How do you celebrate 50 years?

That’s 50 years of dreams and bright ideas, learnt overseas and brought back home to change the way Australians live, work and play. That was the challenge set by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the hundreds of Churchill Fellows from around the country for the NSW Churchill Fellows Association who hosted the 2015 Churchill Fellows National Convention on 9 – 11 October 2015 in Sydney.

Twenty plus South Australian Fellows and partners joined the ABC’s Richard Fidler, of course a Fellow himself, at the NSW Parliament House to register and then hear the stories of six Fellows shared in interview as only Richard can.  Then came the official welcome at Government House which included a concert performed by Fellows followed by a roam around the absolutely unbelievable gardens looking out over Sydney Harbor, the Harbor Bridge and Opera House. Fellowship Sydney style.

Day two was packed with a smorgasbord of presentations by Fellows across the city but the highlight for South Australians was to hear our very own

Ian Tolley and Pam Freeman, and also our adopted NZ Fellow Euan Miller’s interesting and entertaining showcases of Churchillian Fellowship brilliance.

Time then to glam up for the Gala Convention where the launch of the official 50th anniversary book ‘Inspiring Australian: The First Fifty Years of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust’ was launched by Fellow Geraldine Doogue. More displays, demonstrations and activities of car rescues, drones, helicopter abseiling, search dogs, zoo birds, and so much chatting over copious coffees and cakes, wining and dining and completed in quiet contemplation with the Evensong Service at the George Street Christ Church.  

2017 — get ready for the ACT’s turn.