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Largess than Life 生命的非凡赏识

Susan Alberti, AC

Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation (SAMRF),  Founder & Chairman

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The epitome of compassion served in cash and kind, Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation (SAMRF) creator is Australia’s beacon of benevolence. Deborah Joy Peter digs deep to unmask the silhouette behind the story.

慈悲又实际的象征,身为Susan Alberti 医学研究基金会
(SAMRF)的创始者-Susan Alberti是澳大利亚医学领域一盏明亮温暖的灯塔。

Although bred into humble beginnings, Bairnsdale welcomed a heroine 68 years ago when Dr. Susan Alberti was born in May of 1947 to a serenading policeman and homemaking draftswoman. The Victoria native was raised in scarcity, yet what she lacked in riches growing up, she has since made up for in humanity. During an era where females were typically deprived of a tertiary education, she made no excuses over securing success.

Today one of the country’s greatest altruistic forces, the Western Bulldogs Football Club vice president and highly-acclaimed philanthropist is known for the tens of millions she has helped raise in support of medical research surrounding juvenile diabetes through the ‘Walk for the Cure’ annual fundraiser she founded in 1994. Originating in Melbourne and Sydney, the movement has since expanded to other regions nationwide.

Meanwhile, a far-reaching entrepreneur who established the Dansu Group with her late husband about four decades prior, her no-nonsense administrative style and penchant for business made her one of the first women state-wide to foray into construction back in the day. The determined duo dedicated an entire marriage to cultivating an industrial and commercial development venture from the ground up.

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“We didn’t have a lot. We just had enough to put on the table. I didn’t have anything extra like most kids had. I always had a part-time job. I was working around school, before school, weekends, and holidays.”

East meets west
Presently stationed at a physical office which once served as the family nest, she seeks solace in the memories that envelope her atmosphere as she labours on with love. The age-old tale begins with her meeting blue-eyed Italian stud, Angelo Alberti, at a Hawthorn Town Hall dance in 1963. The teenage trailsman had arrived in the land down under three years earlier with zero dollars in his pocket and no English tucked under his belt.

Still cupid struck and four years into their courtship, the pair sealed their union in matrimony, only to return to the grind shortly after, where 16-hour workdays followed. From a piggery to pool installations to manufacturing to building, the tenacious twosome was unstoppable in their quest to solidify their household with the promise of good returns and prosperous order. Yet, circumstance found a way to flip marital bliss on its toes.

Sticks on stones
Horror hit when a rod went through the builder’s left eye while boxing up some concrete, forcing him into a series of 12 surgeries to save the organ, which he ended up losing anyhow sometime later. The tragic turn of events led to a career change; the silver lining-Dansu Group came into existence. Then in 1969, came Danielle, the couple’s bundle of joy and only offspring. “She was an absolute delight; my best friend,” the reminiscent mother notes.

Life was content, at least until the kid was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 12. Major hurdles surfaced but the trio coped. Alberti juggled between the many hats she wore-wife, mother, businesswoman, and employer to 250 workers. Yet, fate remained harsh. Her husband passed following a 1996 hit-and-run. Half a decade later, her ailing daughter died in her arms while the two were on a medical emergency led plane ride from Los Angeles to Australia.

Sweat and tears
As the blanket-clad 32-year-old rested in peace beside her guardian, Alberti looked at her child and swore that her personal fight for a cure would never end. Instead of a kidney, the cause has since become the living embodiment of the bereaving woman’s unwavering passion for her loved one. The loss has solidified her over 30-year involvement with notable medical research institutes like St Vincent’s, Baker IDI, and Walter + Eliza Hall.

Additionally, former Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and current Victoria University Foundation chair has dedicated plenty of her personal time and resources to aiding the community with scholarships for migrant children. “My heart’s in the west of Melbourne. With a high incidence of diabetes and lack of education, resources, and infrastructure, there are many struggling families out there,” she tells Essenze.

A diabetic patient herself-a frightening fact which she discovered during her recent cancer treatment-the football and gardening fiend has weathered many storms across a lifetime. The more she lost, the more she gave. Despite the winding road that has been her epic journey, today she is happily married to fellow philanthropist, engineer, and husband of 10 years, Colin North. “It doesn’t matter what, just do something,” Alberti urges.




