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Thurday –17 March 2016
Heritage at your Touch! La Trobe’s Birthday Celebration:
6.30 - 8pm
Guest speaker will be Martin Green, Learning Manager, National Trust of Australia (Victoria) that has recently introduced new approaches in education and museum exhibitions to engage visitors, students and the general public. These include using new 3D technology to map spaces in three dimensions. Refreshments on arrival, followed by birthday cake and champagne to celebrate Charles Joseph La Trobe’s 215th birthday. Venue and cost TBA. Enquiries: Ph 9646 2112 (please leave a message), or email
(La Trobe Society event)
Tuesday – 12 April 2016
La Trobe’s First Immigrants - the 1839 Voyage of the David Clark:
Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage Annual Lecture. Speaker: Irene Kearsey, La Trobe Society member, Friends volunteer and dedicated historian. Venue: Domain House (next door to La Trobe’s Cottage), Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne 3004. Cost: $20 adults ($15 members). Enquiries: Ph 9646 2112 (please leave a message), or email
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

Tuesday – 26 January 2016
Australia Day at La Trobe’s Cottage:
Cottage open 1 – 4pm
Visitors were able to join 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 visit the homes of both the first and current Victorian Governors.
Monday – 14 December 2015
Christmas Drinks:
5 – 7.30 pm
Members and Friends were invited to Christmas Drinks in a members’ home in East Melbourne. There was also an opportunity to visit the home (next door) of J J Clark, architect of the Old Treasury Building in 1858.
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 6 December 2015
Service to Mark the Anniversary of the Death of C J La Trobe:
Charles Joseph La Trobe was remembered at a service at St Peter’s Eastern Hill, coinciding with a memorial service at St Michael the Archangel, Litlington, Sussex, where he is buried. The Vicar of St Peter’s, Rev Dr Hugh Kempster, invited La Trobe Society members and their friends to the service, followed by refreshments. Address: 15 Gisborne Street, Melbourne.
Wednesday – 25 November 2015
End of Year Reception:
6 – 8pm
Mr Murray Thompson MP was our host and spoke on ‘La Trobe: A Spring Street Perspective’. Venue: Federation Room, Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event)
Saturday – 7 November 2015
Mini Book Sale: new and used books related to La Trobe:
2 – 4pm
An opportunity to purchase at fantastic prices a range of books and other items related to Charles Joseph La Trobe. Titles included the beautiful editions of his Australian Notes and Landscapes and Sketches, biographies, editions of diaries and letters, many rare titles by a variety of authors, as well as prints of La Trobe’s landscapes and CDs of his father’s piano sonatas. Venue: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne (near La Trobe’s Cottage).
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 18 & 25 October 2015
History Week at La Trobe’s Cottage:
Cottage open 2 – 4pm
Tours focused on Charles Joseph La Trobe as the pioneering administrator in Victoria’s foundation and also provided an insight into family life at his ‘Jolimont’ estate. Click here to visit the History Week website
Sunday – 4 October 2015
Spring Opening at La Trobe’s Cottage:
2 – 4pm
A special spring opening of La Trobe’s Cottage, celebrating the 176th anniversary of the arrival of Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria’s first Governor, and his family in early Melbourne. Visitors were able to see how the 1840s-50s garden has developed and enjoy the glories of spring.
Wednesday – 9 September 2015
Bishopscourt Visit:
6 – 8pm
Bishopscourt, the official residence of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, was open to members of the La Trobe Society on this special occasion, when our fellow member, Archbishop Philip Freier, Primate of Australia, spoke to us about this historic building completed in 1853 and sketched by Charles Joseph La Trobe. Venue: 120 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event)
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 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 – 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 (scroll to June 2015)
(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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