With the Hon. Dr. Dean Brown AO at the Sturt Trust
t was a pleasure to spend time with former Premier (1993-1996) the Hon. Dr. Dean Brown AO and the Hon. Sir Eric Neal AC CVO FTSE HonFAIB, the Governor of South Australia 1996-2001, celebrating and commemorating the birthday of explorer Captain Charles Sturt at his former home 'Grange' in what is now the suburb of Grange in the Charles Sturt Council. With an inspiring speech by 'Sir Eric' which recalled the State's inspiring progressive ideals. South Australia being the first colony in Australia to grant voting rights to women in 1894, achieved 34 years before Britain granted her own female citizens the vote, and the elaboration that the colony also provided Aboriginal Australians the right to vote as early as 1856, the first colony to do so. As Board member of the Council for International Trade (CITCSA) and special guest to 'The Charles Sturt Memorial Museum Trust Incorporated', of which the Hon. Dean Brown is its Patron, I was particularly please to report the ongoing success of CITCSA to the former Liberal Premier who opened CITCSA in 1994.
Hereby being reminded of the ongoing perpetual development of this great State over successive generations in the spirit of the great explorer Charles Sturt.