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Postal Address:

ADFAS Mudgee
PO Box 268
Mudgee, NSW 2850

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 2017

Penny Mowat
Ph: (02) 6372 1308 or 0408 669 505

Anne Watts
Ph: (02) 6372 9114 or 0427 751 334

Treasurer and Membership Secretary:
Ray Parle
Ph: 0439 735 424

Programme for 2018

Treasures of the Silk Road
10 March 2018
Mr Christopher Bradley

The Silk Road extends over 8,000kms. From China through Central Asia to the Mediterranean and is the greatest trade route the world has even known.  While silk was just one of the many products traded for 1,400 years, the route acted as a highway for ideas, expanding religions, and new art forms. This lecture will show many images of traditional murals, ceramics, statues, carpets, architecture, mosaics, tile-work, rock carvings and of course, silk itself.

One Man’s War: Cpl Jack Harris and the Battle of Lone Pine
7th April 2018

Mr Bradley Manera

When Jack Harris enlisted in the army in 1915, he was a 15 year old school boy from Waverley who told the army he was an 18 year old clerk.  The Anzac Memorial in Sydney has recently acquired a collection of artefacts and documents that tell the story of Jack Harris’s service in the AIF in Gallipoli.  The objects reveal the boy’s remarkable journey to war and a glimpse into the suffering of the family he left behind.

Les Parisiennes
19 May 2018 
Ms Anne Sebba

Les Parisiennes is a story about women in Paris who lived through the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond. They include women from all walks of life: British and American women caught in Paris, French resisters, couturiers and jewellers, some of whom flourished in wartime, and actors, singers, night club dancers and housewives.

The Importance of Being Oscar: The Life and Works of Oscar Wilde
23 June 2018
Ms Susannah Fullerton

“Somehow or other I’ll be famous, and if not famous, I’ll be notorious” declared the young Oscar Wilde. He proved to be both!  Wilde’s genius as a raconteur and coiner of epigrams made him the most quoted man in London. He translated his genius into stories, plays, poems and a novel and gained a place amongst the great Victorian writers. Susannah Fullerton discusses Wilde’s extraordinary life, his fall from fame and creation of his great works of literature.

Summer Palaces of the Tsars. The Highlights
21st July 2018
Dr Alexey Makhrov

The royal estates in the environs of St Petersburg not only impress with their splendour but also give fascinating insights in the private life of the Romanovs.  During the Second World War most of the states were heavily damaged but have since been lovingly restored.  This lecture represents the palaces and gardens in the environs of St Petersburg and gives an account of their past and present.

Rosetti’s Women
18 August 2018
Ms Linda Smith

Gabrielle Rosetti exerted a tremendous influence over British art towards the end of the nineteenth century. From the days of his early involvement with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to his death, women were enormously important in both his life and his art. However there has been some disagreement between his biographers about the precise nature of his relationships with these women. This talk attempts to disentangle some of the competing theories, while introducing the audience to the various personalities involved.

The Wind in the Willows Revisited Through Its Illustrators
15 September 2018
Mr John Ericson

Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908, without illustrations, and has been in print ever since.  The beauty of the prose in Grahame’s classic tale of Ratty, Mole and incorrigible Mr Toad is widely acknowledged however the story is so full of wonderful imagery that it almost demands to be illustrated.  As a result, more than ninety artists have illustrated the book, making it the most widely illustrated book in the English language.  This lecture will explore how the story came to be written for Grahame’s son, Alastair, and the interesting but ultimately tragic life of Kenneth Grahame.

Art Power and Money: The Life and World of Matthew Boulton
20th October 2018
Mr Martin Ellis

This talk celebrates the achievements of Matthew Boulton, one of the most extraordinary figures of the 18th century.  An entrepreneur and industrialist of brilliance, Boulton stands at the very centre of the industrial and intellectual revolution that lad the foundations of the modern world.  His business partnerships saw the development of the steam engine with James Watt, and the creation of exquisite silver and ormolu with John Fothergill.  He also build the Soho Manufactory, the most advanced and productive factory in the world, and established the world’s first mechanised mint.

Venue and Time of Lectures

Lectures are held in the Cudgegong Valley Public School in Madeira Road, Mudgee on Saturday afternoon, starting at 4.30pm


Visitors are very welcome – cost is $25 per lecture


Annual subscription is $135 for a single, $250 for a couple.  Students are free.  Guest fee is $25 a single session.  The fees for members of other ADFAS societies is $10 a session.

All Membership Enquiries

Contact: Chairman: Penny Mowat 0408 669 505, or Membership Secretary: Ray Parle 0439 735 424 or email

Mudgee Newsletters

AGM date change

The final lecture for the year will be held at the AGM on the 24th Nov [NOT 1st Dec], by John Wood on the redevelopment of the old tyre building at 1 Lewis St, Mudgee. Please let Ray Parle (Membership Secretary) know if you are bringing guests (Ph: 0439 735 424 or ...