Category Archives: Captains & Legends 传奇

Bilateral Torque 多谋善虑

Senator David Van
Victorian senator of the Australian Parliament

Senator David Van was born and raised in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs.  Van was elected as a Victorian senator for a six-year term in the Australian Parliament in 2019 representing the centre-right Liberal Party.   

Prior to his election, Senator Van ran his own business specialising in crisis management.  His unique approach to solving reputational problems meant his skills were in demand in Australia and internationally, including Malaysia.   

“Australians and Malaysians share many values and this leads to better outcomes when working together.  I would like to work closely with Malaysia on areas of mutual interest and, where possible, bring Malaysian innovation and investment to Victoria.” 

Senator Van has been a long-time supporter of Victoria’s diverse and multi-cultural demography.  Since his election to the Senate, this experienced and well-liked politician used his position to try and bring the many communities together in Melbourne by regularly hosting consular round tables, ensuring all voices are heard.   

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Van called out on the racism facing international students in Australia.  In a letter to The Star he wrote, “It is unacceptable that anyone should have to put up with such cowardly and reprehensible racist behaviour.  It is utterly un-Australian and is condemned by all Australians.  Every person in Australia – whether they arrived here recently, or their families have walked these lands since time immemorial – should never face aggressive acts based on their heritage.”  

Senator Van also believes strongly that the best way to improve people’s lives is to give them the ‘dignity of work’ in secure, well-paid and safe jobs. A champion for small businesses, this dapper individual has a passion for helping them overcome many hurdles. “Small businesses are the engine room of the Australian economy and enabling them to thrive with lower taxes, less red tape and more opportunity is the best way to give more Australians a secure future.”

He enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, especially diving and has dived in some of Malaysia’s best dive spots. 

David Van参议员出生和成长在墨尔本的海湾郊区。身为右派的自由党代表,自2019年开始,他当选为维多利亚州的参议员,并且在澳大利亚议会展开了6年的任期。  

在作为参议员前,David Van创立经营一家专门从事危机管理的公司。而解决信誉问题的独特方式也让他的技能在澳大利亚和国际上的获得热烈需求,其中包括在马来西亚。 


David Van一直以来都是维多利亚多样和多元文化构成的拥护者。他自当选参议员以来,试图运用本身职务之力将墨尔本众多社区联系在一起,定期举办领事圆桌会议,确保维多利亚社群的声音被聆听。  



另外,David Van爱好各种户外活动,尤其是潜水,他曾在马来西亚一些最好的潜水景点体验。

What If You’re An Antiquarian Bookseller 如果你是一名古董书商

Douglas Stewart
Owner of the Douglas Stewart Fine Books Pty. Ltd
Douglas Stewart 精品书有限公司所有者

Douglas began buying and selling books in 1995, while still in high school. Fascinated with some of the oldest prints from the western world, he knew that the perks of doing something he enjoys, would not necessarily be about owning any books.

“Although I may not be able to afford to collect the books that I would want, the great joy about my job is that I get to surround myself with books all day. And then every now and again, one will leave and go into a collector’s home and another one will come in.” 

It gives him a real thrill when books they have rescued occasionally end up in the State or the National Library. What could be better than knowing they are placed into a collection where it will be preserved for future generations.

One of his most exciting moments as a bookseller was dealing with the buying and selling of a single page of the Gutenberg bible, regarded as the first book ever printed in the western world in 1455. While there are no complete copies of the Gutenberg bible left in private hands today, they are available in museums and libraries. 

Following the topics on old and rare books, Douglas further commented on works found closer to our shores, “In China, they had prints made from woodblock and moveable type far earlier than that, probably from the 8th and 9th centuries. And very occasionally you get examples of printings from Asia.”

According to Douglas, the most interesting books to do with Asia are the ones that document first contact. These books dictated some of the westerners’ first encounter with the people from China, Japan, the Philippines and even India. 

“Often the Europeans would bring over a printing press to print books on the ground, perhaps for missions in Japan, China or India. These books are rare because they only print a handful of them. And due to the climate and cultural conditions, only a few of them survived.”

Douglas and his team have also handled some rare books printed on rice paper by missionaries who were travelling around Asia in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Australia also has some remarkable tales of its own. A legendary rarity believed to be the first book on Australia, is a copy of Francois Pelsaert’s  story of the shipwreck of the Batavia, one of Australia’s most gripping in all maritime history. This very first edition of Pelsaert is one of the rarest of Dutch voyages and a foundation book for Australia. Available for purchase for A$400,000, it is the most expensive book they have in stock at the moment. 

While first edition of a shipwreck printed in 1647 may instantly command an exquisite price tag, little ephemeral things from our daily lives can also be a collector’s item. 

“My favorite was an original concert program from Woodstock in 1969. The program was actually water stained because very famously the heavens opened and the rain came down and everybody was completely saturated. And this program obviously caught the rain in Woodstock,” said Douglas.

Between exhibiting at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair and other book fairs in Los Angeles, Tokyo or Paris, Douglas’ love for art often sees him visiting art galleries and exhibitions even during his travels. “ I love seeing what’s on display because I enjoy seeing what different people value in different parts of the world. And so, I’m always learning.”

