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5
Apr

Biennial Conference: An Update

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis

Helen and Denise, the organisers of the Biennial Conference, would like to share an update regarding this year’s conference in Albury in September.


Dear Ricardian Friends

We hope this finds you and your families all safe and coping with this most challenging situation.

Like many organisers we need to look at the difficult situation the country is facing – the current coronavirus epidemic and consider the safety and advisability of continuing our event.

We wrote this a week ago but as events have been unfolding so quickly, held off to see where the situation might go.

At this stage we still believe we should go ahead hoping we can all get together in September on the other side of this most challenging time.

We propose that we look at the situation on 1 July and make a decision. Information may be clearer by then. Hopefully the epidemic will be either over or receding.

It is good to try and think positively.

Continuing will provide an opportunity to reaffirm our community after this difficult time.

It will also help support our friends at the Manor House in Albury.  Regional businesses, in fact all our local suppliers and businesses, will need support to continue and get going again.  We can try and do our little bit to kick start things for them too.

As organisers we don’t have to make any financial commitments at this time so have flexibility in planning. We do need to know how many would still consider coming along. Please let us know at least if you are still keen to carry on or what you are thinking.

I encourage you to think about coming along. All your payments will be fully refundable.

And also think about presenting some research or information or entertainment!

We are eagerly waiting to hear from you all.

As we are now socially isolating at least there will be time a) to do extra reading and research b) to develop great presentations and, in the future beyond the virus, there will be so much extra socialising to catch up!

Lets travel as hopefully as possible.

Denise and Helen for the Albury 2020 conference team

 

26
Nov

BIENNIAL CONFERENCE IN ALBURY

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis

The Biennial Conference in Albury

Back by popular demand!

The highly popular Biennial Conference is on again!  After consultation with other branches, the date has been set for Friday, 11 September 2020.  So pack your bags to join us at the Albury Manor Hotel for a day of fun and interesting talks – not to forget Ricardian fellowship!

The Biennial Conference started out as a one-day event of the NSW Branch to give also its members from further afield the chance to meet up.  However, over time it has grown and is now equally popular with members from all the other branches of the Richard III Society in Australia and New Zealand.  (It is not to be confused with the Australasian Conventions, which also take place every second year, but is a 2-day event. The next one will be in Adelaide, SA, 21-22 Aug. 2021.)

The Biennial Conference will be organised by Helen and Denise, who did outstanding work on the two previous Albury Conferences in 2016 and 2018.  The Albury Manor Hotel offers not only comfortable rooms, but also has a medieval inspired ambience.

We would be happy if you can join us for a Welcome on Thursday, 10 September.  Friday will be a full day of talks with dinner in the evening.  Departure will be on 12 September, but of course you are welcome to take part in a tour with other attendees.

At present this is just to keep you informed so that you can keep the dates free in your diary for 2020.  We will share further details as they become available.

 

29
Aug

Classic Ricardian Convention

   Posted by: Julia Redlich

As promised, here is a full review of the recent Australasian Convention of the Richard III Society.

The biennial convention for the Australasian Branches of the Richard III Society was hosted in 2019 by the Victoria Branch of the Richard III Society. The venue was the Beau Monde International Hotel in Doncaster East and it was there that delegates convened on Friday, August 9, to enjoy an evening of reuniting with old friends and making new ones. Registration was accompanied by inspection of very desirable gift bags, a choice of drinks and canapes before most enjoyed dinner at the hotel.

Classic Ricardian Convention

Julia telling Shakespeare what he could have done better – quite emphatically!

Saturday began early with a welcome from Victoria Branch chairman Ron and a message from Society chairman Phil Stone. Then began the two-day programme of presentations that included David (Vic) on John Howard, Duke of Norfolk, Dorothea (NSW) on Hertford, its castle and charm and place in history, and Julia (NSW) with her thoughts that Shakespeare could have done better. In this context she mentioned The Final Act of Mr Shakespeare by Robert Winder, which she had reviewed for this website.

We were privileged to see a video of Professor Jane Evans of Leicester analysing the skeleton of Richard III to reveal much about him as a person. Then it was the turn of Dr Jenny Spinks from Melbourne University on renaissance men and books, metalwork and art in 15th century Nuremberg.

