Molonglo Plains (Queanbeyan)

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Postal Address:

ADFAS Molonglo Plains
PO Box 1005
Queanbeyan NSW 2620

molongloplains2016_00Molonglo Plains will provide for its members and for visitors a program of eight illustrated lectures given by overseas and Australian lecturers chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields.

In 2018 we are delighted to be able to offer a one-off additional lecture with the inimitable Paul Atterbury on February 1. There will be no charge to our members for this lecture, it is our way of saying thank you for all your support since the inception of ADFAS Molonglo Plains

Committee 2018

Carole Polson
Ph: (02) 6161 3230
0405 434 154

Helen Paterson
Ph: 0438 627 057

Susie Ryrie
Ph: (02) 6235 9129
0419 691 505

Membership Secretary:
Lucy Costas
Ph: (02) 6299 1105
0437 538 529
Membership Enquiries:

Programme for 2018

Desert Island Antiques
1st February 2018

Paul Atterbury (UK lecturer) has been a collector, writer, lecturer and broadcaster for 25 years as an Antiques Roadshow expert. During that time he has owned, handled and talked about tens of thousands of objects. If he were suddenly to be cast away on a desert island, which eight objects would he choose to take with him?

Picasso, Man Ray & Max Ernst
8th March 2018

Anthony Penrose gives a personal profile of giant figures in 20th Century art – the hidden part of the story of a unique friendship between Picasso, Man Ray and Max Ernst, with Surrealist photographer Lee Miller and Surrealist artist Roland Penrose. (UK lecturer).

The Jewels of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
19th April 2018
Charlotte Nattey

The Duchess of Windsor was renowned for her collection of fabulous modern jewellery given to her by her lover and husband, Edward, Prince of Wales who became Edward VIII, King of England and later, after he abdicated “to marry the woman I love” – Duke of Windsor. (Australian lecturer).

Jewel of the Crown: St Chapelle in Paris
24th May 2018
Nicole Mezey

Paris’ Sainte Chapelle is a gem of beauty and technical innovation in the heart of Paris. This lecture looks at the architecture, the sculpture but, above all, the exquisite stained glass, which set King Louis IX, its founder, into the company of the blessed and turned the interior into a floating vision of heaven on earth. (UK lecturer)

From the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Apotheosis of James Cook
28th June 2018

Historian Paul Brunton (Australian lecturer) reveals that when James Cook was killed in Hawaii in 1779, news of his death shattered Britain and Europe. He had recently charted the north west coast of North America, but the map of the Pacific was his memorial and Cook was commemorated in books, operas, ballets and paintings. (UK lecturer)


A Mediterranean Tour: Not Just a Load of Old Stones
19th July 2018

Classical historian Gillian Hovell takes us on a visit into the past with a virtual tour of the Ancient Mediterranean. Discover how to walk in the footsteps of the ancients and to see the sites as they might have done. You’ll never look at ancient sites in the same way again. (UK lecturer)  

Rene Lalique: Master of Art Nouveau Jewellery and Art Deco Glass
23rd August 2018
Anne Anderson

Best known for his Art Deco glass of the inter-war years, Lalique’s career began in the early 1890s as the designer of the finest Art Nouveau jewellery. After the war he produced decorative vases, lamps and tableware and worked for famous perfumers Coty and Worth, designing the first customized perfume bottles. (UK lecturer)

The World’s Most Expensive Art – where Leonardo meets Picasso
20th September 2018

This lecture by Ian Swankie (UK lecturer) is about the top end of the art market and is an excuse to examine some beautiful and varied art. Works by Picasso, Cezanne, Leonardo and Rembrandt bring prices in the hundreds of millions of dollars. We’ll look at the buyers and sellers and the backstory of the works that attain these sky high prices. (UK)

Gold of the Gods: Treasures of South America and the search for El Dorado
25th October 2018

Chloe Sayer is an author and curator specializing in the art and culture of South America. Gold was the magnet that lured Spanish conquistadors deep into the heart of Peru and Colombia The dream of El Dorado led many Europeans to risk their lives searching for ‘the Golden One’, initially thought to be a lost city of gold (UK lecturer).

Venue and time of lectures

Lectures are held on Thursdays at 2 pm at the Comfort Inn Airport International
57 Yass Road, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620, followed by afternoon tea.


Annual subscription is $145 for single membership and $235 for double membership.
Entry is by member name badge.


Visitors’ are most welcome.
The visitor fee is $25 per person with prior notice to the Membership Secretary.
Visitor gift vouchers are also available.

All Membership Enquiries

Lucy Costas
(02) 6299 1105 / 0437 538 529

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