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Interview with David Gates – Headmaster of Scots All Saints Bathurst

David Gates spent much of 2018 combining two of Bathurst’s most highly respected co-educational independent schools into what has become essentially, a much larger, stronger, independent day and boarding school to service Bathurst, the Central West and beyond.

Despite the enormity of the task, David has emerged upbeat and enthusiastic. Given the schools proximity to Sydney, and Bathurst’s increasingly attractive rural lifestyle, there is every reason to believe that Scots All Saints and Bathurst will continue to grow as important educational centres.   

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Bohemian Harbour

With its sweeping views across the sparkling water to the city skyline, Lavender Bay on Sydney’s lower north shore has inspired generations of artists. A new exhibition at the Museum of Sydney celebrates the spectacular Sydney Harbour through the perspectives of some of the city’s best-known and most admired artists.

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With its deep, shady verandahs and elegant symmetry, Elizabeth Farm, is an iconic, early colonial bungalow. Established in 1793, it was extended and modified over the following 35 years for John and Elizabeth Macarthur, best known as pioneers of the Australian wool industry. 

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The stage curtain slowly opens, and a group of graceful maidens steps forward holding beautiful paper umbrellas. From among the ever-changing formations, a lead dancer emerges at centre stage. Standing on one leg, she raises the other straight up, bending to the side while raising her umbrella gracefully to the heavens. The audience bursts into applause.

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After the governor, colonial secretary alexander macleay was the most important public official in the colony of nsw, with a salary and aspirations to match. In 1835 he started to build the ultimate trophy house on a magnificent waterfront site near the fashionable suburb of woolloomooloo hill, now potts point.

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In ancient China, the practice of fengshui was considered so important to wellbeing that even the poorest families would put aside funds to pay a fengshui master. Traditionally, Chinese homes were designed around the courtyard, which was believed to facilitate the flow of qi and connect heaven, earth and the people. As large numbers of Australians move into smaller, inner-city dwellings, the courtyard garden is becoming increasingly important as a means to commune with nature.

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