Winston Churchill Trust

The Royal Automobile Club of Australia was privileged to recently welcome two recipients that were awarded the Churchill Fellowship at sold out events held at the club.

Lt Cmdr Chris maxworthyLieutenant Commander Chris Maxworthy was our guest speaker at the Proclamation Day Luncheon held on 11 February. In 2011 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate Spanish language historical archives in South America and Spain. This led to his discovery of the plan to invade and destroy Sydney presented to King Carlos IV in the archives of the Royal History Academy in Madrid.

Robert Siemsen imageMr Robert Siemsen presented an extensive photographic exhibition, originally scheduled for 12 February however due to popular demand the club hosted an additional event on 11 February. He discussed restoration techniques and practices he witnessed in England. His award allowed him to visit and study his trade in automotive workshops in England. Robert was asked what was it like to get the support of the Winston Churchill Trust Fellowship, he said ‘I think the trust really saw my dedication to the trade and are rewarding me for that, and to get funding to go overseas. To get that experience I’ve bypassed years of toil in Australia, it would’ve taken me decades to get the knowledge I’ve got know, without the Churchill trust – I have a lot to thank them for’.

Here we saw two vastly different fields of study and both very engaging with their presentations. The subject of proposed projects for Churchill Fellowships are limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and a willingness to share the research findings with the Australian community is displayed.

Yes, we are in uncertain times right now but consider using this time to think forward. Share this opportunity with your family and friends that may be interested and give them a goal to aim for too.

The Churchill Trust has just produced a new short Churchill Fellowships promotional video which includes Robert Siemsen. You will notice a nod to the many ways Churchill Fellows are having a positive impact through work aligning with the automotive sector, though we hope you will agree the message is inspirational for Australians from all walks of life to think big, forward, and with optimism.  

Applications close on 30 April 2020.

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