In character till the end, Bernadette Miles left instructions that there was to be no funeral or death notice. But if she was hoping to slip away unnoticed, it was a vain hope.
Michael Whelan’s tribute to his long-time colleague Bernadette Miles, which hangs in the Wonthaggi Library. The setting is Harmers Haven, where she lived for the past 30 years, and walked on the beach most days, rain or shine. The book is by Haruki Murakami, one of her favourite authors. Michael says it is the hardest image he’s been asked to take. “It required going to Harmers daily until I got the shot. Driving past Bern's house and walking the beach she walked daily.”
Catherine Watson is a journalist and editor of the Bass Coast Post. She lives in Wonthaggi.