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This page is for all the other stuff I want to share with other people. Some of it’s about me or involves me, but it’s also where I’ll put links to interesting websites, blogs and whatever else occurs to me.

Rethinking Mental Health Forum, 25 October 2014

Rethinking Mental Health Forum

A full day forum for health professionals, held in Sydney on 25 October. There’s a good web page about the day here. Photographer: Bec Lewis (www.blimaging.com.au)

Julie McCrossin’s best Italian restaurant, 12 October 2014

Castelmola
I was interviewed by the Sun-Herald about my favourite Italian restaurant, Castelmola in Leichhardt. You can read the article here.

Thanksgiving for Creation, 5 October 2014

Thanksgiving for Creation

FRANS Families, September 2014

FRANS Families launch
The launch of FRANS Families with Deputy Chair, FRANS, Emily Dash

Wedding Joy, April 2014

Wedding Joy New York 3 April 2014
New York 3 April 2014

Luke, Amelia and Julie, 15 January 2014

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Christmas, December 2013

Christmas with Mum
Christmas With Mum.

Joy, December 2013

Natasha & Julie
Laughing again with the gorgeous Natasha Mitchell from Life Matters on RN

QuestionTime!, November 2013

Question Time
Julie, Richard Ackland and Chris Westacott playing on stage at Gleebooks at the launch of the new board game QuestionTime! A game of Australian politics, history, intrigue and rat cunning.

Beloved Charlie’s First Swim, October 2013

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Coastrek, March 2013

Coastrek 2013

Coastrek 4 Health Team – Jody Broun, Julie, Dr Marianne Jauncey and Sally Glass – 1 March 2013.

Palliative Care Conference, August 2012

Julie with Zoe Peltekis

Julie interviewing Zoe Peltekis from Volunteer Services at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem Hospital in Melbourne as part of the Palliative Care Victoria Conference in August 2012.

Sack technique, August 2012

Sack Technique

Julie encounters a sack on the side of Sydney Harbour. Not pretty but gold medal for trying!

Coastrek, March 2012

Coastrek

Sally Glass, Julie McCrossin, Gabi Hollows and Di Westaway at the Coastrek Awards night. Sally and Julie’s team, CHIK Coasters, with team-members Ann Mara and Elizabeth Elliot won an award for being the second highest fund-raising team. The total amount raised for The Fred Hollows Foundation by the event was an amazing $1,068,101.60!

International Women’s Day, March 2012

Internation Women's Day 2012

IWD 2012 – On International Women’s Day, ABC Radio National hosted a reunion and public forum to celebrate this national radio show that launched the careers of many women in the ABC. The Australian Women’s Broadcasting Co-operative trained hundreds of women. (L to R) Nicola Joseph, Sandra Levy, Julie McCrossin, Julie Rigg, Jeune Pritchard, Janet Bell, Penny Lomax.

A Quiet Word, March 2012

Coastrek, March 2012

Julie, at the Coastrek finish line at Coogee after 13 hours and 11 minutes of walking, has a quiet word with her partner, Melissa Gibson.

Ann Mara, March 2012

Ann Mara March 2012

Ann Mara visits the grave of Fred Hollows in Bourke in February 2012. Ann walked 50km with Julie as part of a Coastrek team in Sydney on 1 March 2012 to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Coastrek, March 2012

Coastrek March 2012

Julie’s Coastrek Team who walked 50km on Friday 2 March 2012 to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation. The team is (from left) Elizabeth Elliot, Julie McCrossin, Gabi Hollows (who we met under the Sydney Harbour Bridge), Ann Mara and Sally Glass. We walked from Balmoral to Coogee overnight in 13 hours and 11 minutes.

Coasttrek 3 March 2012

The joy of finishing.

John Famechon

John Famechon

At The Mind and Its Potential Conference in Sydney in November 2011, Julie interviewed former World Champion boxer, John Famechon, his wife Glenys Famechon and therapist, Ragnar Purje about John’s remarkable recovery from an acquired brain injury. After a tragic accident, John was unable to walk or talk. However, he walked on stage and told his story during an emotional and uplifting session.

