Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir, AC Guest Speaker at end of session Formal Dinner
On Wednesday June 8 the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Marie Bashir, AC visited New College as Guest Speaker for the end of session Formal Dinner. During the dinner she was entertained by a Barbershop Sextet featuring James Waterhouse, Matthew Frazer, Lachlan Rogers, Jonathan Barnett, Andrew Ireland and Arend Boog who took the opportunity to farewell the College choir’s director Camilla Richards who will be going on exchange next session.
In her address the Governor talked about her background as a psychiatrist and professor in the field. She outlined the challenges of mental health and illness in youth and more broadly. She also spoke of her motivation to help the underprivileged and those in need and provided a brief overview of where her interests have led her over the course of her career.
Her Excellency took several questions from residents concerning the balancing of family and work, future developments in the Redfern area and the Governor’s opinions on whether or not Australia should become a republic. The Governor was warm, friendly and accessible to the more than 270 residents and invited guests. Her genuine interest in young people as the future of this country was evident in her generous manner towards students as she took questions and discussed issues after the dinner over tea and coffee. This is the second time that Her Excellency has attended a formal dinner at New College – we hope it won’t be the last!
To see photos please visit: End of Session Formal Dinner.