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  • Australia Day Luncheon

    Friday, 17 January 2020

    Thank you, Yvonne, for your warm Welcome. I too pay my respects to the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, and to Elders, past, present and emerging of all the Aboriginal Nations of New South Wales. As Patron of the Australia...

  • Sydney Festival Reception

    Monday, 13 January 2020

    Welcome to Government House. Welcome to Gadigal Land. Welcome to Sydney Festival 2020. Welcome to the first of our receptions here at Government House this year. And Welcome to each and every one of you: artists and performers, local and...

  • Message - NSW Bushfires

    Tuesday, 7 January 2020

    It is difficult to express the deep concern, worry and sadness we all have for the tragic loss of lives, livelihoods, businesses and, in some cases, whole communities, caused by the bushfires that have been affecting our state for months...

  • New Year Message

    Monday, 30 December 2019

    As we see out 2019 and begin the first year of the new decade, we wish you all the very best for the New Year. It has been an honour to serve as your Governor over the past eight months and...

  • The Governor's 2019 Christmas Message

    Tuesday, 17 December 2019

    As we lead into Christmas, Dennis and I wish you every joy and happiness as you celebrate this festive season. This has been a difficult year for the people of New South Wales with the dual impacts of bushfire and drought....

  • Christmas Reception

    Wednesday, 11 December 2019

    Thank you, Uncle Allen, for your warm Welcome to Country. I pay my respects to the traditional owners of this land upon which Government House is situated, the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, and their Elders, past and present. New...

  • St James’ Church Sydney Bicentenary Commemoration Dinner

    Friday, 15 November 2019

    Thank you for your welcome. I am delighted to join you to celebrate the Bicentenary of St James’ Church. As we gather here ‘on country’ of the Gadigal, one of 29 Aboriginal groups of the Eora Nation, I pay my...

  • Royal Society of NSW and Four Academies Forum: Making SPACE for Australia

    Thursday, 7 November 2019

    Good morning, esteemed Fellows and Friends, I, too, pay my respects to our traditional owners and custodians of this land, the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past, present and emerging. As we know, and...

  • Patron's Address at RSL NSW Annual State Congress

    Monday, 28 October 2019

    I acknowledge the Wiradjuri people, the traditional owners of the land on which we gather and pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. The Wiradjuri have been custodians of this land of the three rivers for more than...

  • Opening of Indonesia Australia Business Summit - IA-CEPA: Capitalizing Partnership, Mutual Benefits

    Thursday, 19 September 2019

    I am honoured to be here to open the Indonesia Australia Business Summit. In the welcoming tradition of our traditional owners, the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, I extend a warm welcome to all delegates and I pay my respects...

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