On 28 August 2021, the Society paid tribute to Ross Garnett’s sterling contribution as president for 17 of the society’s 27 years.
The event unfolded with informal precision to the delight of the 100 attendees. Life Member and renowned artist David Hinchliffe conducted the AGM in his inimitable style, describing NFDHS as “the best community-based historical society in Australia,”—or was that in the world?!
Next it was time to welcome the new president, Desley Garnett, then present Ross with a variety of gifts included a caricature of him and Desley painted by David Hinchliffe.
The audience viewed a video of Ross being interviewed about the highlights of his presidency, as well as a slideshow which paid tribute to the dozens upon dozens of volunteers over many years who have been the mainstay of society activities.
Local dignitaries adding their plaudits for Ross’s achievement included Grace Grace MLA, Councillor Vicki Howard, retired Senator Claire Moore, retired Councillor David Hinchliffe, and Past NFDHS President Maida Lilley.
In the courtyard all enjoyed a sit-down celebratory afternoon tea which included the cutting of the cake, followed by a group photo which included just about every person present. Playing the key role in planning this event was outgoing secretary Santina Musumeci, ably assisted by many others.
The afternoon was a fitting farewell to Ross’s presidency, and a warm welcome to Desley’s. Feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic.
You can sample the spirit of the event by viewing several videos at: