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

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Brisbane

    Next Queensland 'show and tell' meeting

    The Queensland Chapter is holding its second meeting of the year. It will be a “show and tell” meeting.

    7 pm Saturday, 8 June 2019, Brisbane (address will be provided to confirmed attendees)

    This meeting is planned for a Saturday as some members were unable to commit to a Wednesday meeting. We are open to suggestions as to preferred days for future meetings and will do our best to accommodate the majority of participants.

    As the meeting is being held at a private home, only a maximum of 14 participants can be accommodated so the first 14 to RSVP will be in. Unfortunately, others will have to go on the waiting list for priority next meeting.

    Participants should bring along up to two items to talk to other members about and please bring along a plate of something to share. As it is after dinner this can simply be some nibbles. If you want an alcoholic or other special drink please bring it to share. We will supply glasses, cups, tea and (instant!) coffee

    Those that do not have anything to show are also welcome. We are sure that your expertise and/or comments and interest will help us all to understand our field better.

    RSVP via email by 1st June to

    David Bedford and Jennifer Stuerzl

    Convenors, Australiana Queensland


    • 19 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, Sydney

    AGM 2019 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 2019

    2. Presentation of the Peter Walker Writing Award

    3. Show and Tell: "Your favourite item of Australiana". Come armed and share your collecting stories!

    Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019

    Time: 6pm - 8pm

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

    RSVP: By Friday, 14 June 2019 to

    Refreshments will be provided. Parking is available on site.  

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

    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 20 Oct 2019
    • Mitchell Library at the State Library of NSW, Sydney

    "Made in Australia" Symposium

    This is a Save the Date notice.

    The Australiana Society is planning a three day symposium on Australian decorative arts, to be held at the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Sydney.

    We are seeking submissions from potential speakers for the symposium. The talk should be on a subject within the scope of Australiana, Australian decorative arts including indigenous arts and crafts.

    Please send your submissions to  

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Women's College, University of Sydney, Newtown (Sydney)

    The Kevin Fahy Annual Lecture & Dinner

    The President and committee of the Australiana Society invite all members and friends to the 2019 Kevin Fahy Annual Lecture & Dinner.

    Date: Saturday 23 March 2019 Postponed to October 2019

     Time: 6:00pm for 6.30pm

    Place: The Women’s College, University of Sydney, 15 Carillon Avenue, Newtown, Sydney

    Limited parking at site. Nearest university parking station is located at Western Ave, enter via university entrance at Carillon Ave. Parking charged at weekend flat rate of $6 maximum.

    Cost: $100 for members, $110 for non-members

    RSVP with payment by Monday 18 March 2019 TBA

    Guest dinner speaker: Dr Grace Cochrane AM

    Lecture title: Made in Australia

    Grace Cochrane AM is an independent curator, writer and consultant. From 1988-2005, Grace was the curator, later 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). For 40 years, she has talked about the crafts and design in lectures and conferences in Australia and overseas, has written for a range of journals and publications, and examined submissions from many PhD and Master’s candidates.


    Please complete the booking form (available by 10 February) with payment and

    Post to: Australiana Society, PO Box 2335 Bondi Junction NSW 1355

    Or email to:

    (All bookings will be confirmed with an email or by phone. Please ensure you fill out your contact details. If you do not receive a confirmation within 7 days, please email to check on your booking)

    Click here for booking form or check your email for the announcement.

Past events

13 Mar 2019 Werribee Tour, Victoria
17 Feb 2019 Launch meeting of the Victorian Chapter
02 Dec 2018 Xmas Drinks at Rothwell House
01 Nov 2018 Hobart events 1 - 3 November 2018
22 Oct 2018 Joint meeting with the Ceramic Collectors Society
20 Sep 2018 Queensland Tour 2018
20 Sep 2018 Guided tour of 'With heart and hand: art pottery in Queensland to 1950'
01 Aug 2018 Guided tour of the Ipswich Art Gallery & Gooloowan
15 Jul 2018 Presentation of Australiana Society Grant
13 Jun 2018 Guided tour at Miegunyah
06 Jun 2018 AGM 2018 and Show and Tell
03 May 2018 Long weekend in Melbourne 3 - 5 May 2018 CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS
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