Mornington Peninsula

Postal Address:

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

Membership Enquiries:

Membership Secretary
Ann Hawker

ABN: 51 654 880 821

Committee 2022

Vicky Davison
0407  810 877

Lilian Pascoe
0437 958 530

Ann Hawker
0412 437 246


ADFAS Mornington Peninsula provides an opportunity for those interested in Arts and Culture to participate in a program of lectures and other events including excursions to Melbourne and beyond in a friendly group.  Members enjoy 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.

The Mornington Peninsula is characterised by unique townships, highly valued green wedge land and areas of national and international conservation significance; and features around 192 km of coastline. It is home to a growing creative community. From the diverse arts and cultural practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to contemporary music, visual and performing arts, festivals, maker markets and more, our creative and cultural sector provides unique opportunities for celebrating our spectacular natural environment and appreciating our shared and different identities, histories, insights and ideas. As such, it represents a significant asset for locals and visitors alike.

Photographer: Ann Hawker


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

Due to circumstances beyond our control, venues for ADFAS MP lectures may vary during 2022.  Please contact us to confirm the venue for any lecture you may wish to attend as a guest. 


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


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


25 February 2022
Music and Stories
Dr Richard Vaudrey
Peninsula Community Theatre, arrive at 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start 

Do great stories inspire great music? Or does great music inspire great stories? Come on a musical journey with Dr Richard Vaudrey as he explores some of the great anecdotal stories from the musical past, as well as an exploration into how the human mind attaches its own stories to the experience of music. Expect some cello, some musical theory for everyone and some great storytelling.

Richard is a cellist, songwriter, composer and educator.  He has had a prolific background in chamber music and performs regularly both as a soloist and collaborator across a multitude of genres including classical, new music, jazz, folk and pop in venues including Carnegie hall, 92Y Tribecca, SubCulture, The Stone, Alice Tully Hall and the Harvey Theatre, BAM.

25 March 2022
Liberty of London
Mr Kenneth Park
Peninsula Community Theatre, arrive at 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start

Liberty is a luxury department store in London, founded in 1875 by Arthur Lasenby Liberty, and housed in a world famous and vast mock Tudor store.  From its opening Liberty has encouraged design and artistic innovation along with fine craftsmanship.  Liberty has championed many creative talents the likes of William Morris, Archibald Knox and Christopher Dresser.  The commitment of Liberty to art and design is recognized around the world.

Kenneth Park works as a freelance lecturer, curator, tour leader, presenter and fundraiser. He is also Curator of Collections at Wesley College Melbourne where he manages an extensive art and archival collection. Kenneth’s wide-ranging studies include fine arts, history, museum studies, political science, industrial relations, and international relations.

27 May 2022
Nora, Stella & Sybil: The Women at War
Mr Gavin Fry

Just three women worked as Official War Artists during World War Two – Nora Heysen, Stella Bowen and Sybil Craig.  They each created a significant body of work, bringing a fresh vision to the official expression of Australia at war.

Gavin Fry is a writer, artist and museum professional with fifty years’ experience working in curatorial and management positions in Australian museums, galleries and educational institutions.  He is the author of twenty-five books on Australian art and history and many catalogue and journal essays.  In retirement Gavin has returned to his art training and exhibits as a painter in Newcastle and Melbourne.   

10 June 2022
Exploring the Sacred in Art & Architecture
Mr Garry Martin

The role of sacred art is to reflect and support the spiritual vision of a particular revelation of the Divine, whether it be Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Islamic or any tradition with an ontological connection to the Divine.  This talk explores how, despite widely differing cultural expressions, sacred art reveals an approach to understanding the creation and the underlying unity of all mankind.

Garry Martin has practiced as an architect in Australia, U.K., Europe and the Middle East combining practice with other key interests in archaeology, art history and philosophy.  He has lectured on Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist architecture at institutions in London and Australia and contributed to publications and exhibitions on architecture, archaeology and philosophy.

