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Sunday – 4 December 2016
Service to Mark the Anniversary of the Death of C J La Trobe
: 11am
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.
Friday – 25 November 2016
Christmas Drinks at the Gothic Bank:
5.30 for 6 – 8pm
Guest speaker: Darren Bastian, National Client Services Manager, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, talked about ‘The Gothic Bank and its history’. Venue: Verdon Chambers, ANZ Bank, 380 Collins Street, Melbourne. 
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 23 October 2016
Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery Walking Tour
: 2 – 3.30pm
Tour of grave sites in this historic cemetery relevant to the La Trobe era. Tour leader: Helen Page, trustee and horticulturalist/ landscape gardener. Venue: Boroondara Cemetery, 430 High Street, Kew. Refreshments.
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 16 & 23 October 2016
History Week at La Trobe’s Cottage:
2 – 4pm
Tours focused on Charles Joseph La Trobe as the pioneering administrator in Victoria’s foundation and also provide an insight into family life at his ‘Jolimont’ estate.
Click here to visit the History Week website
Sunday – 2 October 2016
Spring Opening at La Trobe’s Cottage:
2 – 4pm
A special spring opening of La Trobe’s Cottage, celebrating the 177th 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.
Sunday – 25 September 2016
La Trobe’s Jolimont Cottage and Garden 1839 to 2016:
2.30 – 4pm
Speaker: Helen Botham, La Trobe Society member, who talked about the development of La Trobe’s Jolimont estate, and aspects of the La Trobes’ family life at Jolimont. It revealed some lesser-known facts about the Cottage and its owners. Venue: Domain House (next door to La Trobe’s Cottage), Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne 3004.
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
Tuesday – 30 August 2016
Melbourne Day:
Melburnians were invited to join Lord Mayor at Enterprize Park at 10am for the official Flag Raising Ceremony to celebrate the 181st anniversary of the founding of Melbourne. The free public activities included live entertainment, morning tea and a rifle volley plus cannon fire by the Historical Re-enactment Society of Australia.
Sunday – 28 August 2016
La Trobe’s Enduring Legacy:
2.30 – 4pm
Speaker: Dr Dianne Reilly, La Trobe Society founder, who talked about the achievements that La Trobe made in his term as Superintendent of the Port Phillip District 1839 to 1851 and later as Lieutenant-Governor of the new colony of Victoria 1851 to 1854, from which all Victorians benefit today. Venue: Domain House (next door to La Trobe’s Cottage), Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne 3004.
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
Wednesday – 3 August 2016
La Trobe Society Annual General Meeting and Dinner:
Guest speaker: Professor Graeme Davison, eminent historian and Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor, Monash University, whose topic was ‘The Governor, the Captain and the Needlewomen: how my great-great grandmother arrived in Port Phillip’. Venue: Lyceum Club, Ridgway Place, Melbourne.  Link
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 31 July 2016
Victoria before Separation:
2.30 – 4pm
Speaker: Loreen Chambers, La Trobe Society member, who talked about the early days of the Port Phillip settlement, and the ‘unnamed little shanty town’ of 1836 that was to become Melbourne, the capital of the newly-created colony of Victoria in July 1851 with a population of nearly 29,000. Venue: Domain House (next door to La Trobe’s Cottage), Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne 3004.
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
Friday – 15 July 2016
Melbourne Rare Book Week Lecture:
6.30 – 8.00pm
‘Books from a Turbulent Time: John Emmerson and the 17th century’, Guest speakers: State Library Victoria Rare Books Team:- Des Cowley, History of the Book Manager, with Richard Overell. Venue: Morgans at 401, 401 Collins Street, Melbourne.  Link
(Presented by The La Trobe Society for Melbourne Rare Book Week 2016 and generously sponsored by Mr Gary Morgan, Executive Chairman, Roy Morgan Research.)
Friday – 1 July 2016
Victoria Day:
10.30am – 12pm
Victoria Day Council celebration of the 165th 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.
Tuesday – 21 June 2016
C J La Trobe Society/RHSV A G L Shaw lecture
: 6.30 – 8pm
‘Unless a Portion be given to the Idle: The Kulin and the New Poor Law at Port Phillip’, Guest speaker: Dr Marguerita Stephens, University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Fellow 2013. Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Cnr William and A’Beckett Streets, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event)
Saturday – 18 June 2016
Beleura House & Garden Mornington
: 1.30 – 4.30pm
Musical afternoon for La Trobe Society members and friends, with piano virtuoso Laurence Matheson. Music of the 18th century by Christian Ignatius La Trobe, father of Charles Joseph, was presented.
(La Trobe Society event)
Saturday – 21 May 2016
Special Open Day at La Trobe’s Cottage
: 1 – 4pm
Celebrating the La Trobe Family during the National Trust's 60th Anniversary celebrations. Visitors were able to hear many fascinating stories of the La Trobes’ fifteen years living in their prefabricated cottage with its beautiful garden, and of the long battle in the 1950s/60s to save the historic cottage - Melbourne’s oldest building.

Saturday – 14 May 2016
Beleura House & Garden Mornington
: 9.30am – 2.30pm
House and garden tour for La Trobe Society members and friends.
Sunday – 17 and 24 April 2016
Australian Heritage Festival at La Trobe’s 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 the adventurous administrator, who made many excursions on horseback around the colony, including three attempts through difficult terrain to discover the site for a much needed lighthouse at Cape Otway.
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.
(La Trobe Society event)
Thurday –17 March 2016
Heritage at your Touch! La Trobe’s Birthday Celebration:
6.30 - 8.30pm
Guest speaker Martin Green, Learning Manager, National Trust of Australia (Victoria), talked about Heritage at Your Touch! La Trobe's Cottage in 3D. Then, Public Record Office Victoria’s La Trobe’s Incoming Correspondence online was launched. Venue: Rooftop, Tonic House, 386 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. 
(La Trobe Society event)
Monday 29 February – Sunday 30 October 2016
Nature and Art: reflections of two of Ightham Mote's previous residents

An exhibition celebrating two gentlemen artists of the 19th century, naturalist Prideaux John Selby who produced Illustrations of British Ornithology (1821-1834) and botanist Charles Joseph La Trobe who sketched his travels in three continents, including views of the manor house Ightham Mote where he lived 1855. Venue: Ightham Mote (National Trust), Sevenoaks, Kent UK.         Catalogue
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.


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