Royal Overseas League celebrates Diamond Jubilee in Melbourne
Written by Jason Ronald, Australian and Victorian Chairman, Royal Overseas League   
Saturday, 25 February 2012

Image This is a report in the section on the Diamond Jubilee on the ACM site.

On the 6 February 2012 the Royal Over-Seas League Victorian Branch organised a Diamond Jubilee Dinner at the Hotel Windsor in Melbourne to honour Her Majesty the Queen. Over 150 people attended and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was experienced by all.


[Christine Thompson, Secretary to British Consul-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, former Governor-General, Jim Thompson, Lily Murray Secretary ROSL NSW]

  Two former Governors-General were present, Major-General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC and Rt Rev Dr Peter Hollingworth AC OBE with his wife Ann.


[Tony McNally, Councillor ROSL Victoria, Major-General Michael Jeffery, former Governor-General, Jason Ronald ROSL President Victoria, Stuart Gill, British Consul-General, Maggie Gill]

  Guests arrived in black tie and decorations at 7pm and following drinks were welcomed by Australian Chairman and Victorian President of the ROSL Jason Ronald OAM, who read a message from The Queen. Grace was delivered by Vice-President Jean Black and included the Jubilee Prayer commended for use by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.


[ Jean Black, ROSL VP Victoria,  Dr. Peter Hollingworth, Ann Hollingworth, Jason Ronald, The Hon. Dr. Kay Patterson, ROSL VP Victoria,  Major-General Michael Jeffery, Christine Chamberlain,ROSL Deputy President Victoria]

  Pianist Stefan Cassomenos was introduced and played magnificently some Chopin, Brahms and Rachmaninoff. The Loyal toast was proposed by Deputy President Christine Chamberlain.

President Jason Ronald introduced Major-General Michael Jeffery and referred to his forty years service in the Army followed by his Vice- Regal service in Western Australia and to the Commonwealth of Australia, he also thanked the former Governor-General for his patronage of the League throughout Australia.

General Jeffery spoke about the numerous times he had met the Queen beginning with his receiving his Military Cross from her at Buckingham Palace and the times he had enjoyed her company as Governor of Western Australia and subsequently as Governor-General. General Jeffery also spoke about the importance of the Australian Constitution and how vital it was for students to learn about it whilst at school.


                     [Pianist Stefan Cassomenos with ROSL member Yvonne Bills] 

  The Hon. Dr Kay Patterson ROSL Vice-President and former Commonwealth Government Minister expressed appreciation to General Jeffery for his address and spoke of the Executive Council meetings she had attended whilst General Jeffery was Governor-General. She supported his emphasis on the Constitution and encouraged all present to be well informed about our system of government. After another brilliant musical interlude from Stefan Cassomenos a special presentation was made to Secretary Coral Strahan for her twenty-one years of service to the Royal Over-Seas League in Victoria.

The Hotel Windsor served a delicious three course meal complimented by Rothbury Estate and McWilliams wines. The Dinner received coverage on page 3 of the Age on 3 February.

For information about the League telephone 03 9654 8338.