The "Sandakan" Melbourne Cup, Upcoming Events
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The "Sandakan" Melbourne Cup, Upcoming Events
Dear Members & Friends of AMBC Victoria,

I trust you will have an opportunity to enjoy the Spring Racing Carnival over the course of next week.

A few days ago, I had the privilege of meeting Leslie "Bunny" Glover, a 94 year old survivor of the Sandakan POW camps during the Second World War.

Bunny told us the story of how the POWs created a Melbourne Cup race of their own in the camp to lift the morale of the troops.  The "Sandakan" Melbourne Cup was handmade from an empty bully beef tin and carved wood, and it is currently on display at the Shrine of Remembrance during the Spring Racing Carnival.
Bunny's stories of his time in captivity were grim and brutal, but the Melbourne Cup and the life-saving assistance that the POWs received from the Sabahans were some of the few happy memories that he continues to treasure.  You can listen to a recording of his presentation by clicking here.

Recent and Upcoming Events

It's been a busy eight weeks since the AGM, and we're glad that many of you have taken up on these opportunities:

Sept 11th: "Why ASEAN and Why Now?" Business Seminar
Sept 17th:  Malaysia Day Celebration Dinner
Oct 5th:     Opening Night of the Discover Malaysia Art Exhibition in Melbourne

​Our next event is a Business Networking Evening on Wednesday November 11th.  The event is being hosted by Rigby Cooke Lawyers, one of our new Corporate members.  It will feature representatives from DFAT and Matrade who will speak about the new TPP Agreement and the opportunities for Australian and Malaysian businesses.

To book, simply contact our Secretariat Sharon and Chris via email Feel free to bring a guest or two - the more the merrier.

To finish off the year, we will have one more get-together In early December - stay tuned for more infomation over the next few weeks.

New appointment to the Board

We are pleased to announce to appointment of Joel Backwell to our Board as an Honorary Member representing Austrade.  As many of you are aware, Joel has recently returned from Kuala Lumpur where he served as Australia's Trade Commissioner for Malaysia and Brunei.  More on his background can be found on our website (click here).
Those of you who participated in our Malaysia Day Dinner would have also heard an excellent speech where Joel reflected on his three years in Malaysia.  His stories and personal reflections encapsulate the depth and breadth of the people-to-people relationships between Australia and Malaysia, and highlights how much more we can do by building on these connections. (You can view a copy of his speech notes here).

Looking to get more involved?

Make full use of your membership by getting involved in one of our sub-committees:

  • Membership Engagement
  • Event Planning
  • Communications

To express your interest, just drop a note to our Secretariat ( and one of your Board members will be in touch.

Happy Spring Racing, and I hope to see you at our next event!

Felix Wong GAICD
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