Society News




South Australian Chapter - 10th & 11th Meeting

4th August & 1st September 2016

                The South Australian Chapter of the Australiana Society holds monthly meetings. The meetings are hosted at a member's home with a "Show and Tell" and refreshments. 

Please click on the following to read a report of the meeting: SA Chapter 10th meeting and 11th meeting.    

Members who would like to join the meetings should contact Peter Lane, Hon Numismatist, AGSA or Rebecca Evan, European & Australian Decorative Arts curator, AGSA. Please write to info@australiana.org.au for their contact details.
 





W J Sanders Visit

26th July 2016

       Members were taken on an all inclusive tour of the W J Sanders workshop in Marrickville by owner Dennis De Muth. Dennis gave freely of his time, taking our party to every corner of the premises in alternative groups so that the full workings of this unique precious metal workshop could be demonstrated and understood. 

An introductory talk by Dennis told of the history of the business under founder William Sanders up till its purchase by him some years ago. He explained how he had been determined to save and resurrect this business as it was the only type remaining in Australia and had a rich history. 

Thanks to his determination and foresight, all the skills of the smith and the promise of their perpetuation by the employment of apprentices were on display, and we were privileged to watch these artisans at first hand as they went about the business of forging, soldering, formatting, shaping, spinning, chasing, plating and polishing. 

All around their work was to be seen, from the smallest precious items for domestic use, through massive ecclesiastical works and right up to the current fabrication of the Melbourne Cup, our richest racing trophy, which for the first time will now be made entirely within Australia, from the mining of gold ore right up to the finished cup. As well, a plethora of historic material is held on site, equally of interest to the collector or historian.

Members were delighted to see inside this workshop and experience it at first hand, so our heartfelt thanks go the the firm of W J Sanders and to Dennis.



South Australian Chapter - 9th Meeting

7th July 2016

                The South Australian Chapter of the Australiana Society holds monthly meetings. The meetings are hosted at a member's home with a "Show and Tell" and refreshments. 

Please click on the following to read a report of the meeting: SA Chapter 9th meeting    

Members wishing to join the meetings should contact Peter and Janis Lane. Please write to info@australiana.org.au for their contact details.
 

South Australian Chapter - 9th Meeting

7th July 2016

                The South Australian Chapter of the Australiana Society holds monthly meetings. The meetings are hosted at a member's home with a "Show and Tell" and refreshments. 

Please click on the following to read a report of the meeting: SA Chapter 9th meeting    

Members wishing to join the meetings should contact Peter and Janis Lane. Please write to info@australiana.org.au for their contact details.