Deakin Footsteps

A History, Arts and Cultural Community Event.

Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th – Monday 31st October 2016  (Melbourne Cup weekend).

Following the success of last years ‘Heide Footsteps’, the Point Lonsdale Seaside Village will present to the community the second ‘Footsteps’ program over the coming Melbourne Cup Weekend. (Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th – Monday 31st October 2016). It will focus on Alfred Deakin and his connection to Point Lonsdale.

Alfred Deakin (1857–1919) was known as ‘Affable Alfred’, and represented Victoria at the three Federal Conventions held between 1890 and 1898. Deakin was a celebrated orator and skilled at compromise. A spiritualist, he believed his role in Australian Federation was pre-ordained. Deakin was an Australian Prime Minister three times between 1903 and 1910.

During these early days of the formation of Australia as a nation Alfred Deakin and his family developed a close and enduring connection to Point Lonsdale.

The granddaughter of Alfred Deakin, Judith Harley will be opening ‘Deakin Footsteps’ on Saturday 29th October at 10.00am at Tussock Upstairs Gallery.

Program development for ‘Deakin Footsteps’ is well underway. An exhibition of historic photographs of the early days of Alfred Deakin at Point Lonsdale will be featured in the gallery along with historic items of interest. Deakin University’s Travelling Exhibition that features pictures and informative text about the life and times of Alfred Deakin will be also exhibited at Tussock Upstairs Gallery.

Program information is available from Tussock Upstairs Gallery