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Talk – Ornamental Cast Iron Lace – by Robin Vowels

Nov 29, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Hotham History Project invites you to a talk on Ornamental Cast Iron Lace – by Robin Vowels.

In the 1860s and 70s one of Hotham’s mayors, William Hutchison, operated a foundry in Little Bourke Street where he made some of the ornamental iron lace that still graces houses around North and West Melbourne today.

Although he was well known at the time Hutchison’s work does not carry a maker’s name so Robin Vowels from RMIT decided to work out (if he could) which pieces were from Hutchison’s foundry.

Come and hear what clues he used and what he found out.

Robin Vowels was a senior lecturer in computer science at RMIT. He has a keen interest in heritage issues, and has made written submissions on specific projects, the main one advocating retention of historic terrace houses in and near University Square in Carlton. Subsequently he commenced photographing terrace houses in inner Melbourne. From that project, he produced three volumes on decorative ironwork in Victoria. For the first volume, he received a Victorian Community History Award for the most outstanding work in 2013.

Location: Dewey common room, Henry Bastow Institute, Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, 603 – 615 Queensberry St, North Melbourne 3051. Enter via Union Street side door. Public parking available on the streets surrounding the venue.

Tickets are only required for those wanting to be in person at the live event. Seating Strictly limited, 30 in-person tickets available for this Hotham History event on Eventbrite.

Date: 29th November 2022.

Time: 7:30pm.

Also available on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 853 5206 1113
Passcode: 378404


Bastow Institute
603 - 615 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne, victoria 3051 Australia
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