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Sunday – 7 December 2014
Memorial Service at St Peter’s Eastern Hill
: 11am
~ 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 – 28 Novenber 2014
175th Anniversary of La Trobe’s Arrival in Melbourne
: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Eddie Butler-Bowden, Program Manager, Art and Heritage Collection, City of Melbourne spoke about ‘Portraits in the Collection of the City of Melbourne’ and led a viewing of the 1855 portrait of Charles Joseph La Trobe by Sir Francis Grant that hangs in the Lord Mayor’s room. Venue: Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall.
(La Trobe Society event)
Wednesday – 12 November 2014
La Trobe University Alumni and Advancement Lecture:
6 – 8pm
The guest speaker was Professor Tim Flannery, and his topic was ‘Climate Change: the critical decade’. Venue: State Library Theatrette, La Trobe Street, Melbourne. Drinks from 5.30 - 6pm upstairs in the Seminar Room. Bookings essential by 30 October: Ph 1300 737 133,
Sunday – 9 November 2014
175th Anniversary of the laying of St James’ Foundation Stone:
10am – 12 noon
Annual pioneer service at St James’ Old Cathedral, in the presence of the Victorian Governor Hon. Alex Chernov and Melbourne Archbishop Dr Philip Freier. Corner King & Batman Streets, West Melbourne.
Saturday – 25 October 2014
A special spring opening of La Trobe’s Cottage and its garden:
Cottage open 2.30 – 4pm
The Volunteer Garden Coordinator, Sandi Pullman, was in attendance to talk about La Trobe’s plants and to answer questions about historic plants. 
Sunday – 19 & 26 October 2014
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 – 12 October 2014
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 – 5 October 2014
Spring Opening at La Trobe’s Cottage: 2 – 4pm

A special spring opening of La Trobe’s Cottage, celebrating the 175th 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.
Thursday – 2 October 2014
175th Anniversary of La Trobe’s Arrival in Melbourne:
6 – 7.30pm
Reception hosted by the Governor of Victoria to celebrate the inauguration of Charles Joseph La Trobe as Superintendent of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales on 3 October 1839.
(La Trobe Society event)
Saturday – 30 August 2014
Melbourne Day:
10am – 12pm
A Lord Mayoral celebration of the 179th 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
Tuesday – 5 August 2014
C J La Trobe Society Annual General Meeting and Dinner:
The guest speaker was Caroline Clemente, art historian and curator, who talked about ‘La Trobe and the Pre-Raphaelites: launching a brilliant career in Melbourne, 1853’– with particular reference to Thomas Woolner.
(La Trobe Society event)
Friday – 18 July 2014
La Trobe’s Other Library: Charles La Trobe, Redmond Barry and the Library of the Supreme Court of Victoria
, 6.30 – 8.30pm
An illustrated lecture highlighting the cultural foundations on which Victoria is built, with a focus on the establishment and development of the Supreme Court. Guest speaker: Dr Sue Reynolds, Senior Lecturer in Information Management, RMIT University. Venue: Morgans at 401, 401 Collins Street, Melbourne.
(Presented by The La Trobe Society for Melbourne Rare Book Week 2014 and generously sponsored by Mr Gary Morgan, Executive Chairman, Roy Morgan Research.)
Tuesday – 1 July 2014
Victoria Day:
10.30am – 12pm
Victoria Day Council celebration of the 163rd 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 –17 June 2014
Superintendent La Trobe and the Wreck of the Cataraqui:
6.30 – 8pm
C J La Trobe Society/ RHSV A G L Shaw lecture. Guest speakers: historians Andrew Lemon and Marjorie Morgan OAM, authors of Poor Souls, They Perished. Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, cnr William and A’Beckett Streets, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event)
Tuesday – 29 April 2014
Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage Annual Lecture
: 6 – 8pm
‘Mrs Walas is “ded and beried”: birth and other perils for women in mid-nineteenth century Victoria’ was the topic of Dr Madonna Grehan, Director, Australian Nursing and Midwifery History Project, University of Melbourne, and La Trobe Society Fellow for 2013. Venue: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne 3004 (next door to La Trobe’s Cottage). Cost: $10 per person (to assist with catering). Bookings: phone 9646 2112, email
Sunday – 20 & 27 April 2014
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 were also able to hear of La Trobe’s spirit of adventure and see some of his drawings and watercolours depicting scenes of his travels. Click here to visit the Australian Heritage Week website
Sunday - 30 March 2014
La Trobe’s Birthday Celebration:
4 – 6pm
Guest speakers were Professor Emeritus John Barnes and Loreen Chambers, and their topic was ‘Prologue and Epilogue’ – the early and later life of Charles Joseph La Trobe. Their presentation was followed by a ceremonial cutting of a birthday cake and champagne in celebration of La Trobe’s 213th birthday. Venue: Domain House (next door to La Trobe’s Cottage).
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday - 26 January 2014
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 visit the homes of both the first and current Victorian Governors.
Click here to visit the Australia Day website.


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