Classic Ricardian Convention

JOAS demonstration of medieval arms and armour

This was followed by members of the JOAS (Juvenis of Accendo Sarcalogos) Living History Society from Ballarat, who gave a splendid demonstration of medieval arms and armour – and after some of us tested the weight of some items, even “small” ones such as gloves, understood why war horses had to be so powerfully built.

Classic Ricardian Convention

Testing the weight of some pieces of armour

Anne (Vic) spoke on the medieval story “Ipomedon”, a copy that was found in in Richard III’s possession after his death with his signature and approving comment: tant le desire. Louise (WA) spoke on Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham – “the most untrue person living” and Helen and Denise (NSW and ACT) explained how study of the revised portrait and reconstruction of Richard’s head could give us an idea of how he would have sounded.

Classic Ricardian Convention

Getting ready for the banquet

Saturday evening and it was time for the banquet, with many in medieval costume posing for some cameras and enjoying some mulled wine and canapes. Then the traditional Candle Ceremony took place when representatives of all branches lit a candle on behalf of their members.

Michael and Yvonne (Vic) were responsible for the Subtlety – a massive and superbly iced and decorated confection. Loyal toasts were proposed to The Queen (Ron), King Richard III (Louise) and Friends of the Society (Rob, Australasian Vice President and NZ secretary).

Classic Ricardian Convention

The subtlety

Sunday morning started with a video from Mark (Qld), unable to attend, on his search for Richard III. Robert (Vic) followed with a worthy consideration of Polydore Vergil’s Memoir of Richard III. Rob (Australasian Vice President and NZ secretary) then conducted a business session in which Sue’s offer on behalf of the South Australia Branch to host the 2021 Convention was warmly welcomed.

After morning tea break Mercia spoke on medieval courts and the legal profession of the times, before a final offering from Ron and some of his Victoria branch associates, plus Rob (NZ) explaining how Richard got his hump. Unbelievable! But incredibly amusing.

Then it was wrap-up time: the raffle was drawn for a wide selection of prizes and the quiz answers given before delegates formed a circle of farewells and singing of Auld Lang Syne – until the next time (20-22 August 2021 in Adelaide).

15
Aug

Save the date!

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis Tags:

Over the last weekend, 9 to 11 August 2019, an Australasian Convention took place in Melbourne, as it was hosted by the Victoria Branch of the Richard III Society.  It was a great and enjoyable event.   The Victoria Branch has done an excellent job in organising this for the benefit of all members of the branches of the Richard III Society in Australia and New Zealand.  A full review will follow in due course, so I won’t give away any spoilers.

In two years, the next Australasian Convention will take place in Adelaide over the Bosworth Weekend, 20 to 22 August 2021.  We are very grateful to the South Australia Branch, who will be hosting this important event, for taking on all the work this involves. It would be great if the NSW Branch could show its appreciation by attending in great numbers.  So put the date into your diaries already!  More details will be available at a later stage.

As two years is a long time, there is also the prospect of another one-day conference in Albury in November 2020.  Our experienced Albury Conference Team has agreed to consider organising another of these enjoyable conferences.  Thank you, Helen and Denise!

Don’t miss out on these exciting events.  It’s never too early to start planning.  Therefore –

Save the date!

20
Nov

Richard III Albury 2018 Conference

   Posted by: Julia Redlich Tags: , ,

Albury conference, November 2018

 

A Regular Ricardian Reunion

In 2007 the New South Wales Branch started a biennial one-day conference for members unable to attend Australasian conventions because of distance. Other branches soon joined in and this year met again at the Albury Manor House Hotel with its wonderful medieval style – and a management that knows exactly what is wanted and provides it with bells on!

Arrivals were made special when Queensland member Mark Porter’s two little girls in medieval gowns offered everyone a white rose tied with maroon and blue ribbons, and their brother in “armour” and brandishing a “sword” presented red poppies for Remembrance Day provided by the Robyn Pidcock, Victoria’s tireless craft expert. We wore them proudly for an evening of wining, dining, conversation and enjoyable reunion.

Friday morning we all gathered in a room, with Richard’s banner taking pride of place. A historical quiz, prepared by Kevin Herbert, was handed out for completion during the day. Sadly, Kevin was not present due to the recurrence of a medical condition, but fellow branch members, Marnie and Chris Lo, replaced his presentation with their recent “How to rebury a medieval king”.

