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ADFAS Toowoomba
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Toowoomba QLD 4350

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Committee 2022

Peter Schneider
Ph: 0408 495 233

Vice Chairman:
Bea Kraessig
Ph: 07 4632 5186

Deb Holt
Ph: 0428 308 502

Susan Powne
Ph: 0408 458 745



17 March 2022
Kenneth W Park
Burke & Wills Hotel, Cunningham Room, arrive 5:45 pm for a 6 pm start.

Antebellum architecture (meaning “pre-war”, from the Latin ante, “before”, and bellum, “war”) is a neoclassical architectural style characteristic of the 19th Century southern United States. Think of the film “Gone with the Wind” with its fine plantation houses and the inside it gives of life on these great estates at the time of the Civil War. These antebellum plantation houses are inextricably linked to the scourge of slavery. Antebellum architecture draws on Georgian, Neo-classical, and Greek Revival styles. These magnificent houses were mainly built in the southern American states in the period leading up the American Civil War (1861-1865).

KENNETH W PARK has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for over thirty years where he is responsible for the school’s extensive art and archival collections. Kenneth consults in both the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising as well as marketing, sponsorship, art, membership / loyalty, and public relations. Kenneth works with tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe. He lives by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it.’

7 April 2022
Pretty Gentleman. Macaroni Men on the Streets of London
Professor Peter McNeil
Burke & Wills Hotel, Cunningham Room, arrive 5:45 pm for a 6 pm start.

Macaroni men were the swaggering big-haired, sharply dressed show-offs of the last thirty years of the 18th century. But they’re not the same as a dandy. But why macaroni? Macaroni men were cosmopolitan in outlook and had often been on the Grand Tour. Who where they and what did they wear? Hear about Charles James Fox, famed politician; Richard Cosway, miniature portrait painter to the Prince Regent; ‘Soubise’, a freed slave; Rev. William Dodd, court preacher and ‘white collar’ criminal. And finally Sir Joseph Banks, who was satirised as a macaroni, his later career suffering as a result.

Dr Peter McNeil FAHA is Distinguished Professor of Design History at UTS. From 2008- 18 he lived and worked in three countries, being Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies in Sweden and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor, Helsinki. His much acclaimed book ‘Pretty Gentlemen’, on Macaroni Men and the 18th century fashion world, was published by Yale University Press in 2018. The award-winning shows include ‘Dressing Sydney’ (2012-13) with the Sydney Jewish Museum.

19 May 2022
Trash or Treasure, The Pro Hart Enigma
Gavin Fry
Burke & Wills Hotel, Cunningham Room, arrive 5:45 pm for a 6 pm start.

Loved by millions and a stepping-stone for many a new art collector, Pro Hart is reviled, or at best ignored, by the art establishment. The story of his enormous commercial success and what it says about how art is created, exploited, and marketed in this country is a curious and at times disturbing tale.

Gavin Fry is a writer, artist and museum professional with fifty years’ experience working in curatorial and management positions in Australian museums, galleries, and educational institutions. He is the author of twenty-five books. In retirement Gavin has returned to his art training and exhibits as a painter in Newcastle and Melbourne. Gavin holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts [Hons] and Master of Arts from Monash University and Master of Philosophy from Leicester University.

16 June 2022
Napoleon’s Parvenu Princesses: a tale of beauty and betrayal
Sylvia Sagona
Burke & Wills Hotel, Cunningham Room, arrive 5:45 pm for a 6 pm start.

Of the eight Bonaparte siblings, it was Napoleon’s stunning younger sisters, Pauline and Caroline who resembled him most in ambition, drive, and eccentricity. Pauline survived the slave uprising on Saint Domingue which killed her first husband to become the Princess Borghese famous for her jewels, naked sculptures, and scandalous sex life which even included the Duke of Wellington. Caroline, married off to Murat, Napoleon’s charismatic cavalry general, became Queen of Naples and betrayed her brother to keep her crown. His sisters’ tantrums unnerved the conqueror of Europe.

