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Monday - 16 December 2013
Candlelit Carols at La Trobe’s Cottage:
6.30 – 8.30pm
Melbourne’s first Christmas tree was celibrated with the distinguished soprano Merlyn Quaife AM who was accompanied by a delightful choir. Swiss-born Sophie La Trobe introduced the European idea of the Christmas tree to the antipodes in the early 1840s. On this special musical evening the Cottage was illuminated and decorated in the traditional way. Refreshments with a festive flavour were served. Visitors enjoyed a picnic beforehand in the charming grounds that opened at 6pm. 
Friday - 6 December 2013
Special Christmas Cocktails:
7 – 9pm
Annual cocktail party, hosted in the La Trobe Reading Room of the State Library of Victoria, where Ms Sue Roberts, CEO & State Librarian, welcomed members and guests as part of the State Library’s Dome Centenary. Celebratory speaker was the well-known author Robyn Annear whose books include Bearbrass and A City Lost & Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne. Her topic was: "La Trobe was here!" 
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 1 December 2013
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.
Sunday – 20 & 27 October 2013
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.
Sunday – 13 October 2013
Seniors Week at La Trobe’s Cottage:
Cottage open 2 – 4pm
Visitors were able to discover how Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria’s first Governor, and his family lived in early Melbourne. They were also able to enjoy the simple yet elegant family home with many pieces of original furniture and the garden containing many plants of the 1840s-50s.
Sunday – 6 October 2013
Spring Opening at La Trobe’s Cottage:
2 – 4pm
A special spring opening of La Trobe’s Cottage, celebrating the 174th 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 was developing and enjoy the glories of spring.
Monday 9 September 2013 onwards
Early Melbourne Paintings:
2pm Mondays (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.    Catalogue    Images
Friday – 30 August 2013
Melbourne Day:
10am – 12pm
A Lord Mayoral celebration of the 178th anniversary of the founding of Melbourne in 1835. Official flag raising ceremony, followed by live entertainment and a rifle volley & cannon fire by the Historical Re-enactment Society of Australia. Venue: Enterprize Park, near the corner of Flinders and William Streets. Click here to visit the Melbourne Day website
Wednesday – 7 August 2013
C J La Trobe Society Annual General Meeting and Dinner:
The guest speaker was Professor Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architectural History, RMIT University, who talked about the ‘The other La Trobe: E L Bateman at the Melbourne Public Library, 1860-1866’.
(La Trobe Society event)
Friday – 19 July 2013
Books and Culture in La Trobe’s Melbourne:
6 – 7.30pm
An illustrated lecture highlighting the cultural foundations on which the modern-day State of Victoria is built. Guest speaker: Dr Dianne Reilly AM, co-founder of The La Trobe Society. Venue: Morgans at 401, 401 Collins Street, Melbourne.
(Presented by The La Trobe Society for Melbourne Rare Book Week 2013 and generously sponsored by Mr Gary Morgan, Executive Chairman, Roy Morgan Research)
Tuesday – 16 July 2013
Breathing New Life into Historic Properties:
6 – 7.30pm
Martin Purslow, CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), discussed his experience of breathing new life into historic properties, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom. Venue: Domain House (near La Trobe’s Cottage), Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne.
(Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage annual lecture)
Tuesday – 2 July 2013
Charles La Trobe Lecture:
6.15 for 6.30 start – 8.30pm
‘Feeding the Colony – Feeding the World’. Guest speaker: Dr Peter Sale, Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University. Venue: Victoria Room, AgriBio - Centre for Agribioscience, La Trobe University, Bundoora. Guided tours of the AgriBio Centre followed the lecture.
Monday – 1 July 2013
Victoria Day:
10.30am – 12pm
Victoria Day Council celebration of the 162nd 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. Click here to visit Victoria Day Council website
Tuesday – 18 June 2013
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Colonist: George Alexander Gilbert, 1815-1866:
6.30 – 8.30pm
C J La Trobe Society/ RHSV A G L Shaw lecture. Guest speaker: Dr Margaret Bowman OAM. Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne. Podcast
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 21 April 2013
The Governor’s Window:
2 – 4pm
Dr Bronwyn Hughes, glass artist, historian and consultant, gave a lecture on the stained glass window in the Hermitage chapel in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, designed by Australian artist Alan Sumner and dedicated to Charles Joseph La Trobe. An afternoon tea of Swiss delights was served. Venue: The Briars Homestead, 450 Nepean Highway, Mt Martha.
Sunday – 14 & 21 April 2013
Australian Heritage Week:
Cottage open 2 – 4pm
Visitors were able to learn 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 plants of the 1840s-50s.
Click here to visit the Australian Heritage Week website
Sunday – 7 April 2013
The Forgotten Governor:
2.30 – 3.30 pm
Dr Dianne Reilly discussed events in the life of Charles Joseph La Trobe and the efforts of the La Trobe Society to restore his reputation. Venue: Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, Melbourne.
Sunday – 24 March 2013
La Trobe’s Birthday Celebration:
5 – 7pm
‘Digitising La Trobe’ - guest speaker: Jack Martin, Coordinator Collection Management, Public Record Office Victoria. Refreshments and afterwards a ceremonial cutting of a birthday cake in celebration of Charles Joseph La Trobe’s 212th birthday. Venue: Domain House, next door to La Trobe’s Cottage.
(La Trobe Society event)

Monday – 11 March 2013   EVENT CANCELLED
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.

 Click here to visit an informative Labour Day website

Wednesday – 20 February 2013
Inauguration of the Charles La Trobe Lounge:
6.30 - 8.30pm
The Charles La Trobe Lounge is a new private meeting and study space for academic staff, emeritus professors, alumni and postgraduate research students at La Trobe University. Venue:
La Trobe University Borchardt Library, Bundoora.

Saturday – 26 January 2013
Australia Day:
Cottage open 1 – 4pm
Visitors could join in the celebration of Australia Day in the Domain with a guided tour of La Trobe’s Cottage, home of Victoria’s first Governor and his family. It was Open Day at nearby Government House so they could visit the homes of both the first and current Victorian Governors. Click here to visit the Australia Day website.
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.
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