In the absence of NSW Branch chairperson, Judith Hughes, the Australasian vice president, New Zealand’s Rob Smith welcomed everyone on her behalf and read a goodwill message from Phil Stone. Then Helen Portus and Denise Rawling, organisers of the event, started proceedings them with a light-hearted history of the Wars of the Roses. LOL!

A variety of presentations by delegates included Queensland’s Peter Stride enlightening us with the natural history of scoliosis – and later in the day made us begin to query a few Royal paternities. Julia Redlich from NSW spoke on medieval mothers and the possible reasons for their rotten reputations. Victoria Branch member Michael Iliffe considered Henry VI who unwittingly sparked the Cousins’ War, and NSW’s Dorothea Preis inspired us with reasons for future trips to the UK to visit Richard III’s mother Cecily, Duchess of York’s home in Berkhamsted. Anne Maslin from Victoria spoke on the rise and fall of John Howard , and Mark Porter sought answers from Rob Smith , Julia Redlich, Sue Walladge (South Australia), Victoria’s Ron and Robyn Pidcock and Louise Carson from Western Australia on why they became Ricardians. The day closed as Helen and Denise brought us up to date with how Richard III is viewed in the digital age.

The Branch sales table had been well patronised and only one item remained (a book about a Tudor, so that’s understandable!). Many raffle tickets had been sold and winners each received one from a covetable selection of prizes.

Many wore medieval costume for a delicious banquet, when the toasts to the Society, Richard III and Absent Friends were proposed by Sue Walladge, Ron Pidcock OAM and Louise Carson. Returning to the conference room the quiz answers were given as a PowerPoint presentation created by webmaster Mike Redstone. And the winner: Gillian Laughton from Victoria.

The conference concluded with a memorable tribute to John Ashdown-Hill MBE that Helen had produced. All Ricardians will miss John for his knowledge, writing, hard work on our behalf and his role in presenting Richard III in such a positive way to the world.

Saturday meant many of the delegates had to return home, but several stayed on for a coach tour that took in local landmarks, a wonderful winery, a delightful lunch and a trip around Albury, a place offering so much. Would it be too much to expect that Ricardians gather there again in the not too distant future?

20
Sep

A Conference of Ricardians

   Posted by: Julia Redlich Tags: , , ,

A Conference of Ricardians

That’s a collective noun referring to those gathering in Albury, NSW, on Thursday, November 8th. Representatives of all Australasian Branches will meet at Albury Manor Hotel then and enjoy an evening of registering and dining, reunions and introductions.

Friday: a programme of presentations that will inform and entertain from familiar as well as new contributors.  There will be raffle tickets to buy for fabulous prizes and a special sales table (Christmas is coming!), a challenging quiz and, in the evening, a Medieval Banquet  (costumes welcome, but not obligatory) .

A Conference of Ricardians

Saturday: for those who don’t have to head homeward, a special Chelbec Tours coach will take delegates on a trip to the famous Bonegilla migrant camp, now a historical precinct, for a tour, a talk and morning tea. Then it’s on to some wineries, with lunch at Rutherglen’s Tuileries Café before heading to the delightful village of Chiltern. A brief tour of Albury ends the tour, to view its imposing public buildings, historic homes and delightful gardens.

Full details including costs will be sent, after the closing date of September 30, to those who have already registered interest in this. If the tour is not for you, Albury’s Botanic Gardens are wonderful, as are local book shops and galleries and, on Sunday, the Kiewa Markets.

If you would like to join the tour, or register for the conference itself, contact richardiiialbury2018@gmail.com  Spaces may be available.

22
Jul

Richard III at Albury 2018

   Posted by: Julia Redlich

Now is the time to come to the party! Registration and payment deposit for the Ricardian conference at Albury on Friday November 9 is due on July 30.

The tireless conference organisers for the NSW Branch, Helen Portus and Denise Rawling, sent full details to all NSW Members and Friends earlier this year, as well as information and registration forms (with costs)  in recent Affinity issues and on our website. Secretaries of the other Australasian Branches of the Richard III Society were also informed and there has been a gratifying response. So act now if you want to enjoy a memorable time with fellow Ricardians.

