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“A Sense of Australia”
Australia Showed It All on Australia Day
Amb. Heseltine Invites 1,000 Guests for Reception
By Oxana Davydenko
Staff Reporter
Amb. Colin Heseltine of Australia (left) greets guests at the Australian Day 2005 event at Hyatt Hotel in Seoul Jan. 26, 2005. By his side is Ms. Park Young-Sook, director of the embassy.

It was full of glittering events that show nearly all aspects of Australia. Hosted by Ambassador Colin Heseltine of Australia to Seoul "2005 Australian Day" reception held at the Seoul Grand Hyatt in downtown Seoul on Jan. 26, 2005 drew close to 1,000 foreign and local guests.

As a distinguishing feature of the Australia's largest national holiday, this unusually rich and colorful reception was a showcase for the cultural icons of Australian lifestyle. The diplomatic function included a mini-aquarium, full wine cellar, a replica Australian pub, bathroom spa, an Australian living room, specialty restaurant serving Australian delicacies, mini-golf course. The event even showed the Australia-made Holden Statesman automobile soon to be introduced to the local market by GM Daewoo.

Center-stage was occupied by the essence of Australia's outdoor culture — a simulated beach environment, which featured swimwear models, sunglasses, beach umbrellas, surfing boards, and a miniature yacht.

The simulated Australian beach environment attracted the attention of numerous guests at the Australian reception.

In center of the palatial Grand Ballroom was an ice sculpture of kangaroo shaped after the Australian continent.

On the one corner of the Grand Ballroom was a makeshift art gallery where about 10 artistic pieces were displayed as samples in advance of "Australian Affordable Art Show," to be held at Duru Art Space Jan. 29- Feb.13, 2005.

Visually rich and readily affordable, the Australian Affordable Art Show will showcase over 30 works from across Australia covering a wide variety of styles including painting, glass, ceramics, multi-media works, and lighting.

The one of the largest diplomatic gatherings attracted both local and foreign people literally from all walks of life, as well as diplomatic field. They included Korean and Australian CEOs, foreign diplomats, high-ranking local government officials, USFK brass hats, even undercover police officers.

Symbol of Australia

Top foreign envoys and other senior diplomats never failed to come and congratulate the Australian ambassador on its national day. They included Amb. M.K. Helmy of Egypt, US Amb. Christopher Hill, Amb. Teymuraz O. Ramishvili of Russia, Amb. Saleh M. Al-Rajhy of Saudi Arabia, Amb. Othman Jerandi of Tunisia and his wife Mrs. Raja Jerandi, Amb. Volodymyr V. Furkalo of Ukraine, Amb. Aleksandr V. Semeshko of Belarus, and his wife Mrs. Lidia Semeshko, Amb. Dato`M. Santhananaban of Malasia, Amb. of South Africa Sydney Bafana Kubheka, Amb. Aladin G. Villacorte of the Philippines, Amb. Vasin Teeravechyan of Thai, Amb. Carlos Frota of Portugal, Amb. Alfredo F. Ungo of El Salvador and his wife Mrs. Yolanda F. de Ungo.

Among guests were representatives of related organizations — the Australia New Zealand Association (ANZA), the Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ANZCCK), the Australia-Korea Foundation. Also there were Frans Hampsink, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea, John David Kim, Vice Chairman IT & Telecom Committee, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea, Tomas P. Kane, Major General of USAF, Charles A. Duerden, managing editor of business journal "Invest Korea." From the tourist community was Hong Ki-Chung, vice president of Mode Tour.

Guests at the Australia Day 2005

Perhaps the best part of the Australian National Day reception was the affluent food and drinks which varied in so many kinds and which were very rich in taste. In particular, large collections of white and red wine made many guests stay late into the evening. After all it was a perfect occasion for wine gourmets and connoisseurs to get the taste of vintage Aussie wine in the cozy wine cellar set up at the corner of the hall.

At the beginning of the event Amb. Heseltine made a speech in which he welcomed distinguished guests.

"Since 2001, the Australia Day event in Seoul has also been a celebration of the strong and growing partnership between Korea and Australia and an opportunity for our Korean guests to experience aspects of the Australian lifestyle," Mr. Heseltine said.

As for the origin of the Australia's national day, Australia Day, on 26 January, marks the date in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip, of the British Royal Navy, commanding a fleet of 11 ships, sailed into Port Jackson (Sydney Cove). Phillip formally took possession of the eastern part of the continent for England and established a settlement, now Australia's largest city, Sydney.


Related photos


Amb. Dato`M Santhananaban of Malaysia an Amb. Saleh M. Al-Rajhy of Saudi Arabia
Amb. Pavel Hrmo of Slovakia (left), US Amb. Christopher Hill (second from left) pose with other eminent guests
In the wine cellar at the Australia Day 2005
Managing editor Joseph Joh of the Seoul Times (left), Amb. Jaafar Alj Hakim of Morocco, Amb. Carlos Frota of Portugal, and Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Kane of USAF (United States Air Force) pose at the Australia day 2005 (From left to right).
Amb. Othman Jerandi of Tunisia with his wife Mrs. Raja Jerandi at the Australia Day 2005 celebration reception.
EUCCK President Frans Hampsink (right) poses with David Kim, vice chairman of EUCCK's IT & Telecom Committee poses at the Hyatt Hotel at the Australia Day 2005.
Amb. Alfredo F. Ungo of El Salvador and his wife Mrs. Yolanda F. de Ungo. Amb. Ungo also serves as dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Seoul.
Amb. of M.K. Helmy of Egypt (right) poses with a dignitary guest at the Australia Day.
Amb. Colin Heseltine of Australia talks to a Korean dignitary at the Australia day 2005.
Decoration of the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Hotel at the Australia Day 2005
Amb. Warwick Morris of UK (right) at the Australia Day
Amb. Sydney Bafana Kubheka of South Africa
Thia Amb. Vasin Teeravechyan (left) and Amb. Aladin G. Villacorte of the Philippines pose at the Australia Day 2005.



Other Articles by Oxana Davydenko
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Ms. Oxana Davydenko serves as staff reporter for The Seoul Times. She covers foreign embassies in Seoul with a particular focus on Russia, and Eastern European embassies. Davydenko also covers international cultural events including business. Previously she worked as a journalist for Kommersant business daily in Russia. She majored in journalism at the Voronezh State University.

 

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  Other Articles by Oxana Davydenko
Amb. Umana’s Daughter Weds Rontgen
Egyptian Soccer Team Beats Korean Team 1- 0
First-Ever Hungarian Lace Exhibition in Seoul
EKF Helps Needy, Estranged Kids
S. Korea, Israel Sign R&D Accord
Canada-Korea Symposium Planned in Toronto
Amb. Jerandi Hosts Reception for Women
"Bulgaria Eager for Economic Cooperation"
It's Vacation Time for Most Embassies
SAIT Hosts X-Mas Party for Alien Scientists
"South Korea to Import Algerian Wine"
Malaysia Hosts Party on Han River Boat
"SIFF 2004" Held Successfully in Seoul



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