Postal Address:

ADFAS Mudgee
PO Box 268
Mudgee, NSW 2850

Membership Enquiries:

ABN: 38 303 378 600

ADFAS Mudgee provides for its members a yearly programme of illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.

Committee 2021

Peter Windeyer
Ph: (0427 260 348)

Catherine Williams
Ph: (0419 242 535)


This year we are especially pleased to include a Classic Movie Weekend in July. Join us throughout the year to hear excellent Australian lecturers who are at the forefront of their respective subjects. ADFAS Mudgee has a full COVID Safe Safety Plan registered with the NSW Government.

7 May 2021
6.00pm – Mudgee Public School Hall
Private art patronage in contemporary Japan
Dr Kathleen OLIVE

Anyone who visits Japan knows of the nation’s extraordinary appreciation for art: year in, year out, art exhibitions in Japan draw some of the world’s highest visitor numbers. From the 20th century, government funding for acquisitions has continued to drop, not a uniquely Japanese phenomenon, so private collections and corporate art museums have become ever more important.

From an extraordinary passion project at the Itchiku Kubota Kimono Museum, to the refined tastes of gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada and the innovation and renewal of Naoshima’s Benesse Art Site, this presentation explores different manifestations of private art patronage in contemporary Japan.

Dr Kathleen Olive is a literary and cultural historian with a PhD from the University of Sydney. For a number of years she worked as a lecturer at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney, teaching Italian language, literature and history. In 2015, the edition of the Codex Rustici (an astonishing illustrated record of Florentine goldsmith Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici’s, journey to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on which Kathleen’s worked for her doctoral studies) was presented to Pope Francis on his first official visit to Florence.

Kathleen now works with Academy Travel, leading tours to Italy Spain, France, Turkey, Japan and the United States. She has a strong personal interest in the visual arts, interior design, fashion history and contemporary fiction.

4 June 2021  
6.00pm – Mudgee Public School Hall
The Australian landscape from Glover to Olsen 

It’s often said that the Australian landscape – its colours, the intensity of light, the strange forms of its mountains and flora – posed unique problems for artists trained in a European tradition. But the history of Australian landscape painting is far more complex. In this lecture Dr Nick Gordon shows how Australian landscape painters helped craft ideas of Australianness, from a specifically Australian national identity in the 19th century to a confident cosmopolitanism in the 1960s.

Dr Nick Gordon holds a University Medal and PhD in history from the University of Sydney. He taught Medieval and Renaissance history at the University of Sydney, the history of political thought at the University of Western Sydney.and architectural and Australian history elsewhere. He continues to lecture on topics ranging from Classical Rome through to Australian and contemporary art for ADFAS, and others.

Nick designs and leads study, residential and art-focussed tours, for Academy Travel in Europe and Australia including trips focussing on the Venice Biennale, Art Along the Rhine, Art Basel, Van Eyck to Van Gogh and Contemporary Art in Melbourne studios, private collections and the National Gallery of Victoria triennial. Nick is also a practising painter whose firsthand experience of materials and the processes of creating artworks complements his academic expertise and his well-practiced eye for reading art.

9 July 2021
6.00pm – Mudgee Town Hall Theatre
My Brilliant Career
1979 Directed Gillian Armstrong
Starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill

MY BRILLIANT CAREER (35MM)  01 July 1979      Review – Public Exhibition 
The content is very mild in impact

A young woman dreaming of something greater than provincial life is a familiar narrative trajectory, but My Brilliant Career is the seminal work; the grandmother of feminist narratives, built around a character whose determination to live independent of societal expectations took place in a time well before the struggle for women’s rights became a movement.

There’s no wonder My Brilliant Career is cited as a milestone in Australian feminist cinema. It is a powerful rumination on atavistic Australia, sexism and classism, and a sensitive portrait of a woman destined to think outside the box. Sybilla’s artistic aspirations keep the film relevant and broadly accessible.

