Welcome to the Melbourne Dickens Fellowship

We aim to knit together in a common bond of fellowship, lovers of that great master of humour and pathos, Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-70);
and to spread the love of humanity, which is the keynote of all his works.

Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (except December, January & February)
at The Faichney Room, Toorak Uniting Church, 603 Toorak Rd, Toorak, Victoria starting 7:30pm for 7:45pm
We welcome visitors. Please just come along & announce yourself. (Map)

If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please CONTACT US

Book of the year: Hard Times


Next event: Wed 21st August 2019 in The Faichney Room


(1) Education in the 19th Century: Catherine Davison, Jan Pearse and Renata McKay
(2) Divorce in England in the 1850s: Lindsey Burton
(3) Nominations for Office Bearers and Committee

(1) The development of general education in England over the course of the nineteenth century was haphazard and hesitant involving church, charity and voluntary societies and eventually the State. This presentation details the various types of schools some of which Dickens knew firsthand through his own education and his observations and visits to London’s Ragged Schools. A brief timeline and a taste of the Victorian curriculum will give you all the hard facts Mr. Gradgrind demands.
(2) Among Protestant countries, 19th century England was unique in restrictions on divorce.  This began to change in the 1850s.
(3) Nomination forms available at the Meeting.

Members are invited to renew their subscriptions (1st Sept to 31st Aug) – Rates: Individual ($30); Family ($50)

New members are welcome to join