Archive for December 2012

Maldon Focus Lectures 2013

Following on the success of 2012, Maldon Focus Inc has some very special treats in store for those of you who enjoy the Quarterly Maldon Focus lectures on the theme Thinking People Make a Difference. The lectures commenced in 2008 when Professor Miles Lewis presented the Inaugural lecture on Maldon’s Heritage.
So dig out your diary and mark the dates for autumn, winter, spring and summer. We have something for everyone depending on your interests, whether it is the Welsh Swagman’s Diaries, Gold Mining, Business Planning, or the future of The Arts.
All lectures will be held in the Maldon Community Centre.

 Autumn: Sunday 21 April 2013, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

The Joseph Jenkins Project at the State Library of Victoria

The State Library of Victoria is making its rare and unique collections available online to a wide audience. A selection of Victorian manuscripts, including the diaries of Joseph Jenkins, have been conserved, digitised, and transcribed. In 1975, William Evans published Diary of a Welsh Swagman, 1869-1894, an abridged version of the diaries of his grandfather, and Maldon resident, Joseph Jenkins. The original manuscripts were acquired by the State Library of Victoria in 1997. Transcripts of these fragile volumes, prepared by skilled and dedicated volunteers, are revealing new information about Jenkins, his life and times.
Presented by: Shona Dewar, Librarian, and Dr Rachel Solomon, a volunteer in the Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library of Victoria.

Winter: Monday 1 July 2013, 7.30 pm

Minnows and Monsters – Gold Mining in Victoria

Many large-scale gold mines operated in Bendigo, Ballarat and Maldon at the peak of the 19th century mining boom. But some of these monsters started as tiny one or two man outfits armed with plenty of dreams but without much capital. So how did the technology change when minnows morphed to monsters? Clive Willman will describe how gold was mined at these different ends of the spectrum. Using historical images and video footage of modern ‘minnows and monsters’, Clive will examine the technology, culture and economics of an industry that made Victoria wealthy.
Presented by: Clive Willman, Recently retired from the Geological Survey of Victoria. Consultant Geologist and Mining Historian, with a Q&A session including Brian Cuffley, Exploration Manager, Mandalay Resources, Dr Rod Gould, Consulting Geologist and Anthony Gray, Managing Director of Octagonal Mining.

Spring: Monday 2 September 2013, 7.30 pm

The Business of Being Henry VIII: A Case Study

On reading various biographies, histories and documents relating to the Machiavellian Henry VIII, John Kent, a retired Actuary, decided to produce a business plan for him, dealing with the most momentous challenges of his reign. John thought a novel approach would be to regard Henry as head of a corporation and produce his mission statement and action plan.
This perspective on Henry includes: an examination of the political environment at home and abroad; an analysis of the great risks involved in such a plan, as well as the degree to which this was devised and handled by his powerful minister, Thomas Cromwell.
Presented by: John Kent, Chief Actuary at National Mutual during the heady 1980s.

Summer: Monday 25 November 2013, 7.30 pm

Whither The Arts?

Professor Andrea Hull, asks “why is it that the arts in Australia are cyclically subjected to a thrive or perish mentality. Substantial research shows that an arts education benefits many other areas of development in children, that the arts and cultural industries and our artists generate wealth and bring great credit to our nation internationally. Yet currently a prestigious music school is being decimated, TAFE arts and crafts courses are being closed and coverage of the arts has declined in our media”. This lecture will appeal especially to members of MANet and all people involved in the arts.
Presented by: Professor Andrea Hull, AO, former Director of the Victorian College of the Arts and presently Deputy Chairman of the National Museum of Australia. In 2003, Andrea was honoured with an appointment as Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the arts, arts education and cultural policy. In 2004, the Committee for Melbourne awarded her the Melbourne Achiever’s Award.

Nancy Whittaker,
Coordinator, Maldon Focus Quarterly Lectures.