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

    • 22 Feb 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 198 Evandale Rd, Western Junction, Tasmania

    The Committee of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Society invite members and friends to view historic

    ‘CLAIRVILLE’

    198 Evandale Road, Western Junction.

    Saturday - 22 February, 2020

    from 3pm until 7pm

    Come and wander the formal rooms and parkland setting of this beautiful 1820’s colonial home with its heritage listed buildings and trees. A feature of the house is the panoramic wallpaper, hand printed in France in the early 1820’s and believed to be the only existing example of this type of wallpaper in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Also of note is the cedar joinery, especially the fire surrounds with finely carved rope twists. The house also contains wonderful examples of colonial and other antique furniture and collectables.

    Clairville was originally granted to John Sinclair for his part in the capture of one of the Mathew Brady Gang of bushrangers. The grant was nearly 700 acres in the district then known as The Springs, now Western Junction.

    Sinclair subsequently sold the property to Robert Cameron (who was granted Fordon, on the eastern side of Evandale). Cameron's eldest son inherited Fordon and his younger son was given Clairville. The property remained in the Cameron family until last year when the current owners were fortunate enough to purchase the house and outbuildings on its remaining 13 acres. The bulk of the farm had been sold off over many years to enable the development and expansion of the Launceston Airport.

    A light meal will be served, plus Tasmanian wines and other refreshments. String music will entertain you too.

    Guest numbers are limited and will be accepted on a first in basis.

    Entry is the driveway next to the gatehouse opposite the Launceston Airport. Please come down the drive and follow the signs for parking.

    Cost $65 per person - payable to the Australiana Society. BSB 067-000. Account Number 1093 9529. Please note your name in the payment description.

    Depending upon demand consideration will be given to providing a bus from Hobart. This will be charged on a break-even user pay basis.

    Email: Australiana Society (tyson.annabel@gmail.com) to confirm payment with your name and phone contact details.

    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Greater Sydney region & Canberra region

    NSW Tour 2020 Fully Booked - Wait list on request 

    The NSW Tour 2020 program is open for bookings. 

    Highlights of the tour: 

    • 14th - 19th March
    • Travel by coach within the Greater Sydney region and a three day/two night sector to Canberra   
    • Visits to five historic properties, with one cottage built in 1810/1811, all occupied by its owners, retaining generations of family contents and furnishings
    • Curator led tours of NGA's new 19th century galleries, NPG and NMA store rooms
    • Six outstanding private collections of early colonial furniture, colonial art, pottery, sculptures and Australiana

    Tour cost: $1,575*

    * excludes airfare, accommodation and meals except for hosted lunches and dinners listed in the tour itinerary. 

    NSW Tour 2020 information & itinerary

    NSW Tour 2020 Booking form

    Canberra Hotel information

    Please send all inquiries to nswtour@australiana.org.au 

    • 17 Apr 2020
    • 19 Apr 2020
    • Bathurst
    Register


Past events

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