Patricia Newell-Dunkley Photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley.

The 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia was full of style and swagger as it celebrated its 20th year, with more than fifty designers showing their rich variety of up-to-date chic.

Long, lean and pared back floaty day dresses, silk and cotton garments with plunging necklines and thigh-high slits, sexy but not too revealing. Pleated skirts swished around models’ thighs, and wide-leg pants were elegantly shown with shoes to crave for.

Bec and Bridge strutted out its largest collection of luxurious Moroccan-inspired swim and evening wear, Harem Pants and Maxi Skirts in divine colours

Alice McCall offered Bohemian crochet dresses, sorbet-hued Playsuits and Broderie  Anglaise  mini-dress.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at night

Sydney Harbour Bridge at night

Kate Sylvester showed floor- sweeping Brocade Skirts and Plastic-looking leather separates.

By Johnny focused on form fitting dresses with inverted pleats.  While Toni Maticevski went for full glamour with twists and tucks which were breathtaking.

Romance Was Born was inspired by the Australian Bush Landscape with fantasy dresses of silk ad layered sequins.

International Woolmark showcased an elegant knit collection of sweater dresses and tailored coats that were very wearable.

With New Zealand Designer’s collection of Floral Jacquard dresses and fine, sheer embroidered silk Georgette tops extremely popular.

Altogether the week was extremely glamorous, a feast for the fashion conscience, and a total success.

Prince Harry visited one of the most remote areas of the world as part of his tour with the Australian Army.  Captain Wales spent time with locals in the Wuggubun community some six hundred miles from Darwin, the nearest city. Locals were thrilled to spend time with Harry and said he just “Rocked Up” and that he is a ‘delightful chap’.  Sharing time with Elders and children he camped in the outback and was taught how to survive a bushfire.  During his stay in the Kununurra Region he was briefed on operations and trained in bush survival

lessons including how to source food and water.  After receiving his orders, Prince Harry headed out on patrol with members of the force, spending two nights camping in the remote outback.  He also participated in a game of wheelchair AFL at Darwin’s Soldier Recovery Centre, and flew a Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter as part of his training at Robertson Barracks in Darwin.   With two weeks already gone he has a full itinerary ahead of him, including attending the 100th Anniversary of The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing at Gallipoli on the 25th April, and then return to Australia to spend time in Sydney and Perth with the Army.

Tuggerah lake surfer

Tuggerah lake surfer

The Canberra Balloon Festival offers a nine day event, which is part of the month-long festival that allows spectators to watch as balloon pilots from all over the world get the chance to fly through Australia’s capital city surrounded by the beautiful autumn backdrop.  There are also evening events, Symphony in the Park and Telstra Ballet located in Commonwealth Park.  Canberra is well worth a visit at any time with much to see and do. The Australian War Memorial, Lake Burley Griffin, National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House, National Museum of Australia, and the Royal Australian Mint, to name just a few of the sights.

If you want a truly unique venue to take your marriage vows, Kangaroo Valley is the place to go. Located less than two hours from Sydney, and Canberra, Kangaroo Valley is Australia’s most beautiful valley.  Its picturesque surroundings are ideal where natural beauty, and romantic design are brought together to create the perfect secluded environment. The invigorative and recuperative powers of the valley are generated by the rich green pastures, the sparkling creeks and rivers, together with the lush rainforest all guarded by the magnificent escarpments which enclose our world.  Add to this an incredible variety of native flora and fauna, no traffic lights, and a friendly community that makes you welcome in their home town and the scene is nothing short of exhilarating.  Kangaroo Valley is a National Trust-listed village nestled between the Cambewarr and Barrengarry Mountains, and yes, there are plenty of Kangaroos to be seen.

Water Dragon Big Boy

Water Dragon Big Boy

Wild weather cut power to more than 200,000 properties in N.S.W. and the Hunter region was devastated with four homes washed away.  All along the coast beaches were blown adrift by cyclone winds ending up everywhere. Trees uprooted and houses devastated, cars were swept away and five people killed. Shelly Beach was literally blown away and is now in huge piles on the footpath. My birds hid in the trees and were very hungry but we were lucky not to lose power as others did for six days.  Good reading weather especially “Letters of a Travelling Lady, Wallis the Woman I Love, and The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain.”   Indoor pursuits when storms rage.


Cheers. Patricia.













About Patricia Newell-Dunkley

I am an artist writer, born in Sussex, Shoreham-on-Sea and educated at Ealing Modern School in London. I studied amongst other subjects English Literature and Art which sowed the seeds for what would become a lifelong passion. It was not until 1970, after moving to Australia, that I began to satisfy my artistic desire when I first started Porcelain on-glaze painting using mineral oxides paint, a style which would become my forte. Within six months I had bought a kiln, and I embarked on an extensive series of courses over the following years in Grounding, Gold and Silver Gilding, Lustres, Raised Paste and Pen work. In 1980 I began to offer my art through a number of major Sydney outlets. Initially the Fine Art Department of the Myers City Store, followed by David Jones, Grace Brothers, The International Airport, Micawbers Antiques, Bourke’s Hilton Hotel, Roseville Gallery and Toowoon Bay Gallery. Over the years my painting styles have expanded to include Oil, Pastel, and Watercolours. I am a member of the Society of Authors and also a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists UK. My writing includes articles and poems published in This England, Evergreen, and The Radio ABC Pot Pourri of Poems, as well as short stories. “The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain,” “Wallis the Woman I Love,” a narrative poem, “Letters of a Travelling Lady,” and six romantic novels.