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

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 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


    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Brisbane

    Queensland Tour 2018

    The Society is very pleased to announce details for the Queensland Tour 2018.

    The tour is scheduled for the 20th to the 22nd September and will include visits to four private collections of Australiana as well as a curator guided tour of the Queensland art pottery exhibition.

    The tour starts on early Thursday evening at the Griffith University Art Museum exhibition of Queensland art pottery, With heart and hand: art pottery in Queensland to 1950, where we will be guided by the creator and curator of the exhibition, Glenn Cooke.

    On Friday morning, we will view a private and wonderful collection of Australian furniture, glass and scrimshaw, hosted by a long time member of the Society. This collection has been formed over 40 years in Tasmania, Sydney and Brisbane.

    In the afternoon, we will visit a private house where we will view a collection of Queensland exhibition furniture and Queensland pottery.

    On Saturday morning, we continue with the Queensland theme at another private house with a viewing of a collection of furniture from the workshop of Ed Rosenstengel, a prominent Brisbane cabinetmaker active in the early part of the 20th century.

    By mid-afternoon on Saturday, we will arrive at a classic Queenslander house of the 1880s for the last event of the tour. At this private house, we will view a large collection of Colonial furniture, including many labelled pieces, Queensland furniture and pottery. The tour ends with an early dinner catered at the house.

    To download a copy of the tour program with other details, please click on Queensland Tour.

    To download a booking form for the Queensland Tour, please click on QLD Booking Form.

    Please book as early as possible as tour numbers are strictly limited.


    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Uniting Church Hall, Lord Street, Roseville NSW

    Joint Meeting with the Ceramic Collectors Society

    The presidents of both the Australiana Society and the Ceramic Collectors Society have agreed to a further joint meeting to be held this year. This event will be hosted by the Ceramic Collectors Society at a meeting on Monday evening the 22nd of October. Details are advised below.

    All members and their guests are welcome to attend the meeting. At this meeting will be a talk by Donna Bray, librarian and curator in the Mosman Museum and Art Gallery:

    "Mid-Twentieth Century Design in Mosman: Ceramics, Textiles and Jewellery".

    Donna will speak about the potters and other artists who worked in the harbour-side Sydney suburb of Mosman in the 1950s and 1960s. A show and tell of Australiana themed ceramic ware and other items from the 1950s and 60s will follow.

    A similar event occurred last year between the Australiana Society and the Ceramic Collectors Society and was very well attended.

    Please click on the following link to visit the website of the Ceramic Collectors Society (CCS):

    ceramiccollectors.weebly.com

    The Ceramic Collectors Society is based in Sydney and was established in 1949. Membership is open to all those interested in ceramic ware from all periods. Several members belong to both societies. The CCS meets bi-monthly at Roseville and hosts a lecture and supper at most meetings. Newsletters are issued six times a year to members. There is a $50 annual membership.

    RSVPs from members and friends for attendance at the joint meeting to the president of the CCS, Paul Simadas, email: ceramiccollectorssociety@gmail.com

    Joint meeting

    Meeting date: Monday, 22nd October 2018

    Time: 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm start. Finish 10.00 pm

    Meeting location: Uniting Church Hall, Lord Street, Roseville NSW (300 metres from Roseville Station)

    Format: a lecture followed by "Show and Tell", with comment and discussion on each member's item by experts and members from each society. Supper and refreshments to follow. Bring an unusual or interesting item (or two) related to 1950s and 1960s Australian Ceramic or design ware for this "show and tell".


    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Rothwell House, Glebe

    Xmas Drinks at Rothwell House

    Please join us for the annual Christmas drinks at Rothwell House in Glebe. 

    Rothwell House is an early Victorian Georgian villa c1840s and is one of the earliest surviving houses in Glebe, Sydney. The house is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register and has been restored and cared for by the current and previous owners. 

    Date: Sunday, 2nd December 2018

    Time: 3pm - 6pm

    Talk: 3.30pm. The owners will give an informal talk on the history of the house.

    Place: Rothwell House, Glebe (address will be provided via the email announcement)

    Cost: TBA, refreshments included

    RSVP: By Friday, 23 November 2017, email info@australiana.org.au. 

    Further details will be announced by email.

    Booking form will be available in November.



Past events

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