6-8 FEBRUARY 2013
The AVSA 2013 conference will be held at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. The draft conference program, as of 16 January, is now available.
Day one (6 Feb) will commence in the afternoon and sessions will be held in the Old Arts building, Theatre D. Campus map.
Days two and three will be held in the 1888 Building near the corner of Swanston and Grattan Streets. Street map
Please visit the link above to register. Early-bird registration has now closed.
Victorian Excursion to Ballarat
Ballarat, a provincial city 115km inland from Melbourne, founded during the 1850s goldrushes to Western Victoria, has a well-preserved 19th century architectural and historical heritage, from streetscapes and miners’ cottages to the underground vaults of the Mechanics’ Institute library and the wonderful collection of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, founded in 1884.
Meg Tasker, a long-standing member and former president of AVSA, is taking expressions of interest in a day-trip train excursion to Ballarat on the day following the AVSA conference, Saturday 9 February. It would involve a (rather scenic) train journey from Southern Cross station (1.5 hours, $23.40 return), and a guided walking tour around the historical precinct of Ballarat, with visits and introductions by local experts to several of the grand Victorian institutions located in Sturt and Lydiard Streets (the Fine Art Gallery, the Mechanics’ Institute, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Craig’s Royal Hotel), with refreshments and lunch along the way, winding up by 5pm for those returning by train to Melbourne. Please let her know if you would be interested in joining the group.
If you are interested in joining the Victorian Excursion, please email Meg directly at email@example.com. She is in the School of Education and Arts, University of Ballarat, and the walk would be organised through the University’s Australian History/Research Network partnership with Sovereign Hill and the Mechanics’ Institute.
Meg can also provide information about other options in Ballarat for the evening or Sunday, such as a ‘ghost tour’ (city streets and alleys, or the old historical cemetery, which dates back to the Eureka uprising), or the Sound and Light show at Sovereign Hill. Those who were at the 2001 AVSA conference in Ballarat (Victorian Monuments) may want to revisit the Botanical Gardens and see how the 19th century marbles have fared since then. There are later trains to Melbourne for those who would like to stay in Ballarat for a drink and/or dinner.
Expressions of interest asap – before 15 January preferably. If there are enough people to make the Victorian Excursion viable, we’ll confirm the program and any costs by the end of January. The idea is for it to be low-cost and high-interest, unrushed and flexible. (The train trip is not essential, it’s just a highly recommended way to do the day trip from Melbourne. If you have a car, of course you could easily join the walk in Ballarat.)