Wednesday, 12 December 2007

RHSV Tour and lunch with an artist in wood

Thursday 21 February

Time: 10.30 Lunch approx 12.30 pm

Cost: Members $20; non-members $25

Marjorie Morgan OAM, historian and biographer will lead this fascinating tour looking at the life and exquisite carvings of John Kendrick Blogg, including carvings to be found in the buildings visited on this tour as well as in the National Gallery of Victoria. On the tour we will see John's carvings at Canterbury Presbyterian Church and then go to Surrey Hills to visit the Primary School, the uniting Church and finally St Stephen's Presbyterian Church where we will have lunch.

Meet at Canterbury Presbyterian Church, 146 Canterbury Road, Canterbury at 10.30 am. Parking is available on the tennis court beside the church. Melway Map 46 B10 opposite Hopetoun Street.

John Blogg was born in Canada in 1851 and migrated to Melbourne in 1884. He lived in Surrey Hills for many years. and when he was 50 took up woodcarving. Until his death in 1936 he made more than 300 wood carvings.

Finish at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church corner of Canterbury and Warrigal Roads. Melway Map 46 J 11.

Bookings essential by Monday 18 February - 9326 9288 or

RHSV Meeting - Crescendo, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra celebrating 100 years

Tuesday 11 March

RHSV - 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne - entry via William Street

5.15 pm tea / coffee
Lecture 5.45 pm

Cost: Members free; non-members $5.50

Stella Barber will present this talk about the MSO and how it has become the orchestra it is today. The MSO, founded by Alberto Zelman in 1906, has survived wars, depressions, financial near-ruin, restructures and re-launches, name changes and a cavalcade of the world's greatest conductors to become Australia's oldest and possibly greatest symphonic ensemble.

RHSV lecture - The History of thoroughbred racing in our time

Tuesday 12 February 2008

RHSV - 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne - entry via William Street

5.15 pm coffee / tea
5.45 pm lecture

Cost: members free; non-members $5.50

Andrew Lemon has spoken to the RHSV previously about the history of Australian horse racing but the horse world keeps changing and he has some new perspectives as he puts the finishing touches to his forthcoming book, The History of thoroughbred racing in our time, scheduled for publication for the spring of 2008.

The book covers the social and political history of racing throughout Australia in the period 1939-2007. His talk will concentrate on the turbulent recent history of the industry.