HE DH Lawrence Society of Australia had much to celebrate
on Sunday May 27in the Rose Garden Pavilion in Sydney's
Royal Botanic Gardens.
of all it was the 90th anniversary of the arrival
in Sydney of Lawrence and Frieda.
it was the 20th anniversary of the founding of the
DH Lawrence Society of Australia - in the Rose Garden
Pavilion in 1992.
anniversary cake was cut by outgoing President John
Lacey, and in-coming President Rob Darroch offered
a toast to DH Lawrence. Those present - more than
20 Lawrence "fans" - raised their glasses
to the toast.
Garry Shead, a patron of the Society, drew a special
sketch of the occasion (see picture, right).
AGM was then held where John Lacey expressed his regrets
in having to resign due to continuous ill-health and
Sandra Darroch thanked him for his 13 years of presidency,
during which he took the Society on annual Harboor
cruises on the historic VIP steam yacht, Lady Hopetoun,
and a number of memorable steam train trips to Thirroul
and other places of Lawrentian interest (see John
Lacey's speech, page 2).
President, John Lacey, cutting the Anniversary
cake with Garry Shead and new committee member,
Robert Whitelaw, looking on
was elected the new President and Robert Whitelaw
was elected to join the committee. Sandra Darroch
remains Secretary and editor and publisher of Rananim,
and Clif Barker, who was away in Berlin, stays on
Darroch, on behalf of Treasurer Clif Barker, reported
that the Society's finances were in good shape and
that future talks and other events would be organised.
She called for donations to help the Society, and
Cerridwen Lee generously made a contribution.
Shead's drawing of the
event, depicting Sandra
& Rob Darroch & John Lacey,
with Paul Delprat and a
kangaroo behind them
a reading of the five entries in our Literary Competition
to write the Missing Chapter that was excised from
he wrote Kangaroo.
Rob Douglass was unfortunately away and unable to
read his entry, titled "Chinatown", about
an intriguing encounter Lawrence had with some mysterious
Chinese during a trip up to Sydney from Thirroul.
Rob Darroch read it on Rob Douglass's behalf.
Sandra Darroch read her entry titled "Batten
Down the Hatches" in which she told of how she
had come upon the missing chapter which had been excised
by Frieda because she was angry at what Lawrence had
written about her in the chapter.
to be read was Lindsay Foyle's evocative chapter about
Lawrence's visit to Sydney and a meeting with the
family of Norman Lindsay.
was "Daemon", Rob Darroch's deeply-researched
analysis of the correspondence Lawrence had recently
received from England at the time of writing the missing
chapter, and the influence one of the letters had
had on him and the excised chapter.
Paul Delprat told of how Lawrence met Paul's ancestor,
the artist Julian Ashton. He illustrated his chapter
"A Fellow Artist", with a drawing (see page
entries were then voted on by those present and the
winner was declared to be Paul Delprat, who was presented
by Rob Darroch with a bottle of single-malt Scotch
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE EVENT ON PAGE 8.