The Britain-Australia Society
Bringing together British and Australian individuals, advancing the relationship between both countries through mutual interests in commerce, public service, education, entertainment, culture and sport.Read about the Society
The Society Update
The Wimbledon Ballot has now been drawn - watch for the announcement of the lucky winners of our three pairs of Centre Court tickets!
Our ballot for tickets to the Ashes at Lord's is till ongoing until June 24th so be quick.
The High Commission Cricket Club plays a popular match on the beautiful village green at Sutton Veny on JUNE 14.
Bookings are open for the dinner in the exclusive Reform Club on June 29. This celebrates the South Australian connection of the Reform Club and our very special guest is the Premier of South Australia.
An elegant and exclusive opera evening is being held on July 25th at West Green House with the "Marriage of Figaro" and a 3-course picnic supper and drinks with the Australian owner of the house.
Please CHECK THE EVENTS PAGE for upcoming events as they are being added all of the time!
The "dn ʎɐʍ sıɥ⊥" Festival of Aus-NZ Art and Literature is up and running and the Tait Memorial Trust has some great events that you can see on our events pages.
It has, to make a British understatement, been quite a busy year. Much more to come!
Some past events this year...
May 13 was the Britain-Australia Society Lecture at the London Business School where we heard from Paul Madden CMG, recent British High Commissioner to Australia, about his experiences there. Paul is an engaging and entertaining speaker and the event was very much enjoyed by those attending. We were blessed by sunshine too so had drinks on the lawn in front of the impressive London Business School facade. A transcript of Paul's speech will be up on the website soon.
On May 11 Daniel Koek (of Les Miserables) launched his new CD "HiGH" in the Exhibition Hall of Australia House. The hall has never looked better, with dimmed chandeliers and coloured backlighting. Dan was accompanied by Adelaide school-friend Greta Bradman. A thoroughly enjoyable evening with a mix of pop and classical music by two very talented entertainers. Afterwards we had a cocktail reception and mingled with the stars.
Three dozen of us visited Chartwell where we had lunch with Sir Winston's great-grandson, Randolph Churchill and heard from Professor Carl Bridge about the relationship "Winnie" had with Australia. Carl also dispelled a few myths surrounding the ANZACs! Rain threatened in the early morning but gave way by 10:30 to a glorious day, exploring the nooks and crannies of the house and the extensive gardens in Spring blossom. A delight.
March saw a delightful evening with Menna Rawlings CMG, who is now the new UK High Commissioner to Australia. We gave her a "goody-bag" of treats to ease her way into Australian culture - though I'm not too sure the map of "Austria" will help much :-)
In January we hosted a reception for The Rt Hon William Hague MP so that the Society could present him with its award for his contribution to British-Australian relations and co-operation. The award was signed by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and by Lord Carrington, who presented it on behalf of the Society. A great evening all around and thanks to the High Commission for their contribution. It was made even better by the excellent Penfolds wines provided by Treasury Wine Estates, along with a superb tasting of premium wines (including 2009 Grange!)
The Britain Australia Society also administers seven other organisations, charities and trusts with bilateral interests:
- The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust
- The Cook Society
- The Northcote Trust
- The Admiral Phillip Memorial Trust
- The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust
- The Friends of University of Melbourne Charitable Trust
- The Friends of University of Sydney Trust