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.


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 »

Wendy Holmes – artist

My Triangle 2019.11

The shores of Wallaga Lake, and the dominance of Gulaga, drew artist Wendy Holmes to make Bermagui her home fairly recently. Wendy said she just came under the spell of our beautiful coastal area and, within a few months of arriving, decided to stay.

Wendy grew up in Victoria, but a sense of adventure took her to Western Australia where she commenced training in the sciences, majoring in Zoology. However, in 1982 her attentions … Read more »

The return of Maddison Barry     

My Triangle 2019.10 

There’s much discussion about the problems facing rural communities as young people move away in search of work or different lifestyles. Much less is written about those who choose to return. Maddison Barry is one of the latter.

Maddy was born to Jo and Anthony O’Connor in Bermagui in 1992, followed two years later by her brother, Sam. Both went to local Bermagui childcare centres and to the Bermagui Primary School, where they … Read more »

Ross Rixon: stockman, bushman, drover, family man

My Triangle 2019.09

In your travels, as you negotiate the streets of Cobargo, you may come across a mature, quintessentially iconic Australian bushman, with a rather large hat, who loves to have a yarn. If so, then perhaps you’ve had the pleasure of meeting my dad. So what makes him so interesting? He was born Ross Alphonsus Rixon on 21 June 1935 to Annie (teacher’s assistant) and Spencer Rixon (Stores Officer, RAAF) at Milton. He was one … Read more »

Cathie and Denis Muller

My Triangle 2019.08

Tilba couple finds peace, beauty and a sense of belonging

Cathie and Denis Muller were seduced by the beautiful land and waters around Gulaga when they brought their extended family here on holiday in 1998, and in 1999 they bought five acres near Central Tilba. They built a weatherboard home designed by Narooma architect Phil Rose and pulled lantana and blackberry by hand to restore a degraded gully to cool-temperate rainforest. They now nurture … Read more »

Geoffrey Grigg: the mathematics of life

My Triangle 2019.07

Forty years ago, in 1979, one remarkable event helped shape my future.

I was a young Sydney man, working as an aide in a nursing home, and I was also writing to create a travelling theatre idea.

One night I had a really vivid dream. The next day my dream came true—the places, the people I saw and the words were all replayed, as if directly from the dream.

My world view changed dramatically. … Read more »