WA Branch Social Calendar


You are invited to attend a function as a friend to meet our members before joining.

The Society hosts a variety of events based on the preferences of its members and consistent with its aims. You may prefer a traditional Sunday roast and chat with people who share your interests and humour; or lunches or morning teas with interesting guest speakers; or formal events such as the Queen’s Birthday celebration. We also celebrate traditional local events, the Melbourne Cup and Australia Day.  Where practicable, the Society joins with other organisations with similar values to attend each others functions as this offers a wider range of events to a broader range of members.

Event payments made payable to the Australia Britain Society WA,                                        PO Box 3044, YOKINE WA 6060


Traditional Sunday Roast Lunch – 3rd Sunday each month

Join members and friends at the Victoria League Rooms, 276 Onslow Road Shenton Park at 12 noon for a traditional 2 course roast lunch. The room has traditional British decor with Queen Victoria memorabilia, the meal is as you like it and in good company. Licensed. Cost $35. Reserve your seat at the Aus-Brit table by contacting Joy: 9349 1354

11th December 2018 Tuesday 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, doors open 10:30 am, includes morning tea. Xmas Sings! UWA Classic Voice Graduates. Cottesloe Civic Centre, 109 Broome Street, Cottesloe. $15.00. https://www.trybooking.com/XHJW

9th December 2018  Sunday 5:00 pm, Christmas Capers and Carols, Royal Schools Music Club (Inc), Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA. Visitors $20, pay at the door.

9th December 2018  Sunday 12:00noon, Victoria League Christmas Lunch, Cost $50.00 per head paid to Katie on the day.  Please advise Joy Ackland on 93491354 or email joymack1@bigpond.com by Thursday 6th December, 2018.

8th December 2018 Saturday, The Victoria League, 276 Onslow Road, Shenton Park. ENGLISH SUMMER AFTERNOON including High Tea, Entertainment by the Morris Dancers and music and song in true English style by David Grace. Tickets $35 each, please bring your friends. Bookings to Kevan Barrett on 9349 5043. Payments for Bookings: Send cheque payable to “Australia-Britain Society” to the Hon Secretary PO Box 3044 Yokine 6060 OR pay direct to any Bank: BSB 016 268 A/c 392 519 054 (include your name or phone no). RSVP ASAP

18th November 2018  Sunday 12:00noon, Victoria League Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding, Cost $35.00 per head paid to Katie on the day.  Please advise Joy Ackland on 93491354 or email joymack1@bigpond.com by Thursday 15th November, 2018.

13th November 2018 Tuesday 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, doors open 10:30 am, includes morning tea. Ronald Macqueen, Baritone. Cottesloe Civic Centre, 109 Broome Street, Cottesloe. $15.00. See https://www.trybooking.com/XHJI

11th November 2018 Sunday 5:00 pm, Darlington Piano Trio, Royal Schools Music Club (Inc), Eileen Joyce Studio, School of Music, UWA.  Visitors $20, pay at the door. AGM.

11th November 2018 Sunday 4:00 pm, Perth Concert Hall – Centenary Remembrance Concert, Fauré Requiem, bookings at Perth Concert Hall or online. This will be a performance that will move everyone present and help us mark the day with respect and gratitude.

6th November 2018 Tuesday 10:30am. RAAFA Memorial Estate. Melbourne Cup Lunch, $40 per person, Lunch, Race and Ladies Hat Parade. Complimentary glass of wine on arrival. Also purchase your Sweepstake Tickets, various prices, on arrival. For information and bookings ‘phone Kevan on 9349 5043.


25 October – 14 November 2018, British Film Festival, Palace Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge, Palace Raine Square Cinemas, Perth, Luna on SX, Fremantle, Windsor Cinema, Nedlands; see: https://britishfilmfestival.com.au/sessions/perth

21st October 2018  Sunday 12:00noon, Victoria League Roast Pork Dinner, Cost $35.00 per head paid to Katie on the day.

6th October 2018 Saturday 11:00am Brunch at BISTRO 21,  21 Ocean Road, South Fremantle.

20th September 2018, Monday afternoon – Visit to Timberside Villas, Woodvale,  for afternoon tea and tour. Talk by President Madeleine McPherson about the Australia-Britain Society and by Vice President Kevan Barrett about the Hundredth Anniversary of the British Suffragettes.