My Brilliant Career is staunchly unconventional. The film itself is a kind of free spirit, and one that has made an indelible print on Australian cinema.

The Guardian 2014

10 July 2021
6.00pm – Mudgee Town Hall Theatre
Picnic at Hanging Rock
1975 Directed Peter Weir
Starring Helen Morse and Anne Louise Lambert

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (35MM)         01 August 1975              Review – Public Exhibition
The content is very mild in impact

On Saturday 14th February 1900, a party of schoolgirls from Appleyard College picnicked at Hanging Rock near Mt. Macedon in the state of Victoria.

During the afternoon several members of the party disappeared without trace….

6 August 2021
6.00pm – Mudgee Public School Hall
Telling Our Stories – Images and ideas in Three Waves of Australian Film

Australian film rose to the world’s attention as a distinctive cinema in the 1970s and early 80s with a series of beautifully shot and performed period dramas such as Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975), My Brilliant Career (Armstrong, 1979), and Breaker Morant (Beresford, 1980). These films created a lyrical and bittersweet image of Australia for the world. A decade later “The Glitter Cycle”, created a very different image, this one covered in sequins. Strictly Ballroom (Luhrmann, 1992) Muriel’s Wedding (P.J. Hogan, 1994) and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliot, 1994) painted Australia as rambunctious and gleefully spectacular with their stories of individuals prepared to overthrow colonial etiquette and dance the night way. Box office success and critical acclaim have been somewhat elusive since the 90s, but we are now experiencing a new wave of attention from local and international critics and audiences for the distinctive work of Indigenous filmmakers. Not exactly lyrical and bittersweet, though these qualities may be present, and not glittery and rambunctious though fun and sequins may appear, Samson and Delilah (Thornton, 2009) and The Sapphires (Blair, 2012) and Mystery Road (Sen, 2013) offer complex, poetic, images of Australia generated by strong, self assured voices with something to say to the world. This lecture will look at examples from these three ‘waves’ of Australian Cinema and consider the different ways our film industry tells ‘our stories’ and projects an image of Australia to the world.

Dr Karen Pearlman is senior lecturer in Screen Production at Macquarie University and the Co-Director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company. Karen is a former President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild, an active member and Two-time winner of Best Editing Awards from the ASE, as well as an Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Award for best short fiction and numerous other nominations and film festival awards. For six years Head of Screen Studies at Australian Film, Television and Radio School, she was also a member of the editorial board of Lumina, the Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Business.

Before taking up filmmaking, editing and film studies, Karen had a distinguished career as a professional dancer and director of two dance companies. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UTS, two MAs – one from UTS and one from AFTRS, and a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

3 September 2021
6.00pm – Mudgee Public School Hall
Three Artists in East Timor
Gavin FRY

Australia has had a long and complex involvement with the former Dutch colony of Timor. Three very different artists have worked there, bringing back images of conflict and Australian service. Eric Thake ventured to Timor on behalf of the RAAF in 1945, to be followed a generation later by Rick Amor and Wendy Sharpe. They all produced work at once very personal, but also telling of Australia’s role in conflict.

Born in Melbourne, but now resident in the Hunter Valley of NSW, Gavin Fry is an artist, writer and museum professional. He is the author of twenty-five books on Australian art and history and multiple catalogue and journal essays. The themes he works on relate to his previous work, especially as Senior Curator of Art at the Australian War Memorial, Deputy Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum and Director of Newcastle Museum.

In retirement Gavin has returned to painting and exhibits in Newcastle and Melbourne. Gavin holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts [Hons] and Master of Arts from Monash University and Master of Philosophy from Leicester University.         

8 October 2021
6.00pm – Mudgee Public School Hall
Miles Franklin: A Brilliant Career?
Paul Brunton

Miles Franklin (1879-1954) is best known as the author of the wonderfully rebellious novel My Brilliant Career, first published in 1901 when she was 21. It was a huge success and made her a literary star. She left Australia in 1906 and worked in America with the National Women’s Trade Union League and in Britain with the National Housing and Town Planning Council.