Irene Inwald

Irene Inwald

Julie and Irene Inwald enjoying coffee in Nostimos in Woollahra in November 2011. Mrs Inwald is 93 and she’s been Julie’s friend and second mother for over 40 years.

Guy Beynon

Guy Beynon

Julie’s nephew Guy Beynon receives an award for most efficient Year 8 cadet at Waverley College, Sydney, from General Peter Cosgrove AC, MC.

St John Ambulance WA Country Conference in Perth August 2011

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StJohnMC2011

Positively Remarkable Women

Positively Remarkable Women

I’m very pleased and proud to be associated with this website: Positively Remarkable Women. “Focusing on women who have/had a positive impact on their community, women who fight for the underdog or for those unable to speak for themselves, or women who broaden our horizons through ideas and innovation – women who are making our world a better place.” I’m in some very good company there.

Lesbian Logies

Lesbian Logies 2011

On 10 July 0211, Julie MCed the Lesbian Logies at the Sydney Opera House. Julie presented the founders of the Feminist Bookshop, Libby and Gail, with their Lesbian Logies.

Lesbian Logies 2011

 

The Commitment Project

The Commitment Project

“… this project is about more than just “gay marriage” I really hope that these simple images of loving couples will help reduce homophobia, will inspire young people to keep their romantic dreams and for parents to know that their gay, lesbian and transgendered children have just as much chance of having a long term and happy family life as anyone else.” Evan Cooper, The Commitment Project, http://www.thecommitmentproject.net/

Compass, ABC TV

Compass

Julie in conversation with
Father Frank Brennan in
Compass: Marriage Right Vs Rite

Compass

Guests at the Compass: Marriage Right Vs Rite dinner pictured left: Top row – L-R: dad Geoff Thomas, broadcaster Julie McCrossin, Anglican Bishop The Right Reverend Robert Forsyth, Professor Dennis Altman. Bottom row – L-R: Catholic Jesuit priest Father Frank Brennan, Compass presenter Geraldine Doogue, Baptist minister Reverend Nathan Nettleton.

Sophie’s Birthday Lunch June 2011

Gals

The best bunch of gals.

training for endurance fundraising walk Coastrek 4 March 2011

Coastrek training

Julie training for the Fred Hollow’s Fundraiser Coastrek. It was 40 degrees on the side of Sydney Harbour on 1 February 2011, so Julie sat in the harbour. In the shot below, your task is to identify Julie. http://www.wildwomenontop.com/coastrek

Coastrek training

Walking on the Wild Side Sunday 5 December 2010

Freda Du Faur Kosi Climb

Diane Westaway, the founder of Wild Women on Top, is cutting steps into the ice for Julie to follow. The slope is above a steep drop and slipping is not advisable. See also below and related news item.

Freda Du Faur Kosi Climb

Freda Du Faur Kosi Climb

Julie was in a group of 40 Wild Women On Top to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Australia this weekend, in honour of the late Freda Du Faur. See also related news item.

Freda Du Faur Kosi Climb

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AIM Women in Management Great Debate 2010

AIM Women in Management Great Debate 2010

Julie greets the discovery of five female chartered accountants at the same table with a modicum of enthusiasm at the Inaugural AIM Women in Management Great Debate 2010 in Sydney. See also related news item.

A Hat Mistake

A Hat Mistake

A hat mistake in the Ashfield pub under the influence of my friend Mystery Carnage, who is foolish.

Dr Ian McCrossin

Dr Ian McCrossin

Julie’s brother, Dr Ian McCrossin

Australia for UNHCR Mother’s Day Lunch 2010

Australia for UNHCR Mother's Day Lunch 2010

Julie McCrossin, Naomi Steer, Mary Fonah and Sarah-Jane Clarke at the Australia for UNHCR Mother’s Day Lunch 2010.

