25th October 2019

The inaugural ‘Conversations at Government House’ took place on Friday, 25th October in the Government House Ballroom.

The forum welcomed revered stars of the screen and stage, Mr Nicholas Hammond and Ms Robyn Nevin to discuss the significance of telling Australian stories through artistic expression, and their distinguished careers in theatre, film and television.

  • Robyn Nevin is an Australian actress and director with a long standing association with the Sydney Theatre Company and currently stars in the ABC series Upper Middle Bogan.
    • Robyn delivered the Australia Day Address at the Conservatorium of Music on 21 January 2004. We encourage you to read the speech on the Australia Day website (external link)
  • Nicholas Hammond is an American-Australian actor and writer who is best known for his role as Friedrich von Trapp in the film The Sound of Music and has just recently returned from filming Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Government House thanks Ms Jerrie Demasi from Channel Nine for MC’ing the conversation, and Channel Nine’s production team for coordinating the AV.

Congratulations and thanks also to Ms Sarah Reed (3rd Year Musical Theatre student) and Mr Craig Dolton (Pianist and lecturer) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) for their talented musical contributions at the start of the night.

The Governor’s Priorities – Arts and cultural development

Advocating for the State as a rich and vibrant arts, cultural, educational and tourism destination is one of the Governor’s priorities.

‘Conversations at Government House’ will be an ongoing thought leadership series to facilitate discussion on a range of topics of community importance, with this first installment taking an arts and culture focus.

Members of the Government House Foundation enjoy exclusive access to Conversations at Government House and other member only events.

Register as a member to receive your invitation to the next Conversations at Government House! 

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The Governor and Ms Annus are committed to supporting organisations and activities which advance the objectives of those building the State’s future and seek to create opportunities to increase the use of Government House, Ballroom and Grounds as a facility to enhance this capacity.

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