Gala Preview

Join us on the opening night of the fair Thursday 3 May, 7-10pm for a preview of the fair that includes champagne on arrival and canapés.

Be the first to see the beautiful pieces of Antiques & Art that have come from all over Australia and enjoy this special evening.

Tickets are limited.

*Gala Preview tickets are valid for all days of the fair.



The two Primary 18th Century Porcelain Factories of London

PatriciaPresented by Patricia Begg OAM

Saturday 5 May, 2pm
45 minutes

The lecture will look at the development of both Bow and Chelsea, the society into which they fitted and the taste for which they catered.Patricia Begg OAM is a freelance lecturer in Ceramics and Social History.

President of the Ceramics and Glass Circle of Australia and has been a member since the Circle started in 1984. She has lectured to the National Gallery of Victoria presenting, amongst others, the lectures celebrating the 200th anniversary of the death of Josiah Wedgwood, Chinoiserie and Lace.  Having has also presented in England she has curated and written the catalogues for many exhibitions such as ‘A Treasury of Bow’ and ‘Radiant Reflections in Chinese Glass’ in both the National Gallery of Victoria and Regional Galleries of Victoria.

* Talks are free but bookings are essential. You must also have a valid entry ticket to the fair.



Trending in silver – what’s hot in the market.

Presented by Tony Lewis

Saturday 5 May, 3pm
45 minutes

New trends in collecting silver; Tips on starting a collection; Hallmarking and other marks on silver; How to detect and avoid fakes and altered silver; Buying silver from dealers, auctions and the internet; Developing expertise; and Appreciating rare and important silver.

A collector and student of silver for over 50 years, Tony will introduce you to the joys and pitfalls of collecting silver. A barrister who specialised in forensic evidence for forty plus years, he recently completed the Fakes and Forgeries seminar at Goldsmiths Hall in London. Tony is an expert in the pitfalls in buying silver and will guide you to recognise the finest genuine pieces for your collection.

*Talks are free but bookings are essential. You must also have a valid entry ticket to the fair.



Australia’s Crown Jewels

Trevor Handcock

Presented by Trevor Hancock

Saturday 5 May,12pm
Sunday 6 May, 2 pm

In the brief period 1855 to 1900, Australian goldsmiths created some of the world’s finest jewellery  gold work. Now due to changing tastes and economic depressions, very few fine pieces are available. Most examples are in Australian Institutions and there is little chance for collectors to attain an example. Nothing draws the comments more than a fine examples of Australia’s gold rush period. Several Peer reviewed articles have been written by Trevor Hancock on Australian Colonial Jewellery.

In addition to private collections, Trevor has sourced and supplied fine examples to The National Gallery, The Museum of Australian Democracy: Old Parliament House, The National Library, The Art Gallery of South Australia and the Gold Museum at Ballarat.

*Talks are free but bookings are essential. You must also have a valid entry ticket to the fair

2018_AAADA_MelbFair_weblsider_booknow_v2"An Important Australian Colonial Brooch with citrines by W.J. Turner of Beechworth c1865'


Wine Selectors Cellar Door Sessions 


Adam Lubinski, Wine Educator, Wine Selectors

Running all days of the fair on a walk-up basis of 2-6 people per session.

Join Adam and the team for a 10-15 minute intimate chat while we taste some great Australian wines direct from the cellar doors of Australia and talk about starting wine collecting and cellaring.

How to start a collection and how to properly cellar wines are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Wine Selectors. These relaxed, interactive sessions are designed to give  wine lovers an overview of wine collecting and the benefits (or not!) of cellaring certain styles of wine.

Learn the basics about cellaring and aging wines then start your journey of discovering the best of Australian wine with Wine Selectors.

Topics they will cover

How to start a wine collection
A beginners guide to building a small wine collection.
Starting your own collection can be one of the best ways to learn about wine and observe how it changes as it ages.

Is your wine worth cellaring?
What are the characteristics of wines that age well versus wines that don’t? What does a wine expert look for when they believe a wine will age well?

*Sessions will be selected based on the groups preferred area of interest

Adam has been in the wine industry his entire professional life and travels the country, speaking with thousands of wine lovers each year  to promote the wonderfully diverse range of wines available to members of Wine Selectors.  Join Adam for a relaxed, engaging and informative tasting that will de-mystify some of the myths about aging wine and what to look for when you wish to build a cellar of your own.

No bookings needed, just walk up and join in!



Bezels. What are They ?… and how to make one

John CherryPresented by John Cherry

Sunday 6, 1pm

A bezel is a handmade locating ring used in various trades, Silversmithing, Horology, Jewellery, Photography and Engineering.

Most well known in its jewellery context this is an illustrative talk with slides and commentary by someone who has been making, stretching, shrinking,
designing, fitting and adapting them for 40 years!

John Cherry, has been involved in the silver and jewellery industry for over 35 years, servicing art galleries, auction houses, the antiques trade, collectors and individuals. Having worked on silver and gold pieces made by many famous English, European and Australian makers such as Faberge, Henry Steiner, Mathias Wendt, Paul Storr and Hester Bateman, to name but a few, John appreciates good design, fine workmanship and attention to detail all of which is reflected in his work.

*Talks are free but bookings are essential. You must also have a valid entry ticket to the fair



Workshop demonstrations and talks at the Mediaeval workbench 

IMG_1106John Cherry, silversmith & jeweller

Join John while he shows you how to spot a fake, cast Ingots (pure material) to make wire, restore silver, test precious metals and show you how he can recycle them.  Watch this craftsman at work at his Mediaeval workbench and be inspired.

No bookings needed, just walk up and watch!


11am | The Acid Test… Fake or fortune?

3.30pm | Casting an Ingot to make wire

4.30pm | Fancy wire and how to make it


12pm | Testing & Recycling precious metals

1.30pm | The do’s and don’ts of Cleaning Antique silver

3.30pm | Fancy wire and how to make it

5pm | Restoring Antique Silver Q&A Sessions


12pm | The Mystery of Metals


What, hand tools are antiques now?!

nortonNorton Truter, President, HTPAA 

Sunday 6, 12pm

What have hand tools got to do with antiques? Isn’t it all just boxes of rust and rotten wood found in the back of the shed? Come along and get a different perspective on hand tools, learn what a hand tools is and maybe try your hand at identifying some interesting tools.

President, Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia. He has been a member of the HTPAA for almost 20 years and has recently become President. He is a keen collector of knowledge and is continually learning skills as a user of hand tools.

No bookings needed, just walk up and join in!

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