 

What you need to know:

Place: Albury Manor Hotel, 593 Young St, Albury, NSW.

Accommodation: phone: 02 6041 1777; email: alburymanorhouse’AT’bigpond.com;  www.alburymanor.com.au

Arrival: Thursday, November 8.  Registration and afternoon tea from 3.30 pm.  Pre-dinner drinks at 6pm; dinner in the restaurant at own cost, followed by evening entertainment.

Conference: Friday, November 9. Many informative presentations; raffle, sales table, and morning and afternoon tea and lunch is provided; a special quiz with results and prizes at the medieval banquet in the evening (costume optional).

NSW Branch Sales table: donations are welcome, but they must be relevant to Richard III and medieval times. This is not a time to de-clutter your home regardless! Any items unsold on Friday must be removed by donor (there’s an opshop nearby).

Saturday, November 10. An excursion involving historic buildings, great wines, morning and afternoon teas and lunch, plus a drive around the Albury/Murray area is being negotiated. Many details, such as costs, are still under way.    If delegates do not have to return home on Saturday and would like to explore the area more fully and are interested in this tour and did not mention this on your registration form, please advise Denise on richardiiialbury2018’AT’gmail.com as soon as possible.

When confirmed the details will be sent to all interested delegates and the date by which the cost per person must be paid.

Travel: There is ample car parking at the hotel; the airport is within easy distance, as is the railway station. For information about train travel from Sydney, contact Kevin Herbert (for his details, please contact the Branch Secretary or Publications Manager).

 

Further queries can be addressed at richardiiialbury2018’AT’gmail.com

 

Helen, Denise and helpers Julia, Kevin and Mark

are looking forward to seeing you in Albury.

3
Jun

The Clock Is Ticking

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley

Our next meeting will take place at our regular venue, the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, on Saturday, 9 June 2018, at 2 pm.  This meeting will feature popular guest speaker Rob Shipton, an expert on the topic of antique clocks and the science of timekeeping throughout the ages. Rob is a retired lecturer in design at the University of Technology in Sydney.

Prague Astronomical Clock detail

We will also be discussing the details of the upcoming mini-conference being held in Albury in November that have been provided by organisers Helen and Denise. It is time to start making our plans!

Some Sydney-based members are planning to travel together by train timed to arrive for check-in at the Albury Manor Hotel on the afternoon of Thursday 8 November 2018. An evening activity has been planned for those arriving then. The full program starts the next day Friday 9 November 2018 and will include many interesting speakers, am & pm teas, and a banquet dinner (“costume optional”). More detailed information and registration materials can be found here.

 

4
Nov

Australasian Ricardians’ Convention in Perth

   Posted by: Julia Redlich

Review of the Australasian Ricardians’ Convention in Perth, WA,

October 2017

Sunshine, spring flowers and the Swan River before us augured well for the biennial convention of the Australasian Branches of the Richard III Society in October 2017, this time hosted by the Western Australia Branch at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Water, Ascot.

Australasian Ricardians’ Convention in Perth

The Swan River near the convention venue

The usual suspects from New Zealand, Victoria and New South Wales gathered on Friday 13th – lucky for all of us! – for a meet and greet evening, chatting with new friends and catching up with old ones. And all of us marvelling at the beautifully decorated folders filled with information and goodies presented to all delegates.

Saturday morning meant an early start, some first aid for equipment, and more welcoming words from WA chairman Terry Johnson before Mark Porter from Queensland presented an extract from his memorable four-part programme “The Search for Richard III: One Man’s Journey”. This was followed by a comprehensive survey of Thomas St Leger and his family (Jenny Gee, WA).

After a morning tea break, we learned about the foundation and purpose of William and Alice de la Pole’s God’s House at Ewelme (Dorothea Preis, NSW). The charm and serenity from her photos placed this on many “must see” lists for UK visits. Anne Maslin (Vic) followed with a report on Chancellor Russell’s draft speech to the Parliament that never sat in 1483 before a coronation of a king that never was (Edward V). A copy should probably be essential reading for present and potential politicians! Louise Carson (WA) gave a summary of the Popes during Richard’s lifetime that was enlightening and occasionally alarming. Who could have realised there were so many of them?

