Postal Address:

ADFAS Fleurieu
PO Box 602
Victor Harbor SA 5211

ABN: 88 767 210 464

ADFAS Fleurieu offers a friendly social gathering to enjoy entertaining speakers appealing to those interested in a wide range of topics, including, art, architecture, archaeology, music, fashion, history, and much more.

ADFAS lecturers are mostly from the UK and Australia. They are experts in their fields and are often curators of galleries or professionals who have written widely on their subject.

Overseas lecturers come to Australia and lecture exclusively to ADFAS members while on tour.

Committee 2020

Anne Butcher
Ph: 0408 267 511

Vice Chairman and Secretary:
Margaret Tuffin
Ph: 0410 282 332

Jenny Meacham
Ph: 0439 993 304


Membership Secretary:
Brian Tuffin
Ph: 0452 556 193

Membership Enquiries: fleurieu@adfas.org.au
Ph: 0452 556 193

Programme for 2020

17 February 2020
Romancing the Rails: British Railway Posters
Charles HARRIS

Covering the golden age of British Railways, this lecture celebrates the most romantic period of British travel history – think of the Flying Scotsman, Golden Arrows, Belles and Pullmans. Focusing on the role of posters in the history of advertising, Charles Harris will show how posters reflect the evolution of British holidays. Global award – winning Creative Director of international advertising agencies, Charles Harris has lectured extensively and created many posters for major leading brands, such as British Airways, Nestle, Sony, General Motors and Shell, as well as creating several hundred commercials for TV and Radio.

30 March 2020

Australian Lecturer

ADFAS Fleurieu members will be notified when details are confirmed.

4 May 2020
Florence Nightingale: Letters and Diaries

“I could have have been a married woman, a hospital sister or a literary woman.”  So says Florence Nightingale who gave two years of her life to the Crimean War. She was musical and artistic, but  she spent the rest of her life writing on tough issues – the health of the army, sanitation, hospital construction, the nature of God and about herself.
Karin Fernald  is an entertaining lecturer on writers and artists from mid 18th to 19th century, and this lecture looks at Florence Nightingale’s  life before and after the Crimean War through paintings, sketches and portraits from the Nightingale Museum at St. Thomas’ Hospital.

6 July 2020
Aphra Behn: Agent 160 & The First Woman of British Theatre

Following a successful career as one of Charles II’s spies in Europe and South America, Aphra Behn returned to England and shattered the glass ceiling of London’s Restoration Theatre by becoming one of the most successful playwrights of the age.  Giles Ramsay, an independent theatre director and producer who specialises in creating new work with artists in developing countries including Kenya, Palestine and Mexico, brings unique insight into the world of theatre in this lecture about the amazing woman, Aphra Behn.

3 August 2020
The Story of the Crystal Palace

Originally designed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, then transported to Sydenham and rebuilt and enlarged, the Crystal Palace was a masterpiece. Joseph Paxton created the largest iron and glass building ever constructed and it dominated the London skyline for over 80 years before it was destroyed by fire in 1936.
From an engineer designing underground railways for London Transport to appearing as an actor onstage in pantomime with Julian Clary, Ian Gledhill’s career has been varied and all encompassing.
His love of history and architecture is evident in this presentation.

31 August 2020
Helsinki: Music, Myth, and Art Nouveau

Strangers arriving in Helsinki are often surprised by its architecture — familiar yet strange. Brian Healey shows how, inspired by mythical characters from Finnish legends, art, architecture, music and literature came together in Finland’s quest for nationhood in the late 19th century and helped turn the city into a jewel of art nouveau, but with a distinctly Finnish flavour. Composer Sibelius and artist Gallen-Kallela were inspired by these national ideals. Brian Healey is a professional artist and interior designer, and lectures on art history and art. He guides in museums and towns in Europe.

28 September 2020
Special Half-day Interest — 2 lectures
Emeralds: Romancing the Stone AND 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Patricia LAW

Emeralds have been worn by Royalty, Maharajahs and actresses on the red carpet. Patricia Law will reveal the love for this fascinating stone with stories from around the world. One of the world’s most iconic jewellery brands is the subject of the second lecture. Patricia will show how Tiffany & Co. used an amazing collection of beautiful gemstones to create jewellery which became the epitome of glamour and style. Patricia Law is a Fellow of both the Gemmological Society and Institute of Registered Valuers and has vast experience with valuation, sales and insurance.

26 October 2020

Australian Lecturer

ADFAS Fleurieu members will be notified when details are confirmed.



2 George Main Road, Victor Harbor, South Australia.
Refreshments are served from 9:45am.
Lectures begin at 10:30am and are usually of an hour’s duration.


Membership of ADFAS Fleurieu for 2020 is $130.00 and allows entry to all lectures offered during the year. There is no requirement to book in advance.

There is no additional fee for joining and members who pay their subscription by the due date (this year 31 January 2020) receive a pass which entitles them to bring a guest, at no additional charge, to any one lecture of their choice. It is requested that  those members intending to bring a guest to a particular lecture notify the membership secretary in advance so that adequate seating is guaranteed.


Visitors not on a guest pass are welcome to attend up to two lectures of their choice during the year. Payment at the door is $25 for each lecture. It is requested that prospective visitors notify the membership secretary of their intention to attend so that adequate seating is guaranteed.

Visitors should note that no credit card facilities are available, so a cheque or cash in the exact amount is appreciated.


The membership secretary for ADFAS Fleurieu is Brian Tuffin and the email address for enquires and notification of attendance is adfasfleurieu@gmail.com


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