Stanley Athenaeum & Public Room

January Open Days 

The Athenaeum will be open on the usual days over January as there are often visitors and family history researchers visiting during the month. The Fire Exhibition is certainly topical at this time and our thoughts go out to those brave souls fighting fire throughout our country as well as the people affected by them. 

Opening days are: 

• Friday 3rd January• Friday 10th January
• Friday 17th January• Friday 24th January
• Saturday 25th January• Friday 31st January

A Taste of Stanley Calendar launch at the Stanley Pub 

Last month a gathering of 25 people came to the launch of the ‘Friends of the Athenaeum’ 2020 Calendar at the Stabley Pub. This year’s calendar is themed around the glorious produce and tastes of the Stanley plateau.
Various producers, along with the Stanley Pub, sponsored a page with their logo, seasonal photos and a recipe, and there is also9 an archival photo from the Athenaeum collection.

The ‘Friends’ did lots of hunting and collecting for the images and the launch was a great night. 

Trish Bloom was so impressed she asked for it to be an award for a VCE Food Studies student, and Greg and Robyn from the Stanley Pub kindly provided delectable platters and even the newest member of the Stanley family, their four-week-old son, joined in! 

So, if you haven’t already done so, pick up your copy of The Taste of Stanley Calendar 2020, featuring recipes ‘tried and true’ from local sponsors and Friends of the Athenaeum. It is a truly unique publication. 

For sale at $20 from; the Stanley Post Office, at the Athenaeum during opening hours, or by email:

Fire on the Plateau: A History of Fire and its Management in Stanley

The Stanley Athenaeum’s exhibition ‘Fire on the Plateau’, commemorating the bushfire of 2009 has attracted visitors from all around Australia. Members of the Stanley community, past and present, are still adding memories and photos related to past fire events.

The exhibition is only of display until April 2020 so don’t miss it! 

Looking for that perfect gift? 

  1. Fire on the Plateau’, Jacqui Durrant, 2019, $30
  2. Stanley Times and Mining Journal’, Geoff Craig, 2018, 4th Ed. $30
  3. ‘Historical Archaeology of Water Management at Beechworth’, (Turnbull, Davies Lawrence) Messmate Press, Melbourne 2015. $35.

Copies of these publications are available for sale at the Stanley Athenaeum, or can be posted by contacting: 
E:, or M: 0458 606 922

Stanley Athenaeum and Public Room,
2 Mt Stanley Rd, Stanley, is open every Friday, and the fourth Saturday of each month, from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 
For more information contact: 0458 606 922 or 03 5728 6702 

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