Australiana Society Annual Report, Jim Bertouch & George Lawrence

Vol 39 no 3, Aug 2017
Article from Vol 39 no 3, Aug 2017

Australiana Society Annual Report, Jim Bertouch & George Lawrence


Over the last 12 months the Society has continued to grow and flourish in more ways than one. I am very pleased to report that the Tasmanian Chapter of the Society is now off and running, having had a very successful opening at Runnymede, in Hobart, last November. Tasmanian Chair Colin Thomas had invited the Honourable Vanessa Goodwin MLC, Tasmanian Minister for the Arts, to launch proceedings and, as Warwick Oakman wrote in the February issue of Australiana, she made an excellent and enthusiastic speech, which really set the tone for the evening. More than 30 people came along and were entertained with excellent Tasmanian produce and wine in the grounds of Runnymede.

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The Australiana Society acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples – the First Australians – as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.