Dunolly Queen’s Birthday Festival



Deborah Halpern In Dunolly

March 31 to April 29 – The Dunolly Historic Precinct – Court House

An exciting exhibition of work by Deborah Halpern, one of Australia’s most celebrated sculptors. Featuring works on paper, fabric, fused glass and ceramics. There will also be a significant large sculpture in the grounds.

The exhibition is open Saturdays and Sundays plus Monday April 2. 10am to 4pm or by appointment. Phone M 0418 507 347 or M 0425 876 548

Deborah Halpern’s exhibition introduces her to Dunolly, prior to working with local artists and community to create a large public sculpture.

Deborah Halpern Author Ken Scarlett says “one of the challenges in this time of globalisation is not to lose sight of our Australian character. Artists must continue to forge our national identity, like Deborah Halpern, who embraces Australian larrikinism.”  http://deborahhalpern.com/


Deborah Halpern Mosaic Workshop

A chance to learn new techniques, working with a celebrated sculptor. Deborah will lead a two day workshop to create a ceramic mosaic panel, 60 x 60 cm, materials supplied. Suitable for all levels of experience. Limited places. $380.00

Deborah Halpern’s workshops will introduce her to the Dunolly community. This is the first…others to be announced later.

The workshop will be held at:

Ministry  of Fun

120 Broadway, Dunolly

On the Easter weekend Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1

Please call for more information and bookings 0491 002 484


Project part of the Regional Centre for Culture


Handel’s popular Oratorio “Messiah” comes to Dunolly

The Dunolly Town Hall will resonate with glorious music with Handel’s Messiah,complete with orchestra and soloists on Sunday 19 November at 3pm.

This sing along performance has been made possible by the generous support of the Maldon & District Community Bank, The Office of Louise Staley MP, and our own newspaper, The Welcome Record.

Organiser Rachel Buckley is delighted to welcome the Heidelberg Choral Society with conductor Peter Bandy for a repeat of the sell-out performance of 2014.

For bookings and further enquiries, please contact Rachel at email rachelbuckley@bigpond.com or 0427 275 006. Ticket cost $25.00

For those who wish to sing along, scores will be available at the door and a rehearsal will be held with the orchestra and choir at 1pm.

Champagne and supper available.

The Exotic Lives of Lolo Montez

The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

Finucane & Smith   

From Patrick White Playwright Award Winner Jackie Smith & world famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith comes the story of the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century. Lola Montez.

She horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times (for a bad review). Swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand. Escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels. Showered with gold nuggets and insults. Swathed in scandal. Her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage” (Sydney Morning Herald 1855).

In 1855 the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez, toured Australia & its goldfields.  The scandal is legend.

From award winning creators of the smash-hit national touring legend Caravan Burlesque, the internationally adored Glory Box and the haunting drama The Flood, comes a brand new drama decked in couture black lace, a thousand true lies, jaw-dropping dance, multi-award winning storytelling, sultry song and a death scene or three.

The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez.

Starring triple Best Actress Winner (and direct descendant of Lola herself!) Miss Caroline Lee and Parisian dance siren Holly Durant, directed by the international Queen of Provocative Variety Moira Finucane, Lola is a wildly contemporary dreamscape steeped in Australian history and the extraordinary lives & freedom of one of the world’s most adventurous women. Created in partnership with Her Majesty’s Ballarat

Showing at the Dunolly Historic Precinct Town Hall, Sunday 10 September, 3pm.

Booking online at www.dunollyhistoricprecinct.com.au
Tickets $25 per adult


Songs of the Trees

All of nature, including humanity, is a network, and the greatest connectors within the network are trees.

Listening to trees, as the seasons pass, as they change and adapt, gives us not just wonderful knowledge about our world, but also enriches our spiritual understanding.

American-based British biologist David George Haskell talks to Genevieve Barlow about how to listen to the “Songs of Trees”.

This event will be held in the beautifully restored Old Court House, in the tiny gold rush town of Dunolly, a 50-minute drive from Bendigo in the direction of Maryborough.

In the hospitality tradition, we have developed with the Historic Precinct committee, you will be offered morning tea (with homemade scones!), after the event, when there is also time to meet David and he’ll be signing books.

This is a unique venue, and a very special place to hear this special writer.

Friday 11 August 10.30am Dunolly Historic Precinct Court House Cnr Bull and Market Sts Dunolly. For inquiries about ticketing, please contact the Capital box office: (03) 5434 6100.

Full Price:  $22    Concession:  $19