17 - Governor La Trobe: His Melbourne House and Garden Helen Botham – 1 session from 10.00 to 11.00 on Monday 30 March
Most Victorians are not aware that our first Lieutenant Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe, developed a beautiful garden around his 12½ acre Jolimont estate during the nearly 15 years he spent in Victoria. His home and garden became an oasis for him and his family in this foreign land. Drawings by Edward La Trobe Bateman completed in 1853 give us a flavour of the little every-day matters of life at Jolimont in its hey-day, and show how the garden had become a haven of Mediterranean and Australian native plants. After La Trobe returned to Europe in 1854, his estate was subdivided. The cottage remained until 1964 – its story, until the present, will be revealed.
31 - Talk on my biography titled An Unconventional Wife published by Scribe in April 2019 about Tasmanian woman Julia Sorell Arnold Mary Hoban – 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Tuesday 24 March
Born in Hobart in 1826, Julia Sorell was an original. Her marriage to Tom Arnold in 1850 propelled her into one of the most renowned families in England and into a circle that included Lewis Carroll and George Eliot. Her father-in-law was the revered Dr Thomas Arnold of Rugby, her brother-in-law was the poet and critic Matthew Arnold, her eldest daughter became a bestselling novelist, while her grandchildren included the writer Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, and the evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley, the first Director-General of UNESCO. Julia’s story reveals an extraordinary woman, a paradox who defied convention as much as she embraced it. Tom’s sudden decision to become a Catholic and Julia’s refusal to convert with him plunged their lives into a crisis wherein their great love for each other would be pitted against their profoundly different understandings of marriage and religion. It was a conflict that would play out over three decades in a time when science challenged religion, when industrialisation challenged agrarian forms, when democracy challenged aristocracy, when women began to challenge men.
33 - Our trip to two Stans and Iran: from Tashkent to Tehran Tom and Denise Nadebaum – 1 session from 12.15 to 2.00 on Tuesday 7 April
This presentation will cover the rich history, culture and architecture of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran – important stops on the Old Silk Road and feature the 6 Ms - Mosques, Mausoleums, Minarets, Madrassas, Museums and Markets. It will also touch on the current political and social situation in each country.
36 - Madeira: Portugal’s Island Paradise Ian Singleton and Elspeth Ferguson – 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Tuesday 21 April
A jewel in the Atlantic, Madeira was discovered in 1421 and has always been part of Portugal. A volcanic island it is a flower paradise, and famous for its “Madeira” fortified wines. It has World Heritage Laurel forests and “Levadas” (Irrigation canals). Ian and Elspeth will take you on a tour of this sub tropical Eden. We will also visit and enjoy the delights of Lisbon and Porto, as well as World Heritage sites in Evora, Coimbra, and Guimaraes. Finally we will pay a visit to the remote Peneda Geres National Park, and a village that time forgot. Here barter is the norm, even in the 21st century.
59 - Gardens in Southern England Suzanne Collings – 2 sessions from 12.15 to 1.45 on Wednesdays 18 and 25 March
These two sessions look at some of the beautiful gardens in southern England, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Somerset, and include Borde Hill, Nymans, Montacute Tintinhull and the Savill gardens at Windsor. The sessions include some of the history of the gardens, their design and plant collections.
71 - Mongolia: land of the Mongols George Golvan QC – 1 session from 12.00 to 1.45 on Thursday 2 April
Mongolia is not on the usual tourist agenda, but is well worth visiting. The illustrated talk will concern an extensive trip I took to Mongolia in June July 2019, including, travelling through the vast Mongolia steppes and the Gobi desert by 4 wheel drive vehicles. And attending the colourful Naadam Festivals, traditionally held in mid-summer, where the traditional sports of Mongolia, wrestling, horse riding and archery are conducted. We also visited the eagle hunters of north-west Mongolia, members of the largely Muslim Kazakh minority, hunting with eagles in the Altai Mountains, made famous by the 2016 film, ‘The Eagle Huntress’. I propose to talk about the proud history of Mongolia, and its customs and culture.