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    • 27 Sep 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Central Gallery, TMAG
    • 41


    Giant Eucalyptus Specimen Archive: urgent conservation of samples from ancient trees

    Project update by Yoav Daniel Bar-Ness, Giant Tree Expeditions, with the support of TMAG’s Jayne Wilson Bursary Grant and the Tasmanian Herbarium

    The 2018 Riveaux fire in Tasmania’s south was a wake-up call: our window of opportunity to study the remaining ancient trees may be closing quickly. These long-lived giant trees hold in their physical form genetic and chemical information that may be unlocked by future scientists, and the Herbarium is the safest place for these samples to be held into the future.

    In this floor talk at TMAG’s Central Gallery, YD Bar-Ness will introduce the project, the individual trees, and the Herbarium collections, and describe the catastrophic backstory to this project and the lessons learnt.

    YD Bar-Ness is a forest canopy ecologist and science tourism entrepreneur. Originally from Silicon Valley, he conducted the first on-ropes study of treetop biodiversity in Tasmania’s giant eucalyptus forests, and has conducted a national-scale survey of landmark trees across India.

    This is a FREE EVENT and you are welcome to bring non-member friends.

    • 11 Oct 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Departs Hobart 8.30am
    • 29

    John Glover's Patterdale

    Wednesday 11 October, 8.30am–6pm  

    John Glover was one of the first painters to truly see the Australian landscape. Take a bus trip to his home with the Friends and see where he lived and painted. The house he built at Patterdale had fallen into decay, but has been restored, and the garden he planted and painted has been recreated in the spirit of Glover.

    Our bus will leave Hobart at 8.30am from Wrest Point Casino car park, arriving at Patterdale for lunch and tours. Visitors will be able to take a gentle ten minute walk from the house to see where My Harvest Home was painted, and for speedy walkers there are more distant painting sites to visit too.

    The bus will get us home at around 6pm.

    Members $100, Non members $130 
    includes bus and lunch at Patterdale

    • 28 Oct 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Central Gallery, TMAG
    • 88


    Benjamin Duterrau (1768–1851) and his Huguenot background in London

    Benjamin Duterrau was born in Soho, the son of Benjamin Duterrau, and the elder brother of John Duterrau, watchmaker, who worked in partnership with Francis Perigal and obtained a royal patent from King George III in 1799. Benjamin’s great grandfather Ferdinand Duterrau came to London from Fribourg, Switzerland by 1709, when he stood godfather at the Huguenot L’Eglise des Grècs, Hog Lane, Soho. He worked as a tailor in Rose Street, Soho. By 1809 Duterrau and Perigal were at the fashionable address 62 New Bond Street. Benjamin’s first cousin John Francis inherited the firm of Perigal and Duterrau after Francis Perigal’s death in 1817. John Francis also enjoyed royal patronage from King George IV in 1820 and King William IV in 1830.

    The Huguenot watchmaking community in London was established in the 16th century but grew in number and influence, playing a leading role in the formation of the Clockmakers’ Guild in the 1630s. As persecution of the Protestants in France gathered momentum during the reign of Louis XIV, hundreds of Huguenot watchmaking families left their regional city homes in Blois, Dieppe and Rouen for refuge abroad in Amsterdam, London and Geneva. Tessa Murdoch will place this London-based French community of craftsmen in an international context, illustrating the life and times of the Duterrau family and their Huguenot contemporaries. 


    Dr Tessa Murdoch FSA worked at the Museum of London 1981–1990 and at the V&A 1990–2021. Her recent publications are Europe Divided: Huguenot Refugee Art and Culture (V&A, 2021) and as consultant on Great Irish Households: Inventories from the long eighteenth century (John Adamson, 2022). For Bloomsbury, she is co-editing with Dr Heike Zech A Cultural History of Craft in the Age of Enlightenment for publication in 2024.

    Tessa advises the National Trust and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, is a Board Member of the Idlewild Trust, and currently serves as Chair of the Trustees of the Huguenot Museum. She is a member of the Contemporary Craft Committee at the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. She also serves the Arts Council Acceptance in Lieu Panel.


    This is a FREE EVENT and you are welcome to bring non-member friends.

    Above: Noon (detail) From The Four Times of Day, William Hogarth, London, 1736–7Oil on canvas, 76.8 x 63.2 cmThe Trustees of the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust

    Huguenots emerging from Sunday morning service in L’Eglise des Grècs, Hog Lane, Soho. Disorderly Londoners on the other side of the gutter contrast with the soberly dressed Huguenots who demonstrate mutual affection as they emerge from midday worship. 