In 1932 she returned to Australia and plunged into the local literary scene with gusto. When she published All That Swagger in 1936, it was My Brilliant Career all over again and Miles was again a celebrity. She was in demand as a radio broadcaster and everyone spoke of her vitality and wit. On her death in 1954, she left her Estate to fund the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Franklin was vibrant, an astute critic, with a huge capacity for life. But not far below the surface was a “creeping melancholy” and a sense of failure which was revealed to few. In her mind, she had never fulfilled the promise held out to her following her first publication, My Brilliant Career.

Former Mitchell Library Senior Curator, Paul Brunton has specialised in Australiana and Manuscripts. His work for the State Library of NSW has included editing and publication of the journals of Australia’s early colonial pioneer explorers, scientists, writers and governors and curating exhibitions for the Library from its massive archives. Paul’s extensive research of journals, logbooks, letters, paintings and illustrations has brought to new audiences the fascinating stories behind James Cook and Joseph Banks’ journeys on HMB Endeavour; William Bligh’s on HMS Bounty, 1787-1789 and his vilification later as the deposed Governor in the Rum Rebellion; of the extraordinary lives of Matthew Flinders, Charles Darwin, Miles Franklin, Henry Lawson and others as well as the early interpretations of the continent by Dutch map makers and French painters voyaging the Pacific in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

In 2003, Paul was awarded the Centenary of Federation medal for services to libraries. He has lectured to ADFAS societies regularly over many years.

26 November 2021
6.00pm – Mudgee Public School Hall
Annual General Meeting and From Gambling Chips to Imperial Jewels
Charlotte NATTEY 

The Romanov dynasty ruled for 300 odd years and during this time amassed an incredible array of magnificent jewels. After the revolution many were disposed of, some by the new communist government and others which had been saved by the aristocratic refugees were sold in order to be able to live in what were now straightened circumstances. The Bolsheviks kept some pieces that they considered historically important and these are on display today in the Diamond Repository on the Kremlin, Moscow. Over the succeeding years other pieces have appeared and all create enormous interest on the international market. There are many incredible stories about these jewels and gemstones – from the Imperial Regalia to more personal items and we will look at some of these jewels and stories in this lecture.

Educated in the UK, Charlotte Nattey studied art and music in Florence. Her interests encompass the fields of decorative & fine arts, antiques, gardens, music and fashion, with a fascination for design and its influence on our lives.

Charlotte is a design graduate of St. Martins School of Art, London, majoring in fashion and dress. She has lived in Rome and London working as a designer in the couture dress trade for “Fernanda Gattinoni”, Belinda Belville and Spectator Sports and as a freelance dress designer for Simonetta, Pucci and other couture houses, as well as for major fashion houses in Sydney.

She is a former chairman of ADFAS and a regular lecturer for ADFAS and others, notably including the National Museum of Australia where Charlotte gave her talk Fashion and Fortune during the Gold and Civilization Exhibition in 2001. Charlotte has developed and maintains her own business, importing antique jewellery and antique sterling silver between UK and Australia.


Events will be held monthly from May to November in the Mudgee Public School Hall (entrance in Denison Street, Mudgee) Films will be shown in Mudgee Town Hall.

In both venues the starting time is 6.00pm sharp. Please arrive early to allow time for COVID19 registration.

Car Parking is available on-street for lectures at Mudgee Public School and films at Mudgee Town Hall. Disabled access is available in both venues, with limited car parking on site at the school. At the Town Hall, lift access is available off the Western Lane.


In 2021 the annual subscription is $135 for a single person, $250 for a couple and students are free


Guests are welcome to attend for $25 per session. Members of other ADFAS Societies pay $10 a session. Film tickets for Non-members will be $15 subject to availability.


Email: or PO Box 268, Mudgee NSW 2850.