A Car With No Pistons

Car With No Pistons poster


Press release


Moira’s Daughters

Moira's Daughters Poster

Press Release


Maldon: A Time Capsule

Lisa Chesters Poster

Lecture details

Lecture details

Apocalypse 1500: Visions of the End in Renaissance Orvieto

Dugald McLellan Poster

Dugald McLellan Lecture Details

Winter lecture, don’t miss it !

Geoff Putnam will reveal the spills and thrills of being a professional designer.

30th June, 7:30pm

Lecture 23

Heritage lecture success !

The April 27th lecture on The Evolution of Maldon’s Heritage Policy was a great success. As Nigel and Bill reminisced and recalled  what it had all been like we got an insight to what a thrilling time it must have been.

Preserving the street scape of a whole town  was unprecedented in Australia, and significant on a global scale.

Maldon Focus lecture 27 April 2014

The Evolution of Maldon’s Heritage Policy

Nigel Lewis & Bill Moore Poster

Maldon Focus Quarterly Lectures 2014

All lectures will be held in the Maldon Community Centre @ $5.00 per person.


Maldon Focus Autumn Lecture: The Evolution of Maldon’s Heritage Policy

Sunday 27 April @ 2.00 pm

Hear Nigel Lewis, former Maldon Heritage Advisor and Bill Moore, former Maldon Shire Engineer speak about Maldon’s notable heritage conservation journey since 1964, including early effects on the town and its people, and recent conservation developments. Chaired by former MASC Mayor Dave Gittus.

The journey from tumultuous 1850s gold-mining town, through boom times and decline took an unprecedented turn between 1964 and 1970 when Maldon’s historic 19th and early 20th century buildings and streetscapes were rediscovered, surveyed, declared ‘Notable’ by the National Trust, and put under State Government planning control.

Maldon is an outstanding cultural heritage landscape; visit our town and hear the story behind its ongoing conservation.


Maldon Focus Winter Lecture: Head in the cloud, Feet on the ground

Monday 30 June 2014 @ 7.30 pm

Geoff Putnam is a designer, teacher, lecturer, small-time actor and aspiring presenter with MAINfm. He will be sharing a journey into the unknown, uncharted, undreamt, unbridled, unnerving and unborn – the responsible role of a designer.


Maldon Focus Spring Lecture: Apocalypse at Orvieto, 1500: Luca Signorelli’s fresco cycle tackles the Last Things

Monday 15 September 2014 @ 7.30 pm

Dr Dugald McLellan, world authority on the Last Judgment fresco cycle of Luca Signorelli in the cathedral of Orvieto, one of the most important works of the Italian Renaissance, will examine the paintings within the turbulent and radical context of their times.


Maldon Focus Summer Lecture: Maldon: A Time Capsule

Monday 10 November 2014 @ 7.30 pm

Lisa Chesters, Federal Member for Bendigo will discuss Maldon, a town where history lingers in the air. Lisa says, that “A wander down Maldon’s main street, lined with beautiful old buildings, makes you feel like you are back in its gold rush heyday. Maldon has preserved its past, which is vital. Through studying the past, we can gather a better understanding of where we are today. History provides us with important lessons – some we fail to heed. However, progress is also something to be celebrated. It’s important to understand the past, but that cannot be to the detriment of development, innovation and growth”.


Wither The Arts?


The Business of Being Henry VIII: A Case Study

Prepare to think about applying business principles to solve problems with worrisome wives and troublesome clergy, and suspend your disbelief as you listen to the 20th very thought provoking lecture in the Maldon Focus series of Quarterly Lectures on the theme ‘Thinking People Make a Difference’ to be presented by John Kent. The lecture will be held in the Maldon Community Centre in Francis Street, on Monday 2 September at 7.30 pm. If you are interested in history or finance, this lecture will intrigue, entertain and enhance your knowledge of high finance, politics and the machinations of people in high places. 

John Kent and his family emigrated in 1964 from the UK, after he had been recruited to join an actuarial consultancy firm in Melbourne, where shortly afterwards he became a partner.  He later joined National Mutual, a major life insurance company, and was its Chief Actuary for thirteen years until he took early retirement to become a potter, as you do. Since then John has had several exhibitions where his work usually involves figures – often tango or jazz dancers and musicians – carved in relief on the surface of stoneware or porcelain vessels. His other interests include jazz, art, film, history and physics.

John said “Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall ignited an interest – one might almost say obsession – with the Machiavellian Henry VIII and after reading various biographies, histories and documents I decided to produce a business plan for him, dealing with the most momentous challenges of his reign. I thought a novel approach would be to regard Henry as head of a corporation and produce his mission statement and action plan”.

Henry’s desire for a male heir was also an obsession; it was this which led to his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, the beheading of Ann Boleyn, his marriage to Jane Seymour, his break with Rome and the establishment of the Church of England.

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, and the degree to which this was devised and handled by his powerful minister, Thomas Cromwell, who is fictionalized in Mantel’s novel which won the 2009 Booker prize.

John decided to call this ‘The Business of Being Henry: A Case Study,’ and hopes you will find it as interesting and entertaining to listen to, as it was to research.

For further information call 0459 093 452. No bookings required $5.00 per head.

Nancy Whittaker

Coordinator, Maldon Focus Quarterly Lectures