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A Hatter Who Wears Many Hats 戴着多顶帽子的帽匠

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Wendy Scully Millinery
Milliner/ Hat Maker

There is nothing mad about hatter, Wendy Scully as she’s not just a one-dimensional hat designer and creator. In fact, the breadth of her multi-talents has her wearing many hats, both literally and figuratively.

Trained in art ceramics and textiles, sculpting and crocheting, jewellery making and even Batik art, there isn’t anything that Scully cannot do.

As a result, her business and workshop, Wendy Scully Millinery on Collins Street in Melbourne, is a one woman show where she’s busy creating, sewing and putting together up to 300 hats a year for all occasions – the yearly Melbourne Cup race, weddings, funerals, fashion shows and the odd fancy-dress party.

“I’m probably a mad hatter but my profession allows me to be expressive and artistic in a functional way,” says Scully. Her collections are one of a kind with no traces of duplicates.

What makes Scully’s designs exceptionally unique is that she creates her own hat blocks which are the foundations for hat making. She also collects various French and Russian vintage materials that will become essential adornments for her hats that gives each of them a distinct look and style.

“As I’m a sculptor with a textile artist background, I create blocks, dye feathers and create embroideries for the cloths and materials which are all natural.”

Fortunately for Scully, she considers her business a favourite pastime. After teaching for 35 years in two international schools in Singapore, she threw in the towel and wanted to pursue her real passion. She returned to Melbourne 10 years ago with her husband who worked in a corporate law firm in Singapore.

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Scully seems exasperated by the high volume of mass designer hats sold for varying prices while disregarding quality and designer integrity.

“True Australian hat designers like myself make their own hats from scratch and it’s a slow but very rewarding process because we’re creating a work of art. You’d be surprised to know that some overseas designers mass produce their pieces (even the big names), for the fraction of the price. But most people would rather buy them because they’re available faster, they’re cheaper and are marketed well.

“We take 4-6 weeks to prepare and create your hat, but it’s worthwhile because of the level of detail and personalisation that adorns and completes it.”

When it comes to wearing hats, that too is an art.

“Wear it slightly over the eyes, let it tilt to the left, right, forward but never backwards”

Regardless the shape of one’s face or how the hat is worn, Scully believes that hats should be light and elegant where it must not feel uncomfortable or weighty.

“You shouldn’t feel like you have anything on”.

To see Scully’s full designer collection, go to

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纵然并非疯狂帽匠,但是Wendy Scully不仅仅是一个切面维度的帽子设计师和创作者。事实上,多项才能让她可以尽情身兼数职,单从字面或者象征意义上的解释来说:她戴着多顶帽子(多才多艺)。

无论是在陶瓷艺术、纺织品、雕刻,钩编到珠宝制作,即使是蜡染艺术,完全难不倒Wendy Scully,整体训练有素。

而作为业绩回报,她的公司兼工作室-位于墨尔本柯林斯街的Wendy Scully Millinery,这是一个女人的繁忙战场,她每年为各种场合和需求创作、缝纫和整理300顶帽子,包括一年一度的墨尔本杯赛会、婚礼、葬礼,时装表演和稀奇古怪的化妆舞会。


Wendy Scully设计自成一派,她创作属于自己的帽子模块,这也是帽子制作工艺的基础。她还收集了各种法国和俄罗斯的复古原材料,这些材料将成为她的帽子必不可少的装饰点缀,展现每个人独一无二的外观和气质。


对Wendy Scully来说,最幸运的是:她做着真正热爱的工作营生。曾经她在新加坡两所国际学校从事了35年的教职生涯,后来她决定放弃,跟随内心激情的方向。10年前,她与在新加坡一家法律事务所工作的丈夫回到了墨尔本。

对于大量充斥市面的所谓设计师帽子,Wendy Scully似乎觉得有点反感,这些价格不一的产品,直接忽视了设计的质量和完整性。




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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child in Melbourne《哈利波特与被诅咒的孩子》墨尔本火爆延续!

Multi-award theatrical show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child celebrated its first birthday in Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on the 1st March 2020. Due to the overwhelming response, this sensational record-breaking show has announced its 7th extension until 13th September 2020. Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp in her speech welcomed the good news and said that more than 300,000 from near and far have seen the show making this a premier attraction of the state.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Year Two. Photo – Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

It has been 23 years since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling. The story started off with a boy named Harry whose parents were killed by Voldemort, the Dark Lord who is also known as He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry was later recruited into Hogwarts where he became best friends with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Even though Harry was slightly lost at first, his unwavering courage and persistence lead him to become a great wizard. With the help of his friends and allies, he successfully overcame countless obstacles that came his way. In the end, he recovered the truth of his parents’ mysterious death, defeated Voldemort and fell in love with Ron’s younger sister, Ginny Weasley.

