Australia House
21st January

The theme chosen for the Gala Dinner was ‘Home Grown’, a celebration of Australia’s abundance of home grown produce that is as diverse as it is delicious.  Australia abounds with seafood that is plucked from the oceans surrounding its shores, and for fresh water crustacean such as the tiny and delicious marron.  It’s no wonder the Foundation asked Australia’s most famous ’home grown’ chef Maggie Beer to create a menu using Australian ingredients for the 2006 Gala Dinner.


HE Richard Alston, Baroness Greenfield, Maurice de Rohan, Lord Broers
Professor Lord Broers of Cambridge
Australian of the Year in the UK

Alec Broers is a distinguished Australian engineer and scientist who sees engineering and science as two sides of the same coin. With his international lifetime achievements in engineering and science, and his Reith Lectures last year, and his continuing links with Australia, Lord Broers was awarded the 2006 Australian of the Year in the UK award.

Alec Broers was educated at Geelong Grammar and the University of Melbourne where, in 1959, he graduated with a Science degree in physics and electronics. In 1962 he graduated in electrical sciences from the University of Cambridge, and in 1965 completed his PhD and Doctorate in Science.

In the same year, Alec Broers joined IBM in New York, working at the Thomas J Watson Research Centre, where he rose to the position of Manager of Advanced Technology. He was appointed an IBM Fellow in recognition of his outstanding technical contributions.

In 2005 Alec Broers recalled –

“I was drawn to Britain from the sunshine of Australia in 1959 because Britain led the world in making the best domestic electronics, especially the high fidelity sound systems that had fascinated me since I was a boy. I had formed a little company in Melbourne - today we would call it a start-up - that made hi-fi systems for rich farmers, and all the equipment that we used was British, including the electronic components, so my ambition was to come to England and work on their further development - but by the time I had finished my PhD in 1965 the excitement in electronics had moved to transistors and the newly emerging integrated circuits, and the most exciting research was being pursued in the laboratories of the large American technology companies”.

After nearly 20 years with IBM, Alec Broers returned to the University of Cambridge in 1984 as Professor of Electrical Engineering, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1986.

In 1990, Alec became Master of Churchill College and in 1992 Head of the University of Cambridge Engineering Department.

In 1996 Alec Broers was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and played a significant role in the University’s rise as a centre of excellence for high technology.

In 2001 Alec Broers became President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Britain’s most prestigious and premier engineering organisation.Alec Broers was knighted in 1998 and in 2004 Sir Alec Broers was granted a life peerage for services to education and engineering, and later in 2004, Baron Broers of Cambridge was appointed Chairman of the House of Lords’ Science and Technology Committee.

Alec Broers has maintained his Australian links, and regularly visits to deliver lectures, and to advise Government and business.

Last year, Lord Broers was invited to present the BBC’s prestigious Reith Lectures, and thereby joined a long and illustrious list of Reith Lecturers including Bertrand Russell, J K Galbraith and Jonathon Sacks and Edward Said. He is possibly the first Australian to be invited to deliver the Reith Lectures.

The series of 5 lectures, entitled, “The Triumph of Technology”, focussed on the integral place of technology in the society of the future.

Lord Broers said “I have chosen technology as the subject of my Reith Lectures because it is exciting and fast moving and because it shapes our lives. Technology provides the means for the third world to join the first world and, besides, if we do not understand it better we will fall behind in our own intellectual, social and material development.”


Baroness Greenfield, CBE
Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK

With her involvement in Australia, particularly over the past year, and her Australian-like approach to everything she does, the Australia Day Foundation believes that Baroness Greenfield is a fitting recipient of the 2006 Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK award.

Susan Greenfield was educated at Godolphin and Latymer School for Girls in London, and following her initial studies in Classics at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, she graduated with a BA in Experimental Psychology in 1973, and in 1977 a PhD in the Department of Pharmacology.

Susan Greenfield subsequently held research fellowships in the Department of Physiology, Oxford, the College de France, Paris, and NYU Medical Center, New York.

In 1985, she was appointed University Lecturer in Synaptic Pharmacology, and Fellow and Tutor in Medicine, Lincoln College, Oxford. During this time she held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute of Neuroscience at La Jolla, USA, and was the Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1996. In the same year Susan Greenfield was appointed Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford, and since then, she has been awarded some 28 Honorary Doctorates from British and foreign universities.

