Molonglo Plains (Queanbeyan)

Postal Address:

ADFAS Molonglo Plains
PO Box 1005
Queanbeyan NSW 2620

ABN: 23 803 895 180

An electronic version of this form is available. Please email the Membership Secretary at

ADFAS Molonglo Plains was established in 2014 reaching out to those rural and regional members providing afternoon lectures. We will begin the year at the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) Bicentennial Hall, Queanbeyan but may return to the Kangaroo’s Club in Queanbeyan when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

As UK lecturers will not be able to travel to Australia in 2021 due to current worldwide Covid-19 conditions we have sourced an excellent collection of Australian based lecturers. We bring to our members 8 lectures from lecturers who are experienced arts professionals presenting informal, illustrated lectures which explain and entertain.

Molonglo Plains continue to support the annual ADFAS scholarship to a conservator, as part of our contribution to our national ADFAS heritage preservation programme.

Committee 2021

Lucy Costas
Ph: 0437 538 529

Vice Chairman:
Nan Morphett
Ph: 0430 063 020

Susie Ryrie
Ph: 0419 691 505

Helen Paterson
Ph: 0438 627 057

Membership Secretary:
Chris Costas
Ph: 0412 456 527

Membership Enquiries:


ADFAS Molonglo Plains, in conjunction with the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council, COVID tracing registration rules for the Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall .
All members and visitors must electronically register upon entering the hall. This can be done by:
* Installing the Service NSW app on your smartphone and scanning the Services NSW QR code when entering the foyer, or
* Requesting a committee member to register your attendance on the dedicated iPad installed in the foyer.

4 March 2021
Art and Music in Vienna 1900: one era ends, another begins.

Roland, born in Belgium, has been an active contributor to the Australian music scene for over 30 years as a conductor, pianist, and Artistic Director including Opera Australia & The Australian Chamber Orchestra. He transformed the Song Company into one of Australia’s most innovative ensembles.  Since 2015 Roland has been the Director of the Canberra International Music Festival.

By 1900 Vienna represented the central canon of Western music and art, from symphony to waltz, to wallpaper and painting. Rather than succumb under the weight of its tradition, Vienna’s cultural melting pot found new ways of unlocking the secrets of human expression in order to see beyond image and hear beyond melody. Consternation and scandal followed but also popular success and enduring change.

15 April 2021
The Artwork and Handwritten Journals of the First Fleet

Emeritus Curator at the State Library of NSW Paul worked with the Mitchell Library’s Australian Collection for 40 years.

Of the approximately 1400 people who arrived on the First Fleet of 1787 -88, the journals of only 11 have survived. Emeritus Curator Paul Brunton explains how these journals, written by men of different ranks, each offer a unique perspective on the voyage and the first years here.

27 May 2021
The Art of Peacekeeping: from the Australian War Memorial Art Collection

For over fifteen years Fran has volunteered as a guide at the Australian War Memorial. She has developed a keen appreciation for art works in the collection and the role they play in sharing with visitors the Australian experience of war.

The Art of Peacekeeping. Australia has made a continuous contribution to Peacekeeping since 1947. In this lecture Fran will peruse some of the works of art from the Australian War Memorial’s collection and examine the way in which they reveal aspects of our involvement in various peacekeeping deployments. Two of the artists whose works we will learn of are Rick Amor and Wendy Sharpe.

17 June 2021
Fragile Beauty in a Changing Climate
Sharon FIELD

Sharon is a multi-award winning botanical artist. Her work has been recognised Internationally by The Society of Botanical Artists in the UK and with an award from The American Society of Botanical Artists.

As our world becomes saturated with multimedia and instant gratification, we can easily lose touch with the tactile and intricate … recording the detailed and fragile beauty of the natural world becomes more important. Sharon Field will have original artworks and accompanying visual diaries related to this theme available for viewing at this lecture.

