Simon Piening

Simon Piening

Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:45

Dr Denise Whitehouse

This introductory talk by Dr Denise Whitehouse explores John Truscott’s early Melbourne years with the National Theatre Movement and Melbourne’s Little Theatre prior to his 1963 Camelot production which transported him onto the international stage.

Saturday, 28 September 2019 09:30


How could the arts exist without philanthropists? This public talk will look at the state of private giving in the 21st century. Join leading philanthropist Primrose Lady Potter AM as she speaks of her personal experiences, followed by Rupert Sherwood, Director of Development at the Melbourne Theatre Company, as he talks about raising funds from the public.

Saturday, 13 July 2019 11:27

Viola Tait e-book Download

Free download – I Have a Song to Sing by Viola Tait


The e-book is available in a variety of formats – download your preferred format by clicking on the links below:

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Please note: the .epub and .mobi versions of this e-book use a fixed-layout format to preserve the page layout of the printed book. Not all e-reader programs (in particular some older e-readers) can read this format. To read these e-books, you will need to use a compatible reader.

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This publication is made available as a FREE download. If you would like to support the work of Theatre Heritage Australia, please consider making a donation.

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Friday, 12 July 2019 08:30

Donate to Theatre Heritage Australia

Theatre Heritage Australia Inc is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation established in 1995 (originally known as the Victorian Theatres Trust) to promote greater understanding of Australia's rich theatre history. We reguarly publish original research, undertake digitisation projects and produce a series of free events throughout the year. You can read more about our Purposes and Rules here

Please consider supporting the ongoing work of THA by donating to*:

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Cheques can be mailed to:
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Collingwood, Vic 3066


Donate to our Digitisation Program via GiveNow

givenow buttonIn recent years, THA has undertaken a number of major digitisation projects, including the JCW Scene Books , The Riley/Hailes Scrapbook and The Falk Album  . Help us continue this important work by donating to our Digitisation Program. The purpose of the Program is to digitise and publish historic ephemera, drawings, photograghic, film and manuscript material relating to the history of Australian theatre and make it available for research and educational purposes. You can make one-off donations or regular contributions.

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* Please note – donations to THA are NOT currently tax deductible

Thursday, 13 June 2019 08:22

e-Book Launch: I Have a Song to Sing

e-Book Launch: I Have a Song to Sing

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:51

Special Presentation: Dr Mimi Colligan

Special Presentation

At THA's 10th Annual General Meeting, held at the Prahran Mechanics Institute on 9 March 2019, a special presentation was made to Dr Mimi Colligan, on the occasion of her retirement from the Committee. In presenting Mimi with a Lifetime Member certificate, THA President Simon Piening spoke warmly of Mimi's contribution to the group. 

Dr Mimi Colligan Life MembershipToday we are saying farewell to one of our founding members.

This person has been a major part of Theatre Heritage Australia, and the Victoria Theatres Trust, as it was previously known, for almost a quarter of a century. And she has now decided that it's time to step down from the committee.

She has had an amazing career—she is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria; an Adjunct Research Fellow with the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University; a former Board Member of the International Panorama Council; and a former member of the Victorian Working Party and contributor to the Australian Dictionary of Biography. She has curated exhibitions for the Ballarat Art Gallery, the Old Treasury Museum, and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. She has written a number of books in her own right, and contributed to many many more, including Philip Parsons’ hugely important work, Companion to Theatre in Australia.

She was present at the first meetings with Evan Hercules, the founder of the Victoria Theatres Trust, when the organisation was still being conceived. She subsequently became a founding member when the organisation was formally established in 1995.

Her contribution to the organisation is huge, and it would take far too long to list all of her achievements now, but we have picked out just a few highlights.

She is a long-time contributor to On Stage and its predecessor VTT Newsletter. As co-owner of the Riley/Hailes Scrapbook (along with Frank Van Straten), she made it available as THA's first major digitisation project, and provided valuable assistance on the subsequent Biographies project. She was fundamental to the success of the JCW Scene Books project, which, as we have seen today, continues to create new projects and opportunities for the organisation. She is a former Vice President, and indeed former President of Theatre Heritage Australia between 2015–2017. As the current president, I can assure you it is my very great honour to be walking in her footsteps, even if just for a little while.

There’s a particular saying that she is fond of. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Anyone involved in any sort of research will understand exactly what she means – we are always building on the knowledge of those who have gone before us. More often than not, we can only see as far as we can, because someone else has lighted the way. But of course, giants—don’t always look like giants. Giants—come in all shapes and sizes. She might be small in stature, but make no mistake—in the field of Australian Theatre History, she is a giant. We are grateful for her contribution, not only to this organisation, but to the whole field of Australian Theatre History. She is a true pioneer, and we are honoured to count her amongst our number.

Dr Mimi Colligan we are very sad to see you leave the committee, but you remain part of our extended family. And we hope to see you often at our regular lunches.

Friday, 25 January 2019 17:27

Hoofing It! | Dr Caitlyn Lehmann

In this illustrated talk, Dr Caitlyn Lehmann will introduce the eccentric world of Philip and John Astley, and reveal the unexpected connections between ballet and circus that shaped the Astley’s fortunes from the 1780s to the early 1800s.

Friday, 25 January 2019 16:55

Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce has designed nine works for The Australian Ballet, winning three Green Room Awards for Best Dance design, and is a frequent collaborator with The Australian Ballet's resident choreographer Stephen Baynes.

Friday, 25 January 2019 10:07

2019 Annual General Meeting

2019 Theatre Heritage Australia Annual General Meeting

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