Select Society

ABN: 49 917 925 347

ADFAS Camden 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. Two special interest evenings are also offered when topics can be examined in more detail.

Committee 2019

Carla Hill
Ph: (02 4655 9724)

Vice Chairman:
Gaylene Feld
Ph: (0417 659 587)

Linda Inglis
PO Box 146 CAMDEN 2570
Ph: (0428 825 386)


Pamela Hartley
Ph: (0412 311 194)

Membership Secretary:
Susan Zamudio
Ph: (0499 636 885)

Membership Enquiries:

Programme for 2019

Saturday 9th March

THOMAS CHIPPENDALE: The Creation of British Style

Hilary KAY (Independent Lecturer)

Hilary is a British antiques expert, lecturer, broadcaster and author, best known for her many appearances on BBC TV’s Antiques Road Show. Her numerous other television appearances included presenting a BBC One landmark series ‘Brilliantly British’ which explored the lives of Thomas Chippendale, Josiah Wedgewood and William Morris.

Design styles are generally named after monarchs – Elizabethan, Victorian, Edwardian – although it is Thomas Chippendale, a craftsman from a humble family whose name is given to a definitive style of British furniture. Today, Chippendale furniture can realise millions of pounds but in his lifetime Chippendale experienced successes and disasters and he died a pauper. This is his extraordinary rags to rags story.

Saturday 6th April


Dr Rodna SIEBELS, PhD, MA, BA, Dip Ed

Rodna, an historian and Egyptologist has participated in field work recording the Old Kingdom tombs at El Hawawish, near Sohag in Middle Egypt. Her PhD thesis was on Agriculture on Old Kingdom Tomb Decoration: An analysis of Wall Paintings and inscriptions. She has contributed to several Egyptology publications and is an ADFAS lecturer.

This lecture covers a less well-known aspect of Napoleon’s military campaign to Egypt in 1798. Accompanying the army was a team of 160-plus scholars from a wide range of disciplines, whose mission was to record every aspect of Egypt – from monuments, daily life, plants and animals, to birds and insects. The results of their endeavours were published progressively from 1809 to 1827, in ten large folio volumes and two anthologies, leading to greatly increased interest in Egypt, and ultimately to the establishment of Egyptology.  In the following years there was great rivalry between the French ex-Consul-General to Egypt, Drovetti and the British Consul-General, Henry Salt, over the collection of Egyptian antiquities for the Louvre and British Museums. We will conclude with the misadventures of the former circus strongman, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, who was Salt’s Agent in Egypt.



Martin HEARD (The Arts Society)

The Empress Joséphine Bonaparte (1763-1814) is best known as the first wife and consort of Napoleon. However, she is a highly significant figure in her own right in the world of post-Revolutionary and Napoleonic France for her extensive patronage of the arts and fashion.

Lecture 1: Will introduce us to Joséphine in the context of history, her relationship with Napoleon; her patronage of artists and the decorative arts; the British satirical prints that used her to attack Napoleon.

Lecture 2: Will introduce us to the Château de Malmaison, and Joséphine’s impressive art collection.  The Chateau was bought in April 1799 by Joséphine de Beauharnais for herself and her husband, General Napoléon Bonaparte, the future Napoleon I of France, at that time away fighting the Egyptian Campaign.

Saturday 1st June

1066 AND ALL THAT: The Bayeux Tapestry – what does it really depict?

Martin HEARD (The Arts Society)

Martin studied History of Art at Manchester University and now devotes his time to researching mainly English eighteenth and late nineteenth century French art and architecture.

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of Europe’s best-known treasures and also one of the greatest works of art from the medieval period. Its survival almost intact over nine centuries is little short of miraculous. Embroidered on linen cloth and using woollen thread, its brilliant colours are undimmed after nearly a thousand years. It is monumental and highly intricate. It is a depiction of the events relating to the struggle for the succession to the English throne from 1064, culminating at the Battle of Hastings in October 1066. The Tapestry itself is in its own right an historical source of the first order, not only for the political crises of these years but also for the social history of eleventh-century life. However, the Tapestry and what it seems to depict still invite speculation, scholarly debate and controversy.

