Southern Life Magazine

Southern Life Magazine Issue 23

Summer 2016 Edition

So great to be back on shelves & coffee tables and with former Mount Gambier gal Cristina d’Agostino continuing to go from success to success in her career, it seemed well overdue for a quick update on the busy performer. Currently performing in the hit musical Matilda, Cristina graces our cover & we track her career since we last touched base, inside.

There are plenty of weddings from across the region, as well as a look at yet another busy awards season from business to wine to the Brand SA honours. We have a fledgling children’s book author, an award winning designer, the end of an era at, an update on Louise Adams & what’s happening on the local front in the art world, as well as vegan cooking like you’ve never seen it before and a Ford man through and through.

Cover: Musical theatre star Cristina d’Agostino


Far from
Second best 


The curtain had barely fallen on Cyrus Villanueva’s victory in the 2015 X Factor grand final when Louise Adams, Mount Gambier’s great hope and eventual runner-up, all but had a recording contract lined up. “Everyone had jumped on stage and we were all ecstatic for Cyrus and one of the Sony guys i had met previously came up to me and said ’i’d like you to meet Denis Handlin,” Louise said ...


The Odd


There’s one thing for sure – Mount Gambier and the Riddoch Art Gallery have never seen an exhibition like this before – and only the rich imagination of Mount Gambier artist Gina Raisin could have dreamt it up. The Amazing Adventures of Doctor Mayhem and The Chonga Barz is as surprising and eclectic as it sounds as quiet ...




You may not know her name yet, but home-grown talent Taylor Hunt is starting to make waves in the exclusive fashion industry after hitting the runway for New York Fashion Week in September. The 23 year old brought her Hunt & Heart designs to life in front of the world’s fashion elite on a stage most designers only dream of. 


Honouring the best
in business 


Boandik Lodge; Gebhardts Real Estate and M.S. Hein & Sons have all been making a difference in this region for more than 60 years and their sustained excellence earned them a place in the Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, inducted officially at the 2015 NAB Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Awards ...