Guest speaker preview interviews will be available during the 2020 virtual festival.
Dr Andrew Lemon
Subject: The legacy of Camperdown district Scots and the Manifolds to Australian horse racing
Dr Andrew Lemon is the foremost expert on the history of horse racing in Australia.
Andrew has enjoyed a long career as a professional historian, has published books on topics ranging from schools, sport and shipwrecks to biography and local history, and has won several national literary awards.
Andrew is consultant historian to the Victoria Racing Club. He has served on Victoria’s Heritage Council, the State Library of Victoria Board, and is a past-president of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
Dr Ruth Pullin
Subject: Vision and patronage: von Guérard and the Scots of the Western District
Dr Ruth Pullin is the leading world expert on the paintings and sketch books of the artist, Eugene von Guerard.
Ruth is an independent art historian, curator and von Guérard specialist. She has curated two major exhibitions of von Guérard’s work: the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s 2018 exhibition, Eugene von Guérard: Artist-Traveller, and, as co-curator, the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2011 travelling exhibition, Eugene von Guérard: nature revealed. She was the principal author and editor of the catalogue, Eugene von Guérard: nature revealed. Her most recent book, The Artist as Traveller: The Sketchbooks of Eugene von Guérard was published by the Art Gallery of Ballarat in 2018, along with, as co-author, an annotated collection of von Guérard’s letters, translated from Old German. She has held fellowships at the State Library of New South Wales and the State Library of Victoria, her research has been published in Australian and international journals and she presents regularly at national and international symposiums.
Dr Ian D. Clark
Subject: A Scottish Ramble through the Western District
In his lecture, Ian will take us on a ramble through the Western District highlighting Scottish elements and people and events as they occur in the regional landscape
Dr Ian Clark is an Adjunct Professor in the Business School at Federation University, Ballarat.
He has a Doctorate in Aboriginal historical geography from Monash University and has been researching and publishing in Victorian Aboriginal history since 1982.
He has been the History Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra; the manager of the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Halls Gap; senior researcher in the Koorie Tourism Unit of the former Victorian Tourism Commission; and has taught Geography and Tourism Management at Monash University and Tourism and Business Ethics at Federation University.
He has published over 90 journal papers and book chapters and over 30 books. His areas of research interest include Aboriginal history; the history of tourism, place names, and genealogy. He was born in Ararat, where his family has been associated with Djabwurrung country since 1854 with connections at ‘Burrumbeep’ and ‘Ledcourt’ stations.
Subject: The legacy of Scottish Engineers, Telford and McAdam, to Australia's roads.
David Jellie commenced work as a structural design engineer with Victoria’s Country Roads Board in 1961. During his early career he managed the design of bridges on the Monash Freeway and the Western Freeway, before he moved to Orbost in East Gippsland to supervise the construction of the bridges across the Snowy River. After this he was appointed the Resident Engineer Bridgeworks on the Hume Freeway between Seymour and Euroa.
He then moved back to Melbourne in 1978 and was appointed the Project Manager of the West Gate Freeway – Victoria’s largest infrastructure project at that time. After completion of West Gate, he started on the Western Ring Road.
In 1988, David was seconded from VicRoads by the Victorian Government to assist in the establishment of a Government-owned consulting company – the Overseas Projects Corporation of Victoria (OPCV). This company’s mission was to export government expertise to overseas countries. As General Manager of OPCV, he was involved in a wide variety of aid projects in Asia, the Pacific islands, southern Africa and the Middle East.
David also participated in the development of Australian design codes and has written many papers and books – mainly relating to construction and safety in construction. He was appointed an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University.
He retired in 2001 and created his own consulting practice – assisting clients in international development projects and in Australia, advising consortia in tendering for large road infrastructure projects. He finally stopped working in 2015 to concentrate on his real passions – landscape painting, grandchildren, and his favourite football clubs – Essendon, Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Victory.