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Sunday – 1 December 2019
The La Trobes’ Music:
2 – 4pm
Visitors to La Trobe’s Cottage were able to hear music that would have echoed around ‘Jolimont’ in the time of the La Trobe family. There were musicians performing and guided tours throughout the afternoon. Program notes
Sunday – 1 December 2019
Anniversary of the Death of C J La Trobe - Sunday Service:
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’d Dr Hugh Kempster, invited La Trobe Society members and their friends to this special service, followed by refreshments. Address: 15 Gisborne Street, Melbourne.
Friday – 29 November 2019
Christmas Function:
6.30-8.30 pm
Members' end-of-year social function, hosted at Melbourne’s oldest Club founded in 1839. Paul de Serville, historian, spoke on ‘La Trobe, the Melbourne Club and Melbourne society’.
(La Trobe Society event)
Tuesday – 22 October 2019
La Trobe Oration:
6.30-8.30 pm
‘La Trobe: Then and Now’, an oration delivered by the Society’s Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, in the 180th year of the arrival of Charles Joseph La Trobe in Victoria - the Port Phillip District of New South Wales at that time. Venue: Old Treasury Building, Spring Street, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event)

Sunday – 13 & 20 October 2019
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 provided an insight into family life at his ‘Jolimont’ estate.
Click here to visit the History Week website
Sunday – 6 October 2019
Garden Day at La Trobe’s Cottage:
1 – 4pm
Spring Opening of the Cottage with an emphasis on La Trobe’s garden, and the heritage plants he favoured. Tours of the garden took place at 1.15, 2.15 and 3.15pm. At this time we also celebrated the 180th anniversary of the La Trobe family’s arrival in early Melbourne.
Sunday – 15 September 2019
Sunday Talk for Members and Friends:
‘Charles Hotson Ebden, of “I fear I have become disgustingly rich” fame’. Speaker: Carolyn Brown OAM, President, Black Rock House Inc. Ebden, pastoralist and Victoria’s first Auditor-General, made his fortune from sheep runs along the Murray River and built Black Rock House as a holiday home. It is a unique property, reflecting his somewhat eccentric tastes. Venue of talk: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens. 
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
Wednesday – 7 August 2019
La Trobe Society Annual General Meeting and Dinner:
6.30 pm
Dr Andrew Lemon AM, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and acknowledged as the foremost expert on the history of racing in Australia, spoke on ‘Racing in the Era of Charles Joseph La Trobe’. Venue: Lyceum Club, Ridgway Place, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 28 July 2019
Sunday Talk for Members and Friends:
‘’The Parson’s Wife’: In Search of Harriet Bean, daughter of Empire’. Speaker: Loreen Chambers, Vice-President of the La Trobe Society. Harriet Battley was born to a military family in Jamaica that moved to the Cape Colony, South Africa, where she was orphaned at 6 years of age. She shared the changing fortunes of her husband Willoughby Bean, first as a settler’s wife in NSW and then as a clergyman’s wife in goldrush Victoria. Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens.
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)

Saturday – 27 July 2019
Open House at La Trobe’s Cottage:
Cottage open 10am-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.
Friday – 5 July 2019
Melbourne Rare Books Week lecture:
6.30–8.30 pm
‘Books and Readers in La Trobe’s Melbourne'. Speaker: Professor Wallace Kirsop, book historian and collector, drew upon his vast knowledge to highlight aspects of European culture reflected in the early years of La Trobe's administration of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales and, after Separation in 1851, the flourishing book-trade in the new colony of Victoria. Venue: Tonic House, 386 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
(La Trobe Society event, sponsored by Roy Morgan Research)

Sunday – 16 June 2019
Sunday Talk for Members and Friends:
‘William Henry Foster: his family and life in Victoria’. He came to Victoria aged 20 with a colourful past, yet rose to become Chinese Protector in the Ballarat district, Police Magistrate there and later in Omeo and Beechworth. Speaker: Tim Gatehouse, researcher into Victoria’s colonial era. Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens. 
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage event)
Thursday – 30 May 2019
Viewing of La Trobe Testimonial Candelabrum Centrepiece:
National Gallery of Victoria International, 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne. Speaker: Amanda Dunsmore, Senior Curator, International Decorative Arts & Antiquities. Numbers strictly limited.
(La Trobe Society event – Members only)
Thursday – 23 May 2019
Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage annual lecture:
‘La Trobe’s Gold and Silver Testimonial Pieces’. Speaker: historian Susan Priestley talked about the superb gold cup made in Melbourne 1853 (whereabouts unknown) and the London-made spectacular silver and glass candelabrum centrepiece 1854-55, now in the National Gallery of Victoria. Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens.
(La Trobe Society/Friends of La Trobe's Cottage event)
Tuesday – 16 April 2019
Joint La Trobe Society/ RHSV AGL Shaw Lecture:
‘Garryowen: The Voice of Early Melbourne’. Speaker: Dr Liz Rushen, historian. Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Cnr William and A’Beckett Streets, Melbourne.
Click here for The Chronicles of Early Melbourne, 1835 to 1852.
(La Trobe Society event)
Sunday – 24 March 2019
La Trobe’s Birthday Celebration:
John Botham, Chair, Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage, updated us on progress at the Cottage. Dr Anne Vale spoke about her beautiful new book Gardens of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). Venue:
La Trobe’s Cottage Garden. Afterwards birthday cake and festive drinks to celebrate Charles Joseph
La Trobe’s 218th birthday.
(La Trobe Society event)
Saturday – 26 January 2019
Family Day at La Trobe’s Cottage:
1 – 4pm
Spend your afternoon in the beautiful Domain, with guided tours of the Cottage and rope-making and old-fashioned games for the children in the garden. It was also Open Day at nearby Government House, so visitors were able to visit the homes of both the first and current Victorian Governors.


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