Murray River (Albury / Wodonga)

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Postal Address:

ADFAS Murray River
P.O. Box 1418

ABN: 54 768 939 861

ADFAS Murray River was established in 2010 and is centred in Albury Wodonga. We provide a programme of illustrated lectures covering a wide range of topics for our members. Lecturers are chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their fields. In 2019 lectures will be presented on a Monday evening.  All 8 lectures will be delivered at HotHouse Theatre Lincoln Causeway Wodonga. Guests are welcome to attend any of the lectures


Committee 2019

David Martin
02 6041 2777 or 0425 223 715

Deborah Palmer

Tony Keys

Leanne Wheaton

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Programme for 2019

Monday 4th March
Thomas Chippendale: The Creation of British Style
Hilary KAY

Hilary is a British antiques expert, lecturer, broadcaster and author, best known for her appearances on BBC TVs Antiques Roadshow programme which she joined in 1978.
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.

Monday 1st April
Giant Ancient and Historic Trees
Geoffrey Edwards

Geoffrey is the former Director of the Geelong Art Gallery and currently playing a major role in the redevelopment of the
Geelong Arts Precinct and the redevelopment of its historic buildings.

His lecture presents an aspect of environmental history seen through the lens of art history. This is the story of famous trees as documented in 19th Century and modern paintings, prints, photographs and antiquarian books.

Giant deals mostly with famous trees in Australia such as the legendary “Dig Tree” associated with the explorers Burke and Wills, and other trees that are symbols of personal, social or political aspiration.

Monday 27th May
1066 And All That: The Bayeux Tapestry
Martin Heard

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. 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.
The scenes in the Bayeux Tapestry depict the events relating to the struggle for the succession to the English throne from 1064 and culminating at the
Battle of Hastings in October 1066. The Tapestry itself is so close to the events it describes, and portrays them in such vivid detail, that it is in its own right a 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.

Monday 24th June – Paul Brunton
Miles Franklin
Paul Brunton

Paul was senior Curator, Mitchell Library State Library of NSW till Nov. 2001. He published an annotated edition of
Franklin’s Diaries in 2004.
Miles Franklin is best known as author of the wonderfully rebellious novel My Brilliant Career, published in 1901 when she was 21, which made her a literary star. She moved to America in 1906 and worked with the Woman’s National Trade Union League. She published All that Swagger in 1936.
Both books were hugely successful and saw her in high demand as a radio broadcaster. She was a celebrity and everyone spoke of her vitality and wit.
Upon her death in 1954, she left her estate to fund the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Even though she had a huge capacity for life there was a “creepy melancholy” which she revealed to few.

Monday 22nd July
Breeches, Bonnets and Bags: Fashion in Art through the Centuries.
Rosalind Whyte

Rosalind is a Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy. She lectures frequently at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.

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. It focuses particularly on fashion in
England, but looks also at some contrasting Continental fashions. In times when Sumptuary Laws prescribed what you could wear, according to your status in society, fashion was a reflection of social standing.

Monday 26th August Sue Rollin
Ruins and Romance: Early Women Travellers in the Middle East
Sue Rollin

Archaeologist, interpreter and lecturer, Sue studied at London University (Institute of Archaeology and SOAS).
Several extraordinary women ventured to the Near East when travelling beyond Europe was still largely a male preserve. Lady Mary Wortley Montague scandalised London society by joining her husband on his posting to Turkey in 1716. Lady Hester Stanhope, the first European woman to
visit Palmyra, left England in 1810 and died 29 years later in the Lebanon. Isabel Burton followed her husband Richard on his missions abroad and immersed herself in his passion for archaeology. Jane Digby’s life was a quest for love – she found fulfilment with an Arab sheikh and is buried in Damascus.

Monday 23rd September
Venice, Canaletto and his Rivals
Anthony Russell

Anthony is a cultural historian, writer, artist and lecturer.
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. Many a grand tourist was highly sophisticated and had a lasting impact on Venice. Canaletto’s magical paintings are influenced by British taste. While these views depict a serene dreamland, and have always been highly prized, Venice now needs global cooperation to save it from sinking forever.

Monday 21st October
Forty Shades of Green! The Gardens of Ireland
Tom Duncan

For many years Tom has lectured widely to heritage and artistic
organisations on Art, Ancient History & Classical Archaeology.
The history of gardening in Ireland reflects the changes in Irish society over the past few hundred years.
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.

Venue and Time of Lectures

The lectures will be held at the HotHouse Theatre, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga.
Pre-lecture drinks are available at bar prices.
Arrive 6.00pm for prompt 6.30pm start. Lectures are approximately one hour.


Membership $180pp annual fee
Guest & Public $30pp
Students $20pp


David Martin Chairman:
Mobile: 0425 223 715

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