The town of Bourke was lucky enough to welcome His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove this month.
An important item on their itinerary was to meet the Women’s Cultural Arts and Crafts group.
The ladies had recently taken a floristry course which they all passed with flying colours. The Governor-General had seen some of their work and asked if they could put together some arrangements for his visit. The ladies attended an afternoon tea with the Governor-General, where their wreaths, table centres and floral arrangements were used as decorations and gifts on the day.
Upon his arrival, the Governor-General gave a short speech welcoming the women. He and Her Excellency were then presented with the specially made wreath and a bouquet of flowers.
Khesanh Sullivan is a Supervisor for the group and says they were very honoured to meet them.
“They were lovely and very down to earth,” she said. “My ladies and I are very honoured and privileged to have had the opportunity to meet them. It is something we will always remember.”
Following afternoon tea, the Governor-General and Her Excellency visited the War Memorial, where they laid the wreath to pay their respects. They also spent time talking with other locals and organisations who had been invited to meet with them.
It was an unforgettable experience for everyone and a great opportunity to showcase local talent.
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