Tribute

Philip Ayres: Scholar and Adventurer

I had been meeting Philip Ayres quite regularly for five years as we were both committee members of the Melbourne Conversazioni, but it is the image of him on that dark special night, the 18th of June, 1988, that I still recall with utmost clarity from that period. We were walking along an ill-defined pathway leading up to the cliff-top house belonging to Claudio and Maria-Isabel Veliz at Cinema Point near Lorne. Claudio had founded the Conversazione and had brought us together. He was the catalyst. It was the winter solstice, the longest night of Australia’s bicentennial year, and the…

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