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 sub-station fire in Kingsway severely hindered our activities as our building was evacuated on Wednesday and Thursday before Easter. The building is still on a generator and internet access is spotty as we play "catch-up" with the backlog of work. Please bear with us!
On April 20 we have a talk at the Reform Club and optional dinner.
May 13 is the Britain-Australia Society Lecture at the London Business School where we will hear from Paul Madden CMG, recent British High Commissioner to Australia, about his experiences there. Paul is an engaging and entertaining speaker and this will be a great evening.
Don't miss these films and concert:
° April 14 - London Premiere of Muriel Matters
° April 21 - "The Waler" - the moving story of Australia's war-horse
° May 11 - Daniel Koek (of Les Miserables) and Greta Bradman in concert
Please CHECK THE EVENTS PAGE for all of these!
April is dominated by ANZAC centenary commemorations. Our Executive Secretary, Alison, was successful in the ballot to attend the service in Gallipoli so we look forward to hearing her report.
Members may be interested to have a look at this ANZAC video:
MAY 20th is the deadline for the members' ballot for WIMBLEDON CENTRE COURT tickets. We have been allocated 3 pairs and you have to be a paid-up member to enter - good luck!
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!)
March saw a delightful evening with Menna Rawlings CMG, who is heading out to be the 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 :-)
Most recently 3 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.
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