Postal Address:

ADFAS Toowoomba
PO Box 1555
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Membership Enquiries:

ADFAS Toowoomba is planning to provide 8 face to face lectures and we welcome our Members and Guests to join us at the Burke & Wills Hotel (554 Ruthven Street) at 5:45 pm for a 6pm start. The lecture is held in the Allan Cunningham Room on the 1st floor and there is a lift for easy access. Drinks can be purchased from the bar in the Allan Cunningham Room prior to the lecture. Parking facilities are in Ruthven Street or of Neil- and Annand Street.

For the second year we are supporting the Toowoomba Young Arts Scholarship programme and we are looking forward to facilitate opportunities for young artist.

Committee 2021

Peter Schneider
Ph: 0408495233

Vice Chairman:
Bea Kraessig
Ph: 07 4632 5186

Deb Holt
Ph: 0428 308 502

Susan Powne
Ph: 0408 458 745

Membership Secretary:
Valerie Watson
Ph: 0428 457 868



The Burke & Wills Hotel has an approved COVID Plan and will make changes to that plan according to the Queensland Government regulations. We thank all participants for following these regulations. You may request an update to this information at any time. To receive a copy of the current COVID regulations please email us on:

18 March 2021
Topic: Egypt, from the Tentmaker’s Khan to the City of the Dead
Jenny Bowker
Venue: Burke & Wills Hotel at 6pm

Wissa Wassef tapestry school, patchwork projects with the wives and daughters of the garbage collectors of Cairo & silk work.

Jenny has been working with textiles since graduating from ANU in Canberra receiving her Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours.Jenny lives in Canberra and is married to a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Jenny has been fortunate to live for eleven years in Arab and Islamic countries. The influence of the Middle East can be seen in her lectures. Her solo exhibitions have been held in the UK, Australia and the Middle East.

2 April 2021
Topic: Wonders of the Ancient World
Dr Alastair Blanshard
Venue: Burke & Wills Hotel at 6pm

For the Greeks, to see the marvellous was to touch the divine.   The Greeks loved stories about fabulous works of nature and feats of engineering, and compiled many lists of “must see” monuments.   This lecture focuses on the most famous of these catalogues of marvels, the Seven Wonders of the World.   It describes the various monuments on this list and why they were so important.   It also looks at the mentality of the ancient tourist that came to visit them and the industry that grew up to support their endeavour.

Alastair is a Lecturer at the University of Queensland leading the Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History. Areas of research is Social and Cultural History of the Greco-Roman World. Alastair has widely published including four books.

27 May 2021
Topic: Asia Pacific Contemporary Art
Dr Sally Butler    
Venue: Burk & Wills Hotel at 6pm

Sally is a Reader in Art History at The University of Queensland. Her research interests include cross-cultural critical theory, Australian Indigenous art, Australian contemporary art, photography and new media art. Current research includes: Indigenous art from Far North Queensland, Virtual Reality theory and photography, contemporary Queensland photography, and art and cultural tourism. Sally regularly writes for Australian visual arts magazines.

17 June 2021
Topic: Architecture in Toowoomba – The Evolution of the Toowoomba House.
Stephanie Keays (Independent Lecturer)
Venue: Burke & Wills Hotel at 6pm.

Stephanie runs a boutique architectural business dealing with Toowoomba and surrounds, specialising in heritage advice and reports. Not only are the heritage buildings beautiful, so too are the research materials themselves. From handwritten specifications, decorated farewell testimonials and subdivision posters they all tell a tale of their times.

22 July 2021 – POSTPONED
Topic: From Gambling Chips to Imperial Jewels – Romanov dynasty Moscow Imperial Regalia to personal item
Charlotte Nattey
Venue: TBC Burke & Wills Hotel, 6pm

The Romanov dynasty ruled for 300 odd years and during this time amassed an incredible array of magnificent jewels.  After the revolution many were disposed of, some by the new communist government and others which had been saved by the aristocratic refugees were sold in order to be able to live in what were now straightened circumstances. The Bolsheviks kept some pieces that they considered historically important and these are on display today in the Diamond Repository on the Kremlin, Moscow. There are many incredible stories about these jewels and gemstones – from the Imperial Regalia to more personal items and we will look at some of these jewels and stories in this lecture.