Wear It With Pride

Wear It With Pride

Because liberty means 100% equality, let’s fight on for full equality!
That’s why I wear this with pride.
www.wearitwithpride.com.au/law-reforms/health-ageing/julie-mccrossin/

WWOT Nature Walk, June 2010

WWOT Nature Walk, June 2010

On 27 June 1010, Julie (Last right back row) walked from Berowra to Cowan north of Sydney through great bush with the Wild Women on Top

On the Streets of New York, June 2010

New York

New York

Royal National Park Wild Women Walk, 8 May 2010

Wild Women on Top, Royal National Park
Julie walked 28 kms from Bundeena to Otford with the Wild Women on Top trek training group. You can see her up the back, in a blue hat, in this group photo on the white sandstone cliffs. Julie doesn’t have the courage to get too near the edge, but she is so grateful for the inspiration and support from the group that enables her to experience the beauty of this coastline in one of the oldest national parks in the world.

Wild Women on Top, Royal National Park
See www.wildwomenontop.com.

Coastrek, 5 March 2010

Coastrek, 5 March 2010
On Friday 5 March 2010 Julie walked from Palm Beach to Balmoral with the Coastango team as part of a group of 200 people raising money for the Fred Hollows Foundation. The Coastrek event was organised by the trek training group, Wild Women on Top. This photo was taken just before dawn at Palm Beach with (Left to Right) Judy, Julie, Lisa, Wendy and Cvet (Back). Julie had planned to be a volunteer support person, but Cvet injured her foot a couple of days before the event, so Julie joined the group. Fortunately Julie had been training with the group in January and she was thrilled to cross the 50km finish line at Balmoral Beach 13 hours and 47 minutes later, with the Coastango team, in pouring rain and in the dark. Approximately 100 people went on to complete 100kms to finish at Coogee.

Coastrek, 5 March 2010
Lisa, Julie, Judy and Wendy at North Curl Curl Beach, roughly half way on the journey to Balmoral. Cvet and her husband, Emile, provided lunch by the beach and the walkers were able to experience the bliss of sitting down and changing their socks. The journey followed the magnificent coastline of Sydney. See www.wildwomenontop.com.

ANZAC Sea Day

Navy
DNRS-NSW CMDR Peter Collins (third from right) and Ms Julie McCrossin (hand on wheel) joined bosses and foreign defence attaches on the forecastle of HMAS Anzac on the VIP sea day. read Navy article

Florence and the Machine, 25 January 2010

Florence and the Machine
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Julie and Melissa were thrilled to be in the audience for a secret myspace show at the Uniting Church in Oxford Street Paddington in Sydney. It was Florence and the Machine’s first performance in Australia. It was an intimate and vocally gorgeous performance from this gifted and challenging young woman. It was thrilling to be there.

Coastrek Fundraiser for Fred Hollows 5/6 March 2010

Wild Women on Top
“(L to R) Lisa, Julie and Judy on a training walk along the coastline stretching from Palm Beach to Balmoral Beach in northern Sydney. The trekking group Wild Women on Top have organised a fundraiser called Coastrek for the Fred Hollows Foundation. Teams of women and men will start at Palm Beach and walk either 50km or 100km in one continuous walk. Julie is supporting a team called Coastango by training with them. In January 2010 Julie and the Coastango gals walked over 80kms in four sessions, walking from Palm Beach to North Narrabeen and then from North Narrabeen to Fairlight. They walked each section of the coast twice, once by day and once by night. For more information about Coastrek go to http://www.wildwomenontop.com/wild-walks-adventures/coastrek and if you’d like to support Coastango by making a donation to Fred Hollows go to http://www.everydayhero.com.au/coastango. This year Julie will be one of many volunteers supporting the walking teams on 5/6 March 2010 and in 2011 she plans to walk the 50km section.
Wild Women on Top
“(L to R) Judy, Wendy, Cvet and Julie on 9 January 2010 walking the Sydney coastline between Palm Beach and North Narrabeen. The trekking group, Wild Women on Top provide the written instructions for the coast-hugging route the gals must follow as they train for Coastrek on 5/6 March 2010. Cvet and her husband, Emil dance the tango and so the gal’s team for the fundraiser is called Coastango.