22 July 2021
The Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte

John is a heritage consultant, historian and author. He studied, and taught, French, German and Japanese. His Bachelor of Arts was followed by a Bachelor of Letters writing his thesis on the French novelist Marcel Proust. John also has a Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage. A devoted Francophile, John is passionate about French architecture and culture, spending time in France just to research his French based lecture topics.

The construction of this jewel of French châteaux, completed in 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet in honour of King Louis XIV, led to the owner being jailed for the remainder of his life and the confiscation of the château by Louis XIV. This lecture will look at Nicolas Fouquet, the rivalries that led to his downfall, and subsequent owners and occupants of the château. The lecture will include a visual tour of the château and how the current owners deal with managing one of the most significant privately-owned estates of Europe.

16 September 2021
Insights and exploration in Contemporary Glass
Harriet SCHWARZROCK and Matthew CURTIS
This lecture is to be presented in an internet Webinar format where you are able to watch a normal lecture presentation and interact with the lecturer from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Harriet graduated from Sydney College of the Arts Glass Studio with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours. She says, “in my artistic practice, I am drawn to the intrinsic complexity and æsthetic beauty of biological forms…captivated by the rhythms and cadence of the process of blowing glass.” Matthew’s early tuition occurred at the Sydney Denizen Glass Studio of Robert Wynne, a pioneer of studio glass in Australia. Both have exhibited and presented Artist Talks in many locations across USA, Europe and Australia. They work from their Curtis Glass Studios in Queanbeyan.

The ancient art of glassmaking has evolved through the centuries. In this lecture they will show us the techniques and inspirations they use today, to produce glass art that is startlingly different in production and effect. They will share their experiences in developing sculptural work for exhibition, from inspiration, to process, to production, including chemistry and alchemy.

28 October 2021
Japan Diary: a Modern Day Pilgrimage

Tim graduated from the National Art School in Sydney with a Diploma of Interior Design and his career has flowed into many artistic spaces since. Tim has shown numerous individual exhibitions of paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures. He also creates 3D designs of buildings, graphic designs for publications and writes poetry. “The Poetry of Space”, mounted by the Orange Regional Gallery in 2015 was a major survey of 35 years of Tim’s work.

This lecture is of Tim’s journey through ancient and modern Japan, along the Tokaido Road between Tokyo and Kyoto which, in the Edo Period 1600-1868 was 500 kilometres long.  Tim retraces the steps along the Tokaido, of the famous Japanese artist Ando Hiroshige, who published a series of colour woodcuts in 1833. Tim’s own prints and photos illustrating his modern-day re-enactment of the journey, along with some technical items used in lino cutting and printing will be displayed.

November 2021 – Date TBA
The Evolution of Chinese Furniture

Roger’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Asia Studies from the Australian National University was followed by an exchange scholarship to the Shanghai International Studies University. In the 1990’s Roger worked in Beijing, and it was here his interest and passion for Chinese furniture developed. Researching the history, craftsmanship, traditional designs and conservation of antique Chinese furniture.

Roger’s lecture will be a fast-paced exploration of traditional Chinese furniture from its earliest times to the modern day. Examining how furniture developed, the key characteristics of traditional furniture and its impact on lifestyle. The talk will look at how Chinese furniture influenced western design including the reasons behind its popularity in the late 20th century.


ADFAS Molonglo Plains lectures are currently held at the QPRC Bicentennial Hall, Queanbeyan on Thursdays at 2 pm followed by afternoon tea.
Parking is at the Q Theatre parking accessed from Lowe Street or Rutledge Street and the Hall is situated beyond the Q Theatre towards Crawford Street.


Annual subscription is $100 single membership and $180 for partners membership
Entry is by membership name badge.


To Membership Secretary:
Chris Costas
Ph: 0412 456 527 or


Visitors are most welcome.
The visitors fee is $25 per person with prior notice to the Membership Secretary.
Visitor gift vouchers are also available.