For many years Douglas has been a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), and is currently the President of ANZAAB. He is also a Mentor for the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

Douglas Stewart并非一般的书商。他对艺术和旅游的兴趣已经超出大部分人所能享受的范畴。而渴望寻求发现首个被遗忘的长期航海旅行,他最近收购Ferdinand Mendez Pinto的记叙书,这些最早的目击者是巡游马来半岛、暹罗、南圻国,中国和日本的西方人,正是类似事迹激发他作为古董书商的兴致。

在澳大利亚墨尔本的Armadale大街上,他的精品书店-Douglas Stewart Fine Books与其他古董商、画廊和书店为邻,展示着全球各地最稀有的书籍、文本和艺术品。





作为一名身经百战的书商,他最激动人心的时刻之一就是完成古腾堡圣经(Gutenberg bible)单页的买卖交易。古腾堡圣经被认为是西方世界在1455年印刷的第一本书。虽然现在确认没有完整的古腾堡圣经存留在私人收藏者手中了,但是在博物馆和图书馆里都可以找到。





而澳大利亚也有本身的传奇故事。被认为是关于澳大利亚的第一本书的传奇珍品,是由Francois Pelsaert所著关于巴塔维亚号海难故事的副本,巴塔维亚号海难是澳大利亚海运史上最扣人心弦的故事之一。Francois Pelsaert这本书的第一版是荷兰航海史上最罕见的作品之一,也是澳大利亚的根基书籍。这本书售价40万澳元,是他们目前库存中最昂贵的书籍。



在纽约国际古董书展(New York International Antiquarian Book Fair)和洛杉矶、东京或巴黎的其他书展之间,Douglas 对艺术的热爱让他经常流连于画廊和展览,甚至在旅行期间也是如此。“我喜欢看展览会,因为从中可以发现世界各地不同的人们所重视的珍品。所以,我一直在学习。”

多年来,Douglas Stewart一直是澳大利亚和新西兰古董书商协会(ANZAAB)的成员,目前是ANZAAB的会长。他也是国际古董书商联盟的导师。

Riding Through Storms, Reaching New Heights 穿越风暴,攀上新高峰

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Gaurav Wattal
General Manager, Melbourne Marriott Hotel

Gaurav Wattal grew up in a military family where his grandfather was in the navy whereas his father was in the army. He initially wanted to follow in their footsteps, but later on decided to follow his passion instead and joined the hospitality industry.

When asked how he started his journey with Marriot, he said: “I was exposed to the hotel industry at a very young age and with a F&B background, I quickly flew to Australia and met with the General Manager of Sydney Harbour Marriott when there was a position looking for someone to reposition their food and beverage outlets.” He then added: “I have always dreamt to work with an international brand and Marriott was the first choice with its stellar reputation.” It took only 4 years before Guarav was given the ultimate hotelier’s dream of being trusted the keys to his own hotel. It was one of the most exciting moments in his professional journey as he was not only assigned the new General Manager of the Melbourne Marriott Hotel, but it also showed how he had received recognition and trust from the YTL Hotels Group.

“It is certainly a big job as I am accountable and responsible for the wellbeing of all stakeholders including the owner and the brand. It is important to remember that the buck stops with me and my decision will impact the business,” emphasized Gaurav. Although being the new kid on the block, but this new general manager is confident that he is a force not to be taken lightly. Gaurav has worked for 11 different hotels and opened 17 restaurants and bars.

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Taking up such an important job at the same time the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic was definitely another unforgettable moment in his career. The pandemic has hit the world by surprise and created an unprecedented impact that has brought the travel industry to its knees. As John Maxwell said: “The pessimist complaints about the wind; The optimist expects it to charge; The leader adjusts the sail.” Gaurav described this unfortunate happening as “One of those crazy movies with global pandemic themes.” “The immediate cause of action is to evaluate our business to see what the most efficient way is of operating and to ensure our guests and associates are safe and healthy in this new world order,” Gaurav said.

“Have the right attitude whatever you may be facing, take on your fears and learn from your mistakes.”

When it comes to his principle in life, Gaurav said: “Have the right attitude whatever you may be facing, take on your fears and learn from your mistakes.” He also added: “Things may be tough or easy, but nothing clears your mind and gives you a sense of freedom and exhilaration like riding a bike!” This obsession of Gaurav’s is exactly like his Harley Davison’s slogan which is ‘Screw It, Let’s Ride.”


Gaurav Wattal成长于军人家庭,祖父曾是海军,父亲是现役军人,最初他想投军,但最后决定追随自己内心的热情,往酒店业挑战。被问及在万豪的起点时表示,“我很年轻的时候就接触过酒店业,并且拥有餐饮业相关背景,当时得知他们的餐饮部有职位空缺时,我立刻飞往澳大利亚会见悉尼港环形码头万豪酒店的总经理。”他补充说:“在国际品牌就业是我梦寐以求的事,而享誉全球的万豪是我的首选。”Gaurav只花了4年的时间就实现了酒店业者的最终梦想,即被委托管理酒店。成为墨尔本万豪酒店新总经理不仅是他职业生涯中最激动人心的时刻,也是杨忠礼集团酒店集团对他的的认可和信任。
“当然这是一项艰巨的工作,我必需对所有利益相关者包括所有者和品牌负起相关的职责和责任。要谨记以身作则,责无旁贷,我的决定会影响的公司营运。” Gaurav强调。尽管这新手刚上路,但这位新任总经理有信心,因为他曾为11家不同的酒店工作,开设了17家餐厅和酒吧,实力不容小觑。

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谈到生活的信念,Gaurav直接了当表示:“无论面对什么事,都要保持正确的态度、面对恐惧、从错误中吸取教训。”并补充说:“事情可能很艰难或许很容易,但是没有什么能像骑车一样让头脑清醒、带来自由和振奋的感觉。”这份执着就像哈雷戴维森(Harley Davidson)的标语“去他的!我们一起骑”。