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

    • 17 Oct 2019
    • 21 Oct 2019
    • Mitchell Library at the State Library of NSW, Sydney

    Made in Australia 40th Anniversary Symposium

    An exciting line up of speakers is being organised for the Made in Australia 40th Anniversary Symposium. There will be lectures on contemporary ceramics, traditional and mid-century modern furniture, convict artists, colonial prints, goldfields jewellery, female wood carvers, china painting and pottery, quilts, conservation of important furniture, maces, Queensland opals in jewellery and much more!

    Speakers will include Stephen Bowers (contemporary Australian ceramic artist), John Hawkins (QLD opals in Australian jewellery) and Julian Bickersteth (conservation of Australian furniture). Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian and Director of Education & Scholarship from the State Library of NSW will be talking about how the collection was put together and showcasing treasures from the collection. Library curatorial staff will talk about important photographs and early maps in the collection. There will be presentations from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Sydney Living Museum. Speakers from all of our Australiana Society's State chapters, SA Study Group and Western Australia will be sharing their stories.


    17 October Thursday Welcome Drinks - SLNSW

    18 - 20 October Fri - Sun Anniversary Symposium - Dixson Room, SLNSW

    19 October Saturday Kevin Fahy Dinner and Lecture

    The guest speaker for the Kevin Fahy Dinner will be Grace Cochrane on the topic Made in Australia.

    Cost is $475 for a Society member Early Bird package booked and paid for BEFORE 12 September until sold out.

    Please refer to the Symposium flyer and booking form for other pricing options. 

    The Early Bird package includes Welcome Drinks, 3-day Symposium (daily morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) and Kevin Fahy Dinner.

    It will be possible to buy separate tickets for the Kevin Fahy Dinner at a subsidised price of $100 for delegate partners, until sold out.

    The Society is subsidising these events for Members.

    There will be an optional mini tour on Monday 21st October to the Mosman Library to view an exhibition of apprentice pieces titled “Australia with Grace” lead by curator Donna Braye. Ticket price will cover transport from a Sydney CBD pick-up with drop-offs at the Art Gallery of NSW, Powerhouse Museum and Central railway station.

    For further details and booking form, go to the Symposium page.

    A Symposium Flyer with booking form has been included in the August Australiana magazine which will be posted in the last week of July.

    We would strongly suggest that an early booking is made as places are limited by the size of the venue.


    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 6:15 PM
    • The Women's College, University of Sydney, Newtown (Sydney)

    The Kevin Fahy Annual Dinner & Lecture

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

    Date: Saturday, 19th October 2019

    Time: 6:15pm for drinks (Menzies Court) followed by dinner at 7:00pm

    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 into Cadigal Lane (3- mins walk). Enter Western Avenue via university entrance at Carillon Ave. Pay and display: All day Saturday & Sunday: $4 per hour with maximum $24 per day..

    Cost: $100 for members, $120 for non-members (Additional seats now available with move to larger dining room)

    RSVP Book online via Symposium page

    Guest dinner speaker: Dr Grace Cochrane AM

    Lecture title: Contemporary studio crafts: Australiana in a changing context. Dr Cochrane will discuss the role of organisations and institutions, the changes to funding, technologies, education and museums - and the stimulating persistence of crafts people to continue making artwork, often with strong themes associated with Australia. Examples of such makers, working across different media will also be discussed.   

    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 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 book online via Symposium page

    or complete booking form 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)

    • 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: 

Past events

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