Autumn – Maryborough Town Hall

The second Art of Elegance Fair, due to growth after the first, was held at the Maryborough Town Hall, Neill Street, Maryborough in the Victorian Goldfields.  Continuing on as a boutique Fair, the event will retain the quality experience when it follows the seasonal calendar, and runs the second Sunday of the last month in each season.  The winter fair will be held at the lovely retro Anglican Church Hall, Nightingale Street, Maryborough, date below.  Click this link for full details.  Future Fair dates are:

Winter – Sunday 12th August, 2012 – Maryborough Anglican Church Hall

Spring – Sunday 11th November, 2012 – Maryborough Anglican Church Hall 12 – 5 pm


Maryborough Town Hall is a grand heritage protected building covering eras of history from Victorian to Art Deco.  The interior is being restored to its original colours, to enhance the design and feel.  Historic interior lovers who have not seen it before are in for a treat, as a paint colour palette which includes such hues as sky lodge blue and pheasant brown is being applied.   The Art of Elegance Fair will salute the Victorian Goldfields roots which made the town, and the people who steered it toward a civic wool-rich backbone, through the roaring Deco Twenties and beyond.  Movie themes will again be used, vintage clothing will feature, as will interiors, art, floral displays, music and decor.  The Main Hall will be devoted to display traders who will style their space to vintage and movie inspired themes, using authentic props and items for collecting and sale from the various periods of time, from Regency through to 1960’s.




Lewis Carroll’s 1865 tale “Alice in Wonderland” will lend its cavalcade of  fun themes to the Fair for all ages, with a themed “Mini Mad Hatter High Tea” catered by Fairytale Frostings of Nolan Street (see below for booking details).  In keeping with this theme, and because they were so much commented on at Summer Fair, hats will feature, with a prize given for the best design.   Patrons will go “down the rabbit hole” and experience the Lower Town Hall as the “Dance Hall” where traders on white linen topped tables present home and lifestyle collectibles, the backstage rooms as a “Precious Little Arcade” where they can experience installation art and Makes of small and precious origins.  The Stage will host the “Antique Flower Vase Display”, music, and other kinds of historical features, more details soon.  Bear with us as we shape the Fair and don’t forget to mark the diary dates to be part of it all.

Art of Elegance Fair Official Logo, Autumn 2012:

The Autumn logo once again is designed by Tiffany Titshall, vintage proprietor at Fanny’s Flat Talbot, graphic artist and ace media hand for the Fair.  Given the colours and brief for the Autumn season, this beautiful logo featured is how she saw the Fair look and feel.  Rich colour and detail of the season will carry throughout the Fair, with a nod to town and regional origins, and country style.



General Fair Information:

Date: Sunday May 13th, 2012 (Mothers’ Day)

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Venue: Maryborough Town Hall, Neill Street, Maryborough, Victoria, 3465

Entry: $10 pp, $7 conc. (with i.d.), under 16 free entry with adults.   (Collectible Ticket is an all day pass out covering Maryborough Town Hall and Tren du Bourg Hall.)

Main Hall: Vintage and Movie Theme Display Traders, Antique Flower Vase Display, Mad Men Themed Canapes; Dance Hall: Vintage Portrait Photographer, High Tea China and Home Lifestyle Collectibles, Vintage Artworks, Small item antique appraisals 2 – 4 pm gold coin donation; Precious Little Arcade: Vintage Hair Styling (bookings essential), Couture bags, Makes and Treasures;  Tren du Bourg Hall Neill Street: Mini Mad Hatter High Tea (bookings essential), Worsley Cottage Historical Display; General: Door Prizes, sample products to try, central location in middle of town, wheelchair access, plenty of parking, ATM facilities in town with major banks, some traders with ATM, additional refreshments on the premises, change facilities, small item appraisals (check beforehand), and much more.

High Tea Bookings: Fairytale Frostings, 114 Nolan Street, Maryborough, Victoria, 3465 Phone: (o3) 5461 5080 or for general enquiries phone Maryborough Visitor Centre for details, Phone: (03) 5460 4511

Cost: $25 pp, inc. table seating, pot of loose leaf tea service and range of sweet and savoury mini delights.  Cup Cakes with Mad Hatter themes.

