The Britain-Australia Society
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The Society Update
It has been a flurry of activity with our move to a new office and several terrific events as well as the start of academic entry for all of our Trusts.
An evening with the Deputy Mayor of Policing overlooking Tower Bridge from the penthouse Terrace Suite of Norton Rose Fulbright, a fascinating lecture on the art of the Royal Academy's Australia exhibition by the Australian curators, and a learned discussion about Arthur Phillip alongside Michael Pembroke's London launch of his new book on the Admiral are a few of our recent activities.
The reception in the opulent Speaker's Apartments and our Christmas Carols service at St Mary le Bow followed by Barry "Edna" Humphries' farewell show and reception in the Garrick Club brought the year to a tremendous end.
Many of our 65 boxes of files and papers still remain unopened (some with documents from 1936 or even before) as we settle into a new office.
The new year brings a huge programme of events, including the prestigious Arthur Phillip services mid-year to mark the 200th anniversary of the good Admiral's death.
On Monday the 27th of January the annual Arthur Phillip Service at St Mary le Bow and Luncheon in the Grocer's Hall kicked off the Arthur Phillip year most enjoyably.
The 2nd of February saw a celebration at Hartham Park, home of a good friend of Captain Cook. After dinner was a successful auction of generously donated items, from Grandfather Port to a Caribbean holiday.Proceeds are going to the Arthur Phillip Appeal. The Trust has already raised enough to cover the memorials so now we are pulling out all of the stops to generate the funds for the all-important bursary in Phillip's name.
February 24th is a book launch in the opulent Downer Room of Australia House of "Sheila" by Robert Wainwright. This is a story of an astounding woman who infiltrated British society and became its darling. The reception is kindly sponsored by Allen & Unwin with wines generously provided by George Vestey from The Lane winery.
The first of our Big Notice events is March 12th when 100 people will have the honour of attending a reception in the presence of our Patron Prince Philip. We are prioritising members for this event so do get your application in early! Website applications have filled so contact the office to see if there are still places or to get on the waiting-list.
Later in the year we plan to have a President's Dinner with Lord Carrington and our Vice-Presidents.
We have also added notable events to the calendar from our ever-increasing ranks of partner organisations.
All up a great year to be a member of The Britain-Australia Society!
The Britain Australia Society also administers seven other organisations, charities and trusts with bilateral interests:
- The Britain Australia Society Bicentennial Trust
- The Britain Australia Society Education Trust
- The Cook Society
- The Northcote Trust
- The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust
- The Friends of University of Melbourne Charitable Trust
- The Friends of University of Sydney Trust