London is the perfect place to start up a business or take on a new adventure. Australian Women London highlights entrepreneurial and creative Australian women in London.
A few week ago I was lucky enough to stumble across a group of women playing Australian rules football on Hackney Marshes, London. It prompted me to speak with Marianna Graham, from the South East London Giants, Adele McCormack, from the West London Wildcats and Lisa Wilson, from the Wimbledon Hawks and Head of Women’s Development for AFL Europe, about the phenomenal rise of women's Australian rules football in London.
It's almost summertime in London and I have already started celebrating the lighter evenings with a glass or two of a fine Australian wine in my East London garden. Given my penchant for a tipple from the homeland, you can imagine my joy to discover that the Australian Women in Wine Awards will be held in London later this year.
Earlier this week I met with the energetic and aptly named Buzz McCarthy in a South Kensington cafe to talk about the Australian Women's Club. Buzz is a dynamic expat Australian writer, Doctor of Psychoneurology, trainer and entrepreneur. She is full of energy and enthusiasm for Australia and London and is President of the Australian Women's Club In London.
Thrush tells of indigenous Australian men along with other indigenous people from Canada, the USA and New Zealand, speculating on their encounters by drawing on rich and varied materials. These travellers includ chiefs, explorers, athletes, royalty, performers and children. They came to London by invitation, or motivated by curiosity, or emboldened by a desire for a better deal, or by capture and imprisonment.
Jody and Chris tell an against-all-odds story of how Bush Heritage created a network of Australian conservation reserves the size of Southern England. The talk will also include a curated display of historical Australian artefacts from the RGS-IBG Collection including rare maps, journals and photographs.
Adelaide born Ivy Panesar grew up in the south of Adelaide, South Australia and spent two years in Sydney. Many people will know Panesar from her first creative incarnation as a pop singer where she performed under the name, Aleesha Rome, and sang the hit singles "Search My Heaven" and "One of Us Has Changed".
Australians can't hear the word "Aesop" without imagining soothing their hands with the most amazing creams and fragrances. The product names are delicious and delightful: Damascan Rose Facial Treatment, Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque, Geranium Leaf Hydrating Body Treatment to name a few.
As a customer, you know you are purchasing quality ingredients which are sourced in thoughtful and ethical ways and lovingly prepared. Hold a jar of jam in your hand and you see deep colours and real fruit. Flavours are embellished by the likes of cardamon, bay leaves, loganberries, rose geranium or lemon verbena: royalty spices and herbs in the condiment world.
It's always a great source of pride when you see Australian art exhibited in the UK. My own grandfather, Murray Griffin, was an Australian artist and I spent my formative years visiting galleries with him and learning about Australian art history. Now I can re-visit famous works from my youth at Trafalgar Square.
This crowd funded restaurant brings together cat enthusiasts and cats to create a quirky London experience. Don't expect eternal love from a fluffy kitten but, if you play your cards right, a hefty cat called Wookie may deign to pass your table.