Peter has undertaken extensive research into the work of his great great grandfather and Australian's most prolific colonial theatre architect George R. Johnson (1840-1898). He has written entries for the Australian Dictionary of Biography and the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture. Peter operates an architectural practice in St Kilda and acts as a valuer of architectural documents for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The Roxy Theatre at Parramatta, built in 1930, is State Heritage listed as a unique theatre building in the Spanish style. Originally it seated 2000, and later became a flagship cinema for Hoyts. In the 1970s it was converted to three screens and in more recent times has been used as a tavern.
The Roxy Theatre Action group is lobbying the State Government and Parramatta City Council for a land swap which would see the theatre brought into public ownership, and fully restored to its original configuration as a 1600 seat, world class performing arts theatre with new stage, lighting and dressing room facilities.
Please support the Save the Roxy campaign.
If you are coming to the meeting, you may like to print out the below documents and bring them along.
Notice & Agenda (pdf file, 57 KB)
President's Report (to come)
Financial Statement (pdf file, 497 KB)
AGM 2018 Minutes (pdf file, 101 KB)
If appropriate, you may like to use these forms.
Proxy form (MS Word file, 27 KB)
Committee nomination (MS Word file, 44 KB)
The following are some interesting books, pamphlets & programs [out of copyright] for you to download:
Nellie Stewart, My Life's Story
J. Sands, Sydney 1923
(pdf, 113.85 MB)
Vinia de Loitte (Mrs Howard Vernon), Gilbert & Sullivan Opera in Australia 1879-1935,
11th edition, Whitmarks Ltd., Sydney, 1935
(pdf, 7.96 MB)
Phil Finkelstein, His Majesty's Theatre Melbourne Opening Souvenir Saturday July 28th 1934,
J. C. Williamson Ltd. Melbourne, 1934
(pdf, 25.36 MB)
J. C. Williamson Ltd. Opera Season in association with Dame Nellie Melba, Stories of the Operas,
J. C. Williamson Ltd. 1918
(pdf, 4.2 MB)
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Bard garb: Dramatic Shakespeare costumes
The exhibition Shakespeare, the Stuff of the World brings together more than 100 outfits, from Gertrude's gown to Banquo's blood-stained doublet. The exhibition is at the Centre National du Costume de Scene in Moulins, central France, until 4 January 2015.
Read a article about this exhibition in the Guardian.
For more information about the Centre National du Costume de Scene click here.
Members lucky enough to be travelling to Europe this year may like to take a detour to Moulins in central France to see this exhibition.