Pamela Myer Warrander
Our Speaker for 2013
Pamela Myer Warrander is one of Australia’s inspiring and pioneering women. Her story is one of growing up in Australia during the 1930’s and 1940’s; travelling the world sourcing innovations for the Myer retailing empire; of business success and failure; of artistic and cultural achievement; of heartache and betrayal; and ultimately of strength and survival.
Of humble Russian origins, the Myer family grew into an empire of untold wealth and prospect. As a young, idealistic woman, Pamela’s opportunities stretched beyond her dreams; she left Australia for Europe, where she met with the world’s greatest coutouriers, dined with British and French royalty and found her adult feet.
After marrying into the British aristocracy, Pamela returned to Melbourne - her first true love - and discovered the joys and upsets of a society trying to redefine itself, and a family in flux. There were storms brewing - following her father’s death, friction with the Myer clan ruptured and shortly after, loss compounded loss.
Determined to move forward, Pamela channelled her energies into a great many areas; taking Australian art to the world for John and Sunday Reed and Sidney Nolan; reinvigorating Melbourne with the city’s brightest minds; even travelling to Russia to lift Saint Petersburg to its former glory. All the while, she refused to believe that a woman was not up to the task.
By turns uplifting and moving, Pamela’s story is one of privilege and pain, of fashion and travel, and of romance and tragedy, of a woman who would transcend all boundaries to live an extraordinary life, in her own right. (Extract from the book ‘Pamela - In her own right’ which can be purchased online (click here) and will also be available at The Princess Pursuit for purchase).
Join us and hear Pamela’s amazing and captivating story.
Our featured entertainer
Debra Byrnes is a Coach, Counsellor and Singer/Songwriter, who works with individuals and groups, empowering them to take the steps they’ve been dreaming of, to turn what they love into a living and a lifestyle; just as she has.
Formerly known as half of the successful NSW Country duo ‘The Byrnes Sisters’. Debra made the move to Melbourne in 2006, resulting in the establishment of her own solo career as a singer/songwriter and a fresh, very original style of music and songs. After taking a break from music while working and studying Coaching and Counselling in the Personal Development field, Debra has now combined her two passions and is making her living and her life doing what she loves. This lifestyle allows her to also spend time travelling, studying, writing and spending time with the people she loves.
Having a high value for her own personal development and holistic health lead Debra to travel throughout Australia and overseas, working and studying in more than 10 modalities of Coaching, Counselling and healing for over 10 years in the Personal Development and Social Welfare Industries, as well as 8 years previously in the fitness industry. Through her love of supporting and working with others as a coach and counsellor, the one thing Debra has become certain of, is that every individual has words to share, a voice to be heard and that your life is your own stage, waiting for you to step up and SING YOUR LIFE SONG!
We’re thrilled to have Debra Byrnes join us this year to share her beautiful voice, her incredible talent and her amazing generosity.
Our welcoming musician
Michael Johnson is a harpist and composer and has been performing in major concert venues and festivals throughout Australia. As the resident musician at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne for over a decade, Michael has performed in numerous recitals, Twilight Music concerts, sharing his joy and music with thousands of overseas guests and visitors to the gardens.
As well as a concert performer, Michael has been working in the field of music for meditation and his tranquil harp music has been an integral part of the Mindfulness Music Program at the Gawler Foundation for over 20 years. His compositions are regularly aired on national radio and television and Deanna Roberts (in February 2013) had the opportunity to interview Michael on Eastern FM 98.1 where he performed live.
We are delighted to have Michael join us at The Princess Pursuit in 2013 as he greet guests on arrival with his beautiful music. It will be an absolute delight to share such exquisite musicianship with you, our guests.