Burgher Association in Australia
Subject: BURGHER ASSOCIATION (
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BURGHER ASSOCIATION (
On behalf of the Burgher Association in
60 years is a long time, and I can proudly say that as a migrant community, we had the vision to see the potential, that this wonderful country had to offer, and none more important than a fair go, and my pride extends to claim, that the Burghers have contributed their fair share, to the prosperous and harmonious society that we enjoy. Thank you
The pioneering efforts of migration of the Burghers, were helped along by many, including a number within our own community, and I will only mention just a few, to acknowledge these efforts. The late, unassuming Clifford de Zilva was one – you did not have to ask him for help he just did it when it was required. We then had the late Richard Don and the late George Jansz who in 1951 lobbied the Prime Minister and the Minister of Immigration at that time in Australia to reduce the minimum content of European ancestry required to qualify under the White Australia policy, and we believe it was a wise decision which has served well, the ethnic Burgher community as well as
It is my great pleasure, to announce that our Chief Guests this evening, were to be Doug and Eileen Fernando, who were among those pioneers in 1947, but they are unable to be present due to ill-health. Dorrit Blaze is the other Chief Guest who at 92 years young, is lovingly and widely acknowledged as the matriarch of the Burgher community. Doug and Eileen have been at the forefront of helping community organisations develop, and have also shown the way, for others to follow by their quiet, but purposeful determination to serve the community.
Dorrit and her late husband Benjamin ,whose centenary of birth is on 2nd June 2007 were at the forefront of founding, of various community organisations, and it is important to acknowledge the scheme, they put in place, with the help of the Council of Churches, to provide loans, to prospective migrant burghers, to pay for their passages to Australia. The reward they looked forward to, was to experience the relief, on the faces of those migrants, who made it to the shores of
I acknowledge the support and thank the Victorian Multicultural Commission, for the financial Grant, that was provided for the celebration of this event. The organisation of this gala night has rested on the shoulders of Inday and Henry Todd, who with their Committee, have produced what you have already seen, with more to come. I sincerely thank Inday & Henry, for their tireless work.
A heartfelt thanks to
The future is ours, and we can only reap what we sow, as we forge ahead. Lets get together, to recognise our planet, and its environment, and do what is needed to preserve it for our future generations, and be grateful, for the generations before us, who gave us a healthy and liveable environment.
Finally I would ask Dorrit Blaze and Inday and Henry Todd, to join me on stage, and receive our acknowledgement, for their labour of love.
I call on Mrs Dorrit Blaze who has requested to say a few words
Thank you Dorrit
I now kindly request the Honourable Minister to say a few words.