Speaker Date Topic
Dr Amanda Scardamaglia May 29, 2018
Charles Troedel: From Stone to Print
Charles Troedel: From Stone to Print

Charles Troedel was a 19th century lithographer and founder of the Melbourne based firm, Troedel & Co, Printers & Lithographers. The Troedel family donated its corporate archive to the State Library of Victoria in 1968.  It contains nearly 10,000 print specimens, produced by the firm since its founding in 1863, and includes advertising posters, product labels and other ephemera.  The archive will be showcased in a lavishly-illustrated book, Charles Troedel: From Stone to Print, which will be published by Melbourne Books in 2019.  This presentation will provide a preview of the book, which traces the history of 19th century Australian print advertising, and present some of the most iconic images from the collection.

Dr Amanda Scardamaglia is the Department Chair of the Swinburne Law School. Amanda’s area of research is intellectual property law with a special focus on empirical and historical studies in trade mark law, branding, advertising and the consumer. Amanda was a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellow in 2015-2016 and was awarded a residential fellowship at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management at Bournemouth University in 2017.  She is the author of the book Colonial Australian Trade Mark Law: Narratives in Lawmaking, People, Power and Place (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2015) and editor of the peer-reviewed journal Legal History. Her second book, Charles Troedel: From Stone to Print, will be published by Melbourne Books in 2019, in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria.

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery

Chair: Bill Troedel



Dr Harry Blutstein Jun 05, 2018
The Cold War Games
The Cold War Games

Over the last three years, Dr Harry Blutstein has been combing through ASIO files and archives from Hungary, Russia and the US.  From declassified documents Dr Blutstein tells previously unknown Cold War stories about the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, showing that show they were anything but 'friendly.' As well as these, Dr Blutstein re-tells the 'Blood in the Water' semi-final between the USSR and Hungary, showing how the violence was politically motivated.

His book on these events, Cold War Games, was described by The Age as "highly informed and entertaining, capturing the subterranean tensions running through the Games."

Dr Blutstein is an adjunct professor at RMIT University and has a BSc, BA in history and a PhD. Since 1972, he has worked on and off as a freelance journalist, with feature articles and opinion pieces appearing in Australian newspapers and magazines '.

Chair:  TBA

No Meeting Jun 12, 2018
Changeover On Thursday 14th June (Night Meeting)

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?Club Meeting Jun 19, 2018
Various TBA
TBA Jun 26, 2018
First Meeting For President 2018-2019, Ian Bentley Jul 03, 2018
Visit To Rotary Camberwell Art Show Jul 10, 2018
Amy Dawes, Executive Director and Co-Founder Jul 17, 2018
Australasian Birth Trauma Association
Australasian Birth Trauma Association

The Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA) was established in 2016 to support women and their families who are suffering postnatally from physical and /or psychological trauma resulting from the birth process as well as the education and support for the range of health professionals who work with pre and postnatal women.

Did you know? 
15% of all women who give birth naturally (ie: not through caesarean) suffer permanent life changing injury. This is a significant women's health issue that does not get talked about and receives almost no support'.

Chair: TBA