Members of the Melbourne Dickens Fellowship hold regular meetings 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)
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Event / Presentation
|Friday February 8th||Birthday Dinner: Guest Speaker Peter Craven. 6:00pm for 6:30pm|
|March 20th||Introduction to Hard Times: Elisabeth Neales|
|This presentation will be held in the Toorak Uniting Church with supper in the Faichney Room afterwards.
In this introduction to Hard Times, Elisabeth Neales will outline the plot and introduce the main characters.
Short readings by members of the Fellowship will remind those who have not read the novel recently and introduce it to those who have never read it.
|April 17th||From Coketown to Lyon: Brian Ruck|
The idea for this presentation sprang from the fact that in the novel Hard Times, the cotton mill owner Mr Bounderby, took his new bride Louisa, on honeymoon to Lyon in France so that he could find out how ‘the hands’ were treated in that city. Mr Bounderby had got into his head the notion that his factory workers, ‘the hands’ as he called them, were a lazy bunch of people who expected to eat turtle soup with gold-plated spoons, and he wanted to see first-hand what was happening in other industries, in particular, the silk weaving industry for which Lyon was famous.
This talk will explore the trials, tribulations and vicissitudes of those involved in the cotton industry and of those involved in the silk industry, in the early to mid-nineteenth century.
|May 15th||The Children of Dickens: Elna Estcourt|
|Charles and Catherine Dickens had 10 children, many of whom were a disappointment to their father.
Just over 20 years ago, Elna’s alter-ego, “Katey Dickens” (Dickens’ second daughter), visited the Mebourne Branch, sharing her family album and recollections with our members. She has been asked to return in order to remind old members and inform the new ones, of the lives and fortunes of these 10 children.
|June 19th||Mills and Mill-Owners: Alan Dilnot|
|July 17th||The President’s Night: Dennis Marriott|
|August 21st||(1) Education in the 19th Century: Catherine Davison, Jan Pearse and Renata McKay
(2) Divorce in England in the 1850s: Lindsey Burton
Nominations for Office Bearers and Committee
(2) Among Protestant countries, 19th century England was unique in restrictions on divorce. This began to change in the 1850s.
|September 18th||Annual General Meeting and Elections
Newer Members’ Night
|October 16th||(1) Names in Dickens: Carmel Hurst and Shirley Anderson
(2) The Circus in Hard Times: Veronica Delafosse
|November 20th||Dickens, Deafness and Dr Marigold: Andrew Gemmell|
|December 11th||Christmas Party|
|Traditional Readings, Music, Singing, Presents, Raffle and Supper.|