In April 2013 I embarked on a two-and-a-half year journey of a lifetime as the host of ABC’s Restoration Australia (with new baby Silver in tow). This is my album of our incredible journey throughout regional Australia, the people we met, the places we stayed, the landscape, the historical houses and the adventures we had.
Whilst shooting Keith Hall I had the chance to drive between locations, from Daylesford to Beechworth on many occasions. I would travel with my new daughter, Silver, my partner Ben Harper or my father in tow and make pit stops & breaks along the way.
This part of the world is incredibly beautiful and the towns of Newstead, Castlemaine & Beechworth have a contagious vibrance, full of life & activity. Keith Hall is a fair drive from Beechworth town, tucked away at the end of a dirt road, surrounded by paddocks & cattle with views of the most spectacular sunsets. It was built in 1885 by Scottish master stonemason, John Morrison after his success in the gold fields. When owners Clay & Narelle fell in love with Keith Hall it was not much more than a few walls & a big pile of stones! The story of this crumbling structure became the story of its owners, one of discovery, renewal & restoration.