Lecture Program

Saturday July 2nd 2022

Lectures are held at the Killara Centre – with a fantastic line-up of speakers and topics!

Dr Andrew Lemon - 10.30am

Subject: The Manifolds, their horses, and the Scottish connection

The first generation of English Manifold brothers in Australia did not go in for racehorses. The second generation did, with a vengeance. The third generation included ‘the Father of the TAB”, Sir Chester Manifold, owner-breeder of Arbroath and the champion steeplechaser Crisp. Racing historian Dr Andrew Lemon will explore this trajectory and consider the extent to which neighbouring Western District Scots played a role in developing the Manifold family passion for the horse.

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 Iain Buckland - 11.30am

Subject: Dealing with the De’il – Robert Burns as the Exciseman

In 18th century Scotland alcohol consumption, often in large quantities, was an integral part of all aspects of life for rich and poor. After the union between Scotland and England in 1707, tax was imposed by Westminster on all forms of alcohol, administered by a Scottish Excise Board in Edinburgh. In 1725 a very unpopular malt tax was introduced across Britain increasing the price of malt whisky and ale. An outcome for Scotland was a huge increase in smuggling of illicit whisky from the Highlands to the Lowlands and to England.

Robert Burns, known for rousing drinking poems such as John Barleycorn Must Die and Scotch Drink, opposed these taxes on whisky and wrote a piece including the famous line, “Freedom an’ whisky gang thegither!” It is therefore strange that Burns, who lambasted excise officers in his song, The De’il’s awa wi’ th’ Exciseman should apply to be appointed to that role in 1789.

This paper examines the growth in illicit whisky distilling and smuggling in Scotland in the late 18th century and Robert Burns’ role in attempting to prevent it.

Following a long career as a mechanical engineer, Iain Buckland embarked on a new career exploring a long-held passion for food culture and history.

In 2011, Iain completed a Le Cordon Bleu Master of Arts in Gastronomy at the University of Adelaide. This led to an offer from the University to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy in food history which he completed in 2016.

Iain and his sculptor wife Julie Edgar both come from families with Scottish connections. This has inspired Iain to ongoing academic and practical interest in the unique culinary traditions of Scotland.

Dr Ruth Pullin - 1.30pm

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.

David Jellie - 2.30pm

Subject: Two Scottish engineers - Telford and McAdam - and their legacy to the World'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.

Dr. Ian D Clark - 3.30pm

Subject: “Some rambles with the Campbells” – The life and times of Western District pastoralist and politician, Colin Campbell (1817-1903) and his family.

Dr Ian Clark has a doctorate in Aboriginal Historical Geography from Monash University. He was born in Ararat and his family has been associated with Djabwurrung country since 1854.

Ian has been researching and publishing in Victorian Aboriginal history since 1982. He has been the Centre Manager of the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Halls Gap, and Research Fellow in History at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra.

Ian’s many areas of interest include genealogy, Aboriginal history, the history of tourism, toponyms (placenames) and the life and music of Ella Jane Fitzgerald. 

In his lecture, Ian will take us on a ramble with the Campbells through the Western District highlighting Scottish elements and people and events as they occur in the regional landscape.