16th September 2018, Saturday – Victoria League Roast Lamb Dinner, 12 noon.

1st September 2018  Saturday 11:00am at Flame of Remembrance, State War Memorial, Kings Park, West Perth, 2018 MERDEKA COMMEMORATION SERVICE – Malayan Borneo Veterans &. Volunteers Group.

25th August 2018, Saturday. Annual General Meeting to be held at the Victoria League Rooms, commencing at 10:30am.  Light refreshments will be provided.

12th August 2018, Darwin N.T. Interstate final of the Plain English Speaking Award. The Australia Winner for 2018 was Justin Lai from Sydney Boys High School. WA was represented by Jemima Reid of Santa Maria College, she achieved Second Place.

4th August 2018, Saturday – Special Morning Tea for the presentation of the perpetual PESA Shield by the Very Reverend Dr John Shepherd AM to the Winner of the WA 2018 Plain English Speaking Award. Venue: The Royal Perth Golf Club, Labouchere Road, South Perth.

21st July 2018, Saturday –  Plain English Speaking Award State Final at Victoria League, Shenton Park.

7th July 2018 Saturday Brunch at “LITTLE WAY” Café. 161 Broadway Nedlands.  Time 11 am.

9th June 2018, Saturday, Plain English Speaking Award Heat. At Victoria League , 276 Onslow Road, Shenton Park – 09:30 am to mid-afternoon.

11th May 2018, Friday – Traditional 2 course Lunch of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding & a dessert, followed by a Talk on the History of The Regal Theatre, Subiaco, by Mr John Thornton. The RSL Conference Room, Level 3, 66 St George’s Terrace, Perth at 12:00 noon.

28th April 2018, Saturday – Queen’s Birthday Luncheon at The Victoria League, Shenton Park at 12 noon.

21st April 2018, Saturday – Birthday Celebration Dinner in honour of the 92nd Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Weld Club , 3 Barrack Street, Perth, commencing 5:30pm.

7th April 2018, Saturday – Get together brunch – Northlands Tavern, cnr. Amelia & Main Streets, Balcatta, 12 noon.

7th March 2018, Wednesday – Inaugural President’s Lunch, 12 noon, at Chez Pierre Restaurant, 131 Stirling Highway, Nedlands.

10th February 2018, Saturday  – Brunch at Como Hotel, cnr Canning Highway & South Terrace, Como.

26th January 2018, Friday – Australia Day Anniversary Members and Friends lunch, 11:30 am to 02:30 pm, at: Northlands Tavern, cnr. Amelia & Main Streets, Balcatta.


Monday 14th August 2017 PESA National Final Melbourne The WA State Winner Esther Nixon of Ursula Frayne Catholic College competed in the National Final in Melbourne.

Saturday 29th July 2017 – Plain English Speaking Award Presentation of the WA State Shield

Saturday 22nd July 2017 – Plain English Speaking Award State Final.

Saturday 10th June 2017 –  Plain English Speaking Award Semi Final        Parents, teachers, Society members and friends attended the Victoria League Rooms, Shenton Park, to hear the participants in the PESA public speaking competition for 15 to 18 year old students.  The first session commenced at 9.45am  and the second session commenced at 1pm.   The winner of th2016 PESA Shielde first PESA State Award in 1978, Leon Cohen from Scotch College, presented the Certificates.


The Australia-Britain Society Western Australia was proud to present the Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) again on its 40th Anniversary.
Since 1978, the Australia-Britain Foundation has sponsored the PESA public speaking competition open to senior secondary school students throughout Australia.  The program was created to encourage the best use of the English language in Australian schools. Thousands of young people who have participated in the competition have said it had been a valuable experience and a worthy mention in their résumé.
Aim of the Award                                                                                                                       The PESA recognises the key role of the spoken English Language as a link among Australians and as a medium for international communication and understanding. The primary aim of the Award is to encourage and maintain the best use of clear and effective English.
The Competition                                                                                                                         The competition is open to students from private and state schools aged 15 to 18 years who are Australian citizens and permanent residents. The student must present a prepared speech, an impromptu speech and be interviewed on stage.

The winner of the Australian National Final receives sponsorship from the Big Brother Movement (BBM) to enable them to represent Australia in the international Plain English Speaking competition conducted in London UK organised by the English Speaking Union.