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ACT Monaro Riverina Branch: AGM and Annual Lecture

26 August 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm AEST

In the interests of public safety, the 2020 Branch AGM and Annual Lecture will be by Zoom. All Branch members are warmly invited to attend.

The AGM of the ACT Monaro Riverina Branch of the AGHS will be held on Wednesday 26 August at 5.30 pm, prior to the 2020 Annual Lecture (see below).

The Zoom session opens at 5.15.  Members should sign in well ahead of 5.30pm.  Papers will be sent to all Branch members prior to the meeting and the Zoom link will be sent to those who have registered for the event.

5.15 pm Zoom session opens. Sign in using the link we will send you, and you will be admitted to Zoom from 5.15 pm. Please make sure you are signed inwell ahead of 5.30, the starting time for our AGM.
5.30 pm ACT Monaro Riverina Branch AGM
5.50 pm 2020 Branch Annual Lecture Interviews in the Time of COVID presented by Roslyn Burge. Those attending may ask questions or make comments using the Zoom Chat facility
7.00 pm Zoom session closes

Booking: There is no charge for either event but you must book on TryBooking. You will receive an acknowledgement email that includes the Zoom link.

A day or two before the event we will send a reminder email including the Zoom link to those who have registered. If you need any assistance with learning how to use Zoom.

please contact Nancy Clarke before the actual day: ring 6248 6549 or email

AGM 5.30 pm
A new Committee will be elected at the meeting, but office bearers will be elected by and from the Committee at the next Branch Committee meeting.

1. Attendance
2. Apologies
3. Minutes of the previous meeting (22 August 2019)
4. Chair’s report
5. Treasurer’s report
6. Election of Branch Committee
Branch Committee members are elected for a three-year term and are eligible for two further three-year terms.
Continuing Committee members: Bronwyn Blake, Anne Claoue-Long, Nancy Clarke, Greg Johnson, Erica Ryan.
Nominations have been received from:

  • Margaret Bourke (nominated Sue Byrne, seconded Kay Johnston)
  • Sue Cassidy (nominated Wendy Dodd, seconded Anne Claoue-Long)
  • Lynne Curran (nominated Margaret Bourke, seconded Kay Johnston)
  • Fleur Flanery (nominated Margaret Bourke, seconded Max Bourke)

7. Confirmation of Anne Claoue-Long as ACT State Representative on the AGHS National Management Committee.
Please support your hard-working Committee and attend this meeting.

Annual Lecture 5.50 pm – Interviews in the time of COVID* with Roslyn Burge
One of the ACT Monaro Riverina Branch’s contributions to the 40th Anniversary of the Australian Garden History Society was to commission oral historian Roslyn Burge to conduct interviews with Max Bourke AM, Cedric Bryant, Trisha Dixon and Lainie Lawson OAM for the National Oral History Collection. In different ways, Max, Cedric, Trisha and Lainie have contributed richly to our region and more widely, as well as to the Society. Their thoughtful recollections about Australian garden history and cultural landscapes, and reflections upon the role, scholarship and advocacy of the Society reach from the Branch’s boundaries to Britain, Belgium & beyond.

Half way through the process of conducting these interviews, COVID 19 struck, and Roslyn responded by moving from face to face interviews to using an online system to conduct the interviews with Lainie and Trisha.

Following the AGM, Roslyn will speak about the project, the process including the impact of the new medium for  conducting interviews, and the interviewees themselves. She will include audio extracts from their interviews.

Roslyn Burge is a Public Historian and oral history is a major focus of her practice. She recorded her first interview for the Society in 2003.

* with acknowledgments to Gabriel Garcia Marquez –Love in the Time of Cholera.


26 August 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
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