Ring - Pres. Carole Morris on 0403 864 567 or VP Keith Shackley - 0421 336 393
Southport Yacht Club, Seaworld Dr., Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
We meet from 5:30 pm at the Southport Yacht Club. Join us for drinks or supper or both!
The Australian-American Association was founded in Sydney, NSW in 1936 by Sir Ernest White, a Veteran of World War I. By June 1938, there were 4,000 members in New South Wales and by the end of WW II every major city in each State of Australia had a Division of the Association.
Since then, Divisions have been formed in Darwin, Alice Springs, Townsville, Launceston, Wagga Wagga and the Gold Coast.
The inaugural meeting of the Gold Coast Division was held on 10 July, 1984. At that meeting the Division’s Constitution, which was written by Sir Reginald Scholl, was adopted and Sir William McMahon was elected President.
The objectives of the Australian-American Association are: . To develop and maintain friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation between the people and governments of Australia and the United States of America. . To contribute to a better understanding by the Australian public of American affairs and points of view and informing the Australian public in those matters. . To attract membership of citizens and corporate bodies of both nations who will contribute to the furtherance of practical cooperation and mutual understanding. . To extend fellowship and hospitality to American visitors, especially those representing their Government and Armed Service, as well as to representatives of commercial, industrial, educational and philanthropic organisations and affording them facilities for gaining an intimate knowledge of Australia and the Australian way of life.
1. Launching the Sister City Movement in Australia. While not so active these days, the links established years ago are still in place. Fort Lauderdale, Florida is Sister City to the Gold Coast
2. Launching the American Field Scholarship student exchange program in Australia. There are many student exchange programs now, mostly based on the principles established by the original AFS.
3. Commemorating the Battle of the Coral Sea each year with special events hosted by each Division around Australia. This was the definitive battle for Australia during World War II and as such should be remembered through the coming years.
4. Financing a permanent exhibit at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to Commemorate the Battle of the Coral Sea. The exhibit takes the form of a panoramic view of the battle as seen from the Bridge of a carrier
5. Major sponsor to the Centaur Memorial fund. This fund commemorates the sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur by the Japanese in May 1943. Of the ship’s compliment of 343, only 30 crew and 34 passengers survived. Sister Ellen Savage was the only nurse to survive.
We have never forgotten those who offered the ultimate sacrifice for the Freedoms we enjoy today. That written, our Association is the jumping point for those new to the Gold Coast, those interested in US/Australian affairs and others looking for good social interaction and fun!
Just click on the SIGN UP button and send us an email or CONTACT US as below!
Our Committee and membership invite you to our mothly Meet and Greet on the 4th Wednesday of every month 2022 at 6 pm at the Southport Yacht Club. Details to: email@example.com or President Carole Morris for details on 0403 864 567.
P O Box 504, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218, Australia