Mandeville Hall Visit
Nov
22
2:00 PM14:00

Mandeville Hall Visit

10 Mandeville Crescent Toorak.

 Mandeville Hall's grand colonnaded balconies, central pedimented entrance portico, balustraded terrace leading to gracious lawns, and remarkably intact 19th Century interior encapsulate this period of Victoria's history.

The house's grandeur is enhanced by the remaining parts of the once-extensive gardens.

Mandeville Hall has offered the FHS members a special fee of $35 including afternoon tea. The normal fee is $50.

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Annual General Meeting and Lecture
Mar
24
6:30 PM18:30

Annual General Meeting and Lecture

Annual General Meeting at Dumfries House

The 2014 Annual General Meeting has been delayed and will be held on Tuesday 24 March at History House. It will be followed by a Lecture on Dumfries House by Michael and Penny Williams. There will also be a raffle with attractive prizes.

The Furniture of Dumfries House

In late 2013, Mike and Penny Williams visited Scotland and a highlight of their trip was a visit to Dumfries House in Ayrshire, which contains the original 18th century furniture made specifically for the house.
When the contents were slated for auction in 2007, a massive campaign to save the house and contents was mounted in the UK. Still short of the target by some millions of pounds, the campaign seemed doomed until Prince Charles, at the last moment, loaned the outstanding amount from his trust fund.
The house and contents has undergone painstaking renovation and is now open to the public for guided tours.
The presentation will cover a brief history of the house and include slides of much of the breathtaking furniture by Chippendale and the leading Scottish furniture makers of the day.

Tickets

Members $25 Guests $30 (includes light refreshments). Members who book for the AGM and renew membership for 2015 at the same time will receive a 15% discount on their membership

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Visit to Mulberry Hill
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Visit to Mulberry Hill

Mulberry Hill - Photo courtesy of National Trust

Visit to Mulberry Hill, home of Lionel Lindsay and wife Joan Lindsay followed by a BBQ lunch at Yvonne De Fina’s house at Red Hill.

FHS to provide drinks, salads and bread sticks. Members to provide own meat for the BBQ
Cost $6.50 person for tour of Mulberry Hill. Morning tea at Mulberry Hill is an extra cost

Time: 10am for 10 30am    
Location: Mulberry Hill is at 385 Golf Links Rd, Langwarrin South VIC
RSVP to Relton on email relton.leaver@gmail.com

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Almost everything you wanted  to know about furniture restoration
Nov
12
10:30 AM10:30

Almost everything you wanted  to know about furniture restoration

“Eryldene” at Gordon, the renowned former home of Professor Waterhouse designed by  Hardy Wilson in 1914 will be the venue for an informative, interactive workshop of furniture restoration, with a focus on the house’s furniture collection, on Wednesday 12 November from 10.30 am to 1 pm.

There’ll be advice on identifying furniture styles and timber types, the correct methods of cleaning and finishing furniture, and demonstrations of minor repairs, as well as an overview of Eryldene’s unique furniture collection.
 
Cost is $35 for members of the FHS or Eryldene, $40 for guests. Includes a delicious morning tea.
 
Download the application form here or send payment to 18 Bradley Avenue, Bellevue Hill NSW 2030.

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Shaker Box making
Aug
9
9:00 AM09:00

Shaker Box making

Photo courtesy of: finewoodworking.com

Making a box in the morning followed with lunch and making lids in afternoon. Glen has proposed 2 options:

  • 6-7 people making 3 boxes each at a cost of $240 / person
  • 10 people making 2 boxes each at a cost of $200 / person

Size of group will determine option.

Time: Commence at 9AM. All day. 
Location: Venue is at the Rundell and Rundell Workshop in Kyneton, Victoria. 
RSVP to Rae Szuch on raeszuch@me.com or 9397 5894 by 15 July to allow for final arrangements to be made.

