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.

Denise Bunnett: my year of volunteering in Bermagui

My Triangle 2018.05

First things first: How did you end up in Bermagui?

Rob and I came from Wollongong to Bermagui. We’d been in Wollongong where we had family including Rob’s elderly mum and our two adult children who’d settled there. After Rob’s mum passed away, we started to think about finding a place to retire to ourselves. Wollongong had started to become a little like a suburb of Sydney so we were after someplace a little … Read more »

Toppy Blacka, Christmas child

My Triangle 2017.12

Born on Christmas Day, 1936 in a milking shed out the back of Brogo, the sixth child out of 14, she was named Isabel Lucas but has been called Toppy her entire life. She never thought to ask her mother how that came about before she passed.

Toppy and her siblings would walk to and from the Brogo school every day with their shoes … Read more »

Hilary and John James: Passionate lives

To say that Hilary and John James have lived lives full of travel and adventure would certainly be true, but not the whole truth. While tales of their destinations and activities are enough to fill many books (and they’ve written quite a few!) it has been their inner, personal journeys that have been their focus for the last five or more decades.

John and Hilary met and married when they were … Read more »

Thoroughly modern Bronte!

My Triangle 2017.08

Raised by her mother before the term ‘single mum’ was even invented, Bronte Somerset learned resilience at a young age. Her father died when she was just two years old but passed on to her a technical mind with a love of detail. He owned Sherwood Radio, which made valve radios back in the days when they were a substantial piece of furniture in a family’s lounge room.

While … Read more »

Peter Lacey recollects the South Coast

My Triangle 2017.07

Have you seen the two issues of Recollections? These publications on the history of the NSW south coast have caused quite a stir. The founder of the NSW South Coast History Society and creator of Recollections is Peter Lacey, who has been interested in history since high school, when he was inspired by his teacher to enquire upon the past.

Peter entered Macquarie University in 1967, the very first year its doors … Read more »

Di Manning: soprano, lobbyist, wanderer, photographer

My Triangle 2017.05

Perhaps it was her upbringing, the daughter of an Anglican minister moving from parish to parish, a lifestyle perhaps strengthened by touring and living in the USA, but from the beginning, Di Manning has always travelled. Never in one place for long, and with around forty residences under her belt, Di has seen a fair bit of the world and contributed to it all along the way.

Her mum insisted that … Read more »