A light lunch in the spectacular Watermark restaurant was followed by a slightly re-adjusted programme after a presenter was held up by business commitments. The Loving Brother? was a subject considered by Carole Carson (WA), and we then had a brilliant introduction to Medieval Heraldry to inspire us in identifying all those colours and designs and their significance. The nine Dukes of Gloucester were presented by Julia Redlich (NSW) as mere historical footnotes (with two notable exceptions!) but whose mismarriages and too early deaths brought unexpected changes to history.

Australasian Ricardians’ Convention in Perth

Denise Rawling (NSW) and the banner

Afternoon tea (more delicious scones, jam, cream and pastries) was followed by a skilful presentation by Helen Portus and Denise Rawling (NSW) on “A New Kingdom: Richard and the Digital Age” that showed how recent events have changed the way the public can change their attitude to him. Entertaining and enlightening.

Two hours after this session ended we met for pre-dinner drinks before a banquet that was a splendid affair, the majority of delegates in medieval costume. We were entertained by a lively and seemingly inexhaustible Jester, but naturally, the highlights were the traditional toasts that included Her Majesty the Queen of Australia and New Zealand, The Richard III Society, our patron, HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and King Richard III.
Our final day began with the results of the two quizzes included in the delegate folders. These had been assessed overnight but only the winners were announced. Many longed to know the answers to know where they failed dismally! Maybe we’ll learn in a future WA newsletter…

Raffle winning tickets were drawn to win the fantastic supply of prizes, and certificates of appreciated handed to the various presenters.

The Victoria Branch then took centre stage with a brilliant performance of The Battle of Towton. Michael Iliffe’s inspired idea (with a little help from his friends) followed the progress of this pivotal battle in the Cousins’ War in modern mode – with switches from newsrooms in media headquarters to reporters on the ground and viewing the progress of the Yorkists through the snow from a helicopter. Maps, photos and music added to the two-part presentation that was warmly applauded.

Australasian Ricardians’ Convention in Perth

The present author (NSW) and Rob Smith, Vice President of the Richard III Society (NZ) at the convention banquet

A suitable follow-up was a final talk on medieval fighting and battlefield medical assistance given by Terry Johnson before he handed over to Australasian Vice President Rob Smith for Business and time to cover continuing financial and relevant matters with the Executive Committee in the UK. He also congratulated the Western Australia Branch of hosting such a memorable few days for us all, and thanked the Victoria Branch for offering to hold the next Convention in 2019.

A last lunch before a few delegates made reluctant farewells while others spent a restful or exploratory afternoon before meeting for an informal dinner in the evening. As always, it had been a memorable time for us all linked by our loyalty to the last Plantagenet king that has made us friends with so many others around the world

15
Nov

All the Albury Action

   Posted by: Julia Redlich

November 1st saw the New South Wales Branch welcoming Ricardians from Victoria, Queensland and South Australia to the conference held between biennial conventions. The Society’s Vice President Rob Smith from New Zealand also found time to join us. The Manor House Hotel in Albury was a great venue – all those beams and white roses everywhere made us feel quite at home. However, as Queenslander Peter Stride commented at the start of his presentation “Mock Tudor is not a style; it’s an order!”

The first evening saw registration, dinner and reunion with old friends and making new ones, plus a viewing of a cleverly abridged version of The Trial of Richard III. A prompt start on Wednesday introduced a series of great presentations such as the oft-ignored battle of Ferrybridge, and a look at the town of Gloucester in Richard’s day. We were introduced to Dr Hobbys, “the promiscuous king’s promiscuous doctor”, followed by a colourful talk about Jacquetta of Luxemburg – and her husbands! After lunch the portrayal of Richard III by Sir Thomas More and Shakespeare were discussed and we learned some historical deaths were not always what might have been recorded. Then a trip to London and a great guide to where everyone we’ve read about in Richard’s time lived. The final presentation was on what went on behind the scenes in Leicester in March 2015. King Power was obviously at work …

The day wound up with the raffle draw and final session at the sales table before preparing for the banquet with Kevin’s challenging quiz and toasts to absent friends, to Richard III and the Richard III Society.

Conclusion: more please! Some of us find it hard to meet up with our good Ricardian friends in distant parts only once every two years.