Originally written by ADELE CHESTER
ONE of Australia’s most experienced Aboriginal filmmakers, authors and singer/songwriters, Richard Frankland, always manages to do things in his own way … and that also applies to a marriage proposal.
Readers may have noticed a classified advertisement in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer for the sale of an XJ 650 motorbike, with a curious line at the end of it, with the words ‘Steph will you marry me?’The advertisement prompted us to investigate, and the advertiser was identified as Mr Frankland, and the ‘Steph’ as Steph Tashkoff, a school teacher at Heywood and District Secondary College. The couple lives at Narrawong with their two children. Ms Tashkoff said she was in a staff meeting when another staff member read out loud the words of the advertisement.“At the time I thought ‘Why are they reading this out … maybe someone is interested in (the motorbike)’ and then when they said ‘Steph will you marry me?’ I screamed and then burst into tears,” Ms Tashkoff said.Luckily for her she didn’t have to teach the first class, and was able to ring Mr Frankland and accept his proposal.Mr Frankland said he was nervous and scared that Ms Tashkoff would say no, and he had even expressed his concern with the Portland Observer reception staff when placing the advertisement, saying “Do you think she’ll say yes?”.It’s been a big few weeks for the couple, with Ms Tashkoff scoring herself a permanent teaching role at HDSC; Mr Frankland planning the release of Australia’s first indigenous feature comedy and another book; and now the couple has become engaged!Mr Frankland is also considering putting his hand up for the Glenelg Shire Council elections in four years time.As well as the advertisement gaining Mr Frankland a positive response to his proposal, he also had three callers who were interested in buying his motorbike.