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Judith Ryles, Deputy Chairman of the Ursula Hoff Institute, receives OAM on Australia Day, 26 January 2015

Judith Ryles OAM

Graham Ryles, OAM, KSJ, and the Board of the Ursula Hoff Institute Inc (UHI) is pleased to announce that Judith Ryles, Deputy Chairman of the Ursula Hoff Institute, was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day, 26 January 2015.

The Medal recognises Mrs Ryles’s long-standing and wide-ranging Services to the Community of Melbourne, which includes:

  • Co-founder of the Ursula Hoff Scholarships, University of Melbourne
  • Co-founder of the Ursula Hoff Scholarship, University College, Melbourne
  • Honorary Acting Treasurer, National Council of Women, Melbourne
  • Honorary Treasurer, Home Economics Institute of Australia
  • Member of Animal Ethics Committees, University of Melbourne
  • Member La Trobe Society Committee, Melbourne
  • President of Friends of the Elms Inc. Melbourne and now Administrative Assistant.
  • Founding member, Felton Society, National Gallery of Victoria
  • Founding member, Redmond Barry Society, State Library of Victoria
  • Founding member, The Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne

Her award acknowledges her decades of pro bono work on behalf of these and other groups in the Melbourne community.

In her capacity as a Home Economist she has been involved in education and the various professional associations of Home Economics at State, National and International level.

Judith has given generously of her talents in a quiet and unassuming way.  Her passion, dedication and commitment to the various areas over many years has been inspirational.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Judith Ryles on this most deserved recognition!



December News and Season’s Greetings

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Season’s Greetings

We wish our readers Compliments of the Season and a Prosperous 2015.

Visit to Barbara Tucker’s Collection: Fundraiser Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Supporters had the privilege of viewing Barbara Tucker’s private collection of Australian art, generously supported by Sotheby’s Australia.  Geoffrey Smith, Director of Sotheby’s gave a tour of the collection.  Sotheby’s Australia donated the proceeds of the evening for the Ursula Hoff Institute Victorian College of the Arts Print Making Award 2014.

Victorian College of the Arts Print Making Award 2014. 

Congratulations to Lucia Canuto who was awarded the $750 Ursula Hoff Institute Print Making Award 2014 with a work titled ‘Silita Sensazione’ (photo lithograph, 66x50cm. Lucia completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, (Visual Art) – Drawing&Printmaking at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, 2014.

Ursula Hoff Dinner Celebrating 75 Year in Australia

A dinner celebrating Dr Ursula Hoff’s (1909-2005) arrival in Australia on the Orcades, December 1939 was held at University House, University of Melbourne. Kelly Gellatly, Director, The Potter, University of Melbourne spoke of Dr Hoff’s contribution to scholarship, curatorial practices and to art history in Australia.

The evening was a joint function of the Ursula Hoff Institute, Art History, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts, University College and The Potter, University of Melbourne.

A $5,000 contribution to the Ursula Hoff Scholarship Fund was received from a donor to be added to other donations received.

Christmas Choral Choir Soiree December 2014

Kenneth Park, Ursula Hoff Board member and arts presenter organized a Christmas Choral Choir Soiree at the Melbourne Savage Club to raise funds for the a community choir: Melbourne Choral Choir directed by Dr David Kram.  Kenneth Park made the presentation on behalf of the Ursula Hoff Institute.  Thank you Kenneth.


Mr Tim Brown, Ursula Hoff Board member had his 65th paper in the area of aesthetic breast surgery published in the journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  Tim before relocating to Melbourne was an Associate Professor, the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Mr Alan Egan JP, Secretary, Ursula Hoff Institute is featured with a photo and a quote in Encore, Arts Centre Melbourne Supporter Magazine Issue 24, 30th Anniversary Issue, 2014.  Alan has been a Legacy Angel supporter of the Arts Centre for many years.

Joseph Burke Lecture 2014 – Please Note the Change of Time and Venue

The Fine Arts Network, The Alumni Relations Team, Faculty of Arts and the Art History Program, the University of Melbourne, are pleased to announce the Joseph Burke Lecture 2014, which friends and patrons of the Ursula Hoff Institute are welcome to attend.

Thomas Woolner in Australia

 Presented by Angus Trumble

About the Presenter: Angus Trumble was appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2014.  He was for 11 years in the Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, as senior curator of paintings and sculpture. He is the author of A Brief History of the Smile (2003).  His latest book co-edited with Professor Andrea Wolk Rager (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio), is Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.  He is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Burlington Magazine, The Paris Review, Esopus Magazine andThe Australian Book Review.

About the Lecture: On July 15, 1852, the Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner (1825–1892) embarked from Gravesend aboard the Greens’ Blackwall frigate Windsor, bound for Melbourne. Woolner sailed with two older friends and fellow artists, Edward La Trobe Bateman (1816–1897) and Bernhard Smith (1820–1885), and their departure inspired The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown. The three men hoped to make their fortune prospecting for gold in Victoria. After six months’ effort, Woolner turned to portrait sculpture as a means to support himself first in Melbourne, and then in Sydney, before sailing back to England. Woolner’s goldfields journal and the detailed log he kept aboard The Queen of the South on the long voyage home shed much light on the colonial societies in which he was temporarily immersed, and upon his rapid development and later career as a sculptor.

This lecture is based on research towards the preparation of a forthcoming scholarly edition of both documents with critical apparatus, and a projected exhibition of many of the portrait medallions executed by Woolner in Victoria and New South Wales.

We do hope you will join us for this special event.

Date and Time: Thursday, 25 September 2014, 5:15 – 6:30 pm

Wright Lecture Theatre, Medical Building, the University of Melbourne


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