The David Roche Foundation Multimedia

On this page, you can enjoy a variety of fascinating and informative stories about David Roche, Fermoy House and The David Roche Collection from people who knew David Roche or are connected with the Foundation.

Speculations on the Original and the Copy

Tune in to hear a conversation between Dr. Rochus Hinkel (UniSA, SIDA Foundation and TDRF Research Fellow) and Esther Anatolitis, Melbourne. Dr Hinkel and Esther discuss philosophical concepts and social phenomena around the questions of ownership, authenticity, as well as concepts of identity, appropriation and difference. Can copies become more relevant than originals? Is a copy an original work? Who defines what is an original and what is a copy?


About the speakers…

Dr. Rochus Hinkel is the recipient of the UniSA, SIDA Foundation and TDRF Curatorial Research Fellowship in Interior Design and Decoration for 2020-22. He is Associate Professor for Architecture and Design at the University of Melbourne.

Esther Anatolitis is an arts advocate, Deputy Chair of the Contemporary Arts Precincts, and Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT University, School of Art, Melbourne.



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Salon des Refusés 2021 Podcast Series

Join our Assistant Curator, Nathan Schroeder, as he talks to four of the artists displayed in the Salon des Refusés 2021: Robyn Sweaney, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Caroline Zilinsky & Laura Jones, about their works in the exhibition and their artistic practices. The Salon des Refusés 2021 was on display at The David Roche Foundation from 9 October to 11 December 2021. 

Podcast episode 5 – Nat Williams on tapa cloth and the Cook collections at the National Library of Australia

This is the fourth episode of The David Roche Foundation podcast series. Enjoy listening to Nat Williams (former Treasures Curator, National Library of Australia) talk about tapa cloth, how and where it is made, how it was collected by European sailors, including James Cook, as well as the Cook-related collections of the National Library of Australia, most notably the Rex ‘Nan’ Kivell collection.


Podcast episode 4 – Susannah Helman talks about Captain Cook and the National Library of Australia

This is the fourth episode of The David Roche Foundation podcast series. Enjoy listening to Susannah Helman, Program Manager Curatorial (NLA), talk about the Cook-related collection of the National Library of Australia, including an early version of Cook’s journal, the secret orders of the British Admiralty and the advice from James Douglas, the 14th Earl of Morton and President of the Royal Society.


Podcast episode 3 – Annette Gero talks about historical military quilts and the War and Pieced exhibition

This is the third episode of The David Roche Foundation podcast series. Sit back and listen to Dr Annette Gero, quilt historian and author, talk about her interest in historical military quilts. Annette discusses why she started collecting these quilts, her continuing mission to find and document more of these quilts, and her thoughts on how and why they were made.


Video – Annette Gero on the War and Pieced exhibition

In this 2017 video, Annette Gero talks to journalist Meg Cox about the War and Pieced exhibition during its season at The American Folk Art Museum, New York, and provides an analysis of the ‘Soldier’s patchwork quilt with incredible border’.

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Meg Cox, American author, journalist and quilter is a staff writer for Quiltfolk magazine and the Wall Street Journal, where she was a reporter for 17 years. Cox serves on various quilt advisory boards including the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Video reproduced with permission from Meg Cox.

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Video – The Martyn Cook Bequest 2020 preview

We hope you enjoy this short video preview of some of the 29 wonderful fine and decorative art pieces that have entered the Collection through the 2020 Bequest of our inaugural Museum Director, Martyn Cook. These pieces can now be seen on display in and around Fermoy House as part of The David Roche Collection. 


Video – New acquisition: Royal French Empire bed

A short video introduction to our latest acquisition – the Royal French Empire bed.

This early 19th century sleigh bed is said to have been a gift from Ferdinand VII of Spain to Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only child of the Prince Regent, and Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld on the occasion of their marriage in 1816. The bed was acquired for the Foundation by the late Martyn Cook, inaugural Director of The David Roche Foundation, and is now on display in the main bedroom.

Video – Introduction to Fermoy House

For your viewing pleasure, the original introductory video to the Fermoy House tour at The David Roche Foundation House Museum is now available online.

Whether you have visited before or are yet to visit, the video is a wonderful opportunity to view the incredible interiors and surrounds of David’s Fermoy House and galleries – as well as numerous highlights of the permanent collection – from the comfort of your own home, while finding out more about David Roche the man with inaugural director Martyn Cook and current director, Robert Reason. This video was played for our guests between June 2016 and early 2020.

Video – SA Weekender at The David Roche Foundation House Museum

from SAWeekender:

In Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, sits one of the greatest European decorative arts collections in a private institution in Australia. It is set within the sumptuous interiors of David Roche Federation-style home and museum. The collection spans two centuries of art and design — from the early Rococo period in France to the delights of Fabergé in Russia. 

At first glance, you’re struck by the understated elegance of the late David Roche’s Federation home ‘Fermoy House’ and its adjoining museum complex. But there’s nothing understated about the collection inside! Minimalism was a dirty word to this avid collector, with every room showcasing his loves – including his lifelong passion as a dog breeder and experience as an international judge.

The David Roche collection is one of Adelaide’s hidden gems and a must-see attraction.

The video also includes views of our late 2019 exhibition of Russian art, Triumph and Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé, which included pieces from David’s collection as well as a number of private and public lenders.

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For tours of the house, visit our Tour Booking page.


Video – Martyn Cook talks about Fabergé

As part of our late 2019 exhibition Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé at The David Roche Foundation, we had a special treat for visitors – a short video of our late inaugural Museum Director, Martyn Cook, talking about Fabergé, recorded in early 2019. Although the exhibition has finished, the video will remain up for viewing. In the video, Martyn discusses the Fabergé brand, David Roche’s Fabergé items, and meeting Tatiana Fabergé (a Fabergé expert  as well as a great-granddaughter of Carl Fabergé). We hope you enjoy.

TDRF | Fabergé with Martyn Cook from The David Roche Foundation on Vimeo.

Podcast episode 2 – Martyn Cook talks about David Roche and Russia

This is the second episode of The David Roche Foundation podcast series. Sit back and listen to Martyn Cook, the Director of The David Roche Foundation, and longtime friend and travelling companion of David Roche talk about David’s interest in Russia and Russian art. Martyn discusses what palaces, museums and galleries David and he visited, how David’s Russian Room came about and David’s interest in malachite and architect and designer, Andrei Voronikhin.



Podcast episode 1 – Martyn Cook talks about David Roche and his clock collecting

This is the first episode of The David Roche Foundation podcast series. Enjoy listening to Martyn Cook talking about David Roche, his clocks and clock collecting. Hear Martyn discuss what it was like working for David, what David looked for when acquiring a clock and the problems David had with his clocks at his Fermoy House residence in North Adelaide.





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