Murray River (Albury / Wodonga)

Select Society

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 2020 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 2020

9 March 2020
Power by Design – Dictating the Hitler Brand
Charles Harris

The Third Reich used posters as weapons of evil. This lecture covers Nazi propaganda techniques and shows how the Jews, the disabled, and those of the wrong genetic background were demonized. Hitler used posters to win the hearts and minds of Germans to gain power and cement his grip on society. Then as war breaks out, the posters changed to capture German hearts and minds to hate the British. Charles has been the Creative Director of numerous international advertising agencies and has lectured extensively on design, illustration and photographic styles as they have influenced the building of brands.

20 April 2020
Cities, Stories and Places – The Art of Marco Luccio
Marco Luccio

This lively and engaging visual presentation will focus on Marco’s gritty and expressive etchings of cities focusing on his iconic and dramatic images of Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Florence and Paris. What drives Marco to create his unique and expressive images? Watch amazing footage of Marco scratching a plate in situ to understand his unique and expressive approach. The lecture will also give you an insight into the life of a professional artist who has chosen to give up a “normal “ life to pursue his love of art. Marco’s work is represented in over 40 public and corporate collections nationally and internationally, including 10 New York museums and the National Gallery of Australia.

25 May 2020
Florence Nightingale – Letters and Diaries
Karin Fernald

The Crimean War took two years of Nightingale’s life. Much of the rest was spent writing, vividly and with black humour, on tough issues – the health of the army, sanitation, hospital construction, the nature of God and ultimately – herself. She was both musical and artistic. This lecture deals with aspects of Nightingale’s life before and after the Crimean War illustrated by paintings, sketches and portraits from the Nightingale Museum at St. Thomas’ Hospital. Karin is known for her entertaining lectures on writers and diarists connected with the arts. Her extensive research into diaries and letters brings her subjects to life.

29 June 2020
High Heels Heaven
Peter McNeil

Shoes convey a wide range of meanings associated with fashion, style,     personality, sexuality, class and gender. Different shapes and colours for men’s and women’s shoes today revolve primarily around the construction of gender difference developed in the eighteenth century. Why do men and women’s shoes look so very different today? Learn about shoes, mobility and history, from Renaissance platform ‘chopines’ to Sex and the City ‘limousine’ shoes. Peter is Professor of Design History at University of Technology Sydney and Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden. He is a regular critic, reviewer and co-curator, currently writing for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the largest exhibition ever staged of men’s fashion.

27 July 2020
Oscar Wilde – Up Close
Giles Ramsay

“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.”  The lecture uncovers the public and private life of one of the world’s most original and controversial artists. Born into a respectable Dublin family, Oscar Wilde recreated himself as an international celebrity and wrote a series of short stories and plays that charmed the world. In 1890 he published the last of the great myths: The Picture of Dorian Gray. Ten years later Wilde, devoured by his fame, his demons and his decadence, would be dead. Giles Ramsay is an indpendent theatre director and producer who specializes in creating new work with artists in developing countries. He regularly lectures on the history and practice of theatre on the cruise liner Queen Mary 2.

24 August 2020
Art Nouveau Architecture Around the World
Ian Gledhill

This lecture looks at the influence of Art Nouveau on architecture around the world. Art Nouveau was originally largely inspired by British designers, however the style found little favour in the UK. French and Belgian architects used plant forms to create three-dimensional shapes whilst Austrian Art Nouveau was surprisingly flat. In Barcelona Antoni Gaudi’s buildings focused on animal shapes. Carved stone is prominent in Riga, Latvia, the city with the most Art Nouveau buildings. The tour finishes in America with the elaborately decorated designs of Louis Tiffany and Louis Sullivan. Ian Gledhill has designed underground railways as an engineer for London Transport and appeared in pantomime with Julian Clary. In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre.

21 September 2020
Edvard Munch – The Man Behind the Madness
Brian Healey

Munch is known worldwide for his legendary painting ‘The Scream’. Haunted by disease and death and fuelled by alcohol and raging romantic obsession that only ever ended in catastrophe, it is understandable why he produced such tortured images; images whose provocative and scandalous impact he nonetheless learnt to exploit financially to great effect. What made this Norwegian artist tick, and just why did his work become so central to the European expressionism and symbolist movements? Brian has been either resident artist, guest lecturer on art history, or a destination speaker on ocean and river cruises visiting more than forty countries.

19 October 2020 
Pearls – The Tears of an Oyster
Patricia Law

Pearls were the original adornment, the most prized and the most precious.  This lecture follows the history of man’s changing relationship with and appreciation of pearls.  Ranging from Roman times to the pearl discoveries in the West Indies by Christopher Columbus, the ‘The Golden Age of Pearls’ in the Renaissance, and concluding in the 20th century with the development of cultured pearls from Japan and the South Seas, the lecture includes stories of historic pearls and the great and glorious who wore them from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor. Patricia Law is a Fellow of the Gemmological Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers. She has spent twenty-five years working for International Auction Houses preparing jewellery sales for London, Geneva and New York.

Venue and Time of Lectures

2020 Lecture Program is presented at:

Hume Bank Butter Factory Theatre
(Formerly known as Hothouse Theatre)
Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga.

Refreshments are available at bar prices.
Arrive at 6.00 for prompt start at 6.30pm
Lectures are approximately One Hour.


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


Chairman David Martin:
Mobile: 0425 223 715

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