Events Program

Our program of events is updated regularly
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Upcoming events

    • 17 Apr 2020
    • 19 Apr 2020
    • Bathurst

    The Bathurst Heritage Weekend scheduled for the 17-19 April 2020 has been postponed.

    Subject to the outcome of the COVID 19 issue, November 2020 is the most likely timeframe.  

    The Bathurst Heritage Weekend runs from the evening of Friday 17 April to Sunday 19 April. Bathurst is a 3-hour drive from Sydney or 4 hours by train. Bathurst was the first inland settlement in NSW, founded by Governor Macquarie in 1815.

    On Saturday morning, speakers from the local area will give a series of illustrated talks delving into aspects of the history of Bathurst in Walshaw Hall, built in 1923: Dr Rob McLachlan, Bathurst Government Settlement, 1815–1840; Graham Lupp, Buildings of Bathurst; John Wade, Bathurst cabinet makers; Dr Juanita Kwok, The Chinese in Bathurst; and Sarah Gurich, The artists of Hill End.

    Visits to historic, mostly rural buildings will include Alloway Bank where, after having to sell his Sydney properties, Captain John Piper built his family home in 1829 and architect Henry Sadleir designed a new “villa residence” in 1872 on the same site for W H Suttor; All Saints Cathedral, started in 1849; Holy Trinity Church (1833–35) and cemetery at Kelso; Miss Traill’s house, dating from 1845; Abercrombie House, formerly The Mount, built in the 1870s in Scottish Baronial style for J H Stewart to designs by M. Henry Sadleir and G A Mansfield, while in the 1950s, Cypriot archaeologist J R B Stewart, taught his honours students, including Kevin Fahy, here; Macquarie ( c 1823); Mountain View, started in 1880; and Clifton, under restoration.

    Cost for the weekend is $220 pp which includes Friday dinner, morning and afternoon teas and lunches on Saturday and Sunday, with an optional dinner on Saturday night.

    Details: email johnwade@optusnet.com.auor call 0400 674 466.

Past events

28 Mar 2020 Newman & St Mary's College Chapel Tour
14 Mar 2020 NSW Tour 2020
22 Feb 2020 Clairville, Tasmania
08 Dec 2019 Victorian Chapter - Christmas Drinks
07 Dec 2019 Xmas Drinks at Old Government House
30 Nov 2019 Queensland Christmas Party - joint event with Australian Garden History Society
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