Unlike the Harry Potter we know from the book series and shows, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a theatre show that revolves around the next generation, that being the children of Harry Potter and others. In this show, parenting, family bonding and friendship are the core take home values. Have you ever imagined the sons of Harry Potter and his sworn enemy Draco Malfoy becoming good friends? In this show, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy did exactly that, leaving their parents in frustration. Harry struggled communicating with his son whereas Albus felt like he had an obligation to fix the wrong his father had done that caused Cedric Diggory’s death. The author has cleverly integrated the issues parents and their children face today into a world filled with magic, fantasy and drama. The 2 parts to this show will definitely leave one in awe!

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However, one would have to have a brief idea of the original Harry Potter stories to be able to fully understand and enjoy the show or they might be left confused. On another note, many might be a bit lost at the beginning as the Hermione we all know who is ‘White’ is instead ‘Black’ here. The creator explained during an interview in The Observer that Olivier-award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni was the best actor for the job.

In conclusion, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a must watch for those that grew up with Harry Potter! It gives fans some sort of closure, especially for those craving to know what happened after Harry fell in love and started a family. The storyline, performance and special effects were extremely well portrayed and professionally executed! It is definitely of world class tier! 

The Australian company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photo Matt Murphy.
The Australian company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photo Matthew Murphy.

2020年3月1日,《哈利波特与被诅咒的孩子》在墨尔本公主剧院庆祝了首个生日庆典活动。由于观众反应热烈,加上破纪录的演出上座率,已宣布第七次加场延至2020年9月13日。墨尔本市长Sally Capp在演讲中对这一大好消息表示欢迎。她说,来自各地的30多万人观赏了这场精彩演出,使之成为吸引游客来墨尔本的主要卖点之一。


Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger in the Australian premiere production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photo Matthew Murphy.


然而,要想理解和欣赏《哈利波特与被诅咒的孩子》,你必须了解之前的《哈利波特》故事,否则你可能会觉得摸不着边际。另一方面,很多人一开始可能觉得很困惑,因为23年来一直是“白人”的赫敏现在变成了“黑人”。这位《哈利波特》的作者在接受《观察家报》采访时解释说,奥利弗奖最佳女主角的获得者Noma Dumezweni表演非常出色。




Alex Hooi Kiang Lim

President Of The Chinese Chamber Of Commerce Victoria


The ancient Chinese were famous for their inventions and great feats of engineering like the Great Wall of China amongst many. Another forte of the Chinese, ancient or modern, is trade and commerce. Standing staunchly behind this philosophy is Alex Hooi Kiang Lim, President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce Victoria (CCCV).

Committee Members  of Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Victoria

Hailing from Klang, Malaysia, near Port Klang, the world’s 12th busiest port, he was not always born to trade although he came from a family of trading background.  Graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Geography and Planning, he was a bit overwhelmed when his professor finally told him that he was a qualified Urban Economic Planner. That was because he was probably a handful of Malaysians that enrolled in the Arts faculty as most were  always in Engineering, Economics or Law and it was a stigma then not to be part of the mainstream!

Unsure of his footing, he went back to Malaysia and moonlighted with architectural, finance and insurance companies. Over the years he wore many hats and was even a Director of Nexnews Bhd. Nevertheless during the financial crisis in 1997, a good friend from Sabah landed him smack on a lucrative land deal in East Malaysia. “At that time during the financial crisis, there were lots of land but no interest in Sabah. My brother and I bought a large tract of land at an unbelievable price then and started planting oil palm. It was an expensive learning curve as we had no previous experiences in Palm Oil Cultivation. We made lots of mistakes and costly ones too but ultimately we made good.” After 12 years and an irresistible offer from a leading plantation conglomerate, the Lim brothers cashed in and Alex migrated to Melbourne, Australia.

