1 & 2 I don't know.
3 was held in Canberra region and accomodation was at I think Ursula College
at ANU. Funny the COG Newsletter for September 1989 talks about it at
Birrigai Oudoor centre near Tidbinbilla . I stayed at home of course. The
four day conference went extremely well. The so called campout was the next
four or so days. Believe it or not, Canberra in September is not always
wonderful weather, with that in mind the organising went for an indoor
campout with daily activities. Unfortunately for those few days, the weather
was not good, raining a lot day and although we had trips out to I think
Tidbinbilla and maybe to some of the well known banding sites. We had some
entertainment with a raptor identification workshop and some discussions. It
went till Thursday but most people left early. I have just checked my old
Gang-gang (COG newsletter, for November 1989), that has a full 2+ pages
write up of the event. BA library should have that.
Just a clarification, if it was the first ARA conference it was actually the
tenth anniversary of the ARA, which was formed at a RAOU scientific day in
Melbourne in 1979.
Philip (I was there)
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Thursday, 2 December 1999 17:26
Subject: birding-aus RFI: RAOU history
>Hi everybody -
>I hope someone can help with three questions I have about events in the
>history of the RAOU (Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union - the previous
>name for Birds Australia). I am trying to chase up dates and venues for
>such things as congresses and campouts and have looked through past issues
>of EMU and the RAOU Newsletter, but there still a few gaps that somebody
>may be able to fill (some of you may have attended one or more of these
>1. What were the venue and dates of the 1967 Campout? (The accompanying
>Congress was held in Adelaide on 28 October).
>2. Was there a Scientific Day in 1981, or was it replaced by the RAOU
>Symposium (on 'Feeding Strategies of Australian Birds') of 14 May at the
>51st ANZAAS Congress in Brisbane? (The usually-accompanying AGM was held
>in Sydney on 16 May).
>3. What were the dates and venue for the 1989 Campout? (The accompanying
>Congress was held in Canberra on 22-24 September, in conjunction with the
>first ARA (Australasian Raptor Association) conference).
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