Syllabus of Meetings 2020

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)

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

Upcoming presentations and speakers are also listed on the front page of this website.




Event / Presentation

Friday February 14th

The Dickens 208th Birthday Commemoration Dinner: Guest Speaker: Lucy Sussex.

6:00pm for 6:30pm

Wednesday March 18th

Introduction to David Copperfield: Elisabeth Neales

In this introduction to David Copperfield, 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.

Wednesday April 15th

Education in David Copperfield: Alan Dilnot – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Rescheduled to Wednesday 17th June

Wednesday May 20th

The Women in David Copperfield: Brian Ruck – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Rescheduled to Wednesday 15th July

Wednesday June 17th

Education in David Copperfield: Alan Dilnot

Click this link to listen to Alan’s presentation on Education in David Copperfield

(Duration: 43 minutes)

Wednesday July 15th

The Women in David Copperfield: Brian Ruck

Click this link to listen to Brian’s presentation on The Women in David Copperfield

(Duration: 1 hour 7:58 minutes – due to COVID-19 restrictions this was a virtual meeting via Zoom)

Wednesday August 19th

(1) In Country Houses: Passages from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Dickens and Hardy: Alan Dilnot

(2) Nominations for Office Bearers and Committee

(1) Due to COVID-19 restrictions this will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. The link will be emailed to members on 18th August. Visitors can email the Secretary after 1300 AEST to request the link.
(2) Nomination forms available at the Meeting or by email request.

Wednesday September 16th

(1) Annual General Meeting and Elections

(2) Attitudes to Booze: Comic and Serious Drinking in David Copperfield: Veronica Delafosse

(3) Alms Houses: Renata McKay

(4) Dickens and Antarctica: Veronica Delafosse

(1) The AGM might be rescheduled to December
(2) TBC
(3) TBC

(4) TBC

Wednesday October 21st

Chapters, Words and Music in David Copperfield: Patricia Wiltshire


Wednesday November 18th

(1) The Sea in David Copperfield: Nita Jawary

(2) The Sex Industry in Dickens’ London: Lyndsey Burton

(1) TBC.
(2) TBC

Wednesday December 9th

Christmas Party (for Members)

Traditional Readings, Music, Singing, Presents, Raffle and Supper.