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Tuesday – 21 December 2010
Candlelit Carols at La Trobe’s Cottage:
7 – 9pm. Celebration of Melbourne’s first Christmas tree, with the renown Trinity College Choir. The La Trobe family introduced the European idea of the Christmas tree to the antipodes in the early 1840s, and in letters home Swiss-born Sophie wrote of happy family Christmases at their cottage. On this special musical evening the Cottage was illuminated and decorated in the traditional way. 
Event Programme
Friday – 3 December 2010
Christmas Cocktails:
6.30 – 8.30pm
Annual cocktail party, hosted at the Alexandra Club, 81 Collins Street, Melbourne. Dr Brenda Niall spoke on the friendship between Georgiana McCrae and Charles and Sophie La Trobe.
(La Trobe Society Event)
Sunday – 7 November 2010
Annual Pioneer Service:
10am - 12 noon.
St James’ Old Cathedral, West Melbourne, Reverend John Sugars, Vicar, invited all members of the La Trobe Society and their friends to this service, followed by refreshments.
Sunday, Monday Wednesday – 24, 25, 27, & 31 October 2010
History Week:
Cottage open 1 - 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
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday – 4, 5, 6, 10 October 2010
Seniors Festival:
Cottage open 1 - 4pm
Visitors discovered how Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria’s first Governor, lived at his “Jolimont” estate, from his first arrival in Port Phillip in 1839 until his departure nearly 15 years later.
Tuesday – 5 October 2010
Religious Belief and Spirituality in La Trobe’s Melbourne:
7.30 – 9.30pm
Seminar presented jointly with the Institute for Spiritual Studies, St Peter’s Church, Eastern Hill.  Speakers:  Dr Peter Sherlock, Dr Colin Holden and Emeritus Professor Ian Brewer.
Sunday – 3 October 2010
The Governor's Return:
1 - 4pm
171st Anniversary of the arrival of Charles Joseph La Trobe in Melbourne. Re-enactment of La Trobe’s arrival on 3 October 1839. He inspected his newly refurbished Cottage and planted an olive tree grown from a cutting originating from a McCrae Homestead tree. Darebin City Brass Band provided a fanfare and the Newport Bush Orchestra music throughout the afternoon.
Saturday - 11 September 2010
2.30 - 4.30pm
Private visit to Bishopscourt, East Melbourne home of the Anglican Bishop and later Archbishop of Melbourne since 1853; and of Governor Sir George Bowen who lived there in the mid 1870s.
Sunday, Monday – 29 & 30 August 2010
Melbourne Day:
Cottage open 1 – 4pm
Tours focusing on Charles Joseph La Trobe as Superintendent of the Port Phillip District in the early years of the settlement of Melbourne and providing a glimpse into family life at his “Jolimont” estate.
Wednesday – 11 August 2010
C J La Trobe Society Annual General Meeting and Dinner:
‘Charles Joseph La Trobe and the English Country House’ – guest speaker: Richard Heathcote, Director of Carrick Hill house museum in South Australia. Venue: Lyceum Club, Ridgway Place, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society Event)
Sunday – 8 August 2010
Toorak House:
2 – 3.30pm
Visit to Toorak House (built 1849) that served as Victoria’s Government House from 1854 until 1874 and has been the Swedish Church since 1956. Marguerite Hancock and Robyn Riddett led the tour.
Tuesday – 3 August 2010
Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage Annual Meeting:
‘Soulmates : Charles La Trobe and Bishop Charles Perry’ –  guest speaker:  Bishop James Grant. Venue: East Melbourne Library, 122 George Street, East Melbourne.
Saturday, Sunday - 24 & 25 July 2010
Melbourne Open House:
Cottage open 10am - 4pm.
Visitors were able to can gain an insight into the role played by prefabricated housing for early colonists in Melbourne, and of family life at the humble home of Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria's first Governor.
Tuesday - 20 July 2010
Private viewing of Early Melbourne Pictures from the Roy Morgan Collection:
6.30 – 8.00pm
Cocktail Party at Morgans at 401, 401 Collins Street Melbourne.
Sunday – 18 July 2010
Cooks' Cottage:
11am – 12noon
Visit to Cooks' Cottage, East Melbourne, another cottage in a parkland setting, that is a most successful tourist property.
Monday, Wednesday – 28, 30 June & 5, 7 July 2010
School Holidays Program:
Cottage open 1 – 4pm
Children could discover how Charles and Sophie La Trobe and their four young children Agnes, Nelly, Cecile and Charley lived in early Melbourne. They could also enter the competition for the best drawing of the Cottage.
Friday – 11 June 2010
Portable Iron Houses, South Melbourne:
10 – 11.30am
Visit to the National Trust’s three 19th century prefabricated Portable Iron Houses,  Coventry Street, South Melbourne.
Sunday – 9 May 2010
Mothers Day:
Cottage open 1 – 4pm
Tours focusing on Sophie La Trobe’s role as wife and mother, with Madame La Trobe seated in the drawing room, reading from letters she wrote to her children. All mothers received a flower.
Tuesday – 13 April 2010
C J La Trobe Society/ RHSV A G L Shaw lecture:
6 – 8pm
'A shrewd Scottish eye: Anne Drysdale's view of colonial Victoria' – guest speaker: Bev Roberts, historian.  Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne. Refreshments.
(La Trobe Society Event)
Saturday – 20 March 2010
La Trobe’s Birthday picnic:
5.30 – 7.30pm
Informal gathering at La Trobe’s Cottage, with the Victorian Folk Music Club  providing background entertainment. Birthday cake and sparkling wine for the toast to La Trobe provided.
(La Trobe Society Event)
Saturday – 20 February 2010
Black Rock House: 
2 – 3.30pm
Visit to Black Rock House, built in 1856 as the holiday residence for Victoria’s first Auditor-General, Charles Ebden, and later used as a holiday retreat by Governor Sir Henry Barkly.
Tuesday – 26 January 2010
Australia Day:
Cottage Open 1 – 4pm
Firing of a Battery 2pm and 3pm to salute the flag. The Victorian Folk Music Club in performance during the afternoon.
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