, responsibility and political will that have affected the building’s upkeep still arise. Heritage buildings, like other planning objects and issues, are subject to the inertia of governance systems and politics. But the slow process of deterioration of built fabric means resourcing requirements for maintenance will continue to increase over time if indeed the building survives.

The gradual decline of the school in its current location raises further questions. Is this decline through neglect a form of demolition, which is discouraged under the Burra Charter and the relevant municipal planning scheme, which identifies the school site as of heritage significance? In a planning sense, neglect of a heritage place does not require a planning permit and yet works to maintain or demolish a building protected under the Heritage Overlay are likely to require permits. However, the end results of neglect and demolition may end up being essentially the same.

Planning policy affecting the school site encourages “restoration, adaptation and reconstruction of heritage places in a manner that does not detract from the cultural significance of the place or area”. Such work has proven impossible in the school’s current location. Could it be that sympathetic restoration, adaptation or even reconstruction of the school on a vacant site in the Steiglitz town centre might allow for the preservation of this significant piece of cultural heritage?

The old Steiglitz Primary School raises an array of heritage questions that reverberate far beyond the township of Steiglitz. These questions of heritage and context cut to how we define and assess cultural significance and the types of maintenance or conservation approaches that might be acceptable in complex situations.

Source: Steiglitz State School: A Cultural Heritage Dilemma by Fiona Gray PhD Architect and Research Fellow. Published on July 20, 2016 in History News, Issue No 325, July 2016, Royal Historical Society of Victoria

The spelling of the name of this place follows the pronunciation of the family name von Stieglitz, early pastoralists in the district.

MVMT watch

Jake (left) and Kramer (right) launched a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign, that offered a new way to shop for stylish watches.

MVMT was the first watch company built on a direct-to-consumer model. This means they are able to offer the same quality watches for a fraction of the price of their competitors.

MVMT was the first watch company built on a direct-to-consumer model. This means they are able to offer the same quality watches for a fraction of the price of their competitors.

By cutting out the costly wholesale process, traditional retail markup, and old school advertising budgets the savings get passed on to you.

Source: MVMT

How to tie the Ascot

The Ascot was popularized in England, by the Prince of Wales in 1888.

The French had named it Plastron in 1882. By the end of the 19th century, it was considered the most exclusive form of neckwear for formal morning dress.

How to Wear an Ascot

Traditionally plain and black or striped, it is worn on the outside of a detachable collar, tied and eventually decorated with a stick pin.


While it was worn originally with a closed stiff collar, young men would wear open stiff collars and eventually flap collars and even turndown collars with an ascot.

In 1926, the Chelsea Flower show became a perfect exhibit of how influential the royals were upon the fashion of the day. George V for the first time wore a morning coat without spats. As a consequence, many of the men shed their spats on the spot, leaving the surrounding bushes full of the discarded accessory.

Sophisticated original music

David Dower & Matt Fisher create original, vibrant music with piano, percussion, strings and vocals.

Their music is rhythmic, sensitive, engaging, accessible, and fun. Their new album, “The Frog, the Fish, and the Whale”, recorded at Porcupine Studios in London, is available now. Physical copy follow PayPal link:

Digital copy available from CD Baby or iTunes

David Dower (piano) and Matt Fisher (percussion) performing David’s compositions “The Frog, the Fish and the Whale” live at St Paul’s Grove Park, London, October 2105.

Matt Fisher and David Dower
Matt Fisher and David Dower

Eat the Rich

O’Rourke combines a soupcon of Swift’s A Modest Proposal and Keynsian garnish in an effort to find out why some places are “prosperous and thriving”.

P. J. O’Rourke attended Johns Hopkins. He began writing funny things in 1960s “underground” newspapers. He is a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken fellow at the Cato Institute, and a member of the editorial board of World Affairs.

Maison Caulières

The monarch celebrated her milestone birthday in April and it has been revealed that one of her favourite presents was the £50 beauty product from Fortnum & Mason which her husband bought. She loved the Maison Caulieres extra virgin sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils product so much that the Queen has requested a bottle is sent to Buckingham Palace every two weeks, according to the Mail on Sunday.

A luxurious blend of extra virgin oils to soften and protect the skin.

Maison Caulières is a 250 year old family business, nurturing sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oil for their medicinal properties for centuries. These extra virgin cold pressed oils nourish, protect and help regenerate the skin.

The orange range of Maison Caulières products are inspired by the summer, and reveal a sensual floral of fleur de genet. Use small amounts in the morning or evening, massaging lightly over the body until it is absorbed.

At Desforges de Caulières estate, mainly sunflower, rapeseed and linseed are grown, which were used in the past for family care because of the medicinal properties. Due to their high concentration in essential fatty acids, the Desforges de Caulières oils have beneficial properties for the health as well as for the skin.