Murray River (Albury / Wodonga)

Postal Address:

ADFAS Murray River
P.O. Box 1418

ABN: 54 768 939 861

ADFAS Murray River was established in 2010 and is centred in Albury Wodonga. We provide a programme of illustrated lectures covering a wide range of topics for our members. Lecturers are chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.

It is unclear whether we will have a Covid-19 safe venue for Australian lecturers in 2021, though this will be organised if it becomes possible, later in the year.

All our 2021 overseas lecturers will provide digital lecture options for members both old and new.


Committee 2021

David Martin
02 6041 2777 or 0425 223 715

Fiona Watson

Tony Keys

Leanne Wheaton


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Programme for 2021

8 March 2021
Painting the Light: Joaquin Sorolla
Dr. Jacqueline Cockburn (Digital)

The life and times of this extraordinary Spanish artist is explored. He lived from 1863 to 1923. His most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the bright sunlight of Spain and sunlit water.

Jacqueline Cockburn is Managing Director of Art and Culture Andalucia. Her Art History degree and PhD were taken at London University and her specialist field is Spanish Art. She lectures at notable institutions in England and is an author.

24 May 2021
Jane Gardiner (Digital) 

The opening up of trade routes between Europe and Far East early 17th century led to a craze for all things Oriental, particularly porcelain and lacquer work that had an enormous impact on European taste, collecting and display. European designers were inspired to produce goods whimsical and sometimes fantastic and thoroughly European based on an Oriental theme, which affected every branch of interior design and decoration throughout the eighteenth century.

Jane Gardiner has an MA History of Art from London University. She trained at the Victoria and Albert Museum and continues to lecture there.  She was a senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art for 17 years, becoming a Deputy Director.

26 July 2021
Art Nouveau Architecture around the World
Ian Gledhill (Digital)

This lecture looks at the origins and astonishing flowering of this highly decorative style that flourished briefly around 1900 and shows the influence the style had in different countries, including Britain, Austria, Latvia Belgium, France and America.

Ian Gledhill began his career as an engineer, designing extensions to the London Underground.  However, most of his working life has been spent in the theatre, mainly in opera and musical theatre, as a director, set designer and opera translator. Ian has over 20yrs experience in giving talks on a wide range of subjects and is an accredited Arts Society lecturer. 

23 August 2021
A photographic odyssey: Shackleton’s Endurance expedition captured on camera
Mark Cottle (Digital) 

During Ernest Shackleton’s third Antarctic expedition in 1914, his ship, the Endurance, was trapped and eventually crushed in the pack ice.  After camping for five months on the ice, Shackleton’s men rowed to the remote Elephant Island.  From there, Shackleton sailed for help to South Georgia over 800 miles away. Over three months later he returned to rescue the crew of the Endurance.

Frank Hurley, one of the great photographers of the 20th century, was the expedtion’s official photographer.  His photographs are a visual narrative of an epic journey which capture with great artistry new and amazing landscapes within which a remarkable human drama is played out.

Mark Cottle was born on the Isles of Scilly and educated at Truro School, Cornwall, and Birmingham University. Mark’s career has been spent in education and training at home and abroad.  He has lectured at Exeter College on Medieval and Tudor history, St Mark’s & St John’s University College, Plymouth, and at Bath University on Anglo Saxon and medieval England.

20 September 2021
The Amadeus Myth: Mozart and his World – Culture and Society in Late 18th Century Vienna
Sandy Burnett (Digital)

Classical music reached a peak of perfection in Vienna during the last three decades of the 18th century, an era in which every household worth its salt had a Kapelle or band of musicians to keep everyone entertained. The refined discourse of the string quartet was held to be the highest form of musical art; the elegant interplay of its various string instruments likened by Goethe to “four intelligent people conversing”. This illustrated lecture examines the perfect storm of circumstances that made this era possible.

Sandy Burnett is one of the UK’s most authoritative broadcasters in the field of classical music. His broadcasts, interviews, and lectures are all underpinned by the practical understanding that comes from his busy life as a practising musician.

1 November 2021
Phrases and sayings – The etymology of the city of London
Alan Read (Digital)

The English language is rich in idioms, phrases and sayings which are part of everyday speech yet seldom do we consider their original meanings. This is an exploration of historical etymology, often traceable to the City of London. Even if you have to ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’ and it’s ‘raining cats and dogs’ you’d be ‘barking mad’ to miss this lecture.

Alan Read holds a master’s and first-class honours degree in History of Art from Birkbeck College, London.  He is a gallery guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery and for Frieze Masters and regularly lectures at the NPG, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery and other galleries in the UK. He also works as a London Blue Badge Guide and a City of London Guide.


All lectures will be digital until our venue becomes available for members.


Current members have their 2020 membership rolled over for 2021. For new members, membership for 2021 is half price at $90.



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