William Meek and the Meek Family of Brighton
Simon Smith was the guest speaker at our 2017 Annual General Meeting on 20th August. Simon is an Adjunct Professor with the Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University,
a lawyer and historian and Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
Simon spoke about William Meek, Port Phillip’s first solicitor and his family who were early Brighton residents.
Open House Melbourne
Over 200 buildings around Melbourne were open to celebrate 10 years of the Open House Melbourne weekend on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July 2017. Brighton Historical Society along with the Gallery, Town Hall and Brighton Theatre Company were open in The Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre along with Bayside City Council Chambers. The number of visitors on the days was very pleasing and we hope to be a part of the 2018 Open House program.
Antiques and Collectibles
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
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.