Special Interest Meetings

Special Interest Meetings (SIMs) are an in depth treatment of a specific topic that is quite separate to the night time lectures.

The Special Interest Meetings are held at 10am at;
The Newcastle Club,
40 Newcomen St.,
Newcastle NSW 2300.

7th March 2016 at the Newcastle Club (10am)

Pauline Chakmakjian: Kyoto: Freemasonry; The United Grand Lodge of England Royal and Famous Freemasons

This half day examines two aspects of Freemasonry, commencing with an overview of what Freemasonry is as an organization combined with various exterior and interior features of the United Grand Lodge of England, the ceremonial and administrative headquarters of Freemasonry in England and Wales. Otherwise known as The Freemasons’ Hall, the building possesses several Art Deco features.

It then explores the many people who were freemasons and that many people have a freemason(s) in their family. This lecture explores some of the more famous and infamous people like Napoleon, Mozart and General MacArthur, who decided to become freemasons and some of the reasons and motives behind them doing so.

11th July 2016 at the Newcastle Club (10am)

Michael Howard: Gauguin Gauguin…Gone

This half interest day is part the extraordinary story of Paul Gauguin and part the magical vision he conjured of Breton, Tahitian and Marquesan life. Fired by his relentless pursuit of the authentic, he created an image of a far away world where everything was innocent and fragrant – Noa Noa

Interwoven into this is the story of my own role in the quest to authenticate two supposed “Gauguin” paintings, together worth over 11million pounds. A salutary tale of the contemporary art market and role that the innocent art historian plays within what is a very wonderful and murky business.