Inspiring Australians: Compelling New Book of Churchillian Proportions

Acclaimed author Dr Penelope Hanley has written a compelling book profiling some of the extraordinary Fellows who have become part of Churchill’s living legacy in Australia, to be launched this Saturday at NSW Parliament House by award-winning journalist and Churchill Fellow, Geraldine Doogue.

Inspiring Australians: The First Fifty Years of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, tells the story of some of the 4000 Churchill Fellows who have been awarded over the fifty year history of the Churchill Trust.

The introductory chapter has been written by Graham Freudenberg, the acknowledged expert on Churchill and Australia.

“A Churchill Fellowship is the research and travel opportunity of a lifetime, and serves to both improve both an individual and their community,” said Trust CEO, Paul Tys.

“The Trust was established after a groundswell of gratitude and remarkable generosity by Australians that followed after the death of Sir Winston Churchill. The Trust awards more than one hundred fellowships to Australians every year”.

“This book catalogues some of these extraordinary people and their achievements, to raise Australia’s awareness of the vast achievements and opportunities a Churchill Fellowship offers and continues to provide to our country.”

The book launch is the centrepiece of a wider celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

“This weekend a cross section of our most innovative and inspiring Fellows are converging on Sydney to take part in this National Convention of Churchill Fellows,” said Mr Tys.

From 9–11 October, Fellows are marking the Anniversary in Churchillian style. The activities include:

  • 9 October, 2-4pm, NSW Parliament House, Strangers Dining Room: Fellows in Conversation moderated by ABC Radio “Conversations” host Mr Richard Fidler, where some prominent Fellows reveal whattheir Fellowships have enabled them to achieve, how the knowledge gained through their research positioned them for success and why it continues to influence their ongoing aspirations.
  • 10 October, 3 – 4.30pm, Alexandria Fire and Rescue NSW Training Centre: An Emergency Services Demonstration will showcase Fellows research into difficult passenger extraction from cars, how to use search dogs to find survivors in building collapses, and what an evacuation of Sydney would look like.
  • 10 October, 6.30pm, NSW Parliament House, Strangers Dining Room: The official Convention Dinner, where renowned journalist and Churchill Fellow Geraldine Doogue will launch the book Inspiring Australians: The First Fifty Years of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

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