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[Australia]: Britain-Australia Society


Commonwealth of Australia
GA Member
Jul 2, 2018


The Britain-Australia Society exists to promote and maintain the rich relationship between Australia and the United Kingdom. Our members are individuals and corporations who are aligned with and support that objective. We do this by celebrating our shared history and furthering our longstanding cultural, educational, sporting and inter-governmental links. Our headquarters are in Australia House (High Commission of Australia) in London and we have branches in seven regions across the United Kingdom (Cambridge, Long Melford, Norwich, Spalding, Portsmouth, Leicester and Dorchester). The Britain-Australia Society works to connect its members across the United Kingdom through an active and varied events programme ranging from high-level networking opportunities in sought after locations, to briefings by leading experts on topical issues such as trade and defence policy. With exclusive access to many prestigious events and venues, and a diverse membership including some of the leading figures in Anglo-Australian relations, the Society is the organisation for individuals and companies who want to support the wide-ranging and modern relationship between the UK and Australia. The aims of the Britain-Australia Society are to:

  • Strengthen existing friendship between the United Kingdom and Australia
  • Promote educational exchanges
  • Arrange social events for members
  • Provide a point of contact for Australians visiting the United Kingdom
  • Maintain links with Australia
  • Be a forum for personal and professional development of talented youth
The Society grants an occasional Britain-Australia Society Award to recognise a person who has demonstrated a long-term contribution to relations between the United Kingdom and Australia. As a non-commercial society, administration and events are funded by membership subscriptions, management fees and corporate sponsors, including Australian Government agencies and businesses and organisations with an Australian interest in the United Kingdom or a British interest in Australia.




Patron of the Society

  • HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

President of the Society

  • Peter Carrington, 6th Baron Carrington

Vice Presidents of the Society

  • His Excellency Neal Blewett - High Commissioner for Australia (ex officio)
  • George Hobart-Hampden, 10th Earl of Buckinghamshire
  • Sir Roger Carrick
  • Sir Christopher Benson
  • Sir Brian Barder
  • Peter Benson
  • Rohan Courtney
  • Brian Harris
  • Michael Whalley
  • George Vestey

Honorary Vice Presidents of the Society

  • Patrick Pery, 6th Earl of Limerick
  • William Hague
  • June Mendoza
  • Barry Tuckwell
  • Dale Eaton

Board of Management

  • Damian Walsh - Chairman
  • Michael L'Estrange - Deputy High Commissioner (ex officio)
  • Joan Kirner - Agent-General for Victoria (ex officio)
  • Sir Charles Court - Agent-General for Western Australia (ex officio)
  • Elizabeth Ames
  • Keith Newton
  • Peter Sargent
  • Patricia Wadley
  • Edwin Wong




British-Australia Society Education Trust

The Britain-Australia Society Education Trust (BASET) helps deserving young people from Britain and Australia to develop through the power of learning and the opportunity to travel. BASET Award winners return to their home countries to inspire their contemporaries, pass on their newly acquired skills to colleagues and deepen the ties between our two nations.

Northcote Trust

The Northcote Trust awards scholarships to enable students normally resident in the UK to undertake a higher degree at an Australian university for up to three years. The Trust covers airfares, a stipend and all scholastic fees for up to 3 years.

Royal Flying Doctor Service - Friends in the United Kingdom

The Royal Flying Doctor Service – Friends in the United Kingdom was established as an initiative to mark the 70th Anniversary of the first Flying Doctor Flight. As Patron of The RFDS – Friends in the UK, HRH The Prince of Wales has generously supported this charity’s activities. The RFDS – Friends in the UK consists of trustees who raise funds in London, the proceeds of which go toward much-needed medical and aeromedical equipment.

Cook Society

The Cook Society was founded in 1969 on the initiative of Prime Ministers Sir Alec Douglas Home and Sir Robert Menzies, with the aim of promoting British-Australian relations at a high-ranking level. The Society has counterparts in the Australian States. Membership of The Cook Society in Britain is limited and by invitation only. Members represent a wide range of national interests, include senior business and professional people, academia, arts and representatives of government.