How many lunches and dinners at Tolarno did we have: Mirka, Georges, Jan and Werunia? Some hundreds. Europeans talk with great ease, more so than Australians, and we were all Europeans. We could never exhaust our interest in each other, ...

Author: Vera Wasowski

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 9781863957397


Page: 240

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‘My revenge on Hitler is a lifetime in which delight has reached me from a hundred sources, and been welcomed.’—Vera Wasowski A story of courage, unconventionality and lust for life. Vera Wasowski was just seven years old when German soldiers marched her family into the Lvov Jewish ghetto in Poland. She watched her father take his own life and her mother accede to sexual blackmail in order to ensure her and Vera’s survival. With unsparing honesty and the blackest humour, she recalls a world where the desire to survive was everything. After the war, Vera studied journalism at Warsaw University, throwing herself into the bohemian scene. In 1958, she migrated to Australia with her husband and young son, to escape rising anti-Semitism. Here she would carve out an adventurous career as an ABC TV researcher and producer on pioneering programs such as This Day Tonight. It was a wild time for politics and the media, and Vera was at the centre of it all, mixing with the Hawkes in the 1980s, and forming a close friendship with artist Mirka Mora. In Vera, acclaimed biographer Robert Hillman has captured the fierce and passionate life of an amazing Australian.

Advanced Australian FareAdvanced Australian Fare

She had the bright idea of opening a little café , and Georges was attracted to the notion straight away , although influential friends in the art world cautioned against it . The Mirka Café at 183 Exhibition Street seated around 35 and ...

Author: Stephen Downes

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1865085812


Page: 364

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The story of Australian cooking and restaurants.

The Memoirs of a Young BastardThe Memoirs of a Young Bastard

Mirka and Georges Mora's studio, GrosvenorChambers 10. Georges 11. Myer 12. The Primrose Pottery Shop 13. HotelAustralia 14. Cathedral Hotel 15. CityClub Hotel 16. NewTreasury Hotel 17. The Phoenix 18. Richardson's Hotel 19.

Author: Tim Burstall

Publisher: The Miegunyah Press

ISBN: 9780522858143


Page: 343

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Tim Burstall, the celebrated director of Stork, Alvin Purple and numerous other definitive 'ocker' comedies, is credited with shaking the moribund Australian film industry out of its torpor. But long before that, in the early 1950s, he began keeping a diary to record the world of the group of 'arties' and 'intellectuals' he was living among in Eltham, then a rural area outside Melbourne, where cheap land was available for mudbrick houses and studios, and where suburban rigidities could be mercilessly flouted. Burstall was in his mid-twenties, with two young sons and an open marriage with his wife, Betty. Eager to become a writer, to go against the grain, he kept a record almost daily-of the parties and the talk in pubs and studios, about art and politics and sex, of Communist Party branch meetings and film societies, of political rallies and the first Herald Outdoor Art Show. Somehow, while holding down a public relations job in the Antarctic Division and juggling his love affairs and obsession with the beautiful, brainy Fay, he wrote 500 words almost every day. Betty, according to the diaries, kept the show on the road, feeding friends after the pub, milking goats and working in her pottery making bowls and mugs, which Tim sometimes decorated at weekends. These Memoirs of a Young Bastard, as Burstall dubbed himself and them, are among the most evocative Australian diaries of modern times. Burstall can write. He has an eye for the telling detail, an unerring ear for cant and pomposity and, most endearingly, an ability to mock himself-always from the perspective of a bloke of his generation.

Sunday s KitchenSunday s Kitchen

In 1954 Georges and Mirka opened Mirka Café in Exhibition Street, Melbourne— where Joy Hester held her first solo exhibition—and so commenced a new career as restaurateurs. Georges opened Café Balzac ...

Author: Lesley Harding

Publisher: The Miegunyah Press

ISBN: 9780522857412


Page: 218

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Sunday Reed was a passionate cook and gardener, who believed in home-grown produce, seasonal cooking and a communal table. Sunday's Kitchen tells the story of food and living at the home of John and Sunday Reed, two of Australia's most significant art benefactors. Settling on the fifteen-acre property in 1935, the Reeds transformed it from a run-down dairy farm into a fertile creative space for artists such as Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester and Charles Blackman. Richly illustrated with art, photographs-many previously unpublished-and recipes from Sunday's personal collection, Sunday's Kitchen recreates Heide's compelling and complex story.

