Future Events

Sunday 23rd July 12.30 pm

In lieu of an evening meeting mid-winter, we will gather together for lunch at the Torrens Arms Hotel (some will remember we met there for St Piran’s Day last year). Please contact Margaret Johnson or the Secretary with numbers attending.

Tuesday 15th August 7.30 pm Rosefield.

Annual General Meeting, followed by Matt Curnow, who will tell us about ‘The Green man’ – come along to find out more!

Please give some thought to nominations, and possibly joining the Committee. Most of the current committee have been “on the job” for many years now, and one or two have indicated a preference to ‘retire’ before long! Some ‘new blood’ is always welcomed, and it is healthy for any organisation to have new ideas and perspectives. It is YOUR Association, not just for the current members of the Committee!


Past Events

Tuesday 18th April

TV reporter Sarah Hancock (our Treasurer, Diana Hancock’s granddaughter) proved to be an interesting and entertaining speaker, outlining her background and experiences in television journalism in places as far apart as Whyalla and Manchester. While the audience was disappointingly small, there were more questions and comments after the talk than we have had for quite a while.

Sunday 5th March

The association was invited to join Branch members for a ‘pasty picnic lunch’ in Queen’s Square, Moonta on St Piran’s Day. An enjoyable gathering with lovely local pasties.

Sunday 12th February

An enjoyable picnic lunch at Peter and Carlene Woolcock’s, 10 Belmont St, Lower Mitcham.

Sunday 11th December

Our annual Christmas concert by the association choir took place at Marion Uniting Church and was followed by a seasonal afternoon tea. This was once of the best attended concerts to date and show varied and interesting repertoire of the choir.

Tuesday 15th November

Professor Philip Payton spoke about the Poet Laureate John Betjeman. Born in 1906 in Highgate, London John Betjeman was the son of a cabinet maker. He was educated at Marlborough and at Magdalen College, Oxford, although he did not complete his degree course.

Throughout his childhood, the family went for holidays to Trebetherick near Polzeath in Cornwall, where his father owned a number of properties. These seem to have been happy days and Betjeman’s long love affair with Cornwall is reflected in much of his poetry such as “Seaside Golf”. He also describes his childhood memories of the county in “Summoned by Bells”, his blank verse autobiography.

He died in 1984 aged 77at his home in Trebetherick. He was buried at St Enodoc church near Rock.

This was another enjoyable evening in the company of Philip who’s book John Betjeman and Cornwall : “The Celebrated Cornish Nationalist” detail more of John’s connection to Cornwall.

Tuesday 18th October

Adelaidean Henry Hancock spoke of his experience taking part in the 2016 Sydney-Hobart yacht race.The 628 nautical mile course of the Sydney – Hobart is often described as the most gruelling long ocean race in the world, a challenge to everyone who takes part. Henry also discussed his background in yacht racing and how he got involved at a young age. A very interesting and enjoyable evening.

Tuesday 20th September

Baden Teague spoke about his family background and his new family history book “Baymeryl: a biography of an Australian family, 1825-2005” , including Cornish families such as the Teagues, Chapmans and Dangars.

Tuesday 16th August – AGM

Despite editorial comment in the last newsletter about committee membership, there was still only one nomination for each of the office-bearers, so all re-elected unopposed. In one way, this is a vote of confidence in the committee, but we have now had the same president and secretary for 13 years, and treasurer for 26 years! It was, however, pleasing to have Margaret Curnow accept nomination to join the committee, and indication that one or two others might consider nomination next year.

Certificates of Honorary Life Membership were presented to Margaret Johnson and Diana Hancock, in recognition of their significant contribution to our Association.

Acknowledgement was also made of Colin Gray, who has been our Auditor for several years but has indicated this was his last year.

Matt Curnow shared some interesting information gleaned from newsletters received from other Cornish Associations around Australia and overseas – many have hyperlinks to more detailed information than appears in print.

Sunday 17th July – Cummins House

A Tour of Cummins House, with afternoon tea. A small group had an enjoyable afternoon, with a guided tour of this historic house, followed by afternoon tea and a chance to explore the gardens. Thanks to Margaret Johnson for organising this event.

Tuesday 21st June – Pasty Tea

On Tuesday 21st June we had an enjoyable evening with home-made soup, and pasties, followed by singing of Cornish songs (including some ‘new’ ones!) Thanks to Margaret Johnson and Carlene Woolcock, for the soup.