Thursday, 9 June 2011


Wine lovers and history buffs are invited to join historian and researcher, Dr David Dunstan, as he delivers the 2011 AGL Shaw Lecture - “La Trobe and the Vignerons”.

To be held on Tuesday 14 June at 6pm, Dr Dunstan will explore Charles Joseph La Trobe’s relationship with the pioneering Swiss vignerons and the early development of the Victorian wine industry.

Dr Dunstan will recount the influx from 1839 of Swiss vignerons to the Port Phillip District of New South Wales and their great success in winegrowing.

He will also highlight the link to Superintendent Charles Joseph La Trobe and his Swiss wife, Sophie - their presence at Port Phillip being a factor in early individual decisions to emigrate.

As Dr Dunstan notes, the La Trobes ‘may... be held responsible for kick starting a grape growing and wine making industry in colonial Victoria’.

About the guest speaker: Dr David Dunstan is a Senior Lecturer with the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. He is a historian and researcher with many books and published essays to his credit, including several titles about the wine industry in Australia. Among these are: Better than Pommard! A History of Wine in Victoria (1994), Wine from the Hills (2000), and Morris of Rutherglen (2009). He has taught Australian Studies and Australian History at the University of Melbourne, and at Deakin, RMIT and Monash Universities. David is currently working on a long term project on the history of the Melbourne Herald newspaper and Australian journalists, columnists, correspondents and cartoonists at home and abroad.

Time: 6pm – 8pm lecture

Address: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne

Cost: $25 (refreshments included)

Bookings: t: (03) 9326 9288 e:

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