Courtney Ireland: London and The Great Big Walk

Many Australian women seek work in the charity and philanthropic sectors here in the UK and London. Courtney Ireland is one such woman. Since moving to London and the UK she has built a great career and undertaken an epic challenge as part of The Great Big Walk - an idea from the Eden Project which saw 14 walkers cover 1,400 miles to shine a light on community projects across the UK.  

Dr Jody Gunn in London

Dr Jody Gunn is an Executive Manager of Bush Heritage Australia and she and her team have recently travelled to London to give a talk at the Royal Geographical Society along with the great-great-grandchild of Charles Darwin, Chris Darwin.  (Photo: Chris Darwin and Dr Jody Gunn at the Royal Geographical Society) 

Women's football 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.

Buzz McCarthy and the Australian Women's Club

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.

Indigenous 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. 

Bush Heritage in London

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.