Our Speaker for 2013 is
Pamela Myer Warrander
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 couturiers, 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 within 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 live, 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.
Michael Johnson - our featured Musician for 2013
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 twenty years. His compositions are regularly aired on national radio and
television and Deanna Roberts (in Feb 2013) had the opportunity to interview Michael on Eastern FM 98.1’s
Cafe Classics program where Michael performed live. We are delighted to have Michael join us at The Princess
Pursuit in 2013 as he greets guests with his beautiful music. It will be an absolute delight.
- Champagne on arrival
- Shopping time!
- A delectable High Tea (sweet and savoury delights)
- Entertainment | Great Speakers | Business Card Draw | Raffles | Silent Auction | Games
- Fabulous prizes from our generous sponsors and abundantly generous showbags!