The Joan Saxton Lecture Lunch, established in 1970, is held at The Gables on the last Tuesday of the month. We have an entertaining lecture by renowned speakers that have included the Honorable Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC, Ms Annette Allison and Mr John-Michael Howson OAM, to name just a few.
Joan Saxton started and operated Melbourne’s first speaker’s agency in 1970. The agency was hugely successful and continues today. After selling the agency, Joan retained the Joan Saxton Lecture Lunch Club and it still operates today.
Lunch is two courses with coffee, chocolates and wine, all served in our grand ballroom, which features an exquisite leadlight window. Guests are encouraged to make up a table of any number or join with others in a welcoming social atmosphere.
Off-street parking is available. Arrival time is 11.30 a.m. for a 12 p.m. sit down. Lunch is served, followed by the lecture and question time. The price is $55 per person.
Bookings are essential
We cater for all dietary requirements (please mention your requirements when booking). Off-street parking and disabled access are available.
Date: Tuesday 27th June, 2017
Title “Shelley and Wileman China and Earthenware”
Guest Speaker: Anne & Bruce Sandie
A brief outline of the history of English ceramics from the 18th century onward, including the development of English Bone China, then follow the progress of a typical mid-sized Staffordshire pottery which commenced production in 1822. An evolving series of partnerships ran the pottery, of which the best known trade names are Wileman & Co. and Shelley Potteries. During its existence, the pottery made a vast range of items in earthenware, stoneware, and fine bone china, a selection of which will be illustrated. Some of the most collectible items, not often seen in Australia, are art pottery pieces made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.