Australian Country is an elegant magazine published eight times a year and dedicated to celebrating only the best of the Australian country lifestyle. By delving into the world of station homesteads, country cottages and rustic town houses, contemporary cuisine, antiques and collectables, travel features, artists, craftspeople, primary produce and rural industry, every edition of Australian Country provides readers with inspiration so they can capture the essence of the country lifestyle, no matter where they live.
MEET THE TEAM
Kirsty McKenzie – Editor
Kirsty McKenzie brings more than 30 years’ experience in magazine journalism to her role as editor. Born and raised in outback Queensland, she is grateful that her job allows her to keep one foot in the bush. She is constantly inspired by the resilience and adaptability of country people and likes nothing more than setting out on story-gathering expeditions. Indeed, travel, both at home and abroad, is one of her enduring passions, closely followed by the food each trip inspires.
Ken Brass – Photographer
Photographer Ken Brass has been part of the team since the magazine’s inception. A journalist in a previous life, his entire career has been spent travelling the world, adding to his extraordinary general knowledge and capturing stories with singular style.
Kay Francis – Chief Cook
Kay grew up in rural New Zealand in a family of keen gardeners, who produced most of their own fruit and vegetables. Fresh simple food was the rule, from an early age. Overseas travel in her twenties stimulated a continuing interest in learning about food and cooking from other parts of the world. She lives in Sydney, and over the past 20 years has worked as a food writer and stylist for various Australian magazines and publishers, including Australian Gourmet Traveller, and is the author of cookbooks which focus on menus using fresh seasonal produce. Creative use of what is at hand is Kay’s favourite style of cooking, spontaneity being the key, especially when camping or boating.
Daria Kurilo – Features Editor & Digital Coordinator
Russian born, raised in Spain and now living in the land of down under, Daria has a degree in Media Communications and has recently finished a Masters in Publishing. With experience in marketing, journalism and design, she also enjoys activities such as photography, horse riding and hiking in the country!
Bronte Camilleri – Stylist and Location Scout
Bronte’s career began in visual merchandising for major Australian retailers, including R. M. Williams, Myer and Cue. She has been a lecturer on the subject for the tertiary education system. She has worked as overall coordinator on a range of projects from small studio propping to major photo shoots for international corporations such as Nikon, Japan and ING.
Tahn Scoon – Writer and Stylist
Tahn is an interiors writer, stylist and author of the recently released DIY decorating bible, New Vintage (New Holland). She lives in the Brisbane sunshine with her daughter, Sassie and their cat, Pretty-Paws. They love to spend their free time among the vines at Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt.
Meryl Hancock – Writer
Meryl is predominantly interested in writing about the renewable and recyclable elements of architecture and design. From quirky collectables to energy-efficient straw bale houses, she admires any action that prolongs the planet and is inspired by the people who drive these processes.
Anastasia Kariofyllidis – Lifestyle Photographer
Anastasia is a lifestyle photographer who has been capturing an array of images from interiors to still life, architecture, gardens, landscapes, food and travel for 12 years. She is based on the SunshineCoast and has recently photographed the book, New Vintage – The Homemade Home, published by New Holland, working with author and stylist, Tahn Scoon.
Kim Selby – Photographer
Kim is a multi-award winning family, wedding and commercial photographer. She is best known for her natural and emotion filled lifestyle photography. She loves being able to capture those special little moments that abound in every day life and knowing people will be looking back at their photos in years to come. She lives in the Macedon Ranges with her husband, two beautiful boys and dog Fergus and has recently tried to correct the gender balance by adopting Myrtle and Gertie the chickens!
Don Fuchs – Photographer
German-born Don has enjoyed a semi-nomadic lifestyle for more than 35 years. Driven by curiosity and the need to know what’s around the corner, he explores the globe professionally and privately. Resident in Australia since 1995, he is a member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association in Sydney and the LOOK photo agency in Germany.
Greg Duncan Powell – Writer
Greg Duncan Powell has been writing about wine, drinks and food for more than a quarter of a century. Twenty of those years were as wine and drinks editor for Vogue Entertaining. Along the way he has penned 12 books, appeared on TV and garnered somewhat of a following. More recently he was engaged by MasterChef Australia magazine. Currently he works as a chef, a wine consultant and writes the odd wine column when he can fit it in.
Sue Peacock – Writer
Freelance journalist Sue Peacock has reported on everything from the Olympics and the stock market to houses and gardens in her 25-year career. Originally from the tiny town of Cranbrook in the south-west of WA, she now lives in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges – home to hill station properties such as Karori (see story on page 50) which has been lovingly restored.
John Downs – Photographer
Four generations of John Downs’ family have been photographers, starting with his great, great grandfather in Wales in 1868. John started as a staff photographer at London’s Natural History Museum and his varied career has seen him shoot everything from fluffy cushions in the studio to Formula 1 cars screaming around the track.