BritOz Event


    12th October 2018
    10:30am to 3:00pm

    The West Country Branch of the Britain-Australia Society invites you to the

    The service is free to attend. It will be followed by a reception and lunch at the Bailbrook Hotel, Bathampton.

    This year marks 231st year since the departure of the first fleet, and the founding of modern Australia by Admiral Arthur Phillip. Phillip led the fleet and became the first Governor of what was then the colony of New South Wales. He later returned to England and lived in Bath, where he died in 1814 and is buried at the church of St Nicholas, Bathampton.

    The branch is again proud to host a memorial church service and lunch to commemorate the great achievements and life of this remarkable man.

    Guest Speaker will be Dr Ian Henderson from the Menzies Australia Institute at Kings College, London, He will speak about his research on Indigenous Education in Australia and in particular, the impact of Admiral Phillip and his spearing at Manly in September 1790 which was a highly significant moment in the ongoing collision of British and Indigenous Australian ways of knowing. He will also discuss the changes represented by the recent ‘rebirth’ of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies (which opened 35 years ago) as the Menzies Australia Institute in King’s College London’s School of Global Affairs.

    Dr Ian Henderson is Director of the Menzies Australia Institute, King’s College London, and a Senior Lecturer in Australian Studies in the College’s Department of English. His research rests at the interface of Anglo-European and First Nations Australian ways of knowing, showing how disciplines like Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology and even English Literary Studies were forged over a set of since-discredited theories about the ‘mental lives’ of Australian First Nations peoples, and exploring the vast potential for innovative thinking and structural reform in Higher Education enabled by engaging with the expertise of First Nations Australians.

    Invited guests this year include His Excellency the Hon George Brandis QC, Australian High Commissioner, The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath, The National Society Vice-President, Sir Roger Carrick KCMG LVO, and The National Society Chairman Peter Benson OAM.

    The day will start with tea and coffee at the St Nicholas church hall, Bathampton at 10.30 am followed by the 11.00 am commemorative church service. Guests will then travel the short distance to the Bailbrook House Hotel for a reception with Mayor of Bath starting at 12.15pm followed by Lunch and Dr Henderson’s Presentation.

    The day will finish around 3.00pm.
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