Napoleon’s Last Gamble: 200th
Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and
the Legacy of the Napoleonic Wars in
Friday 8 May 10.00am—11.00am
Join us to celebrate the opening of this exhibition which in 2015
marks the 200th anniversary of the famous Battle of Waterloo.
Floor Talks by Historian and Curator Jeff Hopkins-Weise, and
Michael Wright from the La Belle Alliance re-enactment group
and “Lefty’s Gentlemen's Guns”, on “Guns and Weaponry of the
Napoleonic era”. All welcome.
Light refreshments provided. Free. Bookings Essential.
For the final verdict on Napoleon the soldier, the words
of his great rival and the victor of Waterloo, the Duke of
Wellington, are a fitting tribute. When asked who the
greatest general of the age was, decades after the great
battle, Wellington replied:
“In this age, in past ages, in any age, Napoleon.”
Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard Pass by Jacques-Louis David (1801)
Friday 19 June 5.30 for 6.00pm—9.00pm
Come and dance the night away in high Regency fashion. Join
fashionistas and cosplay specialists to dress in theme to make this
night a truly fascinating spectacle! Featuring live quintet ''The
Colonial Consort”, with dance calls by Historian Heather Clarke.
Light supper provided. Free. Bookings Essential.
6.30pm—Floor Talk by Historian and Curator Jeff Hopkins-
Weise, and Militaria Collector Michael Murrie-Jones
7.00pm—Grand March leading into first dance
REGENCY SUPPER AND DANCE
Planning on Coming? Prepare by attending “Regency Dance”
lessons with dance instructor Heather Clarke. Dances include the
White Cockade, La Georgiana and the Copenhagen Waltz. The
lessons will be conducted at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum
1.00pm—2.00pm, Saturday 23 May & 13 June, Cost $5.00.
Lady Louisa, one of the Duchess's daughters,
recalled of the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball:
“I well remember the Gordon Highlanders dancing
reels at the ball. My mother thought it would interest
foreigners to see them, which it did. I remember
hearing that some of the poor men who danced in
our house died at Waterloo. There was quite a
crowd to look at the Scotch dancers.”
The Duchess of Richmond's Ball by Robert Alexander Hillingford (1870s).
Wednesday 10 June 10.00am—11.00am
Dance Historian Heather Clarke, “Napoleon and the Duchess of
This talk will focus on the “Most famous Ball in history”, which was held
in Brussels on 15 June 1815, the night before the Battle of Quatre Bras.
Heather will describe this “most brilliant affair”, with a focus on the
music and dance, and how fashion influenced the dances.
Wednesday 8 July 10.00am—11.00am
Historian Jeff Hopkins Weise, Ghosts of 1812 – “That fatal passage” at
Beresina: The French Invasion of Russia, & Retreat from Moscow
Jeff’s talk will review this campaign and highlight the events at Beresina
during November 1812. The retreat of the Grand Armée is best
remembered by the dramatic events associated with its crossing at the
Beresina River, as the desperately retreating remnant of Napoleon’s
army sought to escape.
HERITAGE TALKS 2015
Morning Tea Provided. Free. Bookings Essential.
Napoleon's crossing of the Beresina an 1866 painting by January Suchodolski
oil on canvas, National Museum in Poznań
Napoleon’s 1812 campaign though was to end in
disaster, despite Napoleon’s troops advancing
well into the Russian heartland and even
capturing Moscow. When Napoleon finally
ordered the retreat from Moscow in October,
extreme winter weather conditions set in, along
with exhaustion, hunger, disease, and the
constant Russian pursuit led to enormous
suffering and casualties.
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