Society News

Xmas Drinks 2015 at Pat Corrigan's apartment 

7th December 2015

  The Australiana Society Annual Christmas drinks event was held at the home of Pat Corrigan. Pat, a businessman and philanthropist, is a well known collector of Australian art. The collection included works by Brett Whitely, Lloyd Rees, Ben Quilty, Howard Arkley, Michael Zavros, Robert Klippel and John Olsen. The Society would like to thank Pat Corrigan for his generosity in hosting the Society drinks at his home and all who attended were very fortunate to meet with Pat and view his wonderful collection.  




Discussion with Pat.
  Members exchange updates over drinks and refreshments.
Some of Pat's collection.


 Pat speaks with members.   Final words and a token of our appreciation for Pat's generosity as our host.   Drinks and refreshments.



 Every room is filled with art.   Catch up and updates.   A word of "advice" from Jim, Society President.

Tour of the Macquarie Group Art Collection

20th July 2015

  The Australiana Society was fortunate to be invited to visit the Macquarie Group headquarters to view the Macquarie Group Art Collection. The collection of contemporary art has a focus on landscapes and emerging artists. The collection includes works by Shaun Gladwell, Janet Laurence, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori and Ben Quilty. It was also an opportunity to admire the architecture of the office building, a fusion of steel and glass rising from the original Victorian building. 

Included in the collection at the bank, are specimens of Australia's first coinage, the Holey Dollar and Dump. The Macquarie logo is based on the Holey Dollar which was produced in 1813 under Governor Macquarie when he imported 40,000 Spanish Dollars and had the centre cut from each coin, counter stamped the two pieces with New South Wales markings to produce a doughnut shaped five shilling piece (the Holey Dollar) and centre piece of fifteen pence coin (the Dump). 



Security and registration at the foyer.

  Kate Blake, the curator of the Macquarie Group Art Collection is host for the evening.

Central to the Macquarie building is the atrium which creates an open space within.


 The art collection is hung throughout the offices - corridors.   Wonderful timber is used in the staircase which connects the floors.   The art collection is hung throughout the offices - meeting rooms.


 Art collection includes sculpture.   The collection has a focus on Australian modern landscapes.   End of tour.

The Tasmanian Tour

20th - 23rd March 2015

         In March 2015, a group of members went on an amazing tour of Tasmania, visiting impressive private collections, some housed in important historic houses and were privileged to be hosted in specially arranged events at the QVMAG and the Tasmania Club. Highlights included extensive collections of colonial portraits, colonial furniture and scrimshaw, historic homesteads, and the best of Tasmanian wines and food. The huge success of the tour was wholly due to the enthusiasm and support of our members in Tasmania, who were responsible for putting together the program and were so generous in opening up their homes.

A full report on the Tasmanian Tour was published in the August 2015 issue of Australiana



Tour begins at QVMAG.
  Furniture stack at QVMAG.
Costume and fashion racks at QVMAG.


 Reception prior to viewing of Colonial portrait & furniture collection.   The Jolly Farmer.   Interiors of the Jolly Farmer - Australiana and furniture.


 Historic Fairfield.   Huon pine fire surround at Fairfield!   Streanshalh homestead.


 The Streanshalh Interior - as featured in Early Colonial Furniture of NSW and Van Diemen's Land   Cocktails at the Tasmania Club.   Dinner at the Tasmania Club dining room.


 Ferry cruise from Hobart CBD to Woodridge.   On the way to Woodridge for lunch.   Welcome before viewing of another wonderful collection of Australiana, furniture and portraits.


 Final collection with extensive scrimshaw, pottery, Tasmaniana, and furniture.   Final evening of the tour was celebrated with a gourmet BBQ.   Private tour of Narryna, hosted by curator, Scott Carlin.


Members inspect period wallpaper with Scott Carlin at Narryna.   George Burrows gave a special talk on blackwood furniture at Markree House.   Markree, an Arts & Craft house, now part of TMAG.