Hawkes Bay

About Us

Hello HBDFAS Members,

Renewals coming thick and fast...

Thanks to all of you who have already renewed - we have 110+ already so are well on the way to a very healthy membership for 2015.

A few people have paid via internet banking but not sent a form. We do need to have this on file, so if that's you could you click here to download one and either email or post it back to us.

If you haven't renewed yet...

We know it's a busy time of year, but make sure you renew now so that you will be all set for our first lecture on Monday 23 February 2015.

Just click here to download a copy of the 2015 Membership/Renewal Form.

Tuscan Vases

Ceramic vases with scenes of Tuscan villages - Hand-painted by Lynda Harris, Auckland

Membership is great value...

The cost of each lecture is only a little more than a movie ticket - and you get refreshments included! This is great value when you consider the calibre of speakers and range of topics.

A wonderful gift idea...

Membership is now open to all, so if you love DFAS, it's likely that you have friends or family who will too.

What a fantastic gift idea, and one that you can share with them all through the year. Email us now at hbdfas@xtra.co.nz if you'd like to arrange a gift membership.

Our very best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year.

Mary Stewart


  • Chairman

    Mary Stewart
    Phone - (06) 877 7744
  • Membership Secretary

    Jenny Scotland
    Phone –   (06) 877 8771
  • Vice Chair

    Jeanette Kelly
    Phone –   027 441 3755
  • Secretary

    Lyn Mouat
    Phone – 021 383 121
  • Treasurer

    Sally Hansen
    Phone - (06) 874 8849
  • Committee

    Richard Moorhead  
    Carol Nelson 
    Di Grace 
    Bruno Yurkowski 
    Tracy Russell
    Meg Bremner


To apply for membership please download the Hawke's Bay Membership Form and post it with your payment to the Membership Secretary, PO Box 8444, Havelock North, 4130.

Annual membership is $150 per person or $280 for two people living at the same address. This covers the cost of the venue and equipment, travel and accommodation costs for the lecturer and refreshments after the lecture.

As an incorporated charitable trust we are a non profit organisation

Once our society is established members’ guests will be welcome to attend two lectures a year at a fee of $20 per lecture. Membership is not transferable. The fee for visiting DFAS members will be $15.

Please notify the Membership Secretary, Ngaire Frater by the Friday prior to the lecture if you are bringing a guest or to notify changes of contact details.

Phone: 027 226 0855 or Email: hbdfas@xtra.co.nz


Lectures will be held at 7pm in the Magdalinos Room at the Havelock North Function Centre, Te Mata Road, Havelock North unless otherwise stated.

Lectures will last approximately an hour and will be followed by a glass of wine and light refreshments.

  • Monday  23 February

    Jon Cannon - The Secret Language of Sacred Places

  • Monday  4 May

    Zara Fleming - Tibet, Roof of the World: History, Art, Culture

  • Monday  8 June

    Nicole Mezey - Jewel of the Crown: St Chapel

  • Monday  6 July

    David Rosier - Ultimate Power Dressing: Chinese Imperial Textiles

  • Monday  3 August

    Alexey Makhrov - Summer Palaces of the Tsars

  • Monday  7 September

    Monica Bohm-Duchen - Art & Photography since the 1960's

  • Monday  5 October

    Anthea Streeter - The Bauhaus

  • Monday  9 November

    Sian Walters - Renaissance Women: Artists, Patrons and Subjects

News and Activities

Hawkes Bay DFAS has established a relationship with the museum Theatre Gallery (MTG) Hawkes Bay. A donation was given in 2013 for the purchase of decorative art and we are pleased to learn that two pieces of beautiful Art Deco glass has been purchased. These pieces are on display in the Art Deco section of the MTG.

Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins gave a short presentation with pictures of the glass after the May lecture given by David Tovey who spoke on Sea Change: Fine Decorative Art in St Ives 1914-1930. This was a most interesting lecture illustrated by many beautiful paintings from the St Ives artist colony including Frances Hodgkins.

The AGM for HBDFAS was held before the lecture and Mary Stewart gave her Chairperson's report for the past year. A new committee was voted in with two new committee members. Ngaire Frater has resigned and been replaced as Membership Secretary by Jenny Scotland. Ngaire has been a huge help in setting up the membership database and we are extremely grateful to her.

Decorative Arts purchases made with funds from the HBDFAS


Bowl, 1930s

William Cyne Farquharson (b.190, d.1972)
wheel cut and engraved glass Birmingham, England
Purchased with funds from the Hawke’s Bay Decorative and Fine Arts Society and Webb Trust, 2013/39/4

Purchased for $1200.00 from Art and Industry, Auckland

Clyne Farquharson studied at the Birmingham School of Art from 1920 – 1924. On leaving, he was appointed Chief Draughtsman at John Walsh Walsh Ltd., quite a senior position for an 18 year-old graduate. He remained with the company until the closure of the factory in 1951.

It is rare to see a designer’s signature on the glassware manufactured by the crystal houses of the West Midlands - Clyne Farquharson, however, was an exception. Two pattern books from the 1920s provide us with the earliest named evidence of his work but he is best known for four very successful designs by the names of ‘Leaf’, ‘Kendal’, ‘Barry, and ‘Albany’, launched in 1936.

This range all feature deep cutting and mechanical rather than acid polishing.

Alongside Keith Murray and William Wilson, Clyne Farquharson is considered a leader of British glass design in the inter-war period.

Vase, 1930s

Etling (estab. 1909, closed 1940s)
Paris, France
Purchased with funds from the Hawke’s Bay Decorative and Fine Arts Society and Webb Trust, 2013/39/6
Purchased for $1200.00 from Art and Industry, Auckland

In 1909 Edmond Laurent Etling founded Etling glassworks in Choisy-le-Roi in the southeastern suburbs of Paris. Alongside his glassware he also commissioned ceramics, ivory and bronze which he sold through his shop in central Paris. Etling called upon the leading freelance designers of the time including Dimitri Chiparus, A. Godard, Claire-Jean Roberte Colinet, Lucille Sévin and her husband Jean Theodore Delabassé, Gazan, Georges Béal, Maurice Guiraud-Rivière and Marcel Guillard.

As exemplified in this vase, Etling glassware was typically opalescent and featured the characteristic clean lines and natural motifs of the Art Deco period. His use of opalescent glass created a particularly appealing soft glow when lit by electric lamps.

Etling’s entire output was in the Art Deco style as neither himself nor his company survived WWII.