Flying with the stars

Cattle farmer Douglas Hamilton little realised he’d be called on to act in a film starring a celebrated Hollywood actress when he arrived on set with one of his vintage aircraft. Stefanie Ferguson reports.

Fighting on

He’s familiar to many as the plumber’s grumpy dad in the hit movie, Kenny. Ron Jacobson had other roles when not training young boxers to fight. Nathan Konstantinidis reports on a veteran coach about to hang up his gloves.

Pats for patients

A chihuahua-cross is proving a best friend to the terminally ill, as Katherine Powell reports.

Whiter shade of migration

The White Australia Policy ended in the early 1970s. Pearl Higgins recalls its impact when she came here two decades earlier, as Tegan McNeill reports.

Inside the shed

A retired store manager was struggling to find a purpose. Now he’s helping run a south east suburban branch of the fast-growing “men’s shed” movement through which men lend a hand, as Taylah Broadley reports.

The good fighter

Veteran environmentalist Federico Rossignoli once chained himself to a tree to help stop the damning of the Franklin River and risked his life handling deadly snakes. Christian Lagos reports.