Saturday 29th June


Jennifer BOWKER BVA (Hons)

Jennifer has been working with textiles since receiving her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from ANU, Canberra. She has lived for a total of eleven years in Arab and Islamic countries. The influence of the Middle East can be seen in her lectures and subject matter.

Jenny spent one month teaching in Iran for the Ministry of Education. She will speak about sewing in this fascinating and almost closed society, and the richness of patterning innate to the culture of the Persian people. The course was designed to work from Islamic pattern rather than anything identified with the west.

Saturday 27th July

BREECHES, BONNETS and BAGS: British Fashion in Art through the Centuries

Rosalind WHYTE MA, MA, BA (Hons) (The Arts Society)

Rosalind Whyte is a Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy and lectures frequently at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.  She leads Art Appreciation holidays and has been a guest speaker on many cruises.

Portraits provide a fascinating insight into the changing styles of dress over the centuries. This lecture follows the different fashions as revealed in paintings, looking at dress and accessories, and some of the more ridiculous styles of fashion from the 16th century to the 19th century. In times when Sumptuary Laws prescribed what you could wear, according to your status in society, fashion was much less of a personal choice and more a reflection of social standing.  The colour of your clothing or a plunging neckline could mark you out as belonging to a particular class.

Whilst the ordinary working folk might have longed for a wardrobe full of reds, purples and golds (or, indeed, for a wardrobe at all!), their ‘superiors’ may well have envied them their ability to move freely in their clothes, without the restrictions of ruffs, stuffed sleeves, enormous petticoats, or headdresses the size of small animals … sometimes also containing small animals!

Friday 30th August –


From SAMARKAND to the TAJ MAHAL: Central Asia and the Great Mughals

Sue ROLLIN (The Arts Society)

Around the turn of the 15C, Tamerlane, the last of the great nomad conquerors, swept across Asia in an orgy of destruction. Tamerlane was ruthless and brutal, but he was also intelligent and cultured and endowed his capital Samarkand and other cities of his native land with splendid monuments.  What Tamerlane began his successors continued – art, architecture, science and literature flourished, and Central Asia under the Timurids experienced a Golden Age.

Over 2 sessions we will explore Tamerlane’s imperial capital Samarkand as well as his birthplace Shahr-i Sabz across the mountains, where he built a colossal palace.  We visit other great Central Asian cities and then we travel with Prince Babur through Afghanistan and across the Hindu Kush into India. We take a tour of the splendid art and architecture of four imperial cities of Mughal India (Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Lahore) and catch a glimpse of life and ceremony at the glittering courts of the last of the ‘Great Mughals’.  We explore pavilions and palaces of sandstone and white marble, magnificent mosques, fountains and pleasure gardens, culminating in the Taj Mahal, one of the loveliest buildings ever created by the hand of man.

Saturday 31st August


Sue ROLLIN (The Arts Society)

Archaeologist, interpreter and lecturer, Sue Rollin’s linguistic repertoire includes three ancient Near-Eastern languages and several modern European ones. She has taught at UCL, SOAS and Cambridge University and interpreted for the EU and UN. With Jane Streetly she has written two books, Blue Guide: Jordan, as well as Istanbul: A Travellers’ Guide.

Constantinople and Istanbul, two names for one city, which straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, Byzantine imperial capital for 1000 years then capital city of the Ottoman Turks.  Minarets and domes of Turkish mosques dominate the skyline, the waters of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus lap its shores. A stroll through the streets reveals the city’s diverse and magnificent heritage.  Byzantine churches with colourful mosaics, Ottoman mosques with beautiful tilework, the luxurious palaces of the sultans, elegant fountains, bathhouses and bustling covered markets make Istanbul one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

28th September


Anthony RUSSELL (The Arts Society)

Anthony Russell – cultural historian, writer and artist, combines painting with tour lecturing. He also spent six years as a consultant for Luke Hughes advising on the furniture needs of prestigious buildings throughout Britain, including museums, palaces, schools and cathedrals. At the British Museum, he runs outreach events.

Following the National Gallery of London’s exhibition of the same title, this lecture gives a heady mixture of ‘superstar’ painter, immensely rich patrons on the move and a city whose modern face hides behind a romantic mask. Though some were little better than modern hooligans, many a grand tourist was highly sophisticated and had a lasting impact on Venice and how it is perceived today. These are magical paintings by an Italian artist greatly influenced by British taste and Britain boasts the greatest collection of his works, both in public and private hands. While these views depict a serene dreamland, and have always been highly prized, Venice is now in serious trouble and needs a truly global cooperation to save it from sinking forever.  