8 July 2022
Overview Downunder: Australian Glass
Dr Grace Cochrane AM

This talk considers the origins and processes of Australian studio glass such as flat glass, blowing and casting.  The lecture will also explore significant people along the way, important international influences and events, current developments, and examples of studio glass from around Australia.

Now an independent curator and writer, until 2005 Grace Cochrane was a senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. She is the author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History (NSW University Press, 1992).

5 August 2022
What we can learn about silver from paintings, engravings and illuminated manuscripts.
Mr Jolyon Warwick James

This lecture examines depictions of silver objects, and looks at earlier social habits, customs and behaviour as evidenced in silverware.  It also points out the dangers of relying too heavily on paintings engravings and illuminated manuscripts as a source of accurate information on the function and importance of silverware.

Jolyon Jones is a professional consultant on antique silver, based in Sydney. Educated at London University, he has acted as a lecturer, valuer/appraiser, and adviser on English, European, Colonial and other silver with museums, auction houses, Government bodies, collectors, and educational organisations within Australia and overseas. He has published widely on international silver collections and practices, including a reference manual on Australian gold and silver hallmarks.

Saturday 6 August 2022 – Special interest Morning 10.30am @Beleura House and Garden
Silver – The history of Hallmarking and Style in England 14th to 20th Century 
and   Silver Studies and Identifications
Mr Jolyon Warwick James

Jolyon – a professional consultant on Antique silver – will discuss pieces of Silver from the Beleura collection and identification of individual items brought in by the attending ADFAS members. 

2 September 2022
Madame la Veuve Clicquot: a toast to the Champagne Widow
Mr John Broadley

Barbe-Nicole Clicquot is one of France’s most celebrated women.  From modest beginnings, she developed a small champagne house into a mighty business concern.  Her descendants are among France’s most famous and grandest families.  In this lecture the hectic and complex lives of Madame la Veuve Clicquot and her family will be traced, and her legacy examined in detail. 

John Broadley is a historian of Australian colonial architecture, French culture, and relationships between Australia and Europe.  He holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from Charles Sturt University.  John has worked in conjunction with heritage architects on conservation management programs for numerous significant heritage properties in New South Wales and has published on the historic houses of New South Wales.

30 September 2022
Play Time: Design for Performance
Professor Michael Scott-Mitchell

An educator and practitioner in live performance for over 38 years, Michael will discuss the methodology he uses with students.  In looking at examples of his own work, including stage designs for the Sydney Theatre Company and Opera Australia’s ‘Madame Butterfly’, Michael will also explore how he has evolved as an artist/practitioner.

Arguably the most wide-reaching production Michael has been involved in was the 2000 Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, which was televised worldwide to billions of viewers. His design of the Cauldron & Ceremonial Stage was a major triumph, with the cauldron being lit by the final torchbearer Cathy Freeman.

Saturday 1 October 2022 – Special Interest Morning 10.30am @Beleura House and Garden
Sheikh’n ma tail feathers, ring’n ma bell – Adelaide to Abu Dhabi 
Professor Michael Scott Mitchell

Michael has designed an impressive number of world-renowned productions including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Cauldron. He will discuss these designs, including Madame Butterfly for Opera Australia, the UAE48 National Day Celebrations in Abu Dhabi, parts of World Expo in Dubai, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Christmas season.

11 November 2022
Norman Magnificence in Sicily
Dr Kathleen Olive

In this lecture Kathleen investigates the Islamic and Byzantine models for Sicily’s imposing monuments.  She will consider why the monarchy chose to conflate such disparate aesthetics in its iconography and how this reflected or advanced the power and wealth of the dynasty.

Kathleen Olive is a cultural historian with a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Sydney. She lived and studied in Italy for a number of years, and has taught Italian language, history and culture at the University of Sydney and at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her edition with Nerida Newbigin of the Codex Rustici, a celebrated fifteenth-century manuscript, was the official gift of the Florentine Curia to Pope Francis on his first visit to Florence in 2015.


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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