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Various activities are arranged to take place between the Monthly General Meetings. 

Coffee and Conversation meetings to discuss contemporary matters are held on the first Tuesday of each month.

Visits to local places of interest within and around Melbourne are generally arranged for the third Tuesday of each month.

Places of interest visited recently include:

  • Old Treasury Museum
  • National Wool Museum - Geelong
  • Jewish Museum and Mirka Mora Exhibition
  • National Aviation Museum
  • Heide Museum of Modern Art - Templestowe
  • Portarlington Ferry visit
  • Bishop's Court - East Melbourne
  • Cruden Farm - Langwarrin
  • Botanical Gardens - Cranbourne
  • Melbourne Port Authority Control Tower
  • Australian Synchrotron - Clayton
  • Banyule Re Think Centre - Heidelberg
  • Maribyrnong River cruise
  • Tram Boat cruise to Hawthorn

Each year, usually in November, a five- or six-day Getaway is arranged where the Members visit a location away from Melbourne where they can enjoy similar activities and have the opportunity through fellowship to develop acquaintances and friendships. Our planned Getaways during 2020 and 2021 were cancelled because of Covid but highly successful Getaways before that included visits to:

  • Creswick
  • Albury/Wodonga
  • Canberra
  • Lakes Entrance
  • Adelaide
  • Launceston

A smaller or Mini-Getaway, which is normally less structured and usually of four days duration is arranged earlier in the year ie usually around March or April.

Within Covid constraints we have managed to hold several Mini-Getaways in the last few years including visits to:

  • Hamilton in Western Victoria 
  • Creswick in central Victoria
  • Beechworth in Northern Victoria

Some examples of events and activities are shown.

During 2021 April we visited Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen Melbourne. The House Museum occupies the site of a former dairy farm owned by prominent arts benefactors John and Sunday Reed 

At Heide House Museum in a different location. Heide became the gathering place for a collective of young modernist painters known as the Heide Circle which included Sidney Nolan, John Percival, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester. Today they rank among Australia's best known artists.

 

 

At 2017 December Meeting

 Port Phillip Quilters Group, known as the “Stash Stars” with Gill Fleming accepting the lucky draw prize.

 

 

Members enjoying pre-dinner drinks and nibbles at the 2018 Mini Getaway at Painter’ Island Caravan Park, Wangaratta in March.

 

Members standing in front of a statue of Black Caviar during a visit to the Flemington Racecourse in April 2018

 

Members admiring the collection of artefacts in the Stokes Collection, Mt Macedon.  This visit was in May, 2018

 

 

Members inspecting the Bethanga Gold Precinct near Lake Hume during the 2018 Getaway at Albury-Wodonga in November.

 

 

Inspecting the now unused Bonegilla Migrant facility during the 2018 Albury Wodonga Annual Getaway in November.

 

There is nothing like a good feed at a winery to wrap up an enjoyable Getaway.

November, 2018

 

The “Stash Stars” do it again at the 2018 December Meeting