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Memento : Issue 21
14 memento september 2002 So far, audiences to our free talks in Canberra have heard from netballer Liz Ellis, composer Peter Sculthorpe, media personality Julie McCrossin, environmentalist Ian Kiernan, performer Karm Gilespie and gardening guru Mark Carmody. 'Passion alone will not get you to the top of your chosen sport -- it's what drives the determination, the guts and hard work that are also required.' This was how Liz Ellis explained her passion, dedication and drive for netball to a spellbound audience earlier this year. Australian composer and Living National Treasure, Peter Sculthorpe has a passion not only for music but also landscape. Irkanda I was the melody formed from his sketch of the contour of the Canberra skyline in 1955, and was his first piece to include musical representations of birdsong. Combining humour and conviction, Julie McCrossin talked about women's rights 100 years since the passing of the Act that gave most Australian women the vote. Despite the greater opportunities now open to women, Julie commented that for women to move ahead cultural changes were still needed both in public life and at home. Sport, music and poetry are just some of the personal passions that speakers in our 'Where's the Passion?' series have discussed this year. Opening time at the pub! Speakers show Our new Adelaide office was formally opened in April by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Alexander Downer. Located in the former Old Colonist Hotel, which was built in the 1880s, our new office has been extensively refurbished to provide state of the art research facilities. Speaking at the opening were (from left to right) Graham Hawker, our State Director in Adelaide, Minister Downer, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, our acting Director-General and Pat Sumerling, a local historian. The Minister's opening of our new premises continued a family tradition, as his father Sir Alexander Downer opened our former South Australian office in Collinswood in 1963. The doors of our new premises at 78 Angas St in the heart of Adelaide are open for business. plenty plenty Speakers show Peter Sculthorpe Liz Ellis Julie McCrossin