Art, Craft and Other Things to Keep You Busy

Drawing Architecture

Learn how to sketch various types of architecture in ink and watercolour in this series of seven lessons looking at a different sketch each time.

The first session looks at sketching old Greek ruins, starting with simple watercolour washes, then tying it together with pen work. 



This online series from the Bowery Theatre showcases musicians, performers and artists of diverse backgrounds. Discover new voices, be inspired by songs, and find connection through sound.

Recent performances include Pirritu aka Brett Lee (First Nations/Folk /Blues) and NIASHA (Soul/Hip Hop) are available to view online.


North Pole University 

This free event from Fed Square is on tomorrow and the line up includes baking and cocktail masterclasses, a session on sides dishes and a kids art session.

The event will be live-streamed and begins at 12pm with Kids Art, followed by a Gingerbread House Masterclass, with Darren Purchese at 12.45pm. 


Zero Waste Family In 30 Days

Join Hobsons Bay Libraries and Anita Vandyke for this free workshop on zero waste living.

Anita will discuss her personal journey, as well tips on zero waste living and great DIY products to use around the home.

Wednesday 9 December, 6.15pm.


Gallery Sketchers Online

Available through Incinerator Arts, this free series explores a different drawing technique each month. The September session is a mini lesson in colour theory and the ways colour has been represented in art throughout history. 

You'll also learn how to use colour to add mood and feeling to your drawing.


The First Australia BBQ (1903)

Altona-Laverton Historical Society

The term ‘barbecue’, referring to a cooking method was certainly known in England well before the First Fleet departed for Botany Bay. But it was little used in Australia until the mid-1800s, and then normally in reference to events held in America.

The first use of the term for an Australian event seems to be a report of the Waverley Bowls Club’s Leg o’ Mutton Barbecue in 1903.

Giant public feasts including whole roasted bullocks certainly occurred throughout Australia’s early days. William Wentworth celebrated the departure of the unpopular Governor Darling with a huge roast at Vaucluse House in 1831. In 1884, the townsfolk of Mudgee celebrated the arrival of the railway with a ‘bullock roast‘, a civic reception, torchlight parade and ball. But they weren’t called barbecues.

By 1887, the definition had expanded. The Tasmanian told readers that “A barbecue is a term used in America to express any great gathering of people where any large animal, such as an ox or a hog, is dressed whole and partaken off by those assembled”. By 1915, though, there was a much more modern definition, printed as a throw-away in many newspapers: “What’s a barbecue, Dad?” “A barbecue is an affair where you smack your lips over grub you’d turn your nose up at at home.”

It was in the early 1900s that events called barbecues emerged in Australia. The Waverley Bowls Club function was almost certainly among the first. According to a report in the Sydney broadsheet the Arrow, it failed to provide any actual legs of mutton, but offered lamb and pork. At this time, the backyard barbecue was still well in the future.

But by the 1950s the idea of the barbecue had taken hold, eventually becoming an ingrained part of our national psyche. The Australian Women’s Weekly’s outdoor living feature in 1953 gave detailed instructions for building your own brick barbecue. Then, in the mid-’60s, the gas barbecue arrived. Gas-fuelled ‘barbecues’ popped up in parks all over the country, sausage sizzles sprouted outside hardware stores and election-day polling booths and Australia was even promoted to the Americans by Paul Hogan ‘bunging another shrimp on the barbie’. In its various forms, the barbecue was here to stay.

Image note: Those of you who read last week's newsletter may recognise the barbecue image above from the article on picnics, there was a mix up and the wrong image was included, so we've included the picnic image below.  

Stuff to Keep the Kids Busy

DIY Christmas Ornaments

My daughter's favourite Christmas tree ornaments are those that she has made herself and she so enjoys rediscovering them every year. Get the kids creating their own Christmas joy with these videos demonstrating easy paper ornaments for the festive season.

3D Paper Christmas Tree
Easy Paper Star
Snowman Garland
3D Paper Star

Garden Gurus Tips

Gardening Webinars

We regularly link to sessions provided by My Smart Garden in our e-news as they cover a huge variety of topics and are always informative sessions.

If you missed out on a session, or would like to rewatch something, check out the recorded sessions on their website covering things such as keeping chickens, improving soils, and saving seed.


Support Services Hobsons Bay and Surrounding Suburbs

If you, or someone you know, has been impacted financially by the pandemic or is facing issues to do with housing or family violence, there is a list of organisations that can provide support on our website.


Hobsons Bay City Council is also providing a range of support for individuals and community groups experiencing financial hardship. There is also a range of emergency relief and support available through Hobsons Bay Has Heart. See this flyer for details:



The Extreme Hardship Support Program is providing support to Victorians who:
  • are unable to access Commonwealth income support (including JobKeeper and JobSeeker) or the International Student Emergency Relief Fund
  • have very limited income, savings or community support.
  • and are a temporary or provisional visa holder, or undocumented migrant.

Financial Counselling is a free service that can assist  people in dealing with a range of financial issues including debts and fines, early release of superannuation, No Interest Loans, emergency relief and Utility Relief Grants. 


If you need support with something not covered in here, please get in touch with us and we can refer you to the appropriate service.
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