Club Outing to the National Steam Centre & Monash Gallery of Arts

We arrived at the National Steam Centre at 9.30am, time for refreshments. A few others turned up and by 10.00 we were ready to go. The site is very deceptive , doesn’t look like there is much there - a large mechanical shovel sitting in the centre of the yard, the odd pieces of old machinery sitting around the perimeter and a series of large sheds sitting further down the yard. It’s not till you make your way along to the sheds that you realise the vast amount of interesting and well-restored steam equipment that is housed on one site, some puffing & whizzing away. The members of the stream centre are more than happy to chat about their toys. Once inside members found their own photographic gems or intriguing piece of machinery.

Steam engine

At around 11.45, we regrouped and headed off to the Monash Gallery of Art, arriving at MGA just after 12.00 pm, for lunch and more importantly COFFEE. There were two exhibitions on show. Earth Matters: Contemporary Photographers in the Landscape - Peter Eastway, Christian Fletcher, Michael Fletcher, Tony Hewitt & Les Walkling. And Topshots 2014-15, a collection of VCE arts media study students works. These definitely provided us with some good conversation and differing opinions. After adjudicating the prints on show, it was time to head for home.