After studying Classics and French at the University of Melbourne, Sylvia gained her Maitrise-ès-Lettres in Comparative Art and Literature and qualifications in Sociology in Aix-en-Provence. After living in Italy and Spain, she returned to the University of Melbourne, where she specialised in nineteenth century French art and literature and Italian Romanticism. Sylvia has been commissioned by French television and SBS to write a documentary on the development of the first Parisian department stores and the invention of shopping in 19th century Paris.

28 July 2022
White Gums and Ramoxes, the ceramics of Merric and Arthur Boyd
Grace Cochrane
Burke & Wills Hotel, Cunningham Room, arrive 5:45 pm for a 6 pm start.

The exhibition takes its title from two characteristic motifs in the ceramic work of Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) and his father, Merric Boyd (1888-1959). The illustrated talk looks at the curation of the exhibition: considering the collection, deciding on a theme, discovering related paintings, drawings and prints, and deciding that the exhibition was about the relationship between Arthur and his father, through their work. It also gives insights into the work behind the scenes, the fascinating mysteries that were unravelled and what the exhibition looked like in a range of different venues.

Now an independent curator and writer, until 2005 Grace Cochrane was a senior curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. She is the author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History (NSW University Press, 1992). Exhibitions include, among others, White gums and ramoxes: ceramics by Merric and Arthur Boyd from the Bundanon Trust Collection (2009-2012); Potters Cottage: a tribute, Manningham Art Gallery,2012; The Fuping Group, sharing the experience, Sturt gallery, 2013.

25 August 2022
Silver styles in England 14-20th Century
Jolyon Warwick James
Burke & Wills Hotel, Cunningham Room, arrive 5:45 pm for a 6 pm start.

We examine the changing styles in English silver from 14th to 20th centuries, with comparative reference to other countries and their influences. What types of silver object are there, and how did they respond to, or lead, changes in style? We examine the social influences that occasioned change and how style itself can be reflected in an object or work. This lecture fits in well with other aspects of art history.

Jolyon James is a professional consultant on antique silver, based in Sydney. Educated at London University, he has acted as a lecturer, valuer/appraiser, and adviser on English, European, Colonial and other silver with museums, auction houses, Government bodies, collectors, and educational organisations within Australia and overseas. He has published widely on international silver collections and practices, including a reference manual on Australian gold and silver hallmarks.

22 September 2022
The Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte: Too Magnificent for a King
John Broadley
Burke & Wills Hotel, Cunningham Room, arrive 5:45 pm for a 6 pm start.

This lecture considers the fortunes of the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte. Completed in 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet for a grand fete in honour of King Louis XIV, the building conversely led to the owner being jailed for the remainder of his life and the confiscation of the château. Louis XIV subsequently built a grand palace at Versailles so that none of his subjects could ever outshine the king. This lecture will look at Nicolas Fouquet, the rivalries that led to his downfall. It will also include a detailed tour of the château and a look at how its current owners deal with managing one of the most significant privately-owned estates of Europe.

John Broadley is a historian of Australian colonial architecture, French culture, and relationships between Australia and Europe. He holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from Charles Sturt University. John has worked in conjunction with heritage architects on conservation management programs for numerous significant heritage properties in New South Wales and has published on the historic houses of New South Wales.

20 October 2022
The Australian Mosque
Dr Sam Bowker
Burke & Wills Hotel, Cunningham Room, arrive 5:45 pm for a 6 pm start.

10 November 2022
AGM and Christmas concert
Burke & Wills Hotel, Cunningham Room, Time: Please arrive 5:45 pm for a 6 pm start.


Burke & Wills Hotel, 554 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350
Parking options are in Ruthven Street, Little Street or Grand Central Shopping Centre, Park house in Dent Street. Lecture time is 6pm, please arrive by 5:45pm. The lecture is held upstairs in the Cunningham Room, there is a lift, and the bar is open between 5:30pm – 6pm and from 7pm -7:30 pm during supper.


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Visitors/ Guests: Guests are welcome and require to book with Susan Powne by email: or 24 hours prior to the lecture. The cost is $30 per person.

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