Members Annual General Meeting, Canberra 2013
Members of The Australiana Fund enjoyed a wonderful weekend of fundraising events in Canberra this year as part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations and the Annual General Meeting.
Starting with an exclusive preview of Australia Revealed- decorative arts from The Australiana Fund, an exhibition curated and hosted by the Canberra Museum and Gallery and officially opened by Mrs Tamara Fraser AO, Founder of The Australiana Fund.
Members Annual General Meeting, Adelaide 2014
The beautiful historic city of Adelaide played host to the Australiana Fund Members in May 2014.
Following a reception at State Government House and a fundraising dinner at the State Library, we enjoyed a private tour of the Art Gallery where many works by artists from The Fund Collection are also represented such as Therese Walker and Louis Bilton.
The weekend was rounded off nicely with a day trip to the historic and meticulously restored, Anlaby Homestead.
There are over 400 significant trees on the estate both native and exotic. Specimens ranging from remnant vegetation, native and exotic conifers, exotic deciduous and semi-deciduous trees, flowering trees and rare botanical collectables. There are tree specimens planted in the 1840’s to very recent plantings collected from around Australia and the world, currently the largest collection of National Trust listed heritage trees in one location in Australia. These specimens represent the many layers of tree planting which the founding Dutton Family began in 1839 and is carried on by the current owners of Anlaby. To celebrate Anlaby’s 175th year, The Fund was kindly invited to make our mark by planting a tree for posterity.
En route back to Adelaide we stopped off briefly to visit one of Australia's little known architectural treasures, St Matthew's Anglican Church, Hamilton. This memorial church built in 1896 of simple Norman design has an outstanding Arts and Crafts interior. No expense was spared, with windows, brass angels, oak carvings and silver fittings designed and imported from London.
Members Annual General Meeting, Sydney 2015
Members and guests enjoyed a variety of views of Sydney Harbour this year, starting from Admiralty House. The Annual General Meeting was genersously hosted by His Excellency the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove and was attended by Mrs Margie Abbott.
The programme of fundraising events included a private viewing of the Trevor Kennedy Collection, one of the most extensive private collections of Australiana in the world. Followed by a visit to two private collections of Australian and International paintings and sculpture both modern and contemporary, and a private tour of a Sydney treasure, Vaucluse House. The Australian National Maritime Museum hosted us for the final day with a welcome by the Director and an opportunity to enjoy the exciting collection of vessels, artefacts and exhibition spaces that reflect the history and contemporary maritime experiences of all Australians. An excellent "Buccaneers BBQ" lunch was provided on board the Southern Swan as we sailed under the Bridge past the Opera House, Fort Denison and back under the Bridge to circumnavigate Cockatoo Island. We sailed on to Goat Island for a fascinating guided tour of the historic island with National Parks Rangers where highlights included the 1836 Queen's Powder Magazine, a convict quarry and their cramped sleeping quarters. We gained an insight into the lives of the convicts on the island, their punishments and food and the soldiers who watched over them.