Susan Greenfield is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, and Honorary Fellow at St Hilda’s College,Oxford

In 1998 Professor Greenfield was appointed Director of The Royal Institution of Great Britain. The RI was founded 205 years ago and early lecturers were Humphrey Davy and Michael Faraday, and Susan is the first female Director in the RI’s history.

Professor Greenfield was awarded the CBE in 2000 and was granted a Life Peerage in 2001.

In 2000 Susan was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, and was President of the Classical Association in 2003-2004.

Baroness Greenfield recently led a Government task force investigating the problem of women in science, and for the past 5 years, she has been a Forum Fellow at the World Economic Conference at Davos.

In 2003 the French Government awarded Baroness Greenfield the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur, and in 2005 she was appointed Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University.

Baroness Greenfield is a distinguished scientist, broadcaster, writer and best selling author of “The Human Brain: A Guided Tour” and “Brain Story”. She has presented numerous TV and radio programmes, but is probably best known for “Brain Story”, a major six part series on the brain and mind, broadcast in July 2000 – her great skill is in communicating science to the community as well as her peers.

Baroness Greenfield’s engagement with Australia goes back a number of years – she has delivered lectures and conducted workshops at The Australian National University, the European-Australian Business Council, the Business Council of Australia, the Sydney Institute, The Australia-Britain Chamber of Commerce, the University of Sydney, the Centre for Independent Studies and the ABC.

In August 2005 during ‘Writers Week’ in Sydney Susan had a lively dialogue with Bob Carr, the former Premier of NSW, on ‘women in science and the brain’.

Baroness Greenfield’s most recent involvement with Australia has been as a ‘Thinker in Residence’ in South Australia, where she was charged with developing a strategy to re-ignite the public’s passion in the sciences. Her aim, to make science as appealing as sport and the arts – a challenge Susan embraced with typical vigour, even speaking at a pre AFL football match luncheon! In this role she initiated and implemented a range of initiatives including the establishment of the national Australian Science Media Centre, based on the successful Ri Media Centre in the UK. The Centre opened in August last year and aims to increase the degree and accuracy of reporting about science in the Australian media.

Baroness Greenfield arranged for a group of 10 Australian teenage students and their teachers to visit London in December 2005 to attend the Royal Institution’s Christmas lecture series, and enjoy a range of scientific and cultural experiences.


Shane Osborn
Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK
Michelin starred Australian chef Shane Osborn was awarded the first Young Australian Achiever of the Year  in the UK Award at the Australia Day Party in 2006.  He has been an extraordinarily success chef, and to have achieve two Michelin stars as such as young age is remarkable and the Australia Day Foundation considers him a most worthy recipient of the 2006 “Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK” Award.
Born and raised in Perth, renowned Australian Chef Shane Osborn has worked in Europe for the past 10 years, including a stint at a two Michelin starred restaurant in Courcheval, France. Shane further honed his skills in Sweden, before moving to London where he took up a position with Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing at L’Oranger, helping to win a Michelin star.
In 1997 he became Junior Sous Chef at The Square, a two-starred Michelin restaurant, before joining Pied à Terre in 1999 as head Chef. In January 2001, at age 29, Shane Osborn became the first Australian chef to attain the coveted Michelin status.
Shane has taken Pied à Terre from strength to strength, and having managed to retain the Restaurant’s first Michelin star, he then celebrated even greater success with a second in January 2003.
In November 2004 Pied à Terre was devastated by fire and closed for ten months. In that time Shane chose to broaden his culinary expertise through regular trips to Italy, France and Ireland, resulting in the creation of a number of new and exciting dishes on the Pied à Terre menu.
Shane Osborn’s first cookbook, “Starters: First Courses Easily Turned into Main Dishes” published in 2004, focuses on starters and snacks and attracted accolades from reviewers.
Pied à Terre re-opened in October 2005 to continuing high critical acclaim and glowing reviews.
From The Observer to The Independent and The Times… reviews of Shane Osborne and his creations at Pied à Terre appear to be universally glowing.
“Osborn can be hailed as one of the few chefs whose skills perfectly match his ambition. The cooking, and the thinking behind it, are assured, precise and confident, and the restaurant is now one of the most appealing in London”- wrote Terry Durack of The Independent in 2003.
Restaurant critic for Bloomberg News, Richard Vine writing in October 2005 nominated Pied à Terre as the best London Restaurant saying:
“Best Restaurant: Pied à Terre Chef Shane Osborn creates world- class dishes that are original and delightful. the tasting menu is sensational.” And clearly Shane is there for the long haul, saying in an interview with The Guardian in December 2005: “If you want two or three stars you should be in the kitchen every day. Your customers expect it. And, of course, you need to make sure your standards can be maintained dinner after dinner.”
So would he give it up? “No. Being a chef is like being a footballer”, he says.
“If you play football, you want to play in the Champions League. and that’s the equivalent of Michelin stars.”


