Antiques and Collectibles

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Our final event for 2016 was on the afternoon of 20 November when members and friends gathered at the Society’s rooms. Many brought their precious items to be assessed by noted collector and valuer Ian Armstrong OAM. Antiques ranging from Chinese porcelain to paintings, from lantern slides to a box made of porcupine spines were just some of the unusual objects that attracted the interest of all present. The event concluded with our usual delicious afternoon tea.

 Memories of my father, Sculptor Guy Boyd


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On Sunday 24th July 2016 Sally Boyd-Bellman spoke about her father Guy Boyd, a long-time resident of Bayside, who was one of Australia's foremost figurative sculptors, and a member of the Boyd family artistic dynasty.

Guy was also active in environmental and other causes, including saving the Brighton Bathing Boxes, protesting against the damming of the Franklin River, and advocating the innocence of Lindy Chamberlain.

Sally was an entertaining speaker, who shared her memories growing up as a member of the Boyd family.


 Smoking Ceremony and Handover of Stone Axe Head


Smoking Ceremony at Brighton Historical Society - handover of stone axeA late afternoon Smoking Ceremony was conducted by representatives of the Boon Wurrung people in the gardens of the Brighton Town Hall on Wednesday 23 March. The Ceremony marked the return of a stone axe head to the Boon Wurrung people. The axe head was unearthed at Landcox Park in the 19th century, and had probably been made locally from green stone quarried from Mount William near Lancefield in central Victoria. Carolyn Briggs, Senior Elder of the Boon Wurrung people, accepted the axe head and spoke about the history of the Boon Wurrung in the Bayside area over many thousands of years.

Smoking Ceremony at Brighton Historical Society - indigenous fursWeston Bate, Patron of the Brighton Historical Society, officiated at the ceremony, which was attended by the Mayor of Bayside, Cr James Long, Bayside CEO Adrian Robb, BHS President Di Reidie, and several BHS members. Among other guests at the ceremony were two St Leonard’s College students from the Warruwi people, whose home is South Goulburn Island, about 300 kilometres from Darwin.

After the official ceremony guests were invited to the BHS rooms for light refreshments and to view a new display of indigenous artefacts created by Dean Stewart, made possible by grants from Bayside Council. Smoking Ceremony at Brighton Historical SocietyThe display includes a layered depiction of centuries of settlement by the Boon Wurrung people, showing remnants of seafood, shellfish and other artefacts.