There have been two series of Blavatsky Lectures presented annually in honor of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. The longer and better-known series is in England, and another series was instituted in South Africa.
In the "Foreword" to the published edition of the first lecture of May 1918 (E. L. Gardner, "Matter is the Shadow of Sprit"), Harold Baillie-Weaver gives an indication of the origin and potential significance of the lecture series:
The idea of an annual Blavatsky Lecture emanated from Mr. D.N. Dunlop, whose devotion to Madame Blavatsky and her writings is well known throughout the Theosophical Society, and the idea was so obviously an excellent one that prompt measures were taken by the Executive Committee to give it a concrete form.
It is doubly important that the lore and teaching contained in the writings of Mme. Blavatsky should be continually studied, discussed and interpreted; in the first place because of the vast treasures which they hold for the student of occultism, and in the second place because of the scientific theories they contain. These theories were derided when Mme. Blavatsky first enunciated them; but every advance that science makes is an advance towards admission of their truth; and it is of first importance that they should be as widely promulgated and as competently expounded as possible, so that as fresh discoveries substantiate them the profound knowledge by which they were inspired and the value of the methods by which they were obtained may be recognised.
The first Lecture, delivered by Mr. Gardner, is a worthy beginning of a great enterprise.
Blavatsky Lectures in England
Blavatsky Lectures in South Africa
At least four Annual Blavatsky Lectures were given under the auspices of the Theosophical Society in Central South Africa.
|1930||Mr. L. G. Hallett||Some Studies in Ray Correspondence|
|1931||Josephine Ransom||Madam Blavatsky as Occultist|
|1932||Mr. L. W. Ritch||The Message of Madam Blavatsky|
|1933||Mr. Thomas F. Day||Madam Blavatsky and the Message of Bellamy||Lecture delivered at Theosophical Hall, Pretoria on March 5, 1933.|
- Blavstsky Lectures collection on Archive.org.
- H. Baillie-Weaver, "Foreword," from E. L. Gardner, The Blavatsky Lecture, No. 1: Delivered at the Annual Convention of the Theosophical Society in England and Wales, May, 1918 ["Matter is the Shadow of Spirit"]. (London, Theosophical Publishing House, 1918), .
- Thomas F. Day, "Madam Blavatsky and the Message of Bellamy" Johannesburg: G. M. Horne Ltd., 1933.) 16 pg. List of previous lectures given on back cover. Available at Theosophical Society in America Archives, Records Series 5.