• Deidre and Martin Bowles

    Deidre and Martin Bowles

  • Kelly and Kieran Fordham

    Kelly and Kieran Fordham

  • John Smiles and Christiane Larwin-Bruessel

    John Smiles and Christiane Larwin-Bruessel

  • Pia Waldron and Paul Murphy

    Pia Waldron and Paul Murphy

  • Arne Schummelfeder, Ian and Jocelyn Davis, Lara Perasso and Thomas Bruessel

    Arne Schummelfeder, Ian and Jocelyn Davis, Lara Perasso and Thomas Bruessel

  • Chris Kimball and his mum Gillian Kimball, Marilyn Evans and Chris McMillan

    Chris Kimball and his mum Gillian Kimball, Marilyn Evans and Chris McMillan

  • Franziska von Canning and Delara Javat

    Franziska von Canning and Delara Javat

  • Rob and Fran Blencowe

    Rob and Fran Blencowe

  • Grahame Bates and David Hardman

    Grahame Bates and David Hardman

  • Elaine Farmer and Mark Sullivan

    Elaine Farmer and Mark Sullivan

  • Ginny Acworth, Michelle Chung and Jill Mitton

    Ginny Acworth, Michelle Chung and Jill Mitton

  • Andrew Litherland and Jenni Embleton

    Andrew Litherland and Jenni Embleton

  • Shaune Gillespie, Warren Rivett with Fiona Bell and Andrew Blencowe

    Shaune Gillespie, Warren Rivett with Fiona Bell and Andrew Blencowe

  • Julie and Phil Greenwood

    Julie and Phil Greenwood

  • Jeff and Jo Harmer

    Jeff and Jo Harmer

  • Allan Hawke, James Halliday and Brian Acworth

    Allan Hawke, James Halliday and Brian Acworth

  • Helen Carter and Steph Burgess

    Helen Carter and Steph Burgess

  • Allan Hawke with Ginny and Brian Acworth

    Allan Hawke with Ginny and Brian Acworth

John James Foundation Dinner

28 October 2015

The John James Foundation is Canberra’s leading medical charity with a range of services and input to the healthcare system that benefits many, but quietly goes about its business with the kind of caring and compassionate attitude that would make the late Dr John James proud.

I remember him and his wife from way back when he had his home and surgery on a Torrens street corner that I passed so often on the way to everywhere, but especially to Coggan’s Bakery for the bread and milk. A gentle man, who did “neat and pretty surgery” according to his biography was very much a part of the early days of Canberra’s medical fraternity. His son Carey, a plastic surgeon inherited those genes, doing ‘petit-point’ perfect stitches on my face many years ago, but that’s another story.

The John James Foundation dinner was a suitably smart affair with medicos of all persuasions joined by the business and government stakeholders and wives and partners for a bit of the official business of the foundation but especially for the expertise of the one and only James Halliday. What a lovely way to spend and evening, four courses with wine to match, a knowledgeable and suave gent to decipher the particulars of the wines and convivial company of those who work hard for the benefit of many.