Published 5th November on the Britain Australia Society National Website
It is with very heavy heart that we relate the news that the President of the West Country Branch of the Britain-Australia Society passed away in his sleep in the early hours of this morning.
Richard Pavitt was longstanding Chairman of that branch and more recently voted as its President. It has been by far the most dynamic of the branches, leading the way for the others, and that was entirely down to Richard’s enthusiasm, energy, commitment and persistence.
He had also been a Board Member of the Society and Trustee of the Britain-Australia Society Education Trust. For the latter organisation he was at the centre of the many wide-ranging commemorative events in July 2014 and the success of those was firmly a result of his contribution.
We will miss Richards guidance and friendship very much and pass our deep condolences to his wife Kay and their family.
Memorial stone in The Nave of Westminster Abbey.
The Dean and Chapter of the Abbey have attended the dedication of the memorial stone on Wednesday July 9th. One wreath was laid by HRH Prince Phillip. A second on behalf of the Fellowship of the First Fleet, Denis Smith, Vice President. The dedication was followed by a special reception adjacent to the Abbey.
As well as marking in stone Phillip’s place in history, it is our intention to create a lasting and living memorial by sponsoring bright and worthy students for higher education who in his name will enhance the exchange between Australia and Britain, two great nations with a shared heritage and unique links in the fields of law, science, commerce, sports and the arts.