40th Anniversary Symposium 

Made in Australia

17 - 20 October 2019

State Library of NSW

Come and celebrate the Society's 40th Anniversary at our three days Australiana symposium, "Made in Australia". We have a fantastic line up of speakers including 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 the library's collection and showcasing its treasures. There will also be presentations from curators and our members.

Come and hear about contemporary ceramics, colonial and mid-century modern Australian furniture, convict artists, goldfields jewellery, female woodcarvers, china painting and pottery, quilts, conservation of important furniture, ceremonial maces, Queensland opals in jewellery and much more!

Please register for the Symposium and/or Kevin Fahy Dinner & Lecture via our Online Registration Form

Symposium program

Thursday 17 October 2019

Friends Room, State Library of NSW

5:45 pm to 6.00 pm Registration
6.00 pm to 7.45 pm 

Welcome drinks & presentation “The Formation of the Mitchell Library Collection”

Richard Neville, State Library of NSW


Friday 18 October 2019

Dixson Room, State Library of NSW

8.30 am to 9.00 am Registration
9.00 am to 9.10 am

Welcome and introduction

Dr Jim Bertouch, President, Australiana Society

9.10 am to 10.00 am

Keynote speaker: Surface Paradise, contemporary Australian ceramics

Stephen Bowers

10.00 am to 10.30 am

Gold Digger brooches – An Australian original

Dr Linda Young, Deakin University

10.30 am to 11.00 am Morning Tea
11.00 am to 11.30 am

The Australian Flora Ceramic Services by Wedgwood revisited

Eva Czernis-Ryl, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

11.30 am to 12.30 pm

Textiles which reflect our Australian social history

Dr Annette Gero

12.30 pm to 1.30 pm Lunch Break
1.30 pm to 2.30 pm

Workshop: Mid-century modern Australian furniture and furnishings

Megan Martin, Catriona Quinn, Rebecca Hawcroft, Michael Lech

2.30 pm to 3.00 pm

The discovery and promotion of the Australian opal and its use around the world 1875 – 2000

John Hawkins

3.00 pm to 3.30 pm Afternoon Tea
3.30 pm to 4.00 pm

Art in public places: sculptures and fountains in Sydney's parks

Laila Ellmoos, City of Sydney

4.00 pm to 4.30pm

More than meets the eye: photography in the collections of the State Library of NSW

Margot Riley, State Library of NSW

4.30 pm to 5.00 pm

The history and artistry of maps

Maggie Patton, State Library of NSW

5.00 pm to 5.10 pm Wrap Up

Saturday 19 October 2019

Dixson Room, State Library of NSW

8.55 am to 9.00 am Housekeeping
9.00 am to 9.30 am

30 years of conserving Australian furniture – thoughts on the state of the art

Julian Bickersteth

9.30 am to 10.15 am

Angels in their Studios: Some professional women artists in Western Australia 1890s-1915

Dr Dorothy Erickson

10.15 to 10.45 am Morning Tea
10.45 am to 11.15 am

The Sunshine State in the wash up

Glenn Cooke

11.15 am to 12.00 pm

Australian crown jewels

Trevor Hancock

12.00 pm to 12.30 pm

Thomas Bock – A new discovery: The Lewis family portraits

Warwick Oakman

12.30 pm to 1.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm to 2.30 pm

The Convict Painters, recorders of the early years of the colony

Robert Stevens, Chair, Victorian Branch - Australiana Society

2.30 pm to 3.00 pm

A gallery unique and imperishable: breastplates and peace medals in colonial portraiture

Joanna Gilmour, National Portrait Gallery

3.00 pm to 3.30 pm Afternoon Tea
3.30 pm to 4.15 pm

Richard Dowling, the elusive cabinetmaker of O’Brien’s Bridge, Van Diemen’s Land

Dr David Bedford, Chair, Queensland Branch - Australiana Society

4.15 pm to 4.45 pm

South Australian female woodcarvers

Jodie Vandepeer

4.45 pm to 5.00 pm Wrap Up

Saturday evening 19 October 2019

Women's College, University of Sydney

6:15 pm Kevin Fahy Dinner & Lecture. Guest speaker - Dr Grace Cochrane AM, “Contemporary studio crafts: Australiana in a changing context”

Note: This requires a separate booking fee unless included as part of your Early Bird Package


Sunday 20 October 2019

Dixson Room, State Library of NSW

9.25 am to 9.30 am Housekeeping
9.30 am to 10.00 am

Architecture in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land 1788 - 1860

Scott Carlin, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

10.00 to 10.30 am

The Riley Cabinet - an investigative discovery of timbers

Greg Peters

10.30 am to 11.00 am Morning Tea
11.00 am to 11.30 am

Scrimshaw, the ancient art of the mariner

Colin Thomas, Chair, Tasmanian Branch - Australiana Society

11.30 am to 12.00 pm

The Woollahra Mansion’s 1856 foundation stone coin box

Peter Lane

12.00 pm to 12.30 pm

Ceremonial maces of Australian universities

Christine Erratt

12.30 pm to 1.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm to 2.30 pm

Workshop: A colonial chest, Australian cabinet timbers and colonial boxes

Andrew Simpson, Dr David Bedford, Greg Peters, Dr Jim Bertouch

2.30 pm to 3.00 pm Afternoon Tea
3.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Treasures of the Mitchell Library - Presentation and Tour

Richard Neville, Mitchell Library

4.30 pm Wrap Up

Monday 21 October 2019

Mini tour by chartered bus 

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond its control, the Mosman Library has had to postpone this exhibition. The exhibition will be rescheduled for a later date.

Bus seat bookings will be refunded.

(This has no affect on the Symposium. We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium, 17th to 20th October)

Australia with Grace: A morning with the curator

Barry O'Keefe Library at the Mosman Library

10.30am - midday

An exhibition of the work of early 20th century studio potter, Grace Seccombe, colonial cabinetmaker, Andrew Lenehan and a collection of miniature furniture, held to celebrate 40 years of the Australiana Society, highlighting the role of community groups and collectors play in preserving and sharing Australia's cultural and moveable heritage.

Curator, Donna Braye, invites members of the Australiana Society to a private viewing of the exhibition. She will share the story of the exhibition, how it evolved and its significance. Some of the collectors who lent pieces will be present and will speak about their pieces, identification and approaches to collecting.

Morning tea will be provided.

Your travel by chartered bus at $25 per person can be booked as part of the registrations for the Symposium. The bus will depart from Central Station at 10am for the Mosman Library and pick up passengers at 12pm with drop-offs at the Art Gallery of NSW and Powerhouse Museum before returning to Central Station.

Members who wish to travel independently to the Mosman Library should book places by filling in the Symposium booking form for the mini tour and note on the form that you will not require a seat on the bus. There is no charge for members to attend this event.

Please register for the Symposium via Online Registration Form

Click here to download a PDF copy of the three and a half day Symposium program 

Click here for a copy of the Symposium Flyer