The Melbourne Athenaeum Inc.'s 2024 Annual General Meeting will be held at 1pm, Monday 15 April, in the Melbourne Athenaeum Library.

For more information please refer to the events page or speak to a staff member.

Step into a magical realm where Prokofiev's "Cinderella" dances with new life. Let Inventi Ensemble sweep you off your feet with their enchanting performance, weaving together the timeless tale with Sally Whitwell’s captivating composition.

Like Cinderella’s transformation at the stroke of midnight, experience a symphonic metamorphosis that transports you through every twist and turn of the story. With each note, you'll feel as if you're gliding across the ballroom floor, swept up in a whirlwind of emotion and melody. Join us for a night where music and storytelling converge, leaving you spellbound till the final curtain falls.

Inventi Ensemble stands as a pioneering force in the Australian classical music scene, renowned for their trail blazing performances and commitment to musical exploration. They consistently push the boundaries of classical music, seamlessly integrating elements of improvisation, multimedia, and cross-genre collaboration to create captivating and memorable performances.

Through their innovative approach to classical music, Inventi Ensemble aims to break down barriers and make the genre accessible and relevant to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. With a relentless spirit of artistic exploration and a mission to redefine the classical music landscape, Inventi Ensemble continues to captivate audiences, push boundaries, and inspire musical innovation both in Australia and beyond.

The performance will be held on Friday 10 May with doors opening at 5:30pm for a 6:00pm performance. This event is free for members and $20 for guests. Bookings can be made through Trybooking using this link.

As part of the Australian Heritage Festival, archivist Fiona Moore will present a lively and interactive lunchtime discussion about the role the Ath has played in Melbourne’s cultural life since 1839.

Did you know our building housed Melbourne’s first museum, library and art gallery, and the first meetings of the city council? Come along to hear more about our fascinating history and tales from our archival collections.

There are more than 250 events in Victoria as part of the Australian Heritage Festival. To access a digital program click here.

The discussion will be held in the library on Monday 29 April from 1-2pm. This is a free event but bookings are required and can be made here.

The Melbourne Athenaeum Inc.'s 2024 Annual General Meeting will be held at 1pm, Monday 15 April, in the Melbourne Athenaeum Library.

Business

Ordinary Members

Notice to Members

Please RSVP (for catering purposes) before Wednesday 10 April by emailing
library@melbourneathenaeum.org.au

If you are unable to attend but would like to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, a proxy form can be emailed to you. Please contact the library to arrange. Proxies must be received by COB Wednesday 10 April 2024.

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Proposed rule changes

It is proposed to make two changes to the Melbourne Athenaeum Incorporated rules at the AGM. The changes proposed are to increase the permitted number of ordinary Committee members from seven to ten and to reduce the time a person must be a member of the organisation before being eligible to serve on the Committee from one year and a day, to six months. 

Change 1 
We are proposing to change Rule 29 (1) to ensure that the Committee has a complete range of necessary skill sets and sufficient redundancy to allow succession planning.

That Rule 29. Composition of Committee which presently reads, in part, 
1. The Committee shall consist of three Officers: 
a. a President 
b. a Vice-President 
c. a Treasurer; and 
d. up to seven (7) Ordinary Members. 

Be amended to read: 
1. The Committee shall consist of three Officers: 
a. a President 
b. a Vice-President 
c. a Treasurer; and 
d. up to ten (10) Ordinary Members.

Change 2 
We propose to change Rule 29 (10) relating to the length of time which a person must be an Ath member before being eligible to serve as an ordinary member of the Committee. Occasionally, there is a degree of urgency to appoint a person of a particular skill set to either fill a casual vacancy or provide support.  A year is considered too long to wait. 

That Rule 29. Composition of Committee which presently reads, in part, 
10. No Member of the Institution shall be eligible to be elected to, or serve on, the Committee unless that person has been a financial member of the Institution for a period of at least twelve (12) calendar months plus one (1) day immediately preceding such election or appointment

Be amended to read: 
10. No Member of the Institution shall be eligible to be elected to, or serve on, the Committee unless that person has been a financial member of the Institution for a period of at least six (6) calendar months immediately preceding such election or appointment.

Ultrafox will bring their hot swinging jazz, tender lyrical ballads, French melodies, gypsy waltzes and original compositions to the library when they perform on Friday 12th April.

Featuring Peter Baylor on guitar, Esther Henderson on violin, Sam O’Halloran on guitar and Howard Cairns on double bass, Ultrafox will pay tribute to the musical of gypsy legend Django Reinhardt.

The performance will be held on Friday 12 April with doors opening at 5:30pm for a 6:00pm performance. This event is free for members and $20 for guests. Booking can be made through Trybooking.

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