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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。”

From Architect to a Builder of Foreign Relations 从建筑跨入外交建设

Westmoreland Palon
Consulate General of Malaysia in Melbourne, Australia

By Karina Foo 

The name, Westmoreland is a rather unusual one for Sarawakian born Westmoreland Palon, the consulate general of Malaysia in Melbourne.

But it was his father who named him after the formidable commanding officer of the US Army during the Vietnam war, William Charles Westmoreland.

Palon chuckles whenever someone jokingly asks him if Charles Westmoreland was his own father or grandfather. “I was born in 1969 in the height of the Vietnam war and my dad was in the public sector so I guess the name resonates well with him,” said Palon who is a Bidayuh, a descendent of one of the many indigenous races from Kuching.

Palon took on his current role in Melbourne just three months ago, after his last post as the director for the ASEAN Political-Security Community (Malaysia National Secretariat) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before that, he had come from a distinguished diplomatic career spanning almost 20 years including stints in Chile, Singapore and the United Nations.

“I came to Melbourne only recently and I love this place because it’s a very beautiful city and there are so many Malaysians here too,” he said, noting that this is his fourth posting.

But working for the government was not what he had in mind when he graduated as a young architect. Palon worked in an architectural firm for the first two years of his career.

“At that time, the buildings and construction industry in Malaysia wasn’t doing well and someone suggested that I join the government service where I could put my knowledge of buildings and infrastructure to good use.”

But there was a twist in his aspirations as he was instead, appointed to the foreign department where he had to learn about global relationships from the ground up.

“I like to think about it as building linkages and relationships between people. But it was a steep learning curve as I had no background, yet I managed to rise to the challenge. I had a lot of good bosses, senior colleagues who were my mentors,”
he reminisced.

His first posting in Singapore in 2000 was particularly the most challenging because he recalled that the relationship between Singapore and Malaysia was tense making the job hectic, stressful but nevertheless, exciting.

“I had to learn about different culture systems and ways of doing things in every country I was working in. So every role was different and gave me many opportunities to learn. ”

“Managing relationships, values and ideas with conflicting interests is probably one of the hardest jobs. But at the same time, it opens your eyes to value these differences of opinions as it teaches you how to communicate, negotiate and help people to understand each other.”

After such experiences, Melbourne poses a different challenge, but something that Palon is more than ready to take on.

“There are a lot of Malaysians and businesses here who are starting a new life and new ventures.

My job is to build more linkages between Australia and Malaysia, although we’re already quite well known in Australia especially with our food!

“We are constantly looking at what’s on offer in Melbourne and to show Melbournians what we have in Malaysia in hopes to boost the tourism industry back home.”

Likewise, he hopes to engage more with Malaysians visitors, new students and migrants.

He noted that Malaysian businesses including big companies are already involved in major developments here (established corporations like MRCB and SP Setia).

“Meanwhile there are smaller companies who are looking into investing their interest in other parts of the world, including Melbourne. We want to engage with them to make this possible.”

With a highly demanding job, this father of five believes that one should just be happy in life. “When it comes to people, I always assume the best and positive in them. My family brings out the positive side in me as I have become selfless. I live for my kids and try to make the best for them.”


Westmoreland听起来相当不寻常的名字,这位马来西亚驻墨尔本总领事-砂拉越出生的Westmoreland Palon,他的父亲是基于崇敬越战期间美国军队的强大指挥官 William Charles Westmoreland,而以此为之命名。

他笑着说,常有人开玩笑地问,WilliamCharles Westmoreland如果为其父亲或祖父。“我生于1969年,那是越南战争最激烈时刻,父亲是公务员,所以我想这个名字是他的共鸣点。” Westmoreland Palon是比达友族,砂拉越古晋众土著种族之一的后裔。












他指出,马来西亚有积极驻扎澳大利亚的企业,包括已参与当地重大发展工程的大型公司(如MRCB与SP Setia)。




Green with Excellence 鲜绿与卓越

Paul Sumner
Chief Executive Officer of Mossgreen, Australia

By Karina Foo 

The auction industry seems to have been overlooked among the popular and well publicised art galleries. Although a niche sector in the mass sales market, auctioning is slowly being recognised as an important business in art and trade, but one that’s focused on luxury, aesthetics and pure value.