PLAYBACK THEATRE, November 2009

WILD WOMEN ON TOP, August 2009

Wild Women on Top

Wild Women on Top
The Tuesday morning Wild Women on Top adventure fitness group on 25 August 2009. Julie is looking flushed in a blue hat and she is immensely grateful that the group welcomes her determined attempts to keep up! Although Julie doubts she will ever actually develop a core. more photos

MILONGA, July 2009

photo of Emil and Cvet Jankulovska dancing the Milonga
Australian Tango Championships on Saturday 11 July 2009 at the University of NSW. Emil and Cvet Jankulovska are dancing the Milonga. Cvet is a friend of Julie’s from the Wild Women on Top walking group. Cvet and Emil danced with intensity and intimacy. They were hypnotic.

OLD GIRLS, May 2009

photo of Julie and Margaret Whitlam
Margaret Whitlam and Julie at a SCEGGS Darlinghurst Old Girls’ lunch on Ascension Day, May 2009.

AMALFI COAST, May 2009

photo of Julie and friends Sophie and Anne in Taormina in Sicily
Julie with her old friends Sophie and Anne in Taormina in Sicily April 2009. Julie and Sophie were recovering after a challenging walking holiday on the Amalfi Coast south of Naples.

GOLD, May 2009

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Julie’s nephew Guy Beynon running in the gold medal winning Under 11 Male Beach Relay Team at the NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships in February 2009.

TWO MOUNTAINS IN A DAY, March 2009

photo of Julie and her friends Valerie and Kica
Julie and her friends Valerie (left) and Kica (right) on top of Mt Townsend. A group of 14 women from the women’s fitness group Wild Women on Top climbed Mt Kosciuszko and Mt Townsend in a single day on Saturday 28 March 2009, after walking in from Thredbo without using the chair lift. They slept out overnight in this marvellous, wild country and walked back on Sunday 29 March. See www.wildwomenontop.com.

JULIE BISHOP, December 2008

photo of Julie Bishop
One of Julie’s oldest friends, Julie Bishop, on a visit to Iran as part of her current London-based job as Director of the Law Centres Federation of the United Kingdom.

JACK RICHARDS READS! November 2008

photo of Jack Richards reading
Jack Richards of Norfolk Island reads his first book at 6 weeks, a present from Julie and
Melissa. Welcome to the joy of reading!
photo of Jack Richards reading

A BLAST FROM THE PAST, October 2008

photo of Julie McCrossin and Virginia Bell
Julie McCrossin and Virginia Bell, Sydney Town Hall, 1993 (photo by Mazz Images)

ALGA ANNIVERSARY, August 2008

photo of Julie marching in support of Penny Short in 1974
On Friday 22 August 2008 the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives celebrated their 30th anniversary at the Fitzroy Town Hall in Melbourne. Julie was the MC for the night and she donated two photographs to the collection.

In the first (above) Julie is carrying a megaphone as part of a march down George Street in Sydney in 1974 in support of Penny Short. Penny lost her Teacher’s Scholarship after publishing a lesbian love poem in the student newspaper at Macquarie University. Penny never regained her scholarship, although she did ultimately work as a teacher some years later.