驻扎在那个也曾是温馨小窝的办公室,她沉浸在工作与爱情甜美记忆的氛围中。古老的故事始于1963年在霍索恩市政厅的舞会,她邂逅了蓝眼睛的意大利青年Angelo Alberti。这名青年当时身上毫无分文,甚至连英语沟通能力也欠缺。


事故发生得毫无征兆,当在钢骨水泥中工作时,一只杆子穿过建筑工丈夫的左眼,而他为了挽救器官进行12次的手术。这悲剧的事件导致职业变化,也催生Dansu集团。1969年, 女儿Danielle诞生,这是Susan所有幸福喜悦的泉源。“她是一个绝对的快乐,我最好的朋友。”

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32岁的她在身边守护并凝视女儿的脸孔:发誓个人的医疗治愈抗争永远不会结束。她的坚定与热情意志也体现在对她所爱的人,逾30年参与贡献著名的医学研究机构像St Vincent’s, Baker IDI与Walter + Eliza Hall等。


除了糖尿病,她最近因身患癌症而展开另一轮治疗抗争,这些可怕的事实经历印证了她布满荆棘的人生,但她失去得越多,却奉献更多。尽管走在蜿蜒曲折的道路,今天她却拥有了10年的幸福婚姻-慈善家兼工程师的丈夫Colin North。“无论是什么,能做多少就去做。”

Parallel Streams & Terrible Muddles 狂热艺术&慈善因子

Rupert Myer AO

Chair, Australia Council for the Arts

Rupert Myer with that “permanent charm of youth” one would dare say, is the representation of adrenaline in its purest form. With a smile that powerfully inspires, he operates on a currency of ideas. Born with philanthropy in his blood and art advocator with the nose of a bloodhound, Australia watches as he changes the landscape and profile of the Australian art and culture scene leading it to a platform of whole new dynamics. Over coffee at The Westin Singapore, Rupert shares his philosophy of living life in parallel streams. “My personal passions all intersect and don’t remain parallel or stagnant. Of course this will cause a terrible muddle at times, but that is part of the pleasure of being able to exchange and share ideas.”

Rupert Myer一出生,仿佛慈善因子就在他的血液里流淌,而拥有猎狗般的鼻子也让他成为优秀的艺术倡导者。他改变了澳大利亚的艺术和文化场景,并且塑造全新动态平台景观。“我的激情是交叉状态,不会平行或停滞,可能会造成混乱,但能够交流和分享,也是一种乐趣。”

“Philanthropy is not only financial support but what you give of yourself as well.”

What Rupert stands for in business, philanthropy and the arts today carries the inevitable influence of his family’s history. Rupert’s grandfather Sidney Myer, businessman, philanthropist, arrived in Melbourne from Belarus in 1899. It was here in Melbourne that Sidney Myer laid the blueprints that brought the Myer name to fame. In business, he established Australia’s icon of department stores, Myer. Today Rupert is the only family member who sits on the Board of Myer Holdings. His grandparents in their trans-Pacific crossings between San Francisco and Melbourne fired the passion for collecting art with their collection of Chinese antiquities and jade. Sidney Myer was a man “who was incredibly engaged in the community and felt a great sense of pleasure in supporting different initiatives. He never talked about it as giving back, it was just giving as an act of generosity” says Rupert of his grandfather.

Later generations have continued with this interest of engaging in various philanthropic and business initiatives but the arts have always been of specific interest. In particular was Sidney Myer’s love of concert music being played outdoors, which led to the founding of the Sidney Myer Free Concerts. His estate was bequeathed with sufficient funds for such performances. Today the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of world-renowned conductors to about 40 000 people for 3 nights a year – for free.

Those who have observed him will say “Don’t be fooled, as he can be extremely analytical and tough where he needs to be”

As Chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts, these qualities would be expected. Rupert explains the strategy employed to steer Australian international art forward. According to him, “Australian art in all its forms is now more visible and recognised. There is a sense in which Australia comes across as an ambitious nation culturally and there is a wide array of opportunities for artists. There is the undeniable presence of Australia in contemporary dance, ballet, the visual arts, music, literature and theatre and there are many Australian arts professionals holding senior positions with the world’s great institutions”

The Australia Council is the Commonwealth Government’s principal arts funding agency. Rupert explains, “Our responsibility is to fund new and emerging art and administer the funding of major performing arts companies. As a national funding body we have a responsibility to focus on the whole country and entire arts sector. What’s changed in the last couple of years is that it is no longer easy to talk exclusively about individual arts because of the incredible fusion happening across and between different art forms.”  For example, he explains, “in Melbourne last year, I attended a Victorian Opera production in collaboration with Malthouse Theatre. It was an operatic performance of “The Riders” by Tim Winton with original libretto and music compositions. A group of highly creative artists chose to tell the story through the medium of opera though, they were not handed the opera art form to start with. What is it called?  Prior to now, public funding for such a production would have required multiple submissions to different funding sources. Now, this can be done through one process. ”

These are indeed very vibrant and exciting times internationally as can be seen in the Venice Biennale which is a great showcase for Australian artists.” This time Rupert says with pride, “the Biennale curator invited 7 Australian artists to participate and in addition to this there are about another 2 dozen Australian artists taking part. Senior Australian curator – Alexi Glass Kantor – who runs Artspace in Sydney, curated Art Basel Hong Kong’s Encounters, the 2015 edition, so it was all the more exciting for Australia”

A related area of focus is to encourage and facilitate international curators to visit and work in Australia and to give Australians the opportunity to enjoy contemporary international art. The Australia Council, together with the New South Wales government, co-funds the Sydney Biennale, which is a platform for programs by international artists.