Mirka and GeorgesMirka and Georges

Launched in the year of Mirka's 90th birthday, Mirka & Georges gloriously illustrates the Moras' extraordinary story, with the couple's classic French recipes, photographs from family albums and images from Mirka's studio by internationally ...

Author: Lesley Harding

Publisher: Miegunyah Press

ISBN: 0522876846



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The impact of Mirka and Georges Mora on Australian art and food has been remarkable. Arriving in Melbourne in 1951 from Paris, they energised local society and transformed the culinary and artistic landscapes. Their apartment became a hub for the bohemian set, and their cafes and restaurants brimmed with sophisticated food, sexual intrigue and creative endeavours. Mirka's distinctive art, now collected by major galleries, was a vital part of this heady mix. Their eateries were magnets to the rich and famous, a who's who of the art world and those looking for a seriously good time. Mick Jagger was a customer. As were Bob Dylan, Barry Humphries, Jean Shrimpton, Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire, Maurice Chevalier and Graham Kennedy. Launched in the year of Mirka's 90th birthday, Mirka & Georges gloriously illustrates the Moras' extraordinary story, with the couple's classic French recipes, photographs from family albums and images from Mirka's studio by internationally renowned photographer Robyn Lea.

Out in the OpenOut in the Open

The Balzac was run by Georges and Mirka Mora ; Georges was a good friend and patron of young artists . Colin Lanceley and the Annandale Imitation Realists had stormed in from Sydney to Melbourne with an exhibition early in 1962 ...

Author: Geoffrey Dutton

Publisher: University of Queensland Press(Australia)

ISBN: STANFORD:36105009797536


Page: 528

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(8) Lanceley knew the Reeds and the Reeds knew everyone in the Melbourne arts circle, including Georges and Mirka Mora – who also knew everyone in the Melbourne arts. The Mora family spent many weekends at the Reed's gallery-home and at ...

Author: Lowell Tarling

Publisher: ETT Imprint

ISBN: 9781922473677


Page: 546

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Lowell Tarling recorded Martin Sharp's life, and his effect on his friends, over twenty years. Now two volumes in one, in advance of the film of these books - GHOST TRAIN... Sharp: The Road to Abraxas - Part One, 1942-1979 Sharper: Bringing It All Back Home - Part Two, 1980-2013 'Like the Ancient Mariner, it's also a ghastly tale. I could understand the events at Luna Park a bit. I was trying to understand them and then suddenly there was this poetic language working to say: this is a crucifixion, Golgotha, death by fire. And then it starts to fit into Apocalyptic vision. It was Abraxas if you like - the dark face and the light face. To look upon Abraxas is blindness. To know it is sickness. To worship it is death. To fear it is wisdom. To assist it not is redemption. I don't know what it means. I've never been able to work it out. You get a Pop Art Parallel. It was the Year of the Child, the place of Golgotha, the Place of the Skull, and the Ghost Train. You then get these events that are caused by plotting, not caring for kids, carelessness, living a human life - the way of the world.' - Martin Sharp, 4 March 1984

Sharp 1942 1979Sharp 1942 1979

(8) Lanceley knew the Reeds and the Reeds knew everyone in the Melbourne arts circle, including Georges and Mirka Mora – who also knew everyone in the Melbourne arts. The Mora family spent many weekends at the Reed's gallery-home and at ...

