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Hinkler Ring and Memorial Monument unveiling on Mt Pratomagno
On Sunday 2 August Ambassador Mike Rann will officiate the unveiling of a new Memorial Monument - and part of the Italian Alpine Club Arezzo Branch’s 8.4km trekking path to be called ‘the Hinkler Ring’ - to world-renowned Australian pioneer aviator Bert Hinkler. The unveiling will take place at the actual crash site on Mt Pratomagno of his untimely death on 7 January 1933. His body was rediscovered on 27 April 1933 by carbon collector Mr Gino Tocchioni. He is buried in Florence.
Amongst other great flights in his career after WWI, Hinkler was the first man to fly solo from England to Australia in 1928 and the first man to fly across the South Atlantic in 1931. Hinkler served as a fighter pilot with RAF 28 Squadron in northern Italy in 1918. He served proudly alongside his Italian and French compatriots to restore and maintain Italy’s territorial integrity in the aftermath of the 1917 Battle of Caporetto.
The Memorial Monument will commemorate Bert Hinkler, and also the three WWI Allies of Italy, Great Britain and Australia coming together again after 100 years to honour Hinkler and other WWI compatriots who fought for peace in the Great War.
The Province of Arezzo and the British Embassy in Rome will also be represented, together with representatives of the Queensland Government and the Royal Australian Air Force. Wreaths will be laid at the Memorial Monument. A stainless steel time capsule is to be sealed in the Memorial Monument’s base carrying a message from Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, and Queensland Premier, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP to be opened in 100 years. It also carries a slate tile and three nails from the roof of his home in which he planned his world famous flights.
The Arezzo Aero Club has agreed to perform a flypast of four light aircrafts over the summit of Mt Pratomagno in tribute to Hinkler’s great contribution to the development of aviation.
Senator Hon George Brandis in Rome
Senator Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, visited Italy to officially open the new Denton Corker Marshall designed Australian Pavilion in Venice’s Biennale on 5 May 2015.
Senator Brandis also signed a new cultural protocol with Italy to support increased engagement in the arts, heritage and cultural sectors. This agreement was signed at a meeting with Mr Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister for Culture and Tourism.
Launch of Italian Alumni Honour Roll
The Australian Embassy and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) are pleased to launch the Italian Alumni Honour Roll to recognise the achievements of Italian alumni who have studied in Australia and the important contribution they have made to strengthening the ties between our two countries. Australia greatly values the significant contribution our international alumni make to our community, our bilateral relations and our people-to-people linkages. The honour roll contains a collection of interviews with talented Italian alumni, to recognise their achievements and to share their experiences.
Death of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser
Former Australian Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, passed away on 20 March, aged 84. He was Prime Minister from 1975 to 1983. Current Prime Minister Tony Abbott has issued a press release outlining Malcolm Fraser’s contribution to Australia.
Direct Aid Program in Albania
The Australian Embassy has funded three important projects in Albania, through its 2014-15 Direct Aid Program, to promote Roma identity, empower vulnerable women, alleviate poverty and promote gender equality.Read more...
Ambassador's Twitter Account
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"A Century of Sacrifice"
Read an article by Ambassador Rann, "A Century of Sacrifice", on the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of World War I.
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