Issue 3: The Cottage, Scone

Name a famous Sydney restaurant and chances are Colin Selwood has worked there but today this talented chef is more than happy to call Scone home.

Ask Colin today what he likes about living in the country and the answer is simple. “Being able to park right outside the shop I want to go to, never hearing a car horn toot in frustration and seeing the stars at night,” he says. “I like just simply having paddocks all around us.” – READ NOW

Issue 2: At home with Jason Mowen

After years spent living in cities, designer and writer Jason Mowen is now planning to divide his time between a weatherboard cottage in Murrurundi and a palazzo in Italy’s Puglia.

Jason Mowen waited until he was 45 to buy his first house. But this interior designer’s choice of a cottage in the country four-and-half-hours north of Sydney was a surprise to many…

“My friends thought I was crazy, but the more people told me not to do it, the more determined I became” – READ NOW

Issue 1: A Town That Performs

A love story spanning four decades between Jean-Paul Bell, Australia’s best known mime artist and the town of Murrurundi.

“There’s a sign leaning against a weathered white wall on the deck of a small workers’ cottage in the town of Murrurundi in NSW’s Upper Hunter. It’s a little faded after a few years in the sun and some of the words have almost disappeared but as I lean in a little closer, I can just make them out…” READ NOW

Welcome to The Murrurundi Argus. Established in 2021, The Murrurundi Argus evolved out of a desire to share the expansive tales & fables of those living regionally in the Upper Hunter of New South Wales and beyond. The Murrurundi Argus will publish a photo-essay monthly.

The word Argus references a mythological Greek guardian, fabled for his watchful eyes, constantly observing his surroundings. My colleagues and I at the art gallery, Concept Store & kiosk at Murrurundi like to think that through the Argus we are chronicling & curating the significant within regional Australian life.

Victoria Carey, the former editor-in-chief of Country Style and Vogue Living, and I are pleased to share our Murrurundi Argus with you.

Michael Reid OAM

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