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21 Sep 2023 The culture of death in colonial Australia
07 Sep 2023 Art and Conservation
28 Aug 2023 Annual General Meeting 2023
24 Aug 2023 Charles Dickens — with a TWIST
17 Aug 2023 Soft coral science with Kirrily Moore
07 Jul 2023 Zygomaturus — updating the giant
29 Jun 2023 Weaving a pathway through TMAG's Pacific Collections
25 May 2023 The research for Gardeners, Plant Collectors, Friends
17 May 2023 Timber in colonial Tasmania
03 May 2023 Avoiding crisis management
26 Apr 2023 Behind the layers (April)
13 Apr 2023 taypani milaythina-tu: Return to country
30 Mar 2023 Eagle CSI
22 Mar 2023 Behind the layers (March)
25 Feb 2023 Fossils of Tasmania: a deep time journey through prehistory
08 Dec 2022 Friends Christmas/birthday party
17 Nov 2022 Grace Williams: Contemporary Migrant Experience Project
09 Nov 2022 Sharing painting conservation with the public
26 Oct 2022 Rosny tour
13 Oct 2022 Behind the scenes at the Playhouse
13 Oct 2022 Markree (October)
06 Oct 2022 A botanical walk at the Waterworks
05 Sep 2022 Annual General Meeting 2022
31 Aug 2022 Bond Store repairs
18 Aug 2022 Tasmanian Herbarium
04 Aug 2022 Volunteering on Tasmanian lighthouse islands
28 Jul 2022 The Cape Adare pendant
16 Jul 2022 Markree
28 Jun 2022 Sea monsters!
20 Jun 2022 Prokofiev 'War Sonatas'
26 May 2022 Floor talk: Calligraphy – two perspectives
17 May 2022 The Winter's Tale
03 May 2022 Floor talk: Government House Tasmania – A Remarkable Story
06 Apr 2022 Made/Worn contemporary jewellery
29 Mar 2022 Floor talk: Gay Hawkes: The House of Longing
23 Feb 2022 Floor talk: Tasmanian Beetles book launch and talk
11 Feb 2022 Floor talk: A Sydney Impressionist (2)
10 Feb 2022 Floor talk: A Sydney Impressionist in Tasmania – the art of A.H. Fullwood
08 Dec 2021 Christmas barbecue at Narryna
24 Nov 2021 palawa kipli
21 Nov 2021 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper: Refresher
17 Nov 2021 Floor talk: Grace Williams
14 Nov 2021 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper: Beginner
10 Nov 2021 Art Conservation (November)
24 Oct 2021 Every Man & His Dog Vineyard
14 Oct 2021 Deborah Wace: The Fabric of Botany
18 Sep 2021 Spring Bay Mill without the bus
18 Sep 2021 Spring Bay Mill
14 Sep 2021 Art Conservation (September)
13 Sep 2021 Annual General Meeting 2021
17 Aug 2021 Art Conservation (August)
31 Jul 2021 Monster Soup Kitchen at Narryna
01 Jul 2021 Paradise Lost
26 May 2021 Floor talk: mapiya lumi | around here
15 May 2021 Anglesea Barracks
03 May 2021 Explore The Hedberg (2)
03 May 2021 Floor talk: TMAG's textiles
20 Apr 2021 Floor talk: Whale strandings
14 Apr 2021 Explore The Hedberg
27 Mar 2021 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper: Beginner
20 Mar 2021 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper: Refresher/Intermediate
18 Mar 2021 Hobart Current: Liberty
06 Mar 2021 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper: Beginner
04 Feb 2021 Around the World in 80 Objects
09 Dec 2020 Christmas garden party at Narryna
23 Nov 2020 David Keeling: Stranger
05 Nov 2020 The Caterpillar Key
14 Oct 2020 A botanical walk at the Waterworks
30 Sep 2020 Curating, collecting, writing
14 Sep 2020 Annual General Meeting
20 Aug 2020 Spotted Handfish Spawning Habitat and Clay
21 Jul 2020 West: Out on the Edge
18 Mar 2020 West: Out on the Edge
25 Feb 2020 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Climate change
12 Feb 2020 This too shall pass
04 Dec 2019 Christmas Barbecue Garden Party
27 Nov 2019 Visit to the Australian Antarctic Division
14 Oct 2019 DAVID'S DO: Farewell to David Coleman
06 Oct 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Landmark trees of India
19 Sep 2019 Annual General Meeting
04 Sep 2019 Julie Gough: Tense Past
08 Aug 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Not so easy – Australian design and identity since Federation
31 Jul 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Geoff Dyer – Portraits
27 Jul 2019 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper 3
05 Jun 2019 Dirty Paper
22 May 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: What lies ahead for TMAG
