Events

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Sunday, 7 October 2018 to 5 May 2019
Open House at La Trobe’s Cottage:
2 – 4pm
Discover how Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria’s first Governor, and his family lived in early Melbourne. Enjoy the simple yet elegant family home with many pieces of original furniture and the garden containing many plants of the 1840s-50s. No bookings required.
Sunday – 9 September 2018
Gulf Station: a farm of the La Trobe era:
2.30 – 4pm
Speaker: Irene Kearsey, volunteer guide at Gulf Station in the Yarra Valley and dedicated historian, will talk about the property’s Scottish settlers and give a flavour of pioneering life in rural Victoria. more... Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens (leave ample time to park). Refreshments. Cost: $5, payable at the door. Bookings essential by 4 September.
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
Tuesday – 18 September 2018
Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage annual lecture:
6 – 8pm
‘Eliza Nelson and Dr John Singleton: eventful lives in colonial Victoria’. Eliza Nelson was a gold rush immigrant, pioneer, midwife and entrepreneur; she also became a temperance advocate and a friend and assistant to the social reformer and philanthropist Dr John Singleton MD. Speaker: Lorraine Finlay, former volunteer manager, La Trobe’s Cottage. Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens. Refreshments. Cost: $25 (a discount is available for Cottage volunteers). Bookings essential by 14 September.
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
 
Sunday – 7 October 2018
Garden Day at La Trobe’s Cottage
: 1 – 4pm
Spring Opening of the Cottage with an emphasis on La Trobe’s garden, and the heritage plants he favoured. Tours of the garden will take place at 1.15, 2.15 and 3.15pm. At this time we shall also celebrate the 179th anniversary of the La Trobe family’s arrival in early Melbourne. No bookings required.
Early Melbourne Paintings: selected times (or as arranged for groups)
Exhibition of Early Melbourne paintings, lithographs, watercolours and sketches, from the Roy Morgan Research collection. Special tours in conjunction with historic furniture. Venue: Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, Melbourne. Cost: $8 adults. Bookings essential: Ph 9651 2233, email bookings@oldtreasurybuilding.org.au     Catalogue    Images

Past events

Sunday – 12 August 2018
La Trobe and his Horses - Testing Times:
2.30 – 4pm
Peter Hiscock AM, former director the Sovereign Hill outdoor museum at Ballarat, and life-long horseman, focused on the horse as a major player in the settlement of the Port Phillip District. more... Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens.
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
Wednesday – 1 August 2018
La Trobe Society Annual General Meeting and Dinner:
6.30pm
Guest Speaker: Dr Monique Webber, La Trobe Society Fellow 2017-18, enlightened members on ’La Trobe's Garden City and the Lost Sculptures of the Fitzroy Gardens’. Venue: Lyceum Club, Ridgway Place, Melbourne. 
(La Trobe Society event)
Saturday & Sunday – 28 & 29 July 2018
Open House Melbourne
: Cottage open 12 – 3pm
Visitors were be able to gain an insight into the role played by prefabricated housing for the early colonists in Melbourne, and of family life at the humble home of Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria’s first Governor. Click here to visit the Open House Melbourne website.
Sunday – 8 July 2018
Edward Byam Wight: pioneer in the Port Phillip District:
2.30–4pm
Davydd Shaw spoke about enterprising pioneer Edward Byam Wight: his arrival in 1841, success in various ventures and a friendship with Charles Joseph La Trobe. more... Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
Friday – 29 June 2018
Melbourne Rare Book Week Lecture:
6 – 8.30 pm
‘The Remarkable Library of Bishop Goold: its creation, loss and rediscovery’. Guest Speaker: Shane Carmody, historian. Venue: Tonic House, 386 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event, sponsored by Roy Morgan Research)
Tuesday – 19 June 2018
Joint La Trobe Society/ RHSV AGL Shaw Lecture:
6.30 – 8pm
‘Charles La Trobe and Hugh Childers: the ladder of success in Victoria’. Speaker: Major-General Michael O’Brien (Rtd). Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Cnr William and A’Beckett Streets, Melbourne. 
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 10 June 2018
Georgiana McCrae and her ‘Favorite’ Music:
2.30 – 4pm
Speaker: Dr Rosemary Richards, musicologist, operatic coach and educator, spoke on Georgiana McCrae’s favourite music and events in her life, as revealed in her four known music collections - including the McCrae Homestead music book 1841/56, during the La Trobe era in colonial Victoria. Musicians played musical selections. more... Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens.
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
Sunday – 22 April to 6 May 2018
Australian Heritage Festival at La Trobe’s Cottage:
open 2 – 4pm
Visitors were able to learn about Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria's first Governor and visionary administrator. They were also able to hear some fascinating stories from the family's letters about their life in early Melbourne, both before and during the years of the gold rushes.
Sunday – 1 to 29 April 2018
Art Exhibition at La Trobe’s Cottage:
open 2 – 4pm
Visitors were able to view delightful paintings and drawings of La Trobe’s House and Garden by members of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors that will be available for purchase.
(Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
Sunday – 18 March 2018
La Trobe’s Birthday Celebration:
4.30-6pm
Opening of Art Exhibition featuring La Trobe’s Cottage and Garden, as sketched by members of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors. Guest speaker: Jo Reitze, fellow of the Victorian Artists’ Society. Afterwards birthday cake and festive drinks to celebrate Charles Joseph La Trobe’s 217th birthday. 
(La Trobe Society event)
Friday – 26 January 2018
Family Day at La Trobe’s Cottage:
Cottage open 1 – 4pm
Spend your afternoon in the beautiful Domain, with guided tours of the Cottage, rope-making, old-fashioned games for the children and light refreshments for purchase in the garden. Entry by donation. It was also Open Day at nearby Government House, so visitors were able to visit the homes of both the first and current Victorian Governors.

 

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