Oration Articles

Indigo – from the mountains to the river – influence your future

Nearly 40% of Indigo consists of young people aged under 30. Who are you, and how do you participate in the Indigo Shire? How do you see COVID-19 changing the way you live your life? What does the Australia you want look like? This is a call out to all individuals who live in Indigo … Continue reading Indigo – from the mountains to the river – influence your future

2020 Orator Announced

Former independent Member for Indi, academic and rural consultant, Cathy McGowan AO, will deliver the 2020 George Briscoe Kerferd Oration in July in Beechworth. Oration Chair, Karenne Thistleton, said she was delighted that Ms McGowan had agreed to deliver the Oration. “In 2006, Cathy delivered a very successful Oration which showed that communities could enrich … Continue reading 2020 Orator Announced

The Kerferd Oration 2003 – 2012

The George Briscoe Kerferd Oration was inaugurated in 2003 by the citizens of Beechworth to commemorate the sesquicentenary of the naming of their town. The purpose of the Kerferd Oration is to promote a culture of community discussion through sharing knowledge. The Oration brings to local people an emerging issue presented by an eminent speaker … Continue reading The Kerferd Oration 2003 – 2012

2017 / Barry Irvin AM 2017

Giant steps in the right direction This year's Kerferd Oration is to be delivered by Barry Irvin AM, the Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese. Barry Irvin has extensive experience in the dairy industry and has been Chairman of Bega Cheese since 2000. Under his leadership Bega Cheese has grown from a small regionally based dairy … Continue reading 2017 / Barry Irvin AM 2017

‘What would you celebrate about community?’

  BEECHWORTH’S Jane Fowler participates in many organisations, including Border Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support and the Film Society. In the third of a series of Kerferd Oration 2016 lead-in articles, she writes about what she believes her community can celebrate. I’D like to celebrate the richness and diversity of genuinely good people who live … Continue reading ‘What would you celebrate about community?’

Where do you connect with your community?’

STANLEY’S Maggy Tyrie has lived on three continents and admits that settling in to new places is never easy: cities and towns can be unfriendly. But Stanley and Beechworth were altogether different for the former museum curator. Maggy relates how she connects with her community in the second of a series of lead-in questions for … Continue reading Where do you connect with your community?’

‘How do you belong to your community?’

THE annual Kerferd oration will be delivered by author and social researcher Hugh Mackay in Beechworth on July 24. In the first of a series of lead-in articles, oration chairman Ian McKinlay asks: ‘How do you belong to your community?’ I HAVE "belonged" to the Beechworth community in many ways over 40 years. The first … Continue reading ‘How do you belong to your community?’

2016 / Hugh Mackay AO

What does it mean to truly belong? RENOWNED author and leading chronicler of Australia life Hugh Mackay will deliver the annual Kerferd Oration in Beechworth this year. Hugh Mackay AO is a social researcher and the author of 16 books, including the 2013 bestseller, The Good Life, sub-titled What makes a life worth living? His latest … Continue reading 2016 / Hugh Mackay AO

2015 / Simon Longstaff

  THE Ethics Centre's Simon Longstaff this morning delivered to a packed 450-plus audience in the north eastern Victorian town of Beechworth a provocative and powerful 2015 Kerferd Oration about Australia's 'invisible people'. Dr Longstaff drew on the 'fireside chat' broadcasts made by Australian politician and later statesman Robert Menzies in the midst of World War II to argue for … Continue reading 2015 / Simon Longstaff