The Friends enjoyed High Tea at the Mercure Canberra Hotel on Sunday, 12 August 2018.

Our popular afternoon tea at the Mercure Hotel was a little different this year, with three fascinating speakers to entertain us.

First was John Feehan, the recognised authority on dung beetles in Australia.  As a member of the CSIRO team, John was tasked with introducing bovine Dung Beetles into Australia. John has since formed a private company based in Canberra to continue the work of researching, collecting and releasing suitable Dung Beetle species into grazing regions across Australia.  John’s talk was passionate and very enlightening.

Secondly came Hajar Gala, a wonderful Canberra couturier.  Hajar as trained at the International Fashion Academy of Europe, and is now heading the prestigious Maison de Challie label.  In 2017 Hajar was invited to exhibit two shows of her creations at the Paris Fashion Week. Hajar showed us a selection of her evening and bridal wear to the delight of all.


Our third speaker was the well-known Canberra jeweller and nutritionist Catherine Chapman.

Catherine introduced us to the range of characters from her books in the ‘Best Food Friends’ series. Catherine gives talks at schools in her attempt to teach the young about diabetes and how to eat properly for better health.

The afternoon tea was, as before, delicious and generous.  The Friends of Old Parliament House Rose Gardens thanks the Mercure Canberra Hotel for its support.

Click on the invitation below for full details.

High Tea 2018