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Monday 10 December 2012 – Friday 18 January 2013
Early Melbourne Paintings:
8am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
Exhibition of Early Melbourne paintings, lithographs, watercolours and sketches, organised by Gary Morgan, The Roy Morgan Research Centre. Venue: 401 Collins Street, Melbourne. Catalogue.

Tuesday – 18 December 2012
Candlelit Carols at La Trobe’s Cottage:
7 – 9pm
Celebration of Melbourne’s first Christmas tree with The Lyceum Choir, guest soloist soprano Greta Bradman. 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. Programme

                                                                                               The Moravian Star

Friday – 7 December 2012
Christmas Cocktails and Exhibition of Paintings:
6.30 – 8.30pm
Christmas Cocktails and Exhibition of Early Melbourne paintings. Guest speaker:
Dr Helen MacDonald on “Inhabiting Melbourne, 1835-1845: Henry Condell and other Early Settlers”. Venue: 401 Collins Street, Melbourne. Exhibition catalogue.
(La Trobe Society event)

Sunday – 2 December 2012
Advent Sunday Service at St Peter’s Eastern Hill:
~ Anniversary of the death of Charles Joseph La Trobe on 4 December 1875 ~
La Trobe was remembered at this service, 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.
Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November 2012
La Trobe’s Geelong Revisited:
Fri 7pm – Sun 2.30pm
A weekend tour of Geelong and district, to which Charles La Trobe made many journeys on horseback and by steamer from 1840 to 1854. We visited a number properties and landmarks he knew during this time.
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 21 & 28 October 2012
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
Friday – 19 October 2012
La Trobe and his Swiss Connections:
6 – 8pm
Three speakers examined Charles and Sophie La Trobe’s Swiss connections and the Swiss influence in early Victoria. Venue: Swiss Club of Victoria, 89 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 14 October 2012 & Monday to Thursday, 8 to 11 October 2012
Seniors Week at La Trobe’s Cottage:
Cottage open - Sunday 2 – 4pm, Mon-Thur 10.30am – 12.30pm
Visitors could discover how Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria’s first Governor, and his family lived in early Melbourne. They could also enjoy the simple yet elegant family home with many pieces of original furniture and the garden containing many plants of the 1840s-50s.
Sunday – 7 October 2012
Spring Opening at La Trobe’s Cottage:
2 – 4pm
A special spring opening of La Trobe’s Cottage, celebrating the 173rd anniversary of the arrival of Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria’s first Governor, and his family in early Melbourne. Visitors could see how the 1840s-50s garden was developing and enjoy the surprises of spring.
Sunday – 26 August 2012
Melbourne Day:
Cottage open 2 – 4pm
Tours focused on Charles Joseph La Trobe as Superintendent of the Port Phillip District in the early years of settlement and provided a glimpse into family life at his “Jolimont” estate.
Click here to visit an informative Melbourne Day website
Wednesday – 15 August 2012
La Trobe’s ‘honest looking German’: Ferdinand Mueller and the botanical exploration of gold-rush Victoria,
Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage annual lecture. Guest speaker: Professor Rod Home, preceded by Anna Murphy(Ph D student) who talked about In search of three-leaf clovers: Charles La Trobe and threatened species recovery in Victoria. Venue: Domain House (near La Trobe’s Cottage), Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne.
Tuesday – 7 August 2012
The Turkish La Trobe: C J La Trobe Society Annual General Meeting and Dinner:
6pm for 6.30pm
The guest speaker was member Mr Tim Gatehouse, who talked about the career of Claude Alexandre de Bonneval (1675-1747), the Sultan’s advisor at the Ottomon Court. Venue: Lyceum Club, Ridgway Place, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event)
Saturday & Sunday – 28 & 29 July 2012
Open House Melbourne :
Cottage open 11am – 4pm
Visitors were 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
Saturday – 30 June 2012
Victoria Day:
10.30am – 12pm
Victoria Day Council celebration of the 161st anniversary of the Separation of the Port Phillip District from New South Wales on 1 July 1851. Victorian flag raising ceremony, re-enactment of Lieutenant-Governor La Trobe's reading of the proclamation and presentation of the Victoria Day Awards. Venue: Melbourne Town Hall. Click here to visit Victoria Day Council website
Tuesday – 19 June 2012
Crises of 1852 for Victoria’s Lieutenant-Governor C J La Trobe and new arrivals Captain William Dugdale and Henrietta Augusta Davies: 6 – 8pm
C J La Trobe Society/ RHSV A G L Shaw lecture. Guest speaker: historian Susan Priestley. Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event)
Tuesday – 15 May 2012
Gold & Governors: 150 years of the Old Treasury Building, 6 – 8pm
Special viewing of the exhibition of original paintings, drawings and plans of the architect J J Clark  and a rare opportunity to view the La Trobe portrait in the Governor’s Executive Council office. Guest speaker: Frances O’Neill, Senior Historian at Heritage Victoria.
Click here to visit the exhibition website.
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 13 May 2012
Mothers’ Day:Cottage open 2 – 4pm
Tours focused on Sophie La Trobe’s role as wife and mother and provided a fascinating glimpse into family life at “Jolimont”. As the La Trobes so loved their garden, all mothers received a flower.
Sunday – 29 April 2012
Prefabrication to Mansion:
Cottage open 10.30am – 4pm
Heritage trail featuring innovation and invention at a special opening of three National Trust’s properties: La Trobe’s Cottage, Portable Iron Houses in South Melbourne and Labassa in Caulfield.
Monday – 23 April 2012
A Taste of Persia:
6 – 8pm
An opportunity to view Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond, the State Library’s major landmark exhibition, featuring illustrated manuscripts and miniatures from the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Guest speaker: Shane Carmody. 
Click here to visit the exhibition website
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 15 & 22 April 2012
Australian Heritage Week:
Cottage open 2 – 4pm
Tours focused on Charles Joseph La Trobe as Superintendent of the Port Phillip District in the early years of the settlement of Melbourne and provided a glimpse into family life at his “Jolimont” estate. Click here to visit the Australian Heritage Week website
Sunday – 25 March 2012
La Trobe’s Birthday Celebration:
2.30 – 4pm
‘La Trobe’s Views of Nature’ - guest speaker: Professor Richard Broome, Professor of History at La Trobe University. Refreshments and a ceremonial cutting of a birthday cake in celebration of Charles Joseph La Trobe’s 211th birthday. Venue: Domain House, next door to La Trobe’s Cottage.
(La Trobe Society event)
Monday – 12 March 2012
Labour Day:
Cottage open 2 – 4pm
A glimpse into family life in early Melbourne, at the modest yet elegant home of Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria's first governor, and his wife Sophie and their four children Agnes, Nelly, Cécile and Charley. Visitors were also able to see how La Trobe’s re-created garden was developing.

Click here to visit an informative Labour Day website
Thursday – 26 January 2012
Australia Day:
Cottage open 1 – 4pm
Visitors could join in the celebration of Australia Day in the Domain: guided tours, folk music, flag raising ceremonies and rifle salutes. It was Open Day at nearby Government House so they were able to see the homes of both the first and current Victorian Governors.
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