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One of Australia’s great showmen as


The Circus Musical - a show for the whole family!

When:             Thursday, 6th June 2018 at 7.30pm

Where:            Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre

Seating:          Excellent ‘A Reserve’ Stalls

Cost:               $105.00

Bookings: by 2nd April 2019 on the enclosed Booking Form

Inspiring story, incredible live circus acts, mesmerising choreography, and uplifting score, this is a must-see theatre event. A wonderful blend of music theatre and live circus performance in a completely re-imagined production of Cy Coleman’s masterpiece.

‘BARNUM’ stars TODD McKENNY [Strictly Ballroom, The Boy from Oz, La Cage aux Folles, Singing in the Rain, 42nd Street, Anything Goes] as P.T. Barnum and is joined by RACHEL BECK [Cats, Beauty and The Beast, The Pajama Game, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music and Singing in the Rain] as Charity Barnum.

Exclusive Preview


‘New Rhythms of Light’ Exhibition

Dr. Di Bresciani OAM - Artist, Musician

“The relationship between music and painting, and especially music and colour has defined absolutely, the kind of artist Di has become”. Gerard Vaughan (former Director of the NGV and CNG)


OPEN STUDIO- EXPERT ADDRESSDi Bresciani OAM is a well known and highly regarded Melbourne artist, musician and philanthropist with a world-wide reputation in the arts. She completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne and subsequently obtained her PhD in Music and Psychology. Di is a member and supporter of the Royal Over-Seas League and hosts annually our Music Recital that showcases the talent of ROSL UK Music Competition Gold Medal and Award winners on tour.

Di has exhibited her work regularly in Australia and abroad and it is represented in many collections, both nationally and internationally. She was awarded Merit in the Order of Australia New Year Honours List in 2013 with the citation ‘for contributions to music, the visual arts and the community’. In 2015 Di held a successful exhibition at Over-Seas House London that was opened by The Hon. Alexander Downer AC, then Australian High Commissioner in London


We now have an exciting opportunity for a strictly limited number of people to enjoy a

‘sneak preview’ of Di Bresciani’s forthcoming major ‘Open Studio’ event. Guests will enjoy food and refreshments and hear from a special guest presenter who will speak about

Australian Art in general and Di’s work in particular.

When:        Thursday, 28th February 2019 from 4.30pm to 6.00 pm

Where:       25 Balmerino Ave, Toorak

Cost:          Members and Guests$25.00 per person

RSVP:         19th February 2019 on the enclosed Booking Form [as places are extremely limited, bookings will be accepted in order of receipt]

What others have said about the work of Di Bresciani:

“Di Bresciani has inspired me in many ways since we first met. Her profound understanding of music and art give her an unerring and intuitive sense of judgement.” – Piers Lane AO

“Di shares with us what has to be considered a kind of spiritual experience–her view of the world– a view I feel we all want to share” – David Williamson AO

“A fine example of Australian visual arts and a wonderful representation of the White Light of the Australian Bush”

– The Hon Alexander Downer AC, former Australian High Commissioner London.

The President and Council are delighted to invite members and guests to take luncheon with the remarkable Lady (Primrose) Potter AC.

 Tuesday 19th March 2019

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Lady Potter AC is an extraordinary Australian who has led a long and fascinating life. She will share with us a glimpse of this as reflects on:

‘The people I have sat next to ........’

Lady Potter really needs no introduction. However, a good summary of the esteem in which she is held and of her contribution to Australian life is manifested in her recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1988, when she was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for ‘service to the arts and the community’ and subsequently in 2003 when she was promoted to Companion of the Order (AC) for ‘leadership and for encouragement of support for critical community growth through fundraising and philanthropy in the arts, sciences, education and social welfare’.

On a somewhat lighter, perhaps more personal, note well known columnist Laurence Money wrote warmly a few years ago:

“Over the years, Lady Potter has been described variously as "Australian society chieftain", "queen bee of the Melbourne and Sydney social set" and the "empress of her own social circle". But one suspects that those who bestowed those soubriquets never actually sat down to lunch with this octogenarian charmer. Here, across the table I find a warm and vibrant, impeccably dressed, handsome matriarch with a bright eye and a ready smile. There is no attitude, nor the slightest trace of ‘imperial’ snobbery.”Sydney Morning Herald

Lady Potter’s place is at the very pinnacle of the Australian arts, philanthropic and social arena. Her involvements over time have encompassed the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust; Bell Shakespeare Company; the Australian Ballet, Melba Foundation, Victorian Opera Company, Melbourne Opera, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Howard Florey Institute; Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; Burnett Institute, Ian Potter Museum of Art; and Ian Potter Foundation to name a few. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Australian Catholic University, and Monash University.

Please join her for luncheon.

WHAT:        3 course luncheon and all refreshments

WHERE:     The Angliss Restaurant*, 550 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

WHEN:       Tuesday 19th March 2019 - 12.00 noon for 12.30 pm

COST:        $60 per head, all inclusive.

RSVP:        by Thursday, 7th March 2019

* the Angliss Restaurant is located close to Southern Cross Station between King and Spencer Streets

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HM The Queen

HRH Princess Alexandra KG GCVO

Patron Victoria
The Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

Chairman Australia & President Victoria
Jason Ronald OAM

Branch Secretary
Ron Williamson