Events Program

Our program of events is updated regularly
Check our website regularly for our event program, which is frequently updated with new events. Members and guests are welcome to meetings, but some visits to private collections are restricted to Members only.


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Upcoming events

    • 03 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • 05 May 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Melbourne

    Long weekend in Melbourne 3 - 5 May 2018

    The Society has made arrangements for a number of events in Melbourne to coincide with the AAADA Antiques Fair and the Colony exhibitions at the NGV.

    The events for the "long weekend" are: 

    • Thursday, 3 May, 7pm-10pm. Gala Preview, AAADA Antiques Fair at the Town Square Pavilion, Ascot Vale
    • Friday, 4 May, 10.30am. Curator led tour of the Colony Exhibitions at the NGV, Federation Square.  
    • Friday, 4 May, 2.30pm. Viewing at East Melbourne of a member's private collection, including a wonderful collection of boxes.
    • Saturday, 5 May, 9.50am to 4.35pm. Viewing at Geelong of a member's Australiana and colonial furniture collection. As an option, visit by own arrangement to Geelong Art Gallery. Travel to Geelong by train from Southern Cross station.  

    Each event is offered as an independent event and you may choose to book only the events you wish to attend. 

    Event costs:

    Colony exhibitions, curator led tour: $18 per person

    East Melbourne private collection viewing: $40 per person

    Geelong private collection viewing: $40 per person

    AAADA Gala Preview: Complimentary tickets courtesy of Simpson's Antiques for attendees to East Melbourne private collection viewing or Geelong private collection viewing.

    Travel and accommodation to/from Melbourne by own arrangement.

    Travel to/from AAADA Antiques Fair, NGV, private collection houses, Southern Cross & Geelong stations by own arrangement.

    Details with booking form have been sent out via email.

    To request more information, please send email to info@australiana.org.au 

    To download a booking form please click on booking form 

    • 06 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, Sydney

    AGM 2018 and Show and Tell

    Please join us for our AGM and Show and Tell.

    The agenda for the evening will be:

    1. Australiana Society AGM 2018

    2. Presentation of the Peter Walker Writing Award

    3. Show and Tell of your first or favourite item of Australiana - all members are invited to bring along your first or favourite item of Australiana. Come armed and share your collecting stories!

    Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2018

    Time: 6pm - 8pm

    Place: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, Sydney

    RSVP: By Friday, 1 June 2018 to info@australiana.org.au

    Refreshments will be provided. Parking is available on site.  

    AGM notice will be sent by email and post for details of AGM Agenda.


    • 13 Jun 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 35 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills, QLD

    Guided tour at Miegunyah

    Guided tour by Jennifer Steadman and Judith McKay of the Qld Women's Historical Association collection at 'Miegunyah', its house museum, 35 Jordon Terrace, Bowen Hills, Queensland.

    Tour cost (paid on the day to the Association) is $8.00 per person. Also available is Devonshire tea with plunger coffee/leaf tea, 2 scones with jam and cream at $8.00 per person. ($16 per person total)

    Please RSVP by 6th June 2018, stating whether you will be seeking the optional Devonshire tea.

    RSVPs to Australiana.queensland@gmail.com


    • 01 Aug 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Nicholas Street Mall (between Limestone & Brisbane Street), Ipswich

    Guided tour of the Ipswich Art Gallery & Gooloowan

    Michael Beckmann, Director of the Ipswich Art Gallery and member of the Society has kindly organised that the Ipswich Art Gallery can host a group visit of Australiana Society members on Wednesday, 1 August for a very special day.

    Itinerary

    Ipswich Art Gallery 10am-12.30pm: Morning tea on arrival. Tour of Silver & Gold: Unique Australian Objects. Tour of the Gallery's heritage exhibits.

    Dovetails Restaurant 12.30pm-1.45pm: Lunch - own orders, own payment.

    Gooloowan 2:00pm-3.30pm: $15 per person-entry and afternoon tea. Tour of the interior. Directions for the short drive to Gooloowan will be provided on the day.

    The Ipswich Art Gallery entry is located in the Nicholas Street mall between Limestone and Brisbane Streets. Parking options for Ipswich Art Gallery/Dovetails Restaurant are here: Parking map. The nearest parking option is Ipswich City Square car park, entry located on Bremer Street.

    Members may choose to travel to Ipswich by train. The Ipswich Railway Station in Bell Street is located just two blocks from the Gallery.

    Please RSVP to Australiana.queensland@gmail.com (David Bedford & Jennifer Stuerzl, Convenors - Australiana Society Queensland group) by 24 July 2018 at the latest to allow for catering, etc.

