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Sunday – 30 August 2015
Melbourne Day:
10am- 12pm
A celebration of the 180th anniversary of the founding of Melbourne in 1835. Official flag raising ceremony, followed by live entertainment and a rifle volley & a rifle volley by the Colonial Re-enactment Society of Australia and the 40th Regiment of Foot. Venue: Enterprize Park, near the corner of Flinders and William Streets. Click here to visit the Melbourne Day website
Wednesday – 9 September 2015
Bishopscourt Visit:
6 – 8pm
Bishopscourt, the official residence of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, will be open to members of the La Trobe Society on this special occasion, when our fellow member, Archbishop Philip Freier, Primate of Australia, will inform us about this historic building completed in 1853 and visited by Charles Joseph La Trobe. Refreshments. Venue: 120 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne. Cost: $25 (includes a donation to the Bishopscourt fund). Bookings essential: Ph 9646 2112 (please leave a message), or email:
(La Trobe Society event)
Early Melbourne Paintings:/strong> 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     Catalogue    Images

Past events

Wednesday – 5 August 2015
La Trobe Society Annual General Meeting and Dinner:
The guest speaker was Dr Sylvia Whitmore, historian and La Trobe Society member, who spoke about ‘La Trobe in Mexico’. Venue: Lyceum Club, Ridgway Place, Melbourne. 
(La Trobe Society event)
Saturday – 18 July 2015
Separation Anniversary Dinner and La Trobe Lecture:
Guest speaker at the Victoria Day Council’s 164th Separation Anniversary dinner and La Trobe lecture was Professor David Penington AC, 2014 Victorian of the Year. Venue: Morgans at 401, 401 Collins Street, Melbourne. Visit the Victoria Day Council website
Friday – 17 July 2015
Medicine in Melbourne in the time of La Trobe:
6.30 – 8.30pm
An illustrated lecture by Dr Jonathan Burdon, AM, MD, FRACP, FCCP, FACLM, FAICD, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Co-Convenor Melbourne Rare Book Week, and La Trobe Society member. Venue: Morgans at 401, 401 Collins Street, Melbourne. 
(Presented by The La Trobe Society for Melbourne Rare Book Week 2015 and generously sponsored by Mr Gary Morgan, Executive Chairman, Roy Morgan Research.)
Wednesday – 1 July 2015
Victoria Day:
10.30am – 12pm
Victoria Day Council celebration of the 164th anniversary of the Separation of the Port Phillip District from New South Wales. Victorian flag raising ceremony and the re-enactment of Lieutenant-Governor La Trobe's reading of the proclamation, followed by the presentation of the Victoria Day Awards. Venue: Melbourne Town Hall.  Visit the Victoria Day Council website
Tuesday – 16 June 2015
C J La Trobe Society/ RHSV A G L Shaw Lecture
: 6.30 – 8pm
‘Charles Joseph La Trobe and the Regulation of Everyday Life: Implementing the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act’ was the topic of Dr Madonna Grehan, Historian and 2014 La Trobe Society Fellow at the State Library of Victoria. Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Cnr William and A’Beckett Streets, Melbourne. Podcast
(La Trobe Society event).
Tuesday – 5 May 2015
Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage Annual Lecture:
6 – 8pm
‘Passion for Plants’ was the topic of Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, who is an internationally recognised plant scientist with a broad interest in horticulture and biodiversity. Venue: Mueller Hall, The Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne.
Sunday – 19 and 26 April 2015
Australian Heritage Festival at La Trobe’s Cottage:
open 1 – 4pm
Visitors were able to learn how Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria's first Governor, and his family lived in early Melbourne. They wwere also able to hear of La Trobe the visionary administrator, who was called upon to govern chaos on a huge scale following the discovery of gold in Victoria.
Sunday - 22 March 2015
Café Là (Trobe) – La Trobe’s Birthday Evening Picnic:
5.30 – 7.30pm
Opportunity to enjoy the award-winning garden at La Trobe’s Cottage in a relaxed atmosphere, and to be present at garden personality Jane Edmanson’s unveiling of the La Trobe Society commissioned painting of the garden by talented artist Jo Reitze. Jane and Jo jointly planted a Camellia japonica ‘Wellbankii’, and a new series of greetings cards was launched. A ceremonial cutting of a birthday cake and champagne in celebration of La Trobe’s 214th birthday followed next door at Domain House.
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday - 1 March 2015
A Soirée with Governor Charles La Trobe and Captain Foster Fyans:
5.30 - 8pm
Entertainment by flautist Howlin’ Wind (Andy Richardson), chicken and champagne, etc. Venue: ‘Oak Hill’, 110 Creswell Road, Marcus Hill, 3222. All proceeds to the Queenscliffe Historical Museum La Trobe Bronze Bust Memorial Appeal.
Monday - 26 January 2015
Australia Day at La Trobe’s Cottage:
Cottage open 1 – 4pm
Visitors joined in the celebration of Australia Day in the Domain with guided tours of the Cottage, flag raising ceremonies and rifle salutes. It was Open Day at nearby Government House so they were able to view the homes of both the first and current Victorian Governors.
Click here to visit the Australia Day website.


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