Kerferd 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.

2016 Orator: Hugh Mackay

Renowned author and leading chronicler of Australia life Hugh Mackay will deliver the annual Kerferd Oration in Beechworth on 24 July 2016. The topic of his Oration is: What does it mean to truly belong?

Hugh Mackay AO is a social researcher and the author of 16 books, including the 2013 bestseller, The Good Life, sub-titled What makes a life worth living? His latest book, The Art of Belonging, uses a mixture of social analysis and storytelling to explore the reasons why some communities thrive and others break down, and to explain how community engagement enriches us all.

The Kerferd Oration, now in its 14th year, will be held at the George Kerferd Hotel, Mayday Hills, Beechworth, at 11am on Sunday 24 July. It is a free community event and doors open at 10.15am.

Visit the official Kerferd Oration website

Media Release



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
2015 Dr Simon Longstaff
The Invisible People
Last updated: 23 June 2016