The President and Council are delighted to invite members and guests to take luncheon with the remarkable Lady (Primrose) Potter AC.

 Tuesday 19th March 2019

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Lady Potter AC is an extraordinary Australian who has led a long and fascinating life. She will share with us a glimpse of this as reflects on:

‘The people I have sat next to ........’

Lady Potter really needs no introduction. However, a good summary of the esteem in which she is held and of her contribution to Australian life is manifested in her recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1988, when she was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for ‘service to the arts and the community’ and subsequently in 2003 when she was promoted to Companion of the Order (AC) for ‘leadership and for encouragement of support for critical community growth through fundraising and philanthropy in the arts, sciences, education and social welfare’.

On a somewhat lighter, perhaps more personal, note well known columnist Laurence Money wrote warmly a few years ago:

“Over the years, Lady Potter has been described variously as "Australian society chieftain", "queen bee of the Melbourne and Sydney social set" and the "empress of her own social circle". But one suspects that those who bestowed those soubriquets never actually sat down to lunch with this octogenarian charmer. Here, across the table I find a warm and vibrant, impeccably dressed, handsome matriarch with a bright eye and a ready smile. There is no attitude, nor the slightest trace of ‘imperial’ snobbery.”Sydney Morning Herald

Lady Potter’s place is at the very pinnacle of the Australian arts, philanthropic and social arena. Her involvements over time have encompassed the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust; Bell Shakespeare Company; the Australian Ballet, Melba Foundation, Victorian Opera Company, Melbourne Opera, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Howard Florey Institute; Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; Burnett Institute, Ian Potter Museum of Art; and Ian Potter Foundation to name a few. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Australian Catholic University, and Monash University.

Please join her for luncheon.

WHAT:        3 course luncheon and all refreshments

WHERE:     The Angliss Restaurant*, 550 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

WHEN:       Tuesday 19th March 2019 - 12.00 noon for 12.30 pm

COST:        $60 per head, all inclusive.

RSVP:        by Thursday, 7th March 2019

* the Angliss Restaurant is located close to Southern Cross Station between King and Spencer Streets

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HM The Queen

HRH Princess Alexandra KG GCVO

Patron Victoria
The Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

Chairman Australia & President Victoria
Jason Ronald OAM

Branch Secretary
Ron Williamson