One such business that’s been operating for the last 11 years is Mossgreen. It has grown to be known as a luxury destination to buy, sell and enjoy objects of beauty, rarity and value. Founded and established by Paul Sumner and Amanda Swanson, it functions as an Art Gallery and boutique Auction House specialising in the sale of Single-Owner Collections.

To date, Mossgreen has conducted many of the largest and most prestigious Single-Owner Auctions held in this country.

Sumners always knew that the name was a  prophecy of his future business as he started his career much earlier on in Sotheby’s Australia, another renowned auction house company.


“I visualised the name Mossgreen 20 years ago as it was something that came to mind when I was in AngKor Wat and saw those amazing temples covered in green moss. They are ancient but still so beautifully part of our contemporary world. It already embodied my vision as Mossgreen would deal with ancient and contemporary art,” explains Paul.

His vision had manifested into a lucrative one and the company now turns over $31 million in auction sales a year after joining forces with Martyn Cook Antiques and Martyn Cook.

But just like all successful stories, he started from humble beginnings. Paul grew up in the UK and went into the business when he was 15, strongly influenced by his father who was an antique dealer.

“My parents encouraged me to work in local auction houses in Bristol. I started to acquire a broader knowledge in the area. I kept applying for jobs and tried to network my way through different auction houses in England.”

In the late 80’s, representatives from an Australian auction house came to England looking to employ people to come to Australia.

“It was interesting because I wasn’t familiar with Australia as England was very far from the Land Down Under, but I was offered a job there as a one year contract and I decided to take it for a different experience.

When I got to Australia in 1986, it was very different to what thought it would be – the country was modern and urban. It wasn’t just a dessert! I was also pleasantly surprised about the profound interest in arts and music. I worked in that auction house for the year and later was transferred to Christie’s International Auction House in Sydney and was appointed as their manager.”

Soon after, Paul was head hunted by Sotheby’s Auction House for a short post until he was promoted to its managing director. In 2000, his job took him back to England for another two years to work on major projects for the next two years.

“I learned a lot there about change management as there were a lot of staff who were used to the traditional auction house business. Change had to begin as we were dealing with contemporary styles of auction housing.”

After completing the project, Paul decided to return to Australia in 2003 and pursued his dream to set up Mossgreen as an art gallery and auction house.

Today, Mossgreen is the biggest auction house in Australia located in Armadale, one of Melbourne’s most affluent suburbs.

“We’re only halfway through to our goals as our long term vision is to be the first multi-disciplinary auction house in Australia that covers every area in depth, led with expertise at the top of every department.”

Mossgreen’s clientele is an eclectic mix of collectors of various inspired art, but the lifestyle that they aspire to live is one thing they all have in common.

“Whether they love fine dining or good music, we tap into that by fulfilling their interest by the variety that we offer in our gallery and auction house. That’s why we have a fine dining restaurant, music, collectibles and art,” says Paul.



Mossgreen以这样的形式营运了11年,被视为奢侈品销售目的地,享受着美丽艺术,品位着稀有和价值。由Paul Sumner 与Amanda Swanson共同创立的优美天地,结合艺术画廊和精品拍卖行功能,从事独资收藏品交易。

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而Mossgreen至今已在这个国家成功承办许多大规模和具备声望的独资拥有者拍卖会。Paul Sumner认定这个名称就是未来事业的预言,早在他于苏富比澳大利亚开展职业生涯–另外一家著名拍卖公司。

“我会取名Mossgreen 是在20年前,当我在柬埔寨的吴哥窟,目睹神奇的寺庙覆盖着绿色的苔藓,它们是如此古老但仍然美丽,这是现代世界的一部分,就像苔藓绿一样展现在我的视野,辗转于古代和当代艺术。”

而他的视野折现转化成盈利的公司,与Martyn Cook古董商成为战线盟友的1年后,目前公司运转逾3100万美元的拍卖销售额。








项目完成后,2003年,Paul Sumner决定回到澳大利亚追逐梦想。设立Mossgreen,一个艺术画廊和拍卖行的结合体。