My Triangle, our long-lived and much-loved column, is a profile of a local person, or couple, or sometimes even a family. We’ve gone through the archives to present them all here – stories of our neighbours, friends, families, customers, storekeepers … we hope you enjoy them anew.


Farewell to David Francis

David’s open warmth and enthusiasm will be sadly missed by those who have known and worked with him in the musical sphere of the region, particularly with Four Winds, over the past five years.
He and partner Paul and their two well-known whippets, Dexter and Bailey, are leaving Bermagui and heading north, not too far, to Wollongong where David is taking up a new challenge as CEO of Wollongong Conservatorium.
David and Paul like to be on … Read more »

Stuart Cameron, weed warrior

Georgina Adamson

Stuart Cameron is an imposing figure of a man, softly spoken and not seen much around town but more likely to be found on a beach or in a piece of coastal bushland doing what he loves best – learning about and caring for the flora of our coastal region. ‘Gardening’ the natural environment requires as much work as any garden to keep it healthy and thriving and free of weeds.
He has learnt a lot since he started his … Read more »

Hope from The Crossing

Sharyn Munro

This December was my first visit back to Bermagui and the south coast since last summer’s bushfires. My mid-north coast had suffered too, I knew the strain of daily fire alerts, evacuations, smoke instead of air, skies that were only shades of brown, and the sound of sirens and helicopters. But down here it seemed even more dramatic, with more villages severely impacted—nobody could ever forget those Mallacoota beach images—and the drive down the highway showed how vast the … Read more »

Mary Williams: paying it forward

My Triangle 2020.10

It was 1991 and Mary Williams was teaching HSC English at Mitchell High, in the western suburbs of Sydney. Choosing which texts she would assign that year, among them she picked Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

‘I knew they were up to it,’ she says. ‘And when Sydney University offered a Chaucer lecture for HSC students, I told them to get their questions ready.

‘It was held on a Saturday morning and it wasn’t compulsory by … Read more »

Carolyn Killen draws the curtains on Ivy Hill

My Triangle 2020.08

When Carolyn and Bill Killen decided to move to the south coast of NSW in 2001, they hardly knew anyone and had little knowledge of the area. They were drawn here by the proximity of farm land to the sea, and the tranquility.

Bill’s retirement plan was to farm and Carolyn, a self-confessed gallery ‘groupie’, wanted an outlet for her love of art. She quickly realised that they had relocated to … Read more »

Malcolm Halliday: ‘It’s more about a moment.’

My Triangle 2020.07

Malcolm Halliday’s first career was in insurance. When he decided to call it a day, he did the rounds of his clients to say farewell. ‘One of them said to me, “You never seemed like an insurance broker”,’ says Malcolm. ‘And I took that as a compliment.’

I agree. It’s hard to imagine Malcolm, in suit and tie, toting a briefcase, talking indemnities, assets and agreed values. Cooling-off period. Excess. Risk management. Grace period.

But that was his life in … Read more »