Meetings 2020

April Meeting


Monday  6th April 2020
Venue: Middle Park Primary School

Mee How Ah Mouy: Architect and Community Leader
Speaker - Dr Sophie Couchman

Mee How Ah Mouy (1887-1977), is probably Australia's first architect with Chinese ancestry and son of tea merchant and entrepreneur Louis Ah Mouy, perhaps Middle Park’s most famous Chinese resident. Mee How was born and grew up in Middle Park. He trained at the Working Men's College (now RMIT) and subsequently designed several homes in Middle Park. Sophie's presentation will trace Mee How’s life from Middle Park to Hong Kong and finally to Surrey Hills through an extraordinary collection of inter-war and post-war architectural plans drawn, till recently held by the family. Mee How had a very diverse practice everything from domestic houses to manhole covers. This talk takes us away from the usual stories of Chinese and the goldrushes and instead provides us with an insight into second generation Chinese immigrant lives. 

Dr Sophie Couchman is a freelance historian and curator who specialises in immigration history, particularly Chinese Australian history.

September Meeting

Monday  7th September 2020
Venue: Middle Park Primary School

Upstream, against the current: the story of women’s rowing in Australia
Speaker - Judith Buckrich

Judith's forthcoming book steps away from her usual territory of Melbourne’s people, streets and institutions to uncover the hard won triumphs of women rowers in Australia since the 1880s. Women set up their own clubs as they were not permitted to join men’s clubs until the 1980s despite their success in national and international competition. The history covers the long fight for equality, personal stories and the aesthetic quality that drew women to the sport whether for recreation or competition. Her talk to the Middle Park History Group will focus on the women rowing on Albert Park Lake where Melbourne’s women rowers were able to enjoy a separate and unique situation enabling the strongest growth of the sport for women in Australia.


Venue: Middle Park Primary School

From Richardson Streeenter the school via the gate between the Infant School on the left and the Main School on the right. The entrance to the Infant School Hall is via a door on the left towards the rear, about 20 metres into the school grounds.