In the second photograph (below) Julie is dressed as a nun outside St Mary’s Cathedral in 1975 as part of a rally in support of Mike Clohesy. Mike lost his job as a teacher at a Catholic school in Sydney after appearing on the ABC TV current affairs program Chequerboard. Mike was being interviewed about the CAMP Inc (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) submission, which called for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, to the Royal Commission into Human Relationships. Homosexuality was finally decriminalised in NSW in 1984.
photo of Julie dressed as a nun in 1975

JULIE AND JANE, BY ANN MARA, July 2008

photo of A painting of Julie with her much-loved terrier Jane
A painting of Julie with her much-loved terrier Jane based on a photograph taken in the streets of Stanmore in inner western Sydney over 20 years ago – see below. The painting is being exhibited by the artist Ann Mara at the Mulga Bill Arts Festival in Yeoval NSW in late July 2008. It captures the contrast between Julie’s joy and Jane’s surliness.
photo of Julie with her much-loved terrier Jane

VACA WORKSHOP, July 2008

photo of Julie McCrossin and Dr Robert Zoa Manga
Julie with statewide staff from the Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency in Melbourne where Julie ran a workshop on Presentations People Remember in July 2008.

AGEING DISGRACEFULLY, April 2008

photo of Julie McCrossin and Ageing Disgracefully speakers
The panel members at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney on 28 April 2008 for Ageing Disgracefully: A public forum on ageing and ageism in the GLBT Community which Julie facilitated with lively audience participation. The panel members are (back row L-R) Justice Michael Kirby, High Court of Australia; Jane Marsden, Chair Aurora Foundation; Stevie Clayton, CEO AIDS Council of NSW (ACON); Lloyd Grosse, HIV activist; Julie McCrossin, MC; Mark Orr, President ACON; (front row L-R) Ghassan Kassisieh, Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby; Siri May, Lesbian Health, ACON; Carmen, transsexual icon.

LAUNCH OF THE CAPACITY TOOLKIT, March 2008

photo of Julie McCrossin and Dr Robert Zoa Manga
At the launch of the Capacity Toolkit, Julie interviewed Dr Robert Zoa Manga about cultural diversity. The Toolkit is a comprehensive information resource for family, friends, carers, doctors, lawyers, finance staff and community workers involved with a person whose decision-making is in question.

photo of Julie McCrossin and group at the Capacity Toolkit launch
Left to right (rear): Maureen Tangney (Attorney General’s Department [AGD] Acting Director General), Jenna Macnab and Anne Mangan. (Front): Julie McCrossin (hypothetical facilitator) and Julia Haraksin (AGD Manager Diversity Services).

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, March 2008

International Women’s Day Celebrations with the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA Victoria). On 5 March 2008 at the Melbourne Telstra Dome 1400 people marked the centenary of the vote for women with performances by the Womens’ Circus and interviews with three generations of women in the public service, including four mothers and daughters.

WILD WOMEN ON TOP, March 2008

Photo of Julie with the Wild Women on a 25 km wet and wild walk from Narrabeen to Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach on Sunday 2 March 2008
Julie with the Wild Women on a 25 km wet and wild walk from Narrabeen to Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach on Sunday 2 March 2008.

BENT WESTERN, February 2008

Curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham (L) and artist Drew Bickford with Julie and her partner Melissa Gibson at the opening of Bent Western at the Blacktown Arts Centre in February 2008
Curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham (L) and artist Drew Bickford with Julie and her partner Melissa Gibson at the opening of Bent Western at the Blacktown Arts Centre in February 2008. Bent Western surveys the work of queer Australian artists who have forged connections to Western Sydney in exciting and challenging ways over the last thirty years and made important contributions to queer cultures in the region and beyond. Bent Western examines the work of queer artists through a bent lens, acknowledging how Western Sydney itself is marked by broader notions of multicultural difference and change.


WILD WOMEN ON TOP, December 2007

Photo of Julie on the cliffs in Sydney's east with the women's adventure walking group, Wild Women on Top December 2007
Julie on the cliffs in Sydney’s east with the women’s adventure walking group Wild Women on Top, December 2007.

GOOLWA BEACH, June 2007

Photo of Julie, Melissa and Amelia on Goolwa Beach, June 2007
Julie, Melissa and Amelia on Goolwa Beach in South Australia
on a happy visit to Carol and Anne at Currency Creek.