11 May 2019 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper 2
30 Apr 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Simpkinson's Hobart
28 Mar 2019 Sketch noting with Suzy Cooper
06 Mar 2019 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Exploring Tasmania's deep-sea coral reefs
16 Jan 2019 Friends meet Dinosaurs
05 Dec 2018 Christmas Barbecue
14 Nov 2018 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Satin Moths
14 Oct 2018 BOOK LAUNCH: Island Story
03 Oct 2018 Friends on the Rooftop!
20 Sep 2018 Annual General Meeting
13 Sep 2018 Thomas Bock's Hobart Town
10 Aug 2018 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Lily Allport
18 Jul 2018 Visit to the Australian Antarctic Division
28 Jun 2018 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Getting down and dirty
16 May 2018 Crossing the Horizon
11 Apr 2018 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: 10 objects — 10 stories
18 Mar 2018 Summerhome
08 Mar 2018 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Curating The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil exhibition
08 Feb 2018 Tasmanian Herbarium
10 Dec 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: The devil you know and the devil you don’t
15 Nov 2017 An Early Christmas
08 Nov 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Orientation and outreach — aligning Hobart's urban future?
24 Oct 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Strange Trees
27 Sep 2017 Annual General Meeting
12 Sep 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Sampling the Abyss
23 Aug 2017 The Derwent
15 Aug 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: Inscription and Place
05 Jul 2017 FRIENDS FREE FLOOR TALK: kanalaritja
03 Jun 2017 A curious conversation
10 May 2017 The art of zoology
19 Feb 2017 Glass at Narryna: Andy McConnell
16 Feb 2017 Beyond the Roadshow: Andy McConnell
15 Dec 2016 One Hell of an Inferno
12 Oct 2016 Tempest Talk 5: Staging The Tempest
29 Sep 2016 Annual General Meeting
22 Sep 2016 Tempest Talk 4: Mariele Neudecker
18 Aug 2016 Tempest Talk 3: The art of Tempest
20 Jul 2016 Tempest Talk 2: Shipwreck archaeology in Tasmania
23 Jun 2016 Tempest Talk 1: Key drivers of Tasmanian climate variability
10 May 2016 Snapshot Photography and Migrant Women: A Tasmanian Experience
14 Apr 2016 Where Science Meets Art: the Botanical Illustrations of Rod Seppelt
24 Feb 2016 Pattern Play: exhibition and talks
10 Dec 2015 Panoramic Views: exhibition and talk
02 Dec 2015 Detached
19 Nov 2015 Narryna Heritage Museum: history, wallpaper and quilts!
19 Oct 2015 2nd Guided tour and afternoon tea at the Theatre Royal
07 Oct 2015 Conservation and science at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
24 Sep 2015 Annual General Meeting
17 Aug 2015 Guided tour and afternoon tea at the Theatre Royal
15 Jul 2015 Indigenous culture, here and overseas, an illustrated talk by Zoe Rimmer
21 May 2015 Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts - Viewing and Talk
12 May 2015 Special event at Rosny Farm - Centenary of ANZAC and Service at Home and Abroad
29 Apr 2015 The Suspense is Awful: Tasmania and the Great War
15 Apr 2015 New members' night
24 Jan 2015 Botanical exhibition at Port Arthur
09 Dec 2014 The splendours of the Colonial Gallery
27 Nov 2014 Exclusive talk for the Friends of TMAG
05 Nov 2014 Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum
27 Oct 2014 Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum
26 Oct 2014 Yueju (Cantonese Opera) for Tasmanians
24 Oct 2014 Narryna cocktail party and auction
11 Oct 2014 War in History: Tasmanian, Australian and International Perspectives
25 Sep 2014 Annual General Meeting 2014
05 Sep 2014 Chinese Art Society dinner with talk by Sir Guy Green
27 Aug 2014 Bush Blitz in focus: Discovering new species in Tasmania
02 Aug 2014 Gala dinner for 150th anniversary of Australia’s first cookbook
23 Jul 2014 New members' night
25 Jun 2014 Tour of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
31 May 2014 Opening of Pat Brassington: À Rebours
25 May 2014 Second Tour of Shene Estate and Afternoon Tea
04 May 2014 Tour of Shene Estate and Afternoon Tea
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