26th October

FORTY SHADES of GREEN! The Gardens of Ireland

Dr Tom DUNCAN, PhD, MA (The Arts Society)

Tom Duncan studied History of Art and Ancient History & Classical Archaeology and has lectured widely to heritage and artistic organisations, nationally and internationally, for many years. He regularly leads tours including Ireland, Italy, the Middle East and tours to leading musical and opera festivals.

The history of gardening in Ireland broadly reflects the changes in Irish society over the past few hundred years. Centuries of military conflict give way to an era of peace and prosperity with outbreaks of temperament as new social classes and mores displace those apparently entrenched.  

There are no Irish gardens of note extant before the late seventeenth century. Formal gardening in the French manner was carried on, but only Kilruddery survives in magnificent isolation. English classical gardening styles were carried on, but again, little survives of gardens such as those created by Dean and Mrs. Delany at Delville. The broad and simplified landscape sweep of ‘Capability’ Brown did indeed find enthusiasts, such as the Duke of Leinster at Carton, but it was the more wild and romantic landscape style of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries which found a ready welcome.  Twentieth century gardening was something practiced quietly, in private, reflecting the polarised nature of Irish society after World War I. Nonetheless, great advances were made at every level. This has culminated in recent years with a true renaissance of gardens and gardening: old gardens restored, new gardens created, none more so than in Helen Dillon’s marvellous garden in Dublin.


All lectures are held at Carrington Recreation Centre, Carrington Centennial Care (Gate 2), 90 Werombi Road, GRASMERE

Lectures:  Saturdays – 4 for 4.30pm start – Bookings essential for guests and visitors

Special Interest Evenings:   Friday 31st May and Friday 30th August – 5.30 for 6pm start – Bookings essential for members & non-members


The annual membership subscription for 2019 is $135.   


Visitors are most welcome.  Prior notice to the Secretary or Chairman is essential.  The cost is $30/lecture or $15/lecture for students and members of other ADFA Societies. The cost for Special Interest evenings is to be advised.  


Susan Zamudio    phone: 0499 636 885 OR email:

Camden Newsletters

Camden August 2019

This edition contains a contributed article by one of our members on Stave Churches in Norway followed by some news items and details of local coming events – finishing with a bit of rhyming verse. [gview...

Camden July 2019

This issue has a couple of reminders for members to visit the ADFAS website, with a note about the Patricia Robertson Fund and another relating to the many great reports on Schools of Arts and Mechanics Institutes that can be accessed. Also a follow-up on a recent...

Camden May 2019

This issue contains news regarding the future of ARTLINE magazine. The recent very successful Camden Art Prize Exhibition is now over and we are delighted with the high quality of the works entered in the ADFAS Camden sponsored Marjory Baker Memorial Youth...

Camden April 2019

This issue contains news of events at the local Alan Baker Art Gallery and an article by one of our members on ‘Riverdale’ at Goulburn. Also a short background article on Chateau de Malmaison, which will feature in our next lecture on 1 June… and...

Camden March 2019

This edition includes reports on the recent annual coach trip to Canberra and our 8th Annual Camden Kiddies Concert. Also news of the Camden Art Prize Exhibition to be...

Camden February 2019

Next month (March) sees the start of our 2019 programme when Hilary Kay returns to Camden to present her ‘Thomas Chippendale’ lecture. Later in the month we also have the first of our Young Arts events – Camden Kiddies Concert – for the year. Also included in the...

January 2019

This edition contains a reminder about our up-coming coach trip to Canberra, together with some ‘holiday’ reading.

Final newsletter for 2018

Our final Newsletter for the year carries our Chairman’s Report to our 2018 AGM, covering another successful year for ADFAS Camden. Also included are details of our annual coach trip to Canberra in February 2019 and a note from the editor thanking those members who...

100th Issue – December

This is the 100th edition since January 2010, of our monthly Newsletter in its current format. Co-incidentally it is also our 2018 AGM issue and contains annual reports...