The Annual Meeting of the Central West Branch of the Australian Federation of Graduate Women was held last week with Jean Mary Fagan elected to the position of Acting President.
Vice Presidents are Marianne Payten and Anne Holloway while Dr. Lois Foster and Joan Hurst will share the Secretarial positions, and Sally Delaney is to continue as Treasurer.
The Branch Representative to AFGW NSW will be Anne Holloway .
The Barbara Wright Scholarship Committee will be Alison Biddulph, Cathy Starr and Lois Foster and the HSC Scholarship Committee will consist of Sue Brown, Sally Delaney and Anne Holloway.
Marianne Payten will coordinate the Raffles and Jenni Fagan will take on Publicity.
Following the AFGW NSW AGM to be held in Cowra on Saturday, October 28, a luncheon at 12pm for 12.30pm will be held at the Cowra Golf Club with the Guest Speaker being the well known journalist and author, Robert Macklin whose topic will be “Hamilton Hume - Our Greatest Explorer”.
Robert has written 28 books, both fiction and non fiction, and brings to life the drama of early exploration and settlement in NSW.
In his address Robert will reveal the character of Hume, who unlike many explorers, was born in NSW, where he honed the skills of bushman-ship, that were integral to his success as an explorer.
Possessing an understanding of the aboriginal people and a wonderful relationship with the Australian bush he was able to lead people from the cramped and unsavoury Sydney to find the new opportunities of the vast fertile plains to the west.
Robert believes that Hume’s contribution was the greatest of any of our explorers but it was overshadowed because Hume was Australian and not born in England.
In his talk Robert will uncover the achievements and bravery of this exceptional man.
Following the address Robert will be available to sign copies of his book.
This promises to be an interesting and most informative luncheon for everyone interested in the history of NSW.
The Central West Branch welcomes new members so anyone who is interested may contact Sally and join our Newsletter Subscriptions for $15.
Tickets for this event are available, at a cost of $45, by contacting Sally Delaney on 0413 274 472 before October 24.
All profit will go towards the HSC Scholarship for a female student from Cowra or Canowindra who sits for the HSC this year.