The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

THE his­toric Pi­lots Cottage Mu­seum, in a build­ing that dates back to 1880 and op­er­ated by the Kiama & Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, has an ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to Charmian Clift. The lo­cal celebrity grew up in Kiama, on the NSWsouth coast amid wild beaches and val­leys, and went on to be­come an ac­claimed jour­nal­ist and Miles Franklin Award-win­ning au­thor (her first poem, ti­tled Kiama’s Blow­hole, was pub­lished in a Sydney news­pa­per when she was eight years old). Many of her books were in col­lab­o­ra­tion with hus­band Ge­orge John­ston (pic­tured above with Clift in 1964). The col­lec­tion in­cudes me­men­toes from Clift’s child­hood, let­ters, mem­o­ra­bilia and her favourite type­writer. Open 11am-3pm, Fri­days to Mon­days. More: kiama.com.au; kia­ma­mu­seum.com.

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