Kerferd Oration

ABOVE: Jenny Coles, right, receives the Kerferd Oration medallion at the conclusion of the 2014 oration.

The George Briscoe Kerferd Oration was first held in 2003 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the naming of Beechworth. The Oration is part of the Public Lecture Series of La Trobe University.

The Oration brings an eminent speaker to our regional community to discuss an emerging issue in the context of social justice in rural areas. The Oration honours George Briscoe Kerferd (1831 - 1889), an energetic community leader, Premier of Victoria and a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The annual Oration is a free community event sponsored by Indigo Shire Council, La Trobe University, WAW Credit Union and Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre.

2014 Oration

Ms Jenny Coles delivered an address intriguingly titled The true value of a cappuccino is the manner in which it is shared. The former aide to East Timor first lady Kirsty Gusmao spoke powerfully on the economic hardships facing the people of the island nation. The numbers of people throughout the world most negatively affected by the disparities of resources and wealth continue to increase. Ms Coles argued for more imaginative and robust ways forward when considering the plight of others. Through the prism of Timor-Leste, Ms Coles reflected upon the power of the enduring friendships that exist between our nations' peoples.




The Honour Roll of Kerferd Orators
2003 The Hon John Harber Phillips AC
The North Eastern Victoria Republic Movement - Myth or Reality
2004 Ms Barbara Holborow OAM
Everyone's Children
2005 Professor Henry Brodaty AO
Ageing - It's all in the Mind
2006 Ms Cathy McGowan AO
Beechworth - Our Common Wealth?
2007 The Hon John Thwaites MP
Social Justice and Climate Change
2008 Professor Tim Flannery
The Climate Change Challenge
2009 Rev Tim Costello AO
Community Values for a World in Need
2010 Ms Jemima Richards
Revealing the Hidden Strengths and Talents of Community
2011 Justice David Harper AM
Sentencing: Public perceptions, the reality and their social implications
2012 The Hon Tim Fischer AC and
Dr Bill Wilson APM, OAM
Sir Isaac Isaacs: What can we learn today from this national legend?
2013 Mr Bernie Geary OAM
Young People: a resource we need
2014 Ms Jenny Coles
The true value of a cappuccino is the manner in which it is shared
Last updated: 09 July 2015