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

    • 30 Nov 2019
    • Brisbane

    Queensland Christmas Party - joint event with the Queensland Branch of the Australian Garden History Society

    The Queensland Chapter is planning a combined Christmas Party for Australiana Society members and members of the Australian Garden History Society (AGHS) at a member's house (address will be provided to confirmed attendees) on the afternoon/evening of Saturday 30th November 2019 in Brisbane.

    This will be a catered event so there will be a charge to cover the catering costs.

    Interstate members who wish to attend will also be welcome, of course.

    Catering details will be provided as soon as we work them out. Final dates for RSVP will also be advised once we have coordinated with AGHS.

    David Bedford and Jennifer Stuerzl

    Convenors, Australiana Queensland

    Enquiries via email:  australiana.queensland@gmail.com 


    • 07 Dec 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Old Government House, Parramatta

    Xmas Drinks at Old Government House

    Please join us for the annual Christmas drinks at Old Government House, Parramatta. 

    Old Government House is the oldest surviving public building in Australia. Built by convicts, it served as the ‘country residence’ for the first ten Governors of Australia.

    Today, this elegant Georgian house stands in 200 acres of parkland, overlooking the Parramatta River. It is home to the National Trust’s premier colonial furniture collection, early textiles and significant homewares from the time of the Governors.

    Old Government House is situated on the traditional lands of the Burramatta Darug and is World Heritage listed.

    Take the opportunity to tour the House and view the exhibition, Women of Distinction, an exhibition of the women who lived in, worked at, and influenced Old Government House throughout its decades of change; from Anna Josepha Coombe (who married Governor King), Elizabeth Macquarie, to the Matrons of The Kings School, and the women of the National Trust (NSW).  

    Date: Saturday, 7th December 2019

    Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm (1.30pm if taking the tour and exhibition viewing) 

    Guided tour of Old Government House available at $10 per head for Society members (free for National Trust members; member's card must be shown). For those wishing to take the tour and view the exhibition, gather under the awning near the OGH shop of the building complex at 1.30pm.

    Place: Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance, Parramatta 2150 NSW. Parking available on site.

    Cost: $38, finger food included. Drinks at own cost based on consumption.

    RSVP: By Thursday, 21 November 2019, call Barbara Wheatley, mobile (zero four one seven two zero five two nine eight) or email info@australiana.org.au. 

    Refer to the email announcement for booking and payment details.

    Payment options (Call Barbara Wheatley to book before making payment):

    • EFT deposit Refer to email announcement for bank account details. Please use your surname and initial as reference. Please also email remittance details to info@australiana.org.au.
    • Credit card (Mastercard or Visa) Please provide Barbara Wheatley with your card details when you call to book.
    • Cheque Please make cheque payable to “Australiana Society”. Post cheque with names of attendees and contact number to PO Box 2335, Bondi Junction NSW 1355. Please advise by email to Barbara Wheatley, info@australiana.org.au of your booking and that a cheque has been posted.



    Today, this elegant Georgian house stands in 200 acres of parkland, overlooking the Parramatta River. It is home to the National Trust’s premier colonial furniture collection, early textiles and significant homewares from the time of the Governors.
    • 08 Dec 2019
    • 2:30 PM
    • Deutscher and Hackett, 105 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC

    Christmas Drinks, Afternoon Tea and "Show and Tell"

    Society members are invited to drinks and afternoon tea at a Christmas “Show and Tell” extravaganza. Six members are each bringing special Australiana objects for discussion. Sure to be an enjoyable and informative day.

    Date: Sunday, 8th December 2019

    Time: 2.00pm for 2.30pm  

    Venue: Deutscher and Hackett, 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra VIC

    Cost: $20 per person. Afternoon tea included.

    RSVP: By Friday 29 November 2019.  

    Payment: By Direct Transfer (email Linda Young for details) or by cheque (make cheque payable to Australiana Society Inc. Post to Linda Young, PO Box 203, Clifton Hill, VIC 3068)

    Email enquiries: Linda Young, linda.young@deakin.edu.au



    Today, this elegant Georgian house stands in 200 acres of parkland, overlooking the Parramatta River. It is home to the National Trust’s premier colonial furniture collection, early textiles and significant homewares from the time of the Governors.

Past events

19 Oct 2019 The Kevin Fahy Annual Dinner & Lecture
17 Oct 2019 "Made in Australia" 40th Anniversary Symposium
27 Jul 2019 Art Potters Exhibition Tour
19 Jun 2019 AGM 2019 and Show and Tell
08 Jun 2019 Queensland 'Show and Tell' meeting
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