Charlotte is a graduate of St. Martins School of Art, London majoring in fashion and dress design. She lived in Rome and worked as a designer in the couture dress trade for “Fernanda Gattinoni” and as a freelance dress designer for Simonetta, Pucci and other couture houses. She has been a designer for London couture fashion houses as well as for major fashion houses in Sydney. Charlotte has developed and maintains her own business, importing antique jewellery and antique sterling silver between UK and Australia. She has been actively involved with ADFAS and was National Chairman 2008-2010.

19 August 2021
Topic: Exploring the Ages of Music

We talk about the different periods of “classical music” using images of art and architecture and playing examples of these periods on cello and piano and how all the arts are connected in one way or another. Joy on piano and Peter (Schneider) on cello. We are excited to hear this duo.

Joy has a degree in music from the Melbourne University as well as a Masters and PhD from James Cook University where she lectured for many years in business and tourism. She is a co-founder of the Townsville Concerto Competition. Joy was a much sought after pianist and accompanist in Townsville and Cairns. In Cairns Joy was Chairman of ADFAS. She and her husband moved to Toowoomba four years ago where she enjoys playing for pleasure.

Peter is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, he has a Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music, in London and a Masters in Music Studies from the University of Queensland. He has been an orchestral and chamber cellist in the UK and Queensland. Peter taught strings for Education Queensland for many years. He has been a church organist since he was 15years old and is currently organist at St Luke’s Church, here in Toowoomba.

19 September 2021
Topic: Art Across the Ditch: New Zealand Art
Julie Ewinton
Venue: TBC Burke & Wills Hotel at 6pm

There are many points of comparison between Australian and New Zealand art and culture, but also many differences. Contemporary art in New Zealand is rich, complex and fascinating, and deserves to be better known in this country. This lecture examines key themes in current art from our nearest English-speaking neighbour, from the brilliance of contemporary Māori expressions to the deep-seated love of landscape shared by Māori and Pakeha New Zealanders.

Julie is a nationally and internationally recognised authority on contemporary Australian art across a wide range of media, and on contemporary art in Southeast Asia. She is currently working in Sydney as independent writer and curator. Julie published the acclaimed book Fiona Hall (2005), a major monograph on Del Kathryn Barton. She curated the survey exhibition, The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver, for TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria (2016-17), was a member of the curatorial group for Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism at ACCA, Melbourne (2017- 2018) and in 2019 curated The Housing Question: Helen Grace, Narelle Jubelin and Sherre DeLys.

14 October 2021
Topic: The Book of Kells? TBC
Gemma Black
Venue: TBC Burke & Wills Hotel at 6pm

This lecture delves into the past, examining book history and calligraphy; unravelling the mystery of Ireland’s national treasure which was last seen in Australia in 2000.

Gemma is an artist and calligraphic -designer based in Tasmania. Gemma was a recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study in Europe to research, observe and learn about calligraphy. She is a Fellow of the prestigious Calligraphy & Letter Arts Society, Gemma has tutored in Spain, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Canada, USA and the UK. Her work is housed in private and public collections like the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, the European Parliament and the Parliament House in Canberra.

25 November 2021


Due to the uncertain times we have decided to print a programme for three month only, February/March/April, May/July/August and September/October/AGM. This provides us with some flexibility in regards to lecturer’s availability and the venue.


The Burke & Wills Hotel is situated at 554 Ruthven Street, in the heart of Toowoomba.


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The cost for 2021 membership is $125 (a $30 discount due to COVID) for 8 lectures and an emailed newsletter. You can request a mailed newsletter for an additional fee of $15 bringing the cost of a membership to $140.


Visitors are most welcome, the cost is $30 per lecture. To book a lecture please contact:

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