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Commercial Education Society of Australia

From the Chairman
Kathleen McKenzie

Kathleen McKenzie

I am very disappointed to announce that the Commercial Education Society of Australia, now in its 104th year, no longer enjoys the patronage of the Governor-General. As you will all know, the Society has enjoyed the patronage of Governors-General since 1969—Lord De L’Isle being the first, and The Honourable Quentin Bryce, 2014, our last.

I understand that each Governor-General had to look at the contributions that the Society made and whether they reflected their focus. Australia has changed and there are now many areas that the present Governor-General is called upon to devote time to.

I am, however, disappointed. I am disappointed for you as members of the Commercial Education Society of Australia. I am disappointed for the fine Council members, such as Gordon A McKenzie, Stewart Johnstone, Clare Osment, Arthur H McKenzie, etc., who spent so much of their time building the Society, designing and securing the CESA Coat of Arms from London’s College of Heralds, and not forgetting the numerous volunteers over the years who have helped the Society with their expertise, their skills and their knowledge. None of the above ever received remuneration for their time. They all simply believed in the value of vocational education and training and the opportunities it offered.

I am, however, disappointed. I am disappointed for you as members of the Commercial Education Society of Australia.

The Society has been honoured by the patronage of Governors-General as follows:

Below you will see my letter to the new Governor-General, requesting his patronage for the Society.

CESA request for patronage, 2014

Below is the reply from the Governor-General’s office.

CESA request for patronage, 2014

Kathleen
Kathleen McKenzie MAA FCES FRSA FIPS
Chairman
June 2014


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