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November 2020 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends,

Despite our new national lockdown, we have lots of exciting things for you this month. First, we have rescheduled our annual First Eight Lecture on the life of Prime Minister Alfred Deakin. This will now take place on Wednesday 11 November at 5.30pm. Once again we are very grateful to the High Commissioner of Australia, HE The Hon. George Brandis QC (who will introduce proceedings), and our sponsors the Commonwealth Bank. This event is free. If you have already registered, there is no need to do anything - you will be sent the relevant link the day before the event. If you haven't registered yet and would like to join, please email Marina at office@britain-australia.org.uk or click on the link below. This is the second lecture in this fascinating series. While we would all love to be together in the wonderful surrounds of Australia House, this year's First Eight Lecture can still be enjoyed - from the comfort of your living room! We were also delighted to learn that Dr Headon has just been announced as a nominee for Senior Australian of the Year 2021.

On the subject of Australian prime ministers past, our partners at the Menzies Australia Institute have kindly given us access to their fascinating webinar on new insights into the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam following the recent public release of the "Palace Letters" by the National Archives of Australia. This is available only on the members' section of our website. You will all recall the devastation to Australian wildlife wrought by the bushfires almost a year ago. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy, a charity partner of the Britain-Australia Society, is hosting an inspiring webinar event on Thursday 19 November at 5.30pm to which they have kindly invited all BAS members and friends. Please join Lizzy Crotty of the AWC in conversation with top field ecologist, Jamie Dunlop, for "A New Model for Wildlife Conservation". Booking is essential and places are limited. There is also a fun "lucky door" prize to be won on the night. And a big congratulations to all those lucky winners in our recent book draws. Winners have been notified and copies sent. We now have another wonderful offer just for BAS members and friends. With this latest lockdown requiring so many of us to work from or spend most of our time at home, Sydney-born, London-based fashion supremo and self-confessed "Jean Queen" Donna Ida Thornton has a very special treat to spruce up "Being at Home" wardrobes (and to help with Christmas shopping ideas...). Please read on for more details. Finally, congratulations to Qantas which celebrates its hundredth birthday this month! Best wishes Damian J. Walsh Chairman


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