Printed on Stone: The Lithographs of Charles Troedel – March 15

Join us for this fascinating history talk – Printed on Stone: The Lithographs of Charles Troedel


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About this event

Dr Amanda Scardamaglia is the recipient of the Victorian Premier’s History Award in 2020 for her book Printed on Stone: The Lithographs of Charles Troedel and will speak about the master printer and lithographer, and the face behind the production of most of Australia’s early advertising posters, product labels, and other print ephemera, as well as the iconic Melbourne Album.

Bookings required.

Dr Amanda Scardamaglia is an Associate Professor and Department Chair at Swinburne Law School. Amanda completed her LLB (Hons) and BA at The University of Melbourne before being admitted to practice as an Australian Legal Practitioner in the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has also completed her PhD in Law at The University of Melbourne. Her area of research is intellectual property law with a special focus on empirical and historical studies in trade mark law, branding, advertising and the consumer. Amanda was a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellow in 2015-2016 and was awarded a residential fellowship at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management at Bournemouth University in 2017. She is author of the book Colonial Australian Trade Mark Law(Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2015). Her second book, Printed on Stone: The Lithographs of Charles Troedel (Melbourne Books, 2020) was awarded the Victorian Premier’s History Award in 2020.

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Jenny Wills



Jenny Wills was Fitzroy Council’s first social planner from 1974 to 1981 and helped establish Council’s unique Social Planning Office. She describes the development of a unique and innovative approach to community services during the years 1974 into 1980’s. In collaboration with City Council a very specialised system of wholistic support to community members was established.

This was “one-stop shop” for Council’s staff e.g., in children’s services and aged care, community agencies such as the Fitzroy Advisory Service, Shelter, Vic, State and Commonwealth agencies and provided a bases for community groups, e.g., the Fitzroy Housing Repair and Advisory Service, and advocacy groups e.g., the Medibank Action Coalition and a free meeting place including out of office hours for local interest groups. She is co-author of the 1985 book Local Government and Community Services Fitzroy – A Study in Social Planning.

After Fitzroy she continued her career in local government as Director of Social and Cultural Policy at the Municipal Association of Victoria – a position she retired from in 2000.

Jenny was a foundation member of the Victorian Local Government Women’s Coalition. She was also the Australian representative from 1997-2000 on the gender equity task force of the International Union of Local Authorities.

In 2008 she was inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her pioneering community development, social planning work and her contribution to women’s rights.

Jenny now lives in Geelong where she is convenor of WILD, Women in Local Democracy.


Download the transcript —>  Jenny Wills Transcript





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John O’Brien’s historical photos of Fitzroy –



 A wonderful array of  photographs from the collection of buildings in Fitzroy, Victoria.

John Lockyer O’Brien (1905–1965) was an historian at the University. His collection of about 4,000 photographs was taken in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Many of them capture the architecture and streetscapes of inner-city Melbourne when the area was in transition between its then 19th century topography and working-class status prior to large-scale demolitions to made way for the construction of the Housing Commission high-rise blocks, and middle-class migration back to the inner-city and subsequent renovation and gentrification of its housing. He was also interested in the early architecture of country Victoria and photographed 19th century homesteads, hotels, churches, banks, railway stations, as well as humbler buildings. He and his wife Laurie owned and resided in a double-storey Georgian-style bluestone house in Hanover Street, Fitzroy.


A link to the site is below–Photographs–Photographic+prints


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A community site of the houses of Fitzroy

An exploration into the history of Fitzroy, curated by a Fitzroy local and FHS committee member – Rachel Axton. 

This is a community site, centred on contributing and working together to build a history.

Please feel free to send Rachel Axton  ()  information and photos you have on your house or houses in the area.


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