A UNIQUE CIVIC EVENT: Sunday 2 May, at 2pm
The Friends of the Auburn Tower Inc. presents 75 Years that Changed the World, to mark (belatedly) the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War 2. Originally planned for the anniversary of VP Day, it will now be held on the Sunday nearest to the anniversary of the implementation of the Treaty of San Francisco, which officially ended the War.
Thanks to generous sponsorship by the State Government and the City of Boroondara, this is a free event, but advance booking is recommended: www.trybooking.com/BOUUD . If you don’t have access to the Internet, please ask a friend to book for you. Tickets may be available at the door.
The programme will include musical items by Cathedral Brass Quintet; the Melbourne Chamber Choir; and organist Anthony Halliday.
The compère will be Kenneth Park. Interspersed between the musical items will be videotaped presentations by an ex-serviceman, a pre-war refugee and a post-war migrant, together with composer and Boroondara resident George Dreyfus, whose music will be featured. This is an event not to be missed, although edited highlights may be available online at a later date.
Servicemen from Auburn Church killed in WW2
As part of the research for the day, we are preparing a booklet telling the stories of the seven servicemen from Auburn who did not return, and who are honoured on the plaque on the south wall. There is uncertainty as to the identity of H Howard and F Watson. If anyone remembers these men, or knows of any descendants, please contact Philip Powell, 0422 312 088.
Previous Tower Open Days
The next Tower Open Day will be in the Spring 2021.
Our first public opening of the Tower for 2021 was a twilight affair, from 4pm on Sunday 28 March. The weather was perfect with a colourful sunset and an equinox full moon. 56 visitors climbed the Tower (including 9 children).
Sunday, 13 December 2020, (midday to 4pm). The Friends of the Auburn Tower Inc: auburntowerfriends.org.au held a successful Open Day. Due to COVID restrictions, numbers were limited to 120, and nearly every one of these places was taken up by members of the public keen to see what had been happening behind the scaffolding.
24 November 2019: Between 2pm and 6pm we welcomed over two dozen visitors – all of whom were climbing the Tower for the first time. This coincided with a concert of the combined Victoria Welsh Choir and Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir and, throughout the afternoon, sublime music floated around the Church and foyer and up through the stairwell.
7 April 2019 (2-4pm) when 33 people (23 adults and 10 children) went up the Tower
2 December 2018 (midday-4pm), 34 people went up the Tower
There are also panoramic photos taken from the Tower Viewing Deck on display at the 3rd level of the tower.
Coffee Morning Meetings
The next meeting at 10.15 am is on Thursday 6 May 2021.
Dr Shannon Woodcock will present 'From communist Romania to capitalist Gippsland'. Shannon's next book is about the history of Gunai Kurnai Country, now called Gippsland and the contrast between her study of every day life in communist Romania and Albania. See Coffee Morning Flyer
Coffee Morning Meetings are held 9 times a year on the first Thursday of the month: March-November.