Author: Lowell Tarling

Publisher: ETT Imprint

ISBN: 9781925416596


Page: 300

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Martin Sharp was an integral part of international Pop Art in the 1960s, magnified through his covers for OZ magazine in Sydney and London, his covers for Cream, and posters of Dylan, Hendrix and Donovan. His efforts at making The Yellow House and Luna Park cultural precincts were aided by his screen prints and exhibitions to flaunt the work of others, especially the singer Tiny Tim. In this first of two volumes, Lowell Tarling offers us a way into the enigmatic and reclusive artist, through interviews with Sharp and all of his trusted friends, including artists Tim Lewis, Peter Kingston, Garry Shead, photographers Greg Weight, Jonny Lewis and William Yang, film-maker Phillippe Mora, actor Lex Marinos, musicians Mic Conway, Jeannie Lewis, Tiny Tim; Richard Neville and Jim Anderson from London Oz. 'Lowell Tarling was a close friend of Martin Sharp and other Yellow House artists for over forty years and has been recording interviews and discussions with Martin and the rest of us all that time. This is an extraordinary archive of primary source material of those heady and life changing times.' - Roger Foley-Fogg (Ellis D Fogg) 'Martin Sharp, through this wonderful collage of interviews, reminds us all, that ETERNITY is just around corner.' - Jonny Lewis

True to the LandTrue to the Land

6 In 1951 Georges and Mirka Mora migrated from France, where Georges had been a resistance fighter and Mirka had evaded transportation to Auschwitz by hiding in forests. They opened the Mirka Café in 1954 with a French menu.

Author: Paul van Reyk

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781789144079


Page: 352

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Spanning 65,000 years, this book provides a history of food in Australia from its beginnings, with the arrival of the first peoples and their stewardship of the land, to a present where the production and consumption of food is fraught with anxieties and competing priorities. It describes how food production in Australia is subject to the constraints of climate, water, and soil, leading to centuries of unsustainable agricultural practices post-colonization. Australian food history is also the story of its xenophobia and the immigration policies pursued, which continue to undermine the image of Australia as a model multicultural society. This history of Australian food ends on a positive note, however, as Indigenous peoples take increasing control of how their food is interpreted and marketed.

Melbourne updated paperback editionMelbourne updated paperback edition

By the 1960s St Kilda's fall from grace meant it was affordable for artists and musicians – a phase typified by Tolarno, a hotel, cafe and gallery owned by bohemian art world figures Georges and Mirka Mora. In recent years Tolarno, ...

Author: Sophie Cunningham

Publisher: NewSouth Publishing

ISBN: 9781742245003


Page: 320

View: 864

Melbourne's a city you get to know from the inside out – you have to walk it to love it. My favourite time to do this is at night. That's when you capture glimpses of people – eating, laughing, talking, arguing, watching TV and reading – through half-open terrace house doors and windows … It is a city of inside places and conversation. Of intimacy. Melbourne begins on Black Saturday, the day that bushfires tore through the outskirts of Melbourne, destroying the townships of Marysville and Kinglake, shattering thousands of lives. Sophie Cunningham writes about what happened over the year that followed. Sit through a heatwave, visit the drains underneath the city, participate in a letterpress workshop, wander beside the Yarra, cycle alongside tram tracks and cheer at the footy. Live through the drought before the storm, the rain before yet more fire and days of searing heat. Along the way, be captivated as Cunningham shares her Melbourne, its stories and its characters. In a new introduction, Cunningham returns to Melbourne after a period away and reflects on how much her city has changed since Melbourne was first published in 2011: it is hotter, greener and has endured the rollercoaster ride – from boom times to economic depression – that defined 2020. 'Cunningham has successfully captured the dynamics of a city in constant flux, while focusing on the essence of its inner life, which gives it an ambience quite unlike that found in any other Australian city.' – Robert Hefner, The Canberra Times 'It would be nice to imagine that the gift of this book to Melbourne is its greater capacity to understand itself and its webs of connection.' – David Sornig, Melbourne Review 'An admirable response to the impossible task of writing about a city its history, its present, its characters, its stories, its politics and its personal meaning in a single, accessible volume when any one of these themes should take several. Cunningham is communicating this city's soul as though it's a person, full of contradictions but with an essential character.' — Waleed Aly, The Sunday Age 'This beautiful book provokes nostalgia and deeper thinking about the events, places and people who have defined Melbourne.' — Herald Sun 'Cunningham is communicating this city's soul as though it's a person, full of contradictions but with an essential character.' — Waleed Aly, Australian Book Review