Under Rupert’s chairmanship, the Australia Council has adopted an ‘artist-centric’ approach that ensures that the support and promotion of artists and their work is the priority. “This complements our system of arms length from Government, peer assessment, which means funding applications are assessed by people with expertise or knowledge in arts practice and the arts sector who are best placed to make a determination of the merit of artistic proposals.” Rupert states that the Council is ultimately responsible to the Australian government, Australian artists and the people.

“If you put your hand up early on in life for a role in the arts, the experience you get in that position helps you make your own luck when being considered for other roles”

His first involvement in the arena of art and culture began when he was asked to join the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation in early 1990s. It was rather unusual as he was the youngest Board member then.

From there he went on to chair the Foundation and serve as trustee of the Gallery and then as Board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

In 2001 he was asked to chair a Commonwealth Government inquiry into the contemporary visual arts and crafts sector which made recommendations for the structure and levels of government funding of the sector, legislation, copyright, re-sale royalty, artists’ incomes and training and private sector support for the arts. Many of the recommendations were adopted by government…

What’s in store?

In the future one can expect Rupert to continue to energetically pursue the Australia Council’s strategic plans to support and promote Australian art and artists at home and internationally. At the same time, his business interests, enjoying time with friends, and most importantly with his family, will be part of his ‘parallel streaming’.


Rupert 的祖父 Sidney Myer,一名长袖善舞的商人和慈善家,1899年来到墨尔本,原籍白俄罗斯。祖父奠定他们家族的成名蓝图,在经营中,他建立了澳大利亚百货商场的图标 – Myer。今天 Rupert 是唯一在 Myer 控股董事会的家族成员。

另外,由于 Sidney Myer 热爱户外音乐会,继而促成“ Sidney Myer 免费乐团”的成立。他的遗产捐赠资金足以支持这样的表演。今天,墨尔本交响乐团由世界著名指挥家带领,一年3次为约4万人提供免费演出。

作为澳大利亚议会艺术委员会主席,Rupert Myer 解析澳大利亚艺术朝国际前进的策略。“澳大利亚艺术的形式和定位更加明显和确定,雄心勃勃的国家文化和各色艺术家共冶一炉。我们有当代舞、芭蕾舞和视觉艺术。另外,音乐,文学和戏剧皆有不可忽视的存在,许多澳大利亚艺术专业人员正在全球最好的机构担任高级职务。”



他自豪的说,在威尼斯双年展,共有数十名澳大利亚艺术家参加,而澳大利亚籍高级策展人 – Alexi Glass Kantor ,策划了2015年香港巴塞尔艺术节,让本国艺术更大放异彩。


Rupert认为,理事会必须向澳大利亚政府、艺术家和人民负责到底。“如果你扮演某个角色,那么你造就了本身丰富经验,会在其他角色方面更显得游刃有余。”他第一次站上艺术文化的舞台,始于1990年初加入维多利亚国家美术馆,当时他是最年轻的董事会成员,作为开端,Rupert Myer 也陆续成为基金会主席悉尼现代艺术博物馆的董事会成员等。




Building The Way to The Future 构筑未来

Nicole Chow Managing Director, UAG (United Asia Group)

The housing industry is one that is tough and without the proper know-how, it is one that is not easy to build a success from. Blazing her way through this tough industry, Nicole Chow is now known as the developer who produces creative and functional living spaces that not only look good but offer a stylist alluring lifestyle to her customers. The dynamic developer shares her thoughts with EZ recently on leading UAG Group of Companies towards greater success in the Land Down Under.

The pivotal year in Nicole Chow’s life would have to be 1997 when she started UAG with a target of building beautiful luxurious homes in Australia. Ever since that crucial year, the UAG Group of Companies has created a name for itself as a formidable developer with over 40 projects under its belt.

Today, the developer has stepped up in scale and prestige so UAG is now constructing projects that cost well in excess of AUD$100 million. The secret to Chow’s success has to be her strong determination in achieving her goals and taking a strong hand in leading her team towards her goals. “I like to think that my creativity allows me to identify an opportunity efficiently so I quickly rule out any project that does not stimulate me or a project that doesn’t allow me to build upon our young but significant brand identity,” she shared.

