2019 Morning Coffee Lecture Series

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 | 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

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The Morning Coffee Lecture Series is an opportunity for QVMAG Friends and visitors to hear from a range of guest speakers.

Grab a cuppa, find a seat and listen as our speakers discuss their lives, achievements and challenges. It's a great opportunity to meet new friends, and hear from some of our community's leaders, entrepreneurs and creatives. For more information about the QVMAG Friends, visit our Support Us page. 


­QVMAG Friends present Christina Holmdahl, 'From Heilbronn Germany to Hobart Australia'

10:30am Wednesday 26 June 2019Meeting Room, Queen Victoria Museum Inveresk

Admission (including refreshments): QVMAG Friends $7.50; Non-members $11


As these functions are popular RSVP is essential by Monday 24 June 2019. Phone 6323 3798 or email: bookings@qvmag.tas.gov.au (Friends please quote your membership number).

In war-torn Europe the first four years of Christina Holmdahl’s life were spent in a refugee camp in Heilbronn, Germany.

At the end of World War II Christina’s Polish parents were declared stateless because the part of Poland that they both came from was handed to Stalin by Churchill and Roosevelt. In 1949, when the refugee camp where Christina and her parents were interned was being wound up, they had to make the decision:  either go back home, which was now a part of Russia, or emigrate to the countries that were offering asylum. After much discussion and heartache, the decision was made to emigrate. The countries offering asylum were the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and Chile.

It was decided that Australia would be the best place to start a new life. This little family of three disembarked in Melbourne on the 26 October 1949. From Melbourne the family was sent to Tasmania to the Brighton Army Camp and then on to Hobart.

Christina was enrolled in primary school and completed her education at St Mary’s College in Hobart. Her desire to write and ultimately get into journalism meant that her options were very limited.  Fate was kind and when an opportunity came up to join the team at TVT6 in Hobart, she jumped at it. TVT6 was the best training ground possible and after six years, she moved to the Tasmanian Government Film Unit where she honed her skills in all aspects of filmmaking. Once proficient, her next job took her to Canberra in the mid-1970s, where she set up a Special Project Division for Fairfax owned CTC7. When Kerry Stokes acquired the station in the early 1980s, he offered Christina the position of Production Manager; she managed the entire production staff of nearly 100.   She travelled extensively producing politically focused current affairs programs.

Christina’s time in Canberra prepared her well for her next challenge as Corporate Public Affairs Manager of the Australian National Railways Commission in Adelaide. She and her husband lived in Adelaide for 12 years. In retirement, they chose to come back to Christina’s home in 2000, and today they live with their Jack Russell Totti at Clarence Point on the Tamar River. The arts are Christina’s main interests, as well as gardening, when time permits.

Christina has just commenced her second four-year term as Mayor of the West Tamar Council.


  • Wednesday, 26 June 2019 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Museum Meeting Room, 2 Invermay Road, Launceston 7248  View Map

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