Canberra - Oxbridge Garden Party with Guest Speaker

Canberra - Oxbridge Garden Party with Guest Speaker

Canberra - Oxbridge Garden Party with Guest Speaker
Sunday 16 April 2023, 3.00pm to 4.30pm AEST
Sunday 16 April 2023, 3.00pm to 4.30pm AEST
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Hosted by the Cambridge Society (ACT Branch)
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Join the Cambridge Society (ACT Branch) for their autumn garden party for members and their guests. There will be champagne, soft drinks and canapes by the pool!

Our guest speaker at this event will be Professor Matt Qvortrup, who is currently a visiting professor at the ANU College of Law.  Matt earned his doctorate in politics from Brasenose College, Oxford and is an internationally recognised political scientist with a strong presence in the world of practice – in politics, diplomacy and in the media.  Described by the BBC as “the world’s leading expert on referendums”, he has specialised in comparative politics and is the author of a critically acclaimed biography of Angela Merkel. 

Matt will talk about his journey from Brasenose College to Bougainville in Papua New Guinea and on his career as an international advisor.  Mixing anecdotes about, among others, Sir Isaiah Berlin and Mark Carney, with details from his new book I Want To Break Free: A Practical Guide to Making a New Country, Matt will reflect on chance encounters that led to unexpected things.

Booking information

Preferred payment for you and your guests is for payments to be made directly into the Oxford Society ACT account : NAB :  BSB 082 902, account 515068960.  Please provide your name as the reference.  Could you also please let Oxford Society Treasurer, Jim Windeyer, know the names of your guests at

If you are unable to use NAB online and wish to pay by cheque, please send the cheque in good time because of postal delays.  The cheque should be made out to the Oxford Society ACT and sent to Jim Windeyer, 50 Golden Grove, Red Hill, ACT 2603.  

Payments must be made in advance, with the cut-off for bookings on 3 April 2023 so that the caterers can be advised of final numbers before the Easter break.

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$40 for adults, $15 for children under 16

Booking for this event will close on Monday 3 April 2023, 12.00am BST.

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Harriet Elvin
Location information: 

Venue: 68 Empire Circuit, Forrest, ACT, has a high hedge and is on the corner of Empire Circuit and Wilmot Crescent  

Parking: On Empire Circuit (preferably) or Wilmot Crescent (the driveway to the house has entrances on both streets)


Please note: There are three steps down to the pool area, and there is some uneven ground around the pool