“So therefore I dedicate myself, to my art, my sleep, my dreams, my labours, my suffrances, my loneliness, my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger because I cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being.” Jack Kerouac

Meet Rock Novak – the caretaker, the mayor, the sheriff, the judge and the undertaker of the ghost town, Ballarat.

A film by Mickey Todiwala


  1. Love it! The video , the man … all of it . Funny how watching this reminded me of my wife and I’s ongoing never to be fulfilled fantasy ( down boys … not that kind of fantasy 😉 ) that the position of Lighthouse Keeper would be reinstated and we’d qualify for the job _ _ _ doing meaningful and satisfying ( as well as necessary ) work while ignoring most of society and the noise that goes with it .

    Oh well … sigh … one can dream … can’t one ? 😎

    1. My great grandfather was the lighthouse keeper in Ceuta – In The Strait of Gibraltar – in the 20’s and I always shared the same fantasy! meaningful solitude!

      1. ” Meaningful Solitude ” Absolute Perfection ! If you don’t mind I’ll be borrowing if not blatantly stealing that phrase .

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