President's Report



High Commissioners Luncheon

The Development Project that the Victorian Branch had initiated received support from all Branches in Australia as well as the Golden Jubilee Trust at Headquarters. The provision of a Computer Laboratory for Selwyn College was seen as a most important addition to the school and therefore a most worthwhile project.

Christine Chamberlain and I travelled to Honiara and then thanks to the Australian High Commissioner Rod Brazier were taken in four wheel drives to the College some 2 hours away. The welcome was astounding with 1000 boarding students in the Chapel singing on what was a pleasant Wednesday morning. Speeches were made by the Principal David Vunagi, the Australian High Commissioner, The Archbishop George Takeli all thanking the League for our contribution. I spoke about the Project which started six years ago and also explained what the League was and what it involved itself with in the Commonwealth. Following this we adjourned to the Bindon Library for the opening of the Computer Laboratory. Lunch followed and then students performed magnificent dances representing the different provinces in the Solomon Islands. The British High Commissioner also attended. Gifts were presented to School Captains and Principal David wife Mary and then we departed. A wonderful day for the League assisting a country in our region making a difference.

65th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen

St. Paul’s Cathedral dedicated its Choral Evensong on Sunday 3 June to the 65th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Preacher was the Very Revd Dr. Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne and he spoke glowingly of the service given to the Commonwealth by Her Majesty since 1952. The choir sang the Anthem I was glad – Hubert Parry and the hymns were those used during the Coronation service. I was honoured to read the first lesson which was Proverbs 8 1-17.

The service finished with a resounding singing of God Save The Queen.

ROSL Bursary Winner

Melbourne Soprano and ROSL Bursary Winner Kate Amos and Bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes joined with the Welsh Male Choir for a winter concert of songs from the stage and screen on Saturday 23 June at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre. From all accounts a most successful and entertaining performance.

Watercolours by HRH The Prince of Wales; 10 August – 18 November 2018  NGA

An experienced watercolourist and passionate patron of the arts, the Prince of Wales [Prince Charles] has been painting for most of his adult life. To celebrate his 70th birthday, the National Gallery of Australia will display a selection of 30 artworks.  

It all started when a Mornington Peninsula resident Andrew Mackenzie OAM wrote to The Prince of Wales in April 2011 and offered to organise an exhibition of his watercolour works in Australia. After a series of correspondence, he received a positive response which spurred Andrew to successfully take the proposal to Allan Myers AC QC, Chair of National Gallery of Australia.  

Already this exhibition has generated a lot of interest, as this will be the first time in Australia that the public will have the opportunity to view the original watercolours of HRH The Prince of Wales, whose works follow in the footsteps of his Great Great Great Grandmother, Queen Victoria.  
Further details of the exhibition can be found at the National Gallery of Australia website: []


jason president


HM The Queen

HRH Princess Alexandra KG GCVO

Patron Victoria
The Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

Chairman Australia & President Victoria
Jason Ronald OAM

Branch Secretary
Ron Williamson