Blue Mountains (Wentworth Falls)

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Postal Address:

ADFAS Blue Mountains
PO Box 100
Wentworth Falls NSW 2782

ABN: 54 699 436 472

ADFAS Blue Mountains provides a yearly program of nine illustrated lectures for its members and guests. The lectures are given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge of their field. The lectures are held at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts on Friday afternoons at 2 pm and are followed by a delicious home cooked afternoon tea provided by members of the society. Members enjoy many benefits including a considerably cheaper cost per lecture as compared to the amount paid as a visitor.


Committee 2020

Sharryn Ryan
Ph: 0410 580 257

Denise Shoer
Ph: 0417 261 341


Membership Secretary:
Denise Shoer
Ph: 0417 261 341

Membership Enquiries:

Programme for 2020

7 February 2020
A.A. Milne and Winnie the Pooh
Susannah Fullerton

A.A. Milne made his name as a comic writer for Punch, a London playwright, and children’s writer, most famously for Winnie the Pooh. Fullerton will explore the impact of “the bear with the little brain” on Milne and his son Christopher.

20 March 2020
A tale of Two Barbara’s—Barbara Hepworth & Barbara Tribe
Catherine Wallace

This lecture looks at two women sculptors, who made Cornwall their home.
One was a leading light in the Modernist Movement and the other became famous for her semi-abstract works of animals, birds and plants.

7 April 2020
Antarctic—A Global Village
Professor Robert Clancy

Clancy sees maps not only as decorative documents of history, but as a way of understanding the past. This lecture will explore how Antarctica has evolved from a land mass to become the reality of what it is today – a Global Village.

29 May 2020
Phrases and Sayings—the Etymology of the City of London
Alan Read

The English language is rich in idioms
yet seldom do we consider their original
meaning. This lecture will explore that
concept and in particular focusing on the early links of language to the city of London.

26 June 2020
Renaissance Villas and Gardens
Dr Kathleen Olive

Since antiquity Italian villas and their gardens have been designed harmoniously for both agricultural and economic reasons, as well as providing space for intellectual reflection, architectural innovation and aesthetic appreciation.

24 July 2020
Dress Detective: Miss Fisher’s Wardrobe Revealed
Kate Strasdin

This lecture looks at dress in 1920’s Melbourne focussing on Phryne Fisher’s world and the flapper style so synonymous with the decade.

28 August 2020
Packing up the Nation
Dr Caroline Shenton

This lecture will explore the incredible story of a group of heroic curators and others who saved Britain’s national heritage as Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel.

25 September 2020
The Age of Jazz
Sandy Burnett

This lecture covers the early years of Jazz, from a century ago through to the start of the 2nd World War. As a musician, Burnett will draw on his own experience to explore jazz from the inside.

30 October 2020
Urban Noir: Edward Hopper’s Night Hawks
Dr Kathy McLaughlan

This famous painting is one of the iconic images of 20th century urban life. The lecture explores possible reasons for its lasting fascination.


Lectures are held on Fridays at 1.30pm for 2.00pm start.
The School of Arts
Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls
(Parking at rear of hall)


To Join:
Cheque/Money Order:
Payable to ADFAS Blue Mountains Inc.
PO Box 100, Wentworth Falls, NSW 2782

Payment Options:
Early bird special (valid up to 13th December 2019) $140 annual membership
$150 full annual membership
Visitors $30 per lecture
Pension card holders (must show card on day of lecture) $25
Members of other ADFAS Societies $10

Direct Deposit:
Account name: ADFAS Blue Mountains Inc.
BSB: 633000  Account: 145276374
(Please quote your name as transaction reference)
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