The managing director of UAG Group says she works strategically to ensure that her company pursues only worthwhile projects that she and her architect husband from SJB, Tony Battersby, can be proud of. “We both know that a project will often take years to come to fruition, so you need a beautiful, satisfying and hopefully profitable project that will keep you energized and focussed for the entire life of the project,” she said. This is the reason why UAG continues to pave the way in building prestigious projects as it rolls from one good project into the next with a passion.

It is never easy leading such a large group but this does not deter Chow from taking the reins and holding it firmly. She believed it is her strong passion for her profession that kept her going despite her demanding schedules that involved extensive travelling and long work days on site or in the studio. Despite her tight schedules, she always ensures that she travels in style and she always engages professional consultants and builders who understand her vision for her projects. “I also balance out the draining aspects of my role in the company by having a really cool office…currently my studio is located in one of my recent projects – Emblem,” she said.

The outspoken lady loves the idea of becoming an architect but she decided that her business skills are much better put to use, a decision that led to the creation of UAG and her current success as a developer.

“I was perhaps too impatient to endure the five long years of an architectural degree but I still retain a passion for design and architecture which I combined with my business acumen to build UAG into my new Australian empire.”

All UAG’s projects are a stylish representation of an alluring lifestyle and Chow is extremely passionate about each project they undertake.

Each UAG project bears Chow’s signature of a prestigious location and a sophisticated architectural design that combines thoughtful and liveable floor plans with beautiful materials and finished palette. She may have been in the industry for almost two decades but the process of creating new living spaces continues to fascinate her till this day. “It is wonderfully satisfying to locate a site, engage a talented team and actively lead and manage the team all the way through the challenging journey from start to finish,” she said of every project UAG completed.

UAG has shifted to larger scale projects recently which Chow agrees represent a significant increase in risk but she thinks it is time for the company to make the shift to align with market conditions for continued success. She said UAG is now versatile enough to respond rapidly to these opportunities in the market especially when backed with a talented team of designers, advisors, bankers and builders.

“We have a new boutique scaled development in the beautiful suburb of Armadale called 881 that is scheduled to commence very soon,” the Melbourne-based developer says. The new project will feature 70 apartments with a broad range of types from expansive four bedroom residences to one and two bedroom units. “The apartments will be beautifully designed by my favourite architect and his clever team,” she said, adding that the project will also boast a stunning rooftop pool and garden terrace.

The future of UAG looks bright as Chow promises to forge ahead by continuing to search out wonderful locations and building gorgeous residences in Melbourne. “We remain eager in building creative liveable spaces and we are always on the hunt to create another signature UAG Project,” she promised.

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所谓外行看热闹,内行看门道,房产行业如缺乏确凿的业务技术和长远思路,其实是一个不容易建设且取得成功的事业。而具备炽热理念的 Nicole Chow 却通过这艰难的行业证明了自己:她所创立的UAG集团(United Asia Group)目前被视为是集无限创意、功能性和优美生活空间于一身的房产开发公司。这位以优美奢华风格闻名的设计型房产开发商,与EZ分享了她的构思与主导的集团在土地上迈向更长远的未来路途。

1997年,这对 Nicole 来说是关键的一年,为了在澳大利亚建设美丽豪华住宅的想法,她开创UAG集团,而现在公司日愈强大,已开发逾40个房产项目。随着加大规模和延续声望,目前具有超越1亿澳元巨额成本的建设项目。


我觉得是创造力让我找到机会,并且迅速排除任何没有鼓舞性、无法建立我们品牌象征的项目。作为UAG集团的董事经理,她指出,公司只追求有价值的项目,这是她与来自SJB公司的建筑师丈夫 Tony Battersby 皆感到自豪的一点。




领导一个庞大群体不是件易事,但这并不妨碍 Nicole 在业务上的掌控能力。


我在公司里扮演着平衡的协调角色,并且有一个很酷的办公室……目前我的工作室坐落在我们近期的代表性项目 – Emblem 精品公寓。她直言有成为建筑师的想法,但运用自己的业务技能,作为一个成功开发商引导UAG更为重要。


UAG 所开发的房产项目具代表性特征:那就是精选优雅地点和繁复建筑设计相呼应,还有宜居平面图搭配优美材料成品。



我们有一个新的精品规模计划,在美丽高级郊区 Armadale 881公寓项目,


总部位于墨尔本的UAG集团将锐意进取寻找精彩的方向,在当地建设华美的住宅。我们持续着创造宜居空间的渴望,寻觅并落实另一个UAG代表性项目。”Nicole Chow承诺。