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September 2017 Newsletter

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April 2017 Newsletter

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January 2017 Newsletter

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October 2016 Newsletter

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May 2016 Newsletter

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Celebrate HHR at the National Trust Heritage Festival in Chiltern
- April 16, 2016

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February 2016 Newsletter

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November 2015 Newsletter

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Rex Fuge Eulogy by Bill Steele

Read the eulogy delivered by incoming Vice-president, Bill Steele, at Rex Fuge's funeral service

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Henry Handel Richardson Society Award Presentation
Short Story by Helen Garner

Wheeler Centre, 9 November 2014
© Helen Garner

Read the speech given by our judge Helen Garner at this years award announcements.

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Vale - Rex Fuge OAM

Members will be saddened to hear of the sudden death of our founding President, Rex Fuge OAM. Rex passed away suddenly at his Chiltern home on Saturday September 6. His contribution to Chiltern's recognition of HHR's brief but important sojourn in that town was massive. His contribution to the recognition of Chiltern's history and its people generally was also massive. Our thoughts are with his family, particularly his wife Mary, at this sad time.

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June 2014 Newsletter

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Picnic Birthday Party and Oration 3 January 2014

We are delighted to announce that our patron, the internationally acclaimed film director, Bruce Beresford, and his wife, the novelist Virginia Duigan, will be coming to the birthday celebrations at Lake View, Chiltern, on Friday 3 January 2014.

At the end of November Bruce will be returning to Sydney from Los Angeles where he is currently completing a film.

Bruce will deliver the 2014 Oration at the party. His topic will be ‘Making the film The Getting of Wisdom’.

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September 2013 Newsletter

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Text Publishing The Fortunes of Richard Mahony joins the
Text Classics stable

Read here an edited version of Peter Craven's introduction to the book

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100 Years after Her Last Visit,
Chiltern Continues to Celebrate the Life of Henry Handel Richardson

On January 3, 2012 for the 42nd consecutive year people gathered at 'Lake View' the childhood home in Chiltern of the famous Australian-born author Henry Handel Richardson (HHR). The gathering took the form of a picnic tea in the beautiful grounds of Lake View, and as is customary a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday' was sung as the birthday cake was being cut.

A highlight of this year's birthday celebration at Lake View was an address The Return of the Native: HHR in Australia again (1912) by the newly elected President of the Henry Handel Richardson Society of Australia, Clive Probyn.

January 3 is of course HHR's birth date, but this year's gathering had added significance because 2012 is the one hundredth anniversary or her one and only return visit to Australia after leaving Melbourne in 1888 with her mother and only sibling, sister Lilian, to study pianoforte at the prestigious Leipzig Conservatorium in Germany.

HHR is possibly best known these days for her coming of age novel The Getting of Wisdom, but perhaps she should be better known for her trilogy The Fortunes of Richard Mahony. After all, she was awarded the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1930 for her third book of the trilogy Ultima Thule.

The celebration attracted a good number of Society members as well as non-members with an interest in HHR and her time in Chiltern. Since being formed in 2008 the Henry Handel Richardson Society of Australia has steadily increased its membership which now exceeds 200.

The birthday celebration will be held again on January 3, next year and we look forward to your company at what is always a very pleasant event.

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Henry Handel Richardson Celebration in Maldon - October 8, 2011

On October 8 this year, Maldon held its fourth celebration of the life and times of HHR, her literary works and family life, focusing on the time she spent in Maldon during the 1880's when her mother, Mary Richardson, held the position of Maldon postmistress.

Although not officially a part of the Richardson celebration, on Friday evening October 7 a number of members and others attended a wonderful Organ Recital in the Anglican Church. The Church is celebrating its sesquicentenary this year and the recital was just one of a number of events organised as part of that celebration.

After a rather stormy Friday night, Saturday October 8 turned out to be a perfect day for the event. About forty people gathered on Saturday morning for Peter Cuffley's presentation on the gardens that HHR would have been familiar with during her time in Maldon. As always, Peter gave a fascinating address which was aided by photos provided by Geoff Palmer. Peter's address was interspersed with several appropriate readings from HHR's literary works. The readings were admirably delivered by Helen McBurney, who had to step in at extremely short notice.

During the afternoon, Peter led a tour of eight selected Maldon private gardens, including the original Anglican Church Vicarage. At the Vicarage participants sat on the front steps listening to readings about events that happened there during HHR's time. The Vicarage was built in 1868 and first occupied by the Rev. J.C.T. Stretch and his family in May that year. When he retired, he was replaced by his son, the Rev. Jack Stretch. HHR wrote about the father, son and daughters in 'Myself When Young' and describes sitting on the front verandah in the evenings.

The Garden tour concluded at the Maldon Post Office, where an absolutely sumptuous afternoon tea was enjoyed by all. Thus concluded a very pleasant day in Maldon for most visitors, although a number of people were able to join together for the evening meal at the Penny School Gallery/Cafe.

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'Henry Handel Richardson in Maldon' book Wins Prestigious Award

'Henry Handel Richardson in Maldon' published in 2010 by Peter Cuffley, Helen McBurney, Geoff Palmer and Janey Runci, has recently won the Best/Walk Tour category of the annual Victorian Community History Awards. These awards, presented by the Royal History Society of Victoria, recognise the contribution made by Victorians to the preservation of Victoria's heritage.

This illustrated booklet about HHR's time in Maldon, contains three walks around the Maldon community including a detailed map, and features sixteen heritage buildings; the cemetery and significant graves, and a guide to places fictionalised in HHR's 'The Getting of Wisdom'. In addition to these sections, the book contains a host of other information about her six years spent living in Maldon.

Members of the Henry Handel Richardson Society of Australia congratulate the authors for both their initial endeavour and recent success with the publication. Peter Cuffley, Helen McBurney and Janey Runci are members of the Society; Helen and Janey both currently serve on our committee.

Order your copy of Henry Handel Richardson in Maldon, via our order form, cost $20 includes postage.