OUS Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

 

Welcome to the web pages of the Oxford University Society in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Australia.

The Oxford University Society in the Australian Capital Territory was founded in 1959 with a committee of four. Regular meetings have been held since 1959. Colin Steele is the current Secretary, a position he has held since 1977. The ACT President is currently Professor John White, who received an Oxford University Society Distinguished Friend Award in 2007. Membership is largely drawn from academia and the Commonwealth public service.

There are currently two to three events held each year. Whether you are visiting temporarily, or a permanent Canberra resident, we encourage you to get in touch and come along. All are welcome.

Reception with The Hon. George Brandis KC

 

Date and time: Monday, November 28, 2022: 6-7.30pm
Venue: 68 Empire Circuit. Forrest. ACT
 

The Oxford and Cambridge University Societies ACT are delighted to invite members and their guests to a drinks and canapés end of year reception with guest speaker, the Hon. George Brandis, who will be reflecting on his time at Oxford and as Australian High Commissioner in London

George Brandis is a graduate of the University of Queensland and the University of Oxford (Magdalen College) and was a Senator for Queensland from 2000 – 2018. He served as a Minister in the Governments of John Howard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, was Australia’s 36th Attorney-General in the Abbott and Turnbull Governments and was also the Leader of the Government in the Senate under Prime Minister Turnbull. Among other Parliamentary roles, he was at various times the Chairman of the Senate Economics Committee, the Chairman of the Senate Privileges Committee, and the ranking Opposition member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

Upon retiring from Parliament in 2018, he became Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, serving for four years until May 2022. George Brandis joined ANU in June 2022 as a Professor in the Practice of National Security, Policy and Law, in a joint appointment with the National Security College and the ANU College of Law.

We are indebted to Cambridge Society Chair Harriet Elvin and Tony Hedley for making their house available for the event. Address: 68 Empire Circuit. Forrest. ACT. Please note it’s the house with the high hedge on the corner of Empire Circuit and Wilmot Crescent and that parking is available on both streets.

Please note that this event is restricted to 50 people, so do book early. Guests of members are welcome.  Cost $42 per person. Preferred method of payment is for payments to be made directly into the Oxford Society ACT account. Please contact ACT to book and you will be sent details for online payment. 

Those wishing to pay by cheque should be aware that the deadline for bookings is Monday 21 November. Contact ACT for payment details and the  address to which cheque payment should be sent. 

OXBRIDGE GARDEN PARTY 2022

The Oxford and Cambridge Societies of the ACT were delighted to hold an Oxbridge Garden Party, with champagne, soft drinks and canapes by the pool on Saturday 26 March 2022. Members were grateful to the chair Harriet Elvin and Tony Hedley for making their house available for the event.

OXBRIDGE GARDEN PARTY 2021

On 14 March 2021, the Oxford and Cambridge Societies of the ACT held an Oxbridge Garden Party, with champagne, soft drinks and canapes by the pool. Alumni were joined by the guest of honour, the British High Commissioner to Australia, Her Excellency Mrs Vicki Treadell CMG MVO.