Murray River (Albury / Wodonga)

Select Society

Postal Address:

ADFAS Murray River
P.O. Box 1418

ADFAS Murray River was established in 2010. We provide a programme of illustrated lectures for our members. The lecturers are chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. We are looking forward to  our lectures being presented at the Hothouse Theatre, Albury and, for closer interaction and collaboration with our new arts complex, MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury)


Committee 2017

Kate Martin
02 6023 5299 or 0479 113 155

David Martin

Leanne Wheaton

Tony Keys

Membership Secretary:
Rick Martin


  • Judy Balfour
  • Penny Heslin
  • David Martin
  • Deb Palmer
  • Judy Rumler

Programme for 2017

Friday 24th February 2017
Paul Atterbury
New Horisons – Emigrations from Britain to Australia and New Zealand
During the reign of Queen Victoria, 11 million people left Britain to seek a new life in distant lands. This mass emigration, some voluntary and some forced, was crucial in the development of countries such as Australia and New Zealand. For the majority the result of emigration was a complete break with their families and friends back home. The most poignant reminders of this are remarkable paintings and drawings documenting the experience of emigration, which tell extraordinary stories and offer a remarkable insight into the making of modern Australia.

Friday 31st March 2017
Prof. Peter McNeil
Dress Soft: from the Prince of Wales to the Preppy Look
Why do men wear striped ties? What is the ‘Windsor knot’? Who would get their jacket and trousers made in different continents? In our own era when fashions are set on the catwalk, in clubs and on the streets, it is difficult to imagine an era when a royal male set trans-Atlantic fashions. Yet that was precisely the role of the Duke of Windsor (briefly King Edward VIII) in1936. Take a walk inside his wardrobe and fashion world.

Friday 5th May 2017
Zara Fleming
Bhutan – the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon
The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known by its inhabitants as Druk Yul or land of the Thunder Dragon. This is a reference to the Drukpa tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism that permeates every aspect of Bhutanese life.  This lecture explores the history, art and culture of this extraordinary country, which for centuries has preserved its traditional Buddhist values. Over recent decades there have been many changes – roads, television and tourism. Will Bhutan be able to maintain the fine balance between tradition and modernity without diminishing its very unique culture.

Friday 30th June 2017
Dr Sophie Oosterwijk
Wine, women and song? Dutch genre painting by Vermeer and his contemporaries.
On the surface, 17th century society in the Dutch Republic might strike modern viewers as staunchly calvinistic, especially in portraits of merchants and dignitaries with their wives, all in stern black outfits and stiff white collars. Nonetheless, there was  another side to society, as genre paintings can reveal to us. Genre paintings are often described simply as scenes of everyday life, but there is usually more to them than that. Scenes by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries, while seemingly above reproach with their sense of respectability, often allow the viewer  a hint of something rather less proper.

Friday 4th August 2017
Mr Nigel Bates
They Make No Noise
What is it that conductors do that makes orchestras respond in so many different ways?  Is it a good baton technique?  A strong personality?   The way they look?  And why are there so few women found on the podium?   Drawing on history and his own experiences from over 6000 performances and recordings, Nigel seeks out some answers. This lecture contains some very rare video footage of conductors in rehearsal and performance.

Friday 1st September 2017
Ghislaine Howard
The Cuisine of Art and the Art of Cuisine
This lecture will be a feast for the eyes and tickle the taste buds, an inspiration for your cooking- and looking. It will feature the art, anecdotes and recipes of artists who loved their food. We will discuss Toulouse Lautrec, famous in his day for his truly fabulous meals and infamous cookbook, Renoir who introduced Paris to the pleasures of Provencal peasant cooking as well as Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and many others. We have prepared a special recipe booklet that can be posted on the internet- or bring a pen!

Friday 6th October 2017
Mr James Bolton
Romans and Roses: A History of Italian Gardens
Explore the development of Italian gardens from the Emperor Hadrian’s 1st Century garden at Tivoli, which provided inspiration and building materials for generations of architects and garden makers. The Renaissance saw an explosion of garden making  around villas being built  outside Florence and Rome, which from 1500 witnessed the most exciting gardens of the period. Thereafter the Italians went all English and landscape gardens replaced the formality that had presided until then. The 20th Century has seen a resurgence of Italian gardening represented by two gardens, created by Russell Page, and the gardens of Ninfa where plants cascade over a ruined medieval Italian town.

Saturday 7th October 2017  HALF INTEREST DAY
Mr James Bolton: 20th Century English Gardens
First lecture: Lutyens and Jekyll and Arts and Crafts Gardens
The last two decades of the nineteenth century reverberated with the row between William Robinson and Reginald Blomfield as to the pre-eminence in the garden of the architect or the gardener. At a stroke, the problem was solved by the partnership between Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens, so that a house by Lutyens with a garden by Jekyll became an Edwardian ideal.
Second Lecture: Twentieth Century English Gardens
Two styles of gardening run through the 20th Century.  The informal gardens, of Hidcote and Great Dixter, where a passion for collecting plants is the key to the garden and formal structured gardens, whose history runs through the century from Sir George Sitwell’s Italianate garden at Renishaw to the contemporary post-modern gardens created by Charles Jenks in Scotland.

Friday 3rd November  2017
Adrian Boddy
Max Dupain – A Snapshot of Australia’s Pre-eminent Architectural Photographer
For  more than 60 years Max Dupain created photographic images that became emblems within the development of a distinctive Australian tradition in the visual arts. He was instrumental in breaking the link with Pictorialism by bringing Modernist and Documentary perspectives to Australian architectural photography.  An innovator in the earlier decades of his career, by the 1960’s he was proud to proclaim his ‘straight’ photographic techniques whilst others engaged in more complex practices. Because he was a prolific Australian documentary photographer, any wide-ranging discussion of his work is, at the same time, a visual history of Australian architecture, landscape, industry, fashion and everyday life.

Venue and Time of Lectures

The lectures will be held at the HotHouse Theatre, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga.

Members and guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments before the lecture, from 6.00pm until 6.30pm.  The lecture will commence promptly at 6.30pm. The lectures last approximately 1 hour.


Guests are most welcome. A $25 fee applies and the guests are requested to sign an attendance book on entry. The fee for students and visiting members of other ADFAS societies is $15.


The annual lecture subscription is $150 per person. Membership enquiries are welcome. Please contact the secretary, Kate Martin, on 02 6023 5299 or email

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