Author: Anne Fairbairn AM  PhD (Hon)

The Balfour Declaration: Ancestral concerns

Dame Florence Ann Reid was my grandmother. Her maiden name was Brumby. She was born at   Longford in Tasmania in 1867. Her fore bearer James Brumby, sailed to Tasmania in the early 1800’s from the United Kingdom and settled there.  When quite young, she was an active member of the Woman’s Federal League whose members were working very hard to bring about a federation system in Australia. She was also very concerned for the original inhabitants of Australia, the Aborigines who had lived in harmony with nature for many millennia. As a teenager I was able to read many of her notebooks, diaries and letters recovered from my parents’ house  in Sydney. So, looking back 100 years, one sees in these items, how three key events of 1917 changed the world – America’s entry into World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution and the issuance of the Balfour Declaration, in which Britain indicated support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The decision was made public in a letter from the British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild (now termed the Balfour declaration). A copy of this letter was in a box in the attic since my grandfather had received a copy. The following is the content of the letter: Foreign Office November 2nd, 1917 Dear Lord Rothschild, I have much pleasure in conveying to you on...

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Paying tribute to Australian Muslims

– Dedicated to Zia Ahmad – Muslims are indeed  enriching our country In so very many ways –  now constantly. Muslims first arrived  in Australia early, Bringing with them their superb poetry, Also details of their ancient history, Many coming from arears which historically, Is where civilization  began undoubtedly. They are now enriching Australia deeply,  With so many studying at a university, Achieving their degrees brilliantly. Our news is always reported perfectly,  In the Australasian Muslims Times monthly – A superb newspaper  which certainly Deserves the Media Award received recently....

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ANZAC Day: Remembering Gallipoli

Every year on the 25 April, Turks, Australians, and New Zealanders gather for a special dawn service to commemorate that day in history. Most people attending are third or fourth generation descendants of the men that fought at the battle of Gallipoli. They honour their ancestors and the sacrifices made for their countries in a time of great turmoil and destruction. In later years, the event has also become more widely associated with any occasion in war history that has caused people to lose their lives. My mother’s two older brothers Colin and Keith Munro were both killed in...

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My proud ANZAC heritage

My grandfather, Sir George Houstoun Reid KC, who had been Premier of NSW, Prime Minister of Australia, our first High Commissioner to Britain and was also voted into the House of Commons. He is known by many in Australia as the true Father of Federation. However he was always very concerned for the indigenous people, as was his wife Dame Flora Anne Reid (after whom I was named). She would often talk about this to me when I was a child, hence my book ‘Shadows of Our Dreaming” dedicated to the indigenous people of our country, who had lived...

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Muslim Aussie Soul Mates

Dedicated to all Australian Muslims  Almost five hundred thousand, these days  Muslims enrich our country in many ways With their kindness and unique generosity, They are welcomed by many across our country. Some Muslims have lived here undoubtedly For one hundred and fifty years surely Contributing to Down Under constantly Whether with sport, music or superb poetry. I have been invited to Arab countries To speak at so many Universities   About Australia and our poetry, And also to compile an Anthology Of modern Arabic poetry hopefully. I was always invited annually To Baghdad’s Festival of Poetry. I so...

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