    • 10 Sep 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Griffith University Art Museum, 226 Grey St, South Bank QLD

    Guided tour of With heart and hand: art pottery in Queensland to 1950

    Guided tour by Glenn Cooke, Curator of the exhibition: With heart and hand: art pottery in Queensland to 1950 at Griffith University Art Museum. (the exhibition will run from 13th September to 3rd November). 

    Please RSVP by 10th September 2018.

    If members are interested, we could also book a nearby restaurant to go out to dinner afterwards. Please let us know if you are interested in this option.

    RSVPs to Australiana.queensland@gmail.com


Past events

07 Mar 2018 Tassie Tour 2018 and Annual Dinner & Kevin Fahy Lecture 2018
22 Jan 2018 Joint meeting with the Silver Society
29 Nov 2017 Xmas Drinks 2017
23 Oct 2017 Joint Meeting with the Ceramic Collectors Society
21 Oct 2017 19th and Early 20th Century Jewellery presentation & dinner
31 Aug 2017 Queensland Chapter - First Meeting
03 May 2017 AGM 2017 and Special evening of Australiana
18 Mar 2017 The Kevin Fahy Annual Dinner & Lecture 2017
15 Feb 2017 The Trevor Kennedy Collection
09 Feb 2017 Whaling in Hobarton and Scrimshaw, The Ancient Art of The Mariner
22 Nov 2016 Macleay Museum Tour (and end-of-year drinks)
11 Nov 2016 Tasmanian Chapter - Launch Event
06 Oct 2016 SA Chapter monthly meet
10 Sep 2016 The Pleasure of Collecting Australiana - Lecture at the AAADA Fair
21 Aug 2016 Tour of the Great Synagogue, Sydney
26 Jul 2016 Visit to WJ Sanders, silversmiths
25 May 2016 Special Occasion: AGM - Anne Watson talk on the Sydney Opera House - Show & Tell
12 Mar 2016 The Kevin Fahy Annual Dinner & Lecture, La Capannina
07 Dec 2015 Xmas drinks at Pat Corrigan's apartment, Darling Point
18 Oct 2015 Book Launch at Manly Art Gallery - WAR-TIME QUILTS
20 Jul 2015 Tour of the Macquarie Group Art Collection
19 May 2015 Australiana Society AGM & Event
21 Apr 2015 Preview of Australian Jewellery Exhibition
29 Mar 2015 Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura - Manly Art Gallery (Artist Talk)
20 Mar 2015 Tasmanian tour 2015 (fully subscribed)
09 Mar 2015 Preview of Richard Mackay Collection
07 Feb 2015 Annual dinner & lecture 2015, La Capannina
05 Dec 2014 Xmas drinks at Lindesay, Darling Point (Updated 21 Nov 2014)
29 Oct 2014 '19th Century Western Australian Furniture Makers', National Trust Centre
27 Sep 2014 'A fine possession: jewellery and identity', Powerhouse Museum
25 Jun 2014 Hilda Rix Nicholas (and the Balnaves Collection) at the Mosman Art Gallery
30 Apr 2014 Australiana Society Event & AGM
01 Apr 2014 The Sydney Punchbowl at Hordern House
01 Feb 2014 Annual Dinner & Lecture 2014
05 Sep 2013 Canberra Members' Tour (Updated 24 July 2013)
21 Aug 2013 Australiana Society at the AAADA Fair 2013
08 Aug 2013 Macquarie & Dixson Collector's Chests and Wallis Album (Updated 26 July 13)
22 Apr 2013 Australiana Society Event & AGM
24 Mar 2013 Visit to the Sydney Heritage Fleet and harbour cruise on the Waratah - Updated 5 Mar 2013
15 Feb 2013 Annual Dinner 2013
02 Dec 2012 Australiana Society Xmas Function
29 Sep 2012 Illustrated talk and tour of the musical instruments collection at the Powerhouse Museum
02 Aug 2012 Australiana Society at the AADA Fair 2012
15 Jul 2012 Exclusive Boyd exhibition viewing at the Manly Art Gallery
11 Feb 2012 Annual Dinner & Lecture 2012
26 Nov 2011 Australiana Society's Pre-Christmas Function
16 Nov 2011 Special preview of ‘The Dale Frank Collection of Early Colonial Furniture’
14 Sep 2011 A celebration of Australian ceramics - talks + 'show & tell'
20 Jul 2011 Brilliant: Australian gold and silver 1851-1950, a special talk by the authors
17 May 2011 The Trevor Kennedy Collection
13 Apr 2011 AGM for the Australiana Society - "Revealing the Macquarie chest"
05 Feb 2011 Australiana Society Annual Dinner & Lecture
08 May 2010 Denham Court - Oakey Collection
22 Apr 2010 AGM for the Australiana Society
26 Jan 2010 The 2010 Australia Day Dinner