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Government House and La Trobe's Cottage
Jun
21
10:00 AM10:00

Government House and La Trobe's Cottage

  • Corner of Birdwood Avenue & Dallas Brooks Drive Melbourne Australia (map)
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Government House, Victoria

This is a visit in conjunction with the National Trust, Victoria. The NTV manages tours to Government House. Security arrangements require that the NTV be provided with the names of visitors a minimum of week prior to the visit. People who arrive without pre-booking will not be allowed to visit Government House.

La Trobe’s Cottage was the home of Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria’s first Lt. Governor, and his wife Sophie and their children from 1839 to 1854. He arrived as Superintendent of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales and became Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria in 1851.

The tours provide a tangible link between the pre-gold rush and Marvellous Melbourne, giving a fascinating insight into the contract between the two properties and the eras they represent. Although still a working residence today, Government House tours may include the grand State Rooms, the Billiard Room and a visit ‘below stairs’ to the old kitchens and mews.

The cost for this event is $20. 
Confirmations by 6 June to Rae Szuch via email  or phone 9397 5894.

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Visit to Rockwall, Potts Point
Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Visit to Rockwall, Potts Point

Rockwall, one of the few surviving "Villas of Woolloomooloo Hill" is an early work of John Verge, the most accomplished and fashionable architect in the colony in the 1830s. Designed in 1830, Rockwall was completed in 1837 but suffered a reversal in the 20th century. By the 1960s it was virtually derelict, however, it is now restored as a private residence that retains Verge's characteristic fine detailing and a small but beautiful oval staircase lit by upper level windows. This is a rare opportunity to view both a significant colonial house and a fine, eclectic and interesting furniture collection.

Members only - $20

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AGM and Christmas Party 2012
Dec
4
4:30 PM16:30

AGM and Christmas Party 2012

Swifts, Darling Point

Almost 60 members and guests attended the Society’s Annual General Meeting and Christmas Party held at ‘Swifts’, Darling Point on 4 December 2012.

A Victorian castellated mansion, Swifts was designed by architect G. A. Morrel and built in several stages from 1876. It reached its present size of 50 rooms in the late 1880s. It was built for brewer Sir Robert Lucas-Tooth, Bt. and then owned by Sydney’s other major brewing family, the Resches. From 1964 to 1984 Swifts was the residence of the Catholic Cardinal of Sydney. After the Church sold it in 1984 the house fell into disrepair and by 1997 it was in a perilous condition. In 2000 restoration as a private residence commenced, involving extensive stone conservation and roof works as well as interior decorative paintwork restoration of the most elaborate kind. The interiors are now the most detailed Victorian period interiors in Australia.

Members and guests enjoyed champagne in the gardens of this beautiful and historic house before proceeding into the ballroom where former Chairman Clive Lucas detailed the history and extensive restoration of the building.

Current Chairman Liam Bathgate thanked the owners of Swifts, Dr and Mrs Shane Moran, for making the house available for the function. He also welcomed guests including the Chairman of the Victorian Furniture History Society, Relton Leaver, and his wife Bernadette. At the meeting office bearers were elected. Retiring Events Co-ordinator Jill Saxon made a presentation to Clive Lucas on behalf of the Society. Following the meeting, members and guests enjoyed a light supper and inspected the ground floor rooms of Swifts.

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Visit to the Cottage, Mulgoa
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Visit to the Cottage, Mulgoa

On Sunday 21 October 2012 members visited The Cottage, Mulgoa, as guests of Dr James Broadbent. Known variously as Cox’s Cottage, Fern Hills or Mulgoa Cottage, it was built in c1810 by William Cox who is probably best known for supervising construction of the first road over the Blue Mountains. The Cottage was extended in c1820 and today it retains this early form: a hipped roof, single storey verandahed cottage – the classic Australian colonial bungalow. Its walls are brick-nogged and covered externally with weatherboards, while the original shingled roof was replaced with zinc-coated flat-iron roofing tiles c1850.

It has been described as the oldest weatherboard house in New South Wales and probably the oldest occupied residence in Australia. It retains the original pastoral landscape of its immediate surrounds - ‘Beautifully sited on a small rise near Mulgoa Creek, the Cottage is one of the earliest and most important colonial houses’. (Helen Proudfoot, Exploring Sydney’s West, Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, 1987, p105).

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