Note: High Tea will begin as close to 11 am as possible, and there will be three separate sittings to allow for extra  Mothers’ Day bookings.  Times are 11 am, 12.30 pm and 2 pm.

Main Hall – Mad Men Themed Canapes – Romantic Vineyard

Menu for Renee DeRobertis and Dave Mitchell of Romantic Vineyard for their “Mad Men” themed Canapes at the Art of Elegance Fair, Sunday May 13th at the Maryborough Town Hall:

Avocado Mousse with Shitake mushroom
Prawns with curry butter
Mixed olive salad with Swiss cheese
Chorizo and chipotle salsa on corn crisp
Deviled eggs with caviar
Tuna Salad on “Jatz”
Pimento Cheese on “Jatz”
Nut crusted gorgonzola grape ball
Potato with Creme Fraiche
Smoked Salmon with Cucumber
Red Wine and White Sparkling Wine
Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Fizz
Renee and Dave will serve from authentic 1950′s platters courtesy of Eric and Mary from Amaroo, who will have some fabulous retro pieces at the Fair in the Dance Hall.  They also cater to parties and events in vintage themes, so contact them on the number below for advice and party platter prices.  See you at the Fair!
Renee DeRobertis and Dave Mitchell

Romantic Vineyard, 280 Lillicur Road, Amherst Victoria 3371 (via Talbot, Victoria)

Phone: (03) 5463 2468

Mobile: 0407 632 468

Directions, Accommodation and Tourism for Maryborough Goldfields Region:

Maryborough Maps and Train Timetable – Official Tourism Site

Maryborough is easily reached by road, about 2 hours drive from the CBD Melbourne, one hour from Ballarat, and one hour from Bendigo.   Train service has returned to the town, please see above link for map and train timetable for travel.

Talbot Tourism, Accommodation, Attractions, Food and Wine, and Shopping

Talbot is only ten minutes away, and features many attractions and great accommodation, check the above link for details.

Maryborough Visitor Information Centre

Maryborough Visitor Information Centre has a wide selection of maps, gifts and souvenirs in one handy central location, corner Nolan and Alma Streets, and has an adjoining historical display that is well worth seeing.  Official Tourism Victoria Region Guide is available for download via the above link.

Contact details:

Visitors Centre: Cnr Alma and Nolan Streets, Maryborough VIC 3465.

Phone: 03 5460 4511. email:

Fair Queries: Any general Fair queries, please enter your email in the comment box below and query, and they will be responded to as soon as possible, thank you.


words and concept: copyright M. Roleff, 2012

images: Maryborough Town Hall, copyright M. Roleff, 2012

images: vintage decor and ephemera, copyright T. Titshall, 2012

fair logo: copyright design T. Titshall, 2012

(Art of Elegance Fair is a registered business name, concept and style protected by law.)

(Disclaimer: Art of Elegance Fair does not necessarily endorse material by third parties on linked websites, and these remain the responsibility and  property of their creators.)

6 Responses “Autumn – Maryborough Town Hall” →
  1. Love the wealth of ideas behind this event, particularly the idea of going “down the rabbithole”! It sounds magical and I love the way it’s evolving. Keep up the good work everyone involved!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Lisa Bishop

    March 8, 2012

    Hello. I am trying to make contact with Annie Irish who illustrated the cover of a collection of short stories called The Man Who Played Spoons and Other Stories. I think Annie based her illustration on a character in my mum’s short story, or maybe it was just a coincidence. I’d like to ask Annie. Do you have a contact for her? My mum died 8 years ago and I’ve always wondered. Thank you. Lisa x
    PS your event sounds so delightful.


  3. Hi,
    Are you still looking for stall holders for the Fair? I just stumbled across the website, and the event sounds absolutely wonderful, and something I would like to be a part of. I make handmade jewellery and acessories, many of which are inspired by the Art Nouveau and 1920s through to the 50s. I specialise in quirky, unusual pieces, and I love the challenge of working to an event or a theme.
    Please let me know if I could be a part of your event.
    Kind regards



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