“I made the decision to come to Australia mainly for my eldest son, who was very slow in learning but after migrating here he was diagnosed positively for Autism. Australia indeed provides a better environment for his area of autism. I chose Melbourne because I studied here thus quite familiar with the set up and indeed Melbourne has more support and education for autistic children. The community at large is also more caring and understanding towards people with disabilities. I am indeed very grateful to God and also the caring nature of the Government ”

“I hope to see the CCCV becomes more involved cross culturally, networking with the Italian, Israeli and Greek chambers of commerce to enrich the business community in Victoria. Regionally we are developing bilateral relationships with other Chinese Chamber of Commerce particularly in Malaysia,Philippines, Thailand and other Asean nations as our market threshold is relatively small therefore we need to encourage more investments both ways.”

Even in a land so far down south, Lim’s entrepreneurial fire burned within. He collaborated with Mammoth Empire Melbourne and developed a piece of land at the corner of Elizabeth and A’Beckett Streets. Together they completed MY80, 54 levels of 350 apartment units which sold out very quickly. Lim’s reputation as a property developer and consultant was then cemented and they soon developed Empire Melbourne which also sold out within six months. ‘Our timing of selling and final settlements were just right”.

Alex’s family photo

To Alex apart from his business, his wife Li Har and and his 4 sons are most important to him. He spent plenty of time partnering with Li Har in grooming their boys to be of good character and values. He always stressed on attitude and mannerisms.” What is the point of being smart and wealthy but has no character and insensitive to people around you”

“I love to entertain. Our house was built for entertaining and to host people from all walks of life. I work out at the gym almost every morning and am passionately involved in world evangelical missions. I have been to Pakistan, India, Nepal, Xinjiang, Myanmmar and Laos for short term missions and more so to be exposed to the challenges faced by the people. It was a humbling experience.” When asked to describe himself in three words, this renaissance man thought carefully and chose “integrity, sincerity and simplicity”.

The irony of Lim’s ascension to the CCCV Presidency is that he is not Chinese educated background but yet was elected. So he struggles with Mandarin.” I always make good with my visions through speeches and sharing in English and Teochew and building good relationships with a good interpreter” he quipped.

He currently sits on the boards of a few development companies both locally and overseas providing consultancies and still looking at a few potential sites and will pounced on it when it meets the criterias. Finally, Alex stressed that his journey was never easy but were filled with lots of challenges be it relationships or businesses, and very grateful to his wife Li Har, his brother Hui Seng, Dato Tong Kooi Ong and Dato Seri Maximus Ongkili who has stood by him through those tumultuous years.” 

中国古代以伟大的发明和建筑工程著称,比如万里长城。至于华人的另一个强项-商业和贸易,从古至今依旧源远流长。而维多利亚中华总商会(CCCV)会长Alex Hooi Kiang Lim也是商贸理念的坚定秉承者。


由于对本身立足点的不明确,他回到了马来西亚,在建筑、金融和保险公司兼职工作。多年来,他身兼数职,甚至曾是Nexnews Bhd的董事。1997年金融危机爆发之际,一名好朋友在马来西亚东部帮他敲定了一笔交易。“当时正历经金融危机,那时在沙巴的土地很多,人们却毫无投资兴趣。我和兄弟以不可思议的价格买下了一大片土地,开始种植油棕。这是相当昂贵的学习曲线过程,由于缺乏油棕种植经验,我们犯了许多错误,付出一些代价,但最终我们也成功且创造利润。”十二年后,在一家大型种植园集团展开不可抗拒的银弹攻势下,两兄弟转手了事业并兑现资金,Alex移居澳大利亚墨尔本。


即使在如此遥远的南方,Alex的创业热情也在内心持续燃烧。他与帝国集团墨尔本(Mammoth Empire Melbourne)合作,在Elizabeth与A’Beckett街的拐角处买了一块地。他们携手打造了MY80项目,这栋54层的350套公寓深受欢迎,火速售罄。作为一名房地产开发商兼顾问,他的声誉得到了巩固,紧接着开发帝国墨尔本(Empire Melbourne)项目,6个月内宣布楼盘卖光。“我们售卖和最终结算的时机恰到好处。”

对Alex来说,除了事业,妻子Li Har和4名儿子对他来说是最重要的。他花了大量时间与妻子培育孩子们具备良好的品格和价值观。他总是强调态度和言谈举止;“一个人即使再聪明富有,但没有个性主见,而且对周围的人麻木不仁有什么意义?”



最后,Alex强调他的人生一路走来并非平坦顺畅,而是充满了许多挑战性的人际关系或业务,因此感谢他的妻子、兄弟Hui Seng,拿督童贵旺和拿督斯里Maximus Ongkili曾在动荡不安的年代支持着他。

By Sloane Patterson