• Arthur Phillip Book Launch and Panel Discussion

    Arthur Phillip Book Launch and Panel Discussion

    1st October 2013
    6:00pm to 8:30pm

    This was a fascinating and enjoyable event.
    Michael Pembroke’s introductory speech can be seen here: MP_speech.

    The Hon. Justice James Spigelman, Chairman of the ABC, gave the address at the Australian launch of Michael Pembroke’s book, referring also to the Arthur Phillip Memorials project. Quadrant Magazine has kindly allowed us to publish a link to the speech here.

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    The Britain-Australia Society invites you to an Autumn Reception in the Exhibition Hall of the Australian High Commission with a Presentation & Book Launch, followed by a drinks reception. Michael Pembroke, will talk about his new book: “Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy”.

    The author will discuss his book and together with the distinguished panel will talk about Governor Arthur Phillip RN, who was described by former Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden as one of the most eminent men of the eighteenth century. Australian Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Todd will chair. The Panel will comprise eminent experts in their field:

    • Sir Christopher Benson DL, Chairman, The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust
    • Prof. Carl Bridge, Head, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College
    • Sir Roger Carrick KCMG LVO, Vice-President, Britain-Australia Society
    • Michael Pembroke, author and a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
    • Geoffrey Robertson QC, Head of Doughty Street Chambers

    Following the panel, there will be a
    wine reception
    and book-signing

    Please note:

    – Cook Society members and Britain-Australia Society members are welcome to book at the “Member” price of £20
    this event follows the AGM of the Britain-Australia Society but is a separate event. 

    On Arthur Phillip:
    Phillip was honest, brave, humane and kindly. He introduced the rule of law to New South Wales, established the first courts, granted the first pardons and emancipated the first convicts. He spared the lash and encouraged harmonious relations with the first inhabitants. To the Aborigines, he was a caring, thoughtful friend – a far better friend than some populist historians have allowed. He was an accomplished naval officer with an innate and well-tuned sense of fairness, and an aversion to injustice. And when famine threatened, he gave his private supplies to the general stocks and shared in the meagre ration. In the face of huge obstacles, Phillip laid the sure foundations of a modern, successful nation.



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