MY LIFE IN SPRINGWOOD, 2 June 2007

These photographs of my partner Melissa, the Hounds of the Baskervilles and the nearby bush were taken by our friend Mark Friedman, author of Trying Hard is Not Good Enough: How to Produce Measurable Improvements for Customers and Communities www.resultsaccountability.com. The man and the book are highly recommended! Click on each image to display a larger version.

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Springwood, June 2007

THE STORY OF GROWL, 15 April 2007

“The launch of The Story of Growl at Books Illustrated in April 2007 was fantastic fun, with lots of people, adults and children. The inimitable Julie McCrossin read the book in fantastic style. She conspired with the audience and organised different ‘growlers’ for each growl in the book, including Grandfather Growl and Leaping Growls. The kids loved the story, and there were plenty of anarchic asides for the adults, and then we retired for afternoon tea and book signing.” Judy Horacek, www.horacek.com.au/

THE JOYS OF THE SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW 2007

Ian and Rachel McCrossin, Julie’s nephew and niece, wearing the contents of their show bags. Click the photo for a larger version.

PUBLIC SERVICE BATTLEAXES, 2 February 2007

A very special document from 1963 that illustrates some then commonly held notions about women in senior public service positions. Download the document in PDF format.

WALK AGAINST WANT, 12 March 2006

Julie McCrossin and Red, promo for Walk Against Want 2006Denise Roberston, Angela Catterns and Julie McCrossin, Walk Against Want 2006
Angela Catterns, Julie and Denise Robertson, a passionate ABC Radio National listener, after the 40th Walk Against Want for Oxfam Australia in Victoria Park, Sydney on Sunday 12 March 2006. Julie and Angela were the MCs for this final walk.

The nine images below are by Alex Craig (c) 2006. Click on each image to open a new window displaying a larger version. Close the window to return to this page.

Julie McCrossin and Angela Catterns, Walk Against Want 2006 Julie McCrossin, Walk Against Want 2006 Julie McCrossin and Aunty Ali, Walk Against Want 2006
Julie McCrossin and Aunty Ali, Walk Against Want 2006 Julie McCrossin and a walker, Walk Against Want 2006 Julie McCrossin and Kris, Walk Against Want 2006
Julie McCrossin and Kris, Walk Against Want 2006 Julie McCrossin, Walk Against Want 2006 Julie McCrossin and Angela Catterns, Walk Against Want 2006

FRED HOLLOWS FOUNDATION’S SEE AUSTRALIA CHALLENGE, 2005


Julie McCrossin and Nick Di Candilo, Project Officer for The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Indigenous program, enjoy a swim at Edith Falls. Julie McCrossin spent nine days on The Fred Hollows Foundation’s See Australia Challenge 2005 in the Northern Territory.

Click on each image below to open a new window displaying a larger version. Close the window to return to this page. Photos courtesy of www.hollows.org/photolibrary/.

Read about Julie’s trip in PDF format.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Winter 2001

In 2001 Julie travelled to a remote village in Papua New Guinea with Oxfam Community Aid Abroad and gave many media interviews on her return to explain the work of Oxfam with the local people.

Download Conscious Living article in PDF format.

JUICE MAGAZINE, June 1999

Working on Good News Week provided the opportunity for some less than usual media coverage, such as music culture magazine Juice’s cover story. There are more photos further down.

“Leading the rebellion against sanitised smiles and plastic bodies, McCrossin’s presence on the idiot box offers an intelligent and refreshing alternative to theblow-up doll girls who keep male variety hosts company.

If you have the capacity to make people laugh, you get a lot more leeway about how you look on the television and I think that this is a relief for people. People are prepared to pay a higher price for comedy, explains the feisty McCrossin on comedy’s great equalising ability. Comedy is one of the rare places in television that your looks are not a primary determinate.

text by Catherine Caines and images by Sandy Nicholson (c) Terraplane Press 1999

Here’s a link to an interesting perspective on what happened to Good News Week.

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ARCHIVED IMAGES

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