Author Archives: johnw

Razzamatazz Days

January 23rd, 2012 | by johnw

Leanne Hoad, 15 years old I used to sing myself to sleep almost every night. I loved to sing. There


Starting a Career

January 20th, 2012 | by johnw

It was January 1984. I was 17, two months from my 18th birthday and I arrived in Ballarat, 100kms west


On Ballarat TV

January 17th, 2012 | by johnw

“How long have you been teaching woodcarving, Leanne? How did you get into this?” I was asked a number of


Spreading my wings

January 16th, 2012 | by johnw

Leanne Hoad (right) teaching a student woodcarving at Bendigo TAFE – a photo taken by the Bendigo newspaper to accompany


Singing in Ballarat

January 14th, 2012 | by johnw

“The next contestant from Ballarat, singing Bali Ha’i from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific is Leanne Hoad” said the convener


The Conservatorium

January 13th, 2012 | by johnw

Having returned to Adelaide after managing Hoad Woodcarving Academy in Victoria, I determined I needed to concentrate on one or



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