The Trendall Lecture was made possible through a bequest made by Professor A.D. (Dale) Trendall AC CMG FAHA (1909–95), a Foundation Fellow of the Academy. He envisaged the lecture series as ‘an annual lecture or lectures by a scholar on some theme associated with classical studies’.

Distinguished scholarship in the classics

The Trendall speaker alternates between an Australian and an international scholar who is selected, where possible, on the basis of their scholarly ties to Professor Trendall or to his research interests.

Dale Trendall, of course, in a lifetime of scholarly endeavour demonstrated only too brilliantly the historical, social, and artistic significance of Greek pottery.Michael Osborne, Trendall Lecture, 1997

The first Trendall Lecture was given by Professor Michael Osborne, then Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University, in 1997. Read the full text of Professor Osborne’s inaugural Trendall Lecture, titled The gadfly of Greek history (The infuriatingly opaque nature of inscriptions as sources for Greek history).

The 22nd Trendall Lecture, January 2020

New Zealand artist Marian Maguire, best known for images which fuse ancient Greek vase painting with New Zealand colonial history, gave the 22nd Trendall Lecture — Straying from Myth. 

Marian has long been intrigued by Greek vase painting and admired ancient artists for their skill and invention within a tight constraints and continues to draw on their work for inspiration. The creative process is not linear, it involves sideways leaps. In this lecture, she talked about the weaving of multiple ideas in her work and the research and thought processes that sit behind the images. The central focus was on the making and reception of her New Zealand colonial series: The Odyssey of Captain Cook, The Labours of Herakles and Titokowaru’s Dilemma.

The lecture occurred at the Australasian Society for Classical Studies conference at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, at 6pm Tuesday 28 January, 2020. An edited version of the lecture will appear in a future edition of our flagship journal Humanities Australia.