• President's Dinner 2014 with Lord Carrington, President of the Society

    President’s Dinner 2014 with Lord Carrington, President of the Society

    12th May 2014
    7:00pm to 10:30pm

    Join us for a magnificent event with a formal black-tie dinner in an awe-inspiring location and in the presence of a giant of British politics and kindly supported by The Commonwealth Bank

    In 1971 the Britain-Australia Society was founded on the shoulders of the Australia Club, which had united Australian and British politicians, diplomats and businessmen through the wartime years and beyond.

    The new club was the brainchild of Lord Carrington and was jointly founded by Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Sir Robert Menzies.

    The Right Honourable The Lord Carrington KG GCMG CH MC PC DL received the Military Cross for his part as a Grenadier Guard in the action at the “Bridge Too Far” at Nijmegen and served in the governments of Churchill, Eden, Macmillan, Douglas-Home, Heath and Thatcher. He was Defence Secretary under Edward Heath in the year that the Britain-Australia Society was formed and has in his time held office as Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, First Lord of the Admiralty, Leader of the House of Lords, Foreign Secretary and Secretary-General of NATO. Through his illustrious career it sometimes seems that there is hardly an event of the last century in which he has not had a role.

    We are most fortunate indeed that Lord Carrington has enthusiastically agreed to the idea of the President’s Dinner. As President, His Lordship remains an ardent fan of the Society and a keen supporter of strong British-Australian relations that he sees being as relevant today as ever.

    The function will be attended by a host of senior statesmen and diplomats, including the Acting High Commissioner for Australia, Mr Andrew Todd, and the High Commissioner for the UK in Australia, HE Paul Madden CMG, both of whom will speak on the modern relationship between Australia and Britain.

    The guest of honour is Lord Carrington, who was himself High Commissioner to Australia from 1956 to 1959.

    This will be an exclusive and significant event and numbers will be strictly limited.

    Our venue for the evening is the Great Chamber of the Charterhouse, an historic and iconic building.

    A Carthusian Monastery was established on this spot in 1371 and a colourful history (see this link) ensued.
    Framed by a magnificent painted fireplace and 17th century Flemish tapestries, this room, previously known as the Throne Room held the Court of both Queen Elizabeth the First and James the first. In 1603 more than eighty new knights were invested here.

    This will indeed be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we look forward to welcoming you.

    Dress: Black Tie with miniatures.



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