Maurice de Rohan congratulates Maggie Beer
Maggie Beer

After a reception ‘Down Under’ guests were treated to a spectacular four course dinner designed by Barossa Valley’s renowned chef and food writer Maggie Beer. Maggie is an Australian icon and her Australian TV series, ‘The Cook and The Chef’ has been broadcast to a worldwide audience. 

Maggie designed the menu to incorporate premium ‘home grown’ Australian ingredients -Wagyu Beef from Big Jack’s Creek farm nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in New South Wales and fresh Marron from Kangaroo Island. Other ingredients included chestnuts from Victoria and Maggie’s signature Barossa verjuice.

To accompany this wonderful menu were premium Australian wines from Hardys Wines.

Maurice de Rohan thanked Maggie Beer for creating a memorable and authentic Australian feast.


Delta Goodrem
Delta Goodrem

Australia’s favourite singer/songwriter Delta Goodrem’s performance was received with rapturous applause.  Delta has been in the entertainment business since the age of 7 and her awards are too numerous to mention.  Internationally Delta has had three top ten singles and multiple platinum album sales in the UK. In 2005 she toured Australia with her first headline tour, the Visualise Tour, and at the Awards ceremony in October Delta scooped up three more ARIA’s.

After Delta’s show stopping solo performance, guests were treated to a medley of iconic Aussie songs including ‘I Still Call Australia Home’, I Am Australian’ and ‘Waltzing Matilda’.



Fellow Australians Tim Minchin and Chelsea Plumley joined Delta on stage.




Guests were entertained by Australian classical singers Imogen Roose and Adrian Dwyer accompanied by Benjamin Bayl on piano.

Imogen Roose was born in Adelaide and graduated from the Elder Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music (Performance).  Since her arrival in Britain Imogen has sung several roles for Grange Park Opera and Pimlico Opera – most recently Adina in Elixir of Love.

Melbourne born Adrian Dwyer is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio, London. Adrian has performed in Europe; the States and future projects include Royal Albert Hall and Cape Town Opera performances.

Benjamin Bayl is The Artistic Director of The Orchestra of the City. Benjamin work widely in the operatic sphere as an assistant and repetiteur at ROH Covent Garden, ENO, Opera North, Opera Holland Park, ETO and Buxton Festival.


The Atrium at ABN AMRO in the City of London
Australia Day Party sponsored by ABN AMRO

Everyone agreed that the Australia Day Party hosted by the Foundation in association with Australian Business was far and away the best Australia Day party in London! Sponsored by ABN AMRO, guests arrived to party in their stunning Atrium at 250 Bishopsgate – the perfect venue for an Aussie celebration.

After the reception, guests sat down to a delicious three-course dinner that included Australian lamb. Premium wines from Jacob’s Creek complemented the dinner.  
The host and star entertainer was the irrepressible Tim Minchin.
Tim’s performance was extraordinarily funny and the guests didn’t want him to leave the stage. His is a unique talent – he is a comedian, musician and actor and divides his time between Australia and London. In 2005 he won the Festival Director’s Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Perrier Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After a highly successful West-End debut early this year, Tim returns to the Edinburgh Festival this summer with his new show ‘So Rock’. So, don’t miss it!
The delightful, multi-talented Chelsea Plumley joined Tim on stage to discuss the meaning of Australia’s National Anthem lyrics. There was more from Chelsea and Tim to amuse the young Aussie partygoers. 
Since graduating from WA Academy of Performing Arts Chelsea has been carving out a career throughout Australia and abroad. Chelsea released her first solo album ‘Live & Luscious’ in 2004.
Tim enjoys a joke with Maurice de Rohan, Chairman of the Australia Day Foundation.
2006 AWARD  
Shane Osborn was the winner of the 2006 ‘Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK’ Award. Shane is the only Australian chef in the UK to win not one, but two Michelin stars and is head chef at Pied a Terre restaurant in London’s Charlotte Street. 
John Martin, Managing Director of ABN AMRO presented the Award.
After dinner, guests rocked until past midnight before heading home with their RM Williams T-shirt and Australian Geographic TWO-UP game.




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Tourism Australia

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