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Koori Heritage Trust Visit
On a gorgeous autumn day 25 members were treated to an immersion into Koori art and culture and a greater understanding about the Kulin nations in Victoria. A guided tour of the gallery was followed by a walk along Birrarung Marr to understand more about indigenous history of the area. As always time was available to have lunch and talk about what we had learnt.
Visit to Justin Art House Museum
We were privileged to attend an exhibition at the Justin Art House Museum - Digital The world of alternative realities. This was a rare and intimate opportunity to visit a private house museum in Prahran. Owners Charles and Leah were very generous in presenting this exhibition along with morning tea in their apartment upstairs. We all went away with a much better appreciation and undertaking of Digital art.
Visit to Government House and Latrobe Cottage
On a beautiful sunny and warm early Autumn morning 28 LDGM members enjoyed a fascinating insight into social and political history of Government House built in 1876 by the architects William Wardell (St Patrick's Cathedral) and JJ Clarke (Old Treasury Building). Our 3 guides were very knowledgeable and insightful and It was said to be the largest Government House in the British Empire at the time. It reflected the prosperity and sophistication of Marvellous Melbourne and there were only 150,000 living in Victoria.
From there we went to visit the first Governor of Victoria's house -Latrobe Cottage. This had been originally erected on his Jolimont estate, a prefabricated house he brought with him from the UK. He lived here with his wife and children from 1839 to 1854.
An historical morning was completed with many having lunch at Cafe du Jardin in the botanical gardens.
TARRAWARRA, A PIECE OF HEAVEN ON EARTH
Tuesday, the 26th of March, turned out to be a near-perfect day for an LDG excursion to the Yarra Valley. The group of nineteen met at the NGV at 9.15am, and with expert driving by our coach captain Les, we were away by 9.30. We had a good run beyond the city limits, and reached TarraWarra by 10.45. In spite of best efforts made by LDG coordinators and U3A staff to provide a first-rate experience for the group, there were a few hiccups to contend with at first. However, these were soon overcome, as we were all eager to proceed to the art gallery to view the works of Jeffrey Smart, a leading Australian artist, now 91 years old. Once inside we were immediately taken with an excellent film on the artist’s life and career, from the post-war years until 2011. We were also fortunate to be led through the extensive display by a well-prepared guide. We were shown key works lent by leading museums, as well as lesser ones lent privately. As we had some extra time in the afternoon Les arranged for us to have a welcome half hour in Healesville, arriving back at the NGV by approximately 4.00pm.
Jeanne Klovdahl, March 2013
LET’S DO GALLERIES, FROM REGALIA TO KITSCH
On Friday, 22nd February, our group was shown key pieces from the City of Melbourne’s Art & Heritage Collection. Program Manager of the Arts & Culture Branch Eddie Butler-Bowden explained how a wide range of unique items had come into the collection, how it’s displayed within city buildings and how it’s maintained and stored. The 1 1½ hour presentation focused on selected pieces, which provided a glimpse into Melbourne life from the mid-19th Century to the present. Time was allotted for questions also. Coffee/lunch followed the visit at a nearby cafe.
Jeanne Klovdahl, Co-coordinator, LDG