To Australia-Britain Society Members

Your President, Vice-President, and Treasurer are all members of the Loyal Societies Committee which arranges the annual Dinner in honour of the Monarch’s birthday or other significant occasion.

On Monday 12th September 2022, on behalf of our Australia-Britain Society members and as part of that Committee, we all attended Government House, Perth for a private signing of the Book of Condolence for Her late Majesty. This Loyal Societies committee also comprises “Australians for Constitutional Monarchy”, “The Cook Society”, “The Royal Overseas League” and “The Victoria League “.

On arrival, we were formally invited into a separate room for the signing where we were joined by His Excellency The Governor. After we had completed writing our condolences, the Governor then escorted our small group to Government House Ballroom, where the individual condolence books are being signed by members of the public. We viewed the many floral tributes placed around the gardens adjoining Government House Ballroom, and also the Governor pointed out the 70 years accession plaque which was placed on June 2 this year and is adjacent to the rose garden.

May her beloved Majesty Rest In Peace.

Madeleine McPherson, Kevan Barrett, Evelyn Barrett.


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Australia-Britain Society 2019 WAAPA Grant: $2500.00 awarded to Madeline Clouston, Bachelor of Performing Arts student to attend summer course at the Royal School of Dramatic Arts, London.

From Inside WAAPA Issue 53 Page 9 – A SCHOLARSHIP SECONDMENT 2018

Ffion Nutter, a 3rd Year Props and Scenery student, travelled to London in July for work experience as part of an Australia to Britain Secondment Scholarship. She was seconded to the internationally renowned Neal Scanlan Studios, working on an upcoming feature film for Lucasfilm, the entertainment company famous for its Stars Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.

Neal Scanlan is an Academy Award-winning British special effects artist and make-up artist, best known for his work on the Star Wars sequel trilogy and Anthology films.

Based at London’s famous Pinewood studios, Nutter writes:

“I have now been here for over two months and in that time I have learnt so much. I am working directly with Alan Murphy and Neal Scanlan who have so much to teach me.

We are currently making a series of puppets that involve using woodworking, soft fabrication, anamatronics, leather work, casting, and moulding techniques. There are so many different departments within CFX – it’s very much like theatre where everyone works together and communication is so important.

In England they have different names for the materials, so I have found myself a couple of times explaining what I’m looking for which has been funny. Already I’ve made a lot of friends and have discovered I’m not the only Aussie, as everyone has come from around the globe.

WAAPA has taught me about working under pressure in short time frames that has been very helpful, as well as problem-solving on the go. The Props and Scenery Lecturers have taught me so much so it’s great to be able to use all that knowledge and practical experience here in the UK. Soon all the puppets will be put together and I can’t wait to see them all being puppeteered and brought to life.”

The Australia to Britain Secondment Scholarship, offered by the Australia Britain Society, is open to an outstanding final year Bachelor of Performing Arts (Production and Design) or Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management) student undertaking further studies or a secondment in the United Kingdom.

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