Society News



Canberra Tour 2013

5th - 8th September 2013

  A tour to Canberra was led by Lesley Garrett in September 2013. Members who joined the tour enjoyed a varied range of events including a visit to the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery to view the Geoff Hannah Cabinet, a viewing of the Bligh Notebook (logbook) and First Fleet watercolours at the National Library, attending an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, a visit to the National Museum, a visit the Canberra Glassworks, a viewing of the Arthur Boyd Tapestry at Parliament House and a tour of the Lanyon Homestead.

The tour was enjoyed immensely by the members and the Society wish to thank all the hosts at each venue for providing their time and sharing their expert knowledge.

For a full report on the Canberra Tour, please refer to the May 2014 issue of Australiana.

A selection of photos taken by members during the tour is presented below.
 
 
   
 
   


 Geoff Hannah Cabinet.

  Geoff Hannah Cabinet.   Geoff Hannah Cabinet.
 
   
 
   


 First Fleet watercolours.

  Bligh Notebook (logbook) talk.   First Fleet watercolours.
 
   
 
   


 Arthur Boyd tapestry.

  Arthur Boyd tapestry.   Arthur Boyd tapestry.
 
   
 
   


 National Portrait Gallery.   National Portrait Gallery.   National Portrait Gallery.

 
   
 
   

   


 National Museum.

  National Museum.   National Museum.   Canberra Glassworks.
 
   
 
   


 Canberra Glassworks.

  Canberra Glassworks.   Lanyon Homestead.
 
   
 
   


 Lanyon Homestead.   Lanyon Homestead.   Lanyon Homestead.


Australiana Society at the AAADA Fair 2013, Sydney

21st - 25th August 2013

  The Australiana Society once again participated as a guest exhibitor at the AAADA Sydney Antiques Fair 2013. Our presence at the Fair is to promote the Society and create public awareness of the activities of the Society. Each year, we seek volunteers from our membership to assist with the looking after of the stand and to answer queries from the public. In the past, we have had good support from our members for volunteers but this year we had a disappointing response. We would encourage our members to consider supporting the Society stand this year with a morning or afternoon of your time during the days of the Fair. Promotion of Society at the Fair has been a very essential avenue for increasing the Society membership and the continued preservation and conservation of Australian decorative arts and objects.

This year, the display at the stand was again generously supported with objects from members' collections. A significant number of objects was generously lent by one member and our appreciation and thanks goes to this member, who not only provided objects but also assistance with setup and a display stand. The theme of the stand was "kookaburras" and a magnificent display of objects in either kookaburra form or decorated with kookaburra(s) was admired by the fair public. In addition to the "kookaburra display", we also had an impressive display or colonial boxes, constructed, inlaid and veneered with the cabinet timbers of the colonial period - cedar, huon pine, blackwood, casuarina, tulipwood, etc.

At the end of Fair, we welcomed many new members and re-welcomed several past members.

The Society wish to thank the AAADA for so generously accommodating the Society with a stand at its fair.
 
 
   
 
   


 Kookaburra display stand.   The Society stand.   Colonial boxes display.


Viewing of the Macquarie collector's chest, Dixson collector's chest and the Wallis album

Mitchell Library, SLNSW. 8th August 2013

  On a Thursday evening in August, Australiana Society members had the privilege of a private viewing of the Macquarie collector's chest, the Dixons collector's chest and the Wallis album at the State Library of NSW. As well as being able to view the entire Wallis album, this was a rare opportunity to examine and compare the two chests side by side. The evening was divided into two sessions with the viewing of the chests hosted by Elizabeth Ellis OAM, Emeritus Curator, Mitchell Library while the current Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville, conducted the Wallis album session.

The large audience, which included members from interstate, was divided into two groups to provide optimal viewing of the chests and album, one group starting in one room with Elizabeth and the chests while the other group started with Richard and the Wallis album in a second room. Halfway through the evening, the two groups swapped over.

The Australiana Society is extremely grateful to Richard Neville and the Mitchell Library for so generously providing the Society with an opportunity to view these highly significant historical objects. We also thank Elizabeth Ellis for hosting and speaking at the collector's chests sessions.

Note: Please refer to the November 2013 issue of Australiana for a full report on this event.

 

   

   


 The Wallis album.   Richard Neville with the album.   Members gather round to view the Wallis album.


   

   


 The collector's chests session with Elizabeth.   The two chests are revealed as members watch.   The contents of the Macquarie chest.


Australiana Society AGM at Australian Galleries, Paddington

Show and Tell on the Theme of the Waratah, 22nd April 2013

  The Australiana Society's Annual General Meeting was held on the 22 April at Australian Galleries in Paddington. It was preceded with a viewing of the Francis Giacco exhibition and followed with a Show and Tell based on the theme of the waratah flower.

Those attending the Australiana evening were met on arrival by Stuart Purves, National Director of Australian Galleries, who welcomed Australiana Society members to the classically-influenced portrait and interior painter, Francis Giacco. Giacco trained at the Julian Ashton School, Sydney and in Vienna, and in 1993 won the Archibald Prize with his work 'Homage to John Reichhard'. Members were then invited to a viewing of the newly opened exhibition and discussion with the artist.

Following the AGM, Australiana Society members participated in a Show and Tell on the theme of the waratah flower which can be seen in items of decorative and fine art since the early settlement of NSW until today.

Items brought along for display and discussion covered a large range including pottery, ceramics, leather, marble, textiles, sport, silver and books. Members were intrigued to see a leather bag and matching leather-covered photo album, a silver tea strainer and a carved piece of marble for a fireplace surround, all featuring a waratah.

 
 
   


 Items with waratahs being arranged for display.   Early rugby jerseys and waratah emblem.

Items brought along for display and discussion covered a large range including pottery, ceramics, leather, marble, textiles, sport, silver and books. Members were intrigued to see a leather bag and matching leather-covered photo album, a silver tea strainer and a carved piece of marble for a fireplace surround, all featuring a waratah.


Society News 2012