Mornington Peninsula

Postal Address:

ADFAS Mornington Peninsula
PO Box 572
112 Main Street
Mornington VIC 3931

Membership Enquiries:

Membership Secretary
Vicky Davison 0407 810 877

ABN: 51 654 880 821

ADFAS Mornington Peninsula provides for its members an annual program of nine illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their expert knowledge of their chosen subject, and their communication skills. Half-day sessions are also held when topics are examined in more detail.


Mornington Peninsula Community Theatre
Wilsons Road, Mornington
Followed by light refreshments.


Annual subscription is $155 single, $290 for couples for nine lectures.


Guests of members and visitors are most welcome.
Please book with the Bookings Secretary: Glad Hungerford 03 9787 2092
Cost per lecture $30

Committee 2021

Peter McGinley
0418 311 827

Lilian Pascoe
0437 958 530

Jan Getson
0407 388 445

Membership Secretary:
Vicky Davison
0407 810 877


26 February 2021
Music and Icebergs – Everything you’ve been missing beneath the surface of the music you love
Dr Richard Vaudrey

Richard Vaudrey examines what lies beneath great musical composition across a multitude of genres from Bach to The Beatles and beyond.

26 March 2021
Two Women paint the French Revolution
Professor Peter McPhee AM

Two of the most prestigious and talented portraitists of the late eighteenth century were Adélaïde Labille-Guillard and Elizabeth Vignée-Lebrun. This lecture outlines the lives and brilliant achievements of these two extraordinary women.

7 May 2021
The Art of Dining- A Culinary Revolution in the Time of Marius Petipa
Dr Iain Buckland

In this lecture Iain Buckland discusses the culinary revolution that swept nineteenth century European society, providing an intimate and delicious perspective on the life and times of Petipa.

11 June 2021
The World is a Book – Great Libraries and the Grand Tour
Shane Carmody

The lecture explores the libraries of Samuel Pepys, Thomas Coke, First Earl of Leicester and Sir John Soane to unfold the way English imagining of Europe changed over two centuries helping to lay the foundations of a great empire.

2 July 2021
My Grandfather’s Clock; Heirlooms and Family History
Professor Graeme Davison OAM

When Graeme Davison inherited his grandfather’s clock, little did he suspect that it would take him on an intriguing journey of discovery of his ancestral history.

August Online Lecture
Tantrums and Tiaras
Nigel Bates

This lecture explores life backstage at London’s Royal Opera House and the tribulations and triumphs of working with The Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet companies. Nigel will look at the way artistic inspirations, the people involved and the very special Victorian building function together to create world-class opera and ballet in a unique environment.

27 August 2021
Modern Art and Modern Love – John and Sunday Reed
Kendrah Morgan

The Melbourne art benefactors, John and Sunday Reed, champions of modernism in all its forms and catalysing figures for successive generations of Australian artists will be discussed in this lecture. Today John and Sunday are widely recognised for the influential role they played in the development of Australian art.

1 October 2021
From Minneapolis to Merricks – the Rise and Role of the Modern Sculpture Park
Geoffrey Edwards

In his lecture Geoffrey Edwards gives an account of the creation from the mid twentieth century onwards of public and private sculpture parks in Europe, the US and Japan including recent and remarkable examples in New Zealand and Australia.

5 November 2021
Oscar Wilde
Susannah Fullerton OAM

Wilde’s genius as a raconteur and coiner of epigrams made him the most quoted man in London. He translated his genius into stories, plays, poems and a novel and gained a place amongst the great Victorian writers. Susan Fullerton will discuss Wilde’s extraordinary life story, his fall from fame and the creation of his great works of literature.


Visits to museums, galleries, gardens, private collections and places of architectural or artistic interest are also arranged.

Volunteer Guides and Heritage Volunteers

Members of ADFAS Mornington Peninsula have the opportunity to become volunteer guides at Beleura-House-Garden conducting tours of the house and garden, or heritage volunteers archiving, researching and conserving the collections. Mr John Tallis bequeathed this beautifully refurbished Italianate villa to the people of Victoria as a place of historic and educational interest in 1996.

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