Before Kirby Kaye and her husband Jack had their fourth child, it was their three sons who were set to be seventh generation on the Kaye family property Ballakaye - an indigenous name meaning Home of the Kayes.
There had only ever been one girl born on the 1800s property - 60 years ago - so Kirby and Jack assumed all their children would too be boys.
As such, the couple fashioned the name Settler & Sons as the overarching title for their creative endeavours, and as a way of paying tribute to generations gone...
There are certain memories that are revived following a particular sensory experience. Memories that become ingrained in our hearts and minds, mulling away until their awakening.
For Craig McKenzie, these dormant memories become aroused following a hot chocolate encounter.
Just over three years ago, Annie and Shane Brereton discovered an historic pearl nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Pyrenees Ranges. Taking pride of place in the regional Victorian township of Lexton, the charming 19th century church immediately stole the couple’s heart.
“I’d always secretly had a wish to open my own chocolate business, but in a different way from the standard retail shopfront,” Jade says. “After moving to Ballarat, I quickly noticed how kind and incredibly supportive the community was to local business, and I knew I had to move quickly if I wanted to be the first chocolatier in Ballarat.”