9th – 11th November, 2018 Convention

Theme: “Legends of the Country”

The 2018 District 201V2 Convention is only four months away and Hamilton Lions are looking forward to welcoming you to Hamilton.

It is important that you have booked or are about to book your accommodation. Information on accommodation in the Greater Hamilton Region is available by contacting the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre on 1800 807 506 or www.visitgreaterhamilton.com.au

Registration forms will be forwarded to Clubs in August. The prices will be similar to last year’s Convention.

There are many places of interest in the region. A couple of ‘must see’ places are the Hamilton Botanic Gardens and Hamilton Gallery.

Hamilton Botanic Gardens is one of Victoria’s most outstanding regional civic gardens and are rightly recognised as an important part of Victoria’s heritage.

From 1881, the Council of the time employed William Guilfoyle, curator of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens to draw up plans and design the layout of the gardens.

Hamilton Gallery: The decorative arts collection, and eighteenth century works on paper, such as watercolour landscapes by Paul Sandby (1731-1809), make Hamilton Gallery a leading regional gallery in Australia.

The collection includes works by major European and Australian artists. We have a significant collection of Australian paintings, from the colonial (including Thomas Clark, Nicholas Chevalier and Louis Buvelot) to the contemporary.

The Gallery is recognised as one of Australia’s great collections of modern glass. The Asian Art Collection (which began with the Herbert and May Shaw Bequest in 1957 of which a quarter of the objects were Asian art) now rivals some State Gallery collections. In Chinese ceramics each of the major dynasties are represented, and contemporary Japanese ceramics are a collection highlight. Today, the Hamilton Gallery Collection contains over 9,000 works of art. More information is also available on the Gallery’s website: http://www.hamiltongallery.org/collection/history.asp

Convention Venues

The venues to be used are as follows:

  • Friday night 9th November – Meet and Greet to be held in the Hamilton Art Gallery in Brown Street (near the Performing Arts Centre).
  • Friday night – The Official Opening, Flag Ceremony and Remembrance Ceremony will be held in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) Auditorium in Brown Street. A supper (Informal Reception) will be held afterwards in the Function Room which adjoins the auditorium.
  • Saturday 10th November & Sunday 11th November - Registrations and Business sessions will be held in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC).
  • Saturday Afternoon – Partners’ Tour - Art Gallery, Ansett Museum and Pierrepoint Winery for afternoon tea.
  • Saturday Night - Gala Dinner will be held in the Conference and Exhibition Centre at the Showgrounds which is off Horner Street (plenty of parking).
  • Sunday Lunch – will be held in the PAC Function Room.
  • Parking – there is ample parking available behind the PAC and close by.

Convention Enquiries:
Francis Pekin: 0476 075 748 or francispekin@bigpond.com