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Postal Address:

ADFAS Mudgee
PO Box 268
Mudgee, NSW 2850

ABN: 38 303 378 600

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 2020

Peter Windeyer
Ph: (0427 260 348)

Kate Williams
Ph: (0419 242 535)


Name Ray Parle
Ph: (0439 735 424)

Membership Secretary:
Name Ray Parle
Ph: (0439 735 424)

Membership Enquiries:

Programme for 2020

28 February 2020
A Tale of Two Barbaras – Barbara Hepworth and Barbara Tribe
Catherine Wallace BA M.Litt – The Arts Society

Two female sculptors made Cornwall their home for much of their lives.  One, Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975) became a leading light in the modernist movement in British art and represented Britain in the Venice Biennale in 1950.  Barbara Tribe (1913 – 2000) came from Australia and was a talented figurative sculptor.  She moved to Cornwall after the war when her work became semi abstract inspired by animals, birds and plants.  We look at the similarities and differences in the work of these two pioneering female artists of the 20th century.

27 March 2020
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Wicket Poet, Lord Byron
Susannah Fullerton BA (Auck) MSc Arts (Edin) OAM FRS(N)

Lord Byron was both famous and infamous for his audacious poetry, his scandalous love life and his devotion to liberal ideals.  Ostracised by English society, Bryon went off to fight for the Greek independence and died at 36.  Susannah Fullerton recites some of his best-loved poems and tells the story of the colourful, shocking and revolutionary life of one of England’s greatest poets.  We find out just why Byron was considered “mad, bad and dangerous to know”!

8 May 2020
The Sculptures of the Parthenon or How Lord Elgin Gained and Lost his Marbles
Allan Read MA MITG – The Arts Society

In the two centuries since they were removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin, the meaning and significance of the ‘Elgin marbles’ has changed dramatically.  From architectural decoration to disputed cultural objects, we look at the response to them over their purchase to the current debate surrounding the restitution of the marbles to the new Acropolis Museum in Athens.

5 June 2020
Le Petit Trianon
John Broadley BA & Litt (UNE) MA (with distinction CSU)

This delightful pavilion was built by King Louis XV as a retreat for his mistress, the ever-discrete Madame de Pompadour, who died before it was completed.  It was subsequently used by his later mistress, the brazen, decidedly common and much-hated Madame du Barry.  Upon succeeding his grandfather as king in 1774, Louis XVI allocated the Petit Trianon to his wife, the Austrian-born Queen Marie Antoinette.  Here she would escape from the stifling court etiquette of Louis XIV’s immense palace with a few close and trusted friends.  In this lecture we discover the intricacy of the interior of this architectural gem and tour the numerous outbuildings and grounds.

3 July 2020
Mr Selfridge Revisited – The History of the Department Store
Kate Strasdin – Arts Society Lecturer

From the mid 19th century, British towns saw the rise of the new department stores.  From innovative design and technology to outlandish publicity stunts, we look at the emergence of the great department stores and how they changed the face of the British High Street.  It is a history of new technologies – moving staircases, plate glass windows and innovative interiors designed to entice consumers in the new retail palaces.  For the first time, ready to wear clothing meant that a new wardrobe of garments might be acquired all from under one roof and it revolutionised the way we shopped forever.

7 August 2020
Packing up a Nation
Dr Caroline Shenton

This is the gripping and sometimes hilarious story of how a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during its darkest hour.  As Hitler’s forces gathered, men and women from London’s national museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to evacuate their collections to safety.  Utilising country houses from Buckinghamshire to Cumbria, tube tunnels, Welsh mines and Wiltshire quarries, a dedicated team of unlikely heroes packed up their greatest treasures in a race against time during the sweltering summer of 1939, dispatching them throughout the country on a series of secret wartime adventures.

4 September 2020
The Age of Jazz
Sandy Burnett MA – The Arts Society

Jazz in one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free –wheeling creativity, close-knot ensemble work and improvisation.  Sandy Burnett’s lecture covers the early years of jazz from its very beginnings and the first ever recording made just over a century ago through to the start of the Second World War.  Drawing on his practical experience both as a musicologist and gigging musician, Sandy sheds light on jazz from the inside.  We will be presented with illustrations ranging from early pre-impressions by Maurice Ravel and others and the very earliest jazz recordings through to classics by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the dawn of the Swing Era.

9 October 2020
Peder Severin Kroyer: A Painter of Northern Light
Kathy McLauchlan MA (Oxon) Ph.D.

Looking back on his work towards the end of his life, Peder Severin Kroyer recalled his work at Skagen, the Danish artists’ colony at the northernmost tip of Denmark, and expressed his particular love for that time “when the sun is going down, when the moon is rising over the sea, hanging there, crystal-clear, and the water, smooth as glass, reflects its light….”  Kroyer was referring to the ‘blue hour’ of northern Scandinavian summer nights, when sea and sky appear to merge into a single luminous whole.  This lecture explores Kroyer’s life and work in Skagen, and evaluates the paintings that made him one of Europe’s most celebrated artists of the 19th century.


Mudgee Public School Hall. Access to the hall is via Denison Street, Mudgee, and there are plenty of parking spaces.


The annual subscription is $135 for a single person, $250 for a couple and students are free. Guests are welcome to attend for $25 a session and members of other ADFAS Societies for $10 a session.


Visitors $25 per session.


Membership Secretary: Ray Parle – 0439 735 424
Chairman: Peter Windeyer – 0427 260 348

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 ...