Federation Dinner and Tim Fischer Oration

Seen as a way to start off the Federation Festival the Rotary Club of Corowa decided to hold a dinner on the Friday night of the Festival weekend.


The aim of the weekend would be to celebrate Federation and Corowa's place in it.  Each dinner would see a presentation based on Federation, or an historical aspect of Australia, of relevance and possibly seen from a different perspective.


To give the dinner more credibility it was decided to name the presentation.  Former Deputy Tim Fischer was suggested by our first speaker Dr Jeff Brownrigg.  Tim was approached about lending his name to the presentation that was to be called The Tim Fischer Oration and he accepted our request.


Our first dinner saw Dr Jeff Brownrigg a noted historian and expert on Federation entertain the dinner guests with stories of the fathers of Federation and the role Corowa played in it.


Did You Know? - Corowa was once considered as potential capital of Australia 


Presenters of the Oration to date have been:

  • Dr Jeffrey Brownrigg - Adjunct Professor of History, Canberra University
  • The Hon Tim Fischer - Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia 

This Years Speaker - Major General Shane Caught, AM, CSC

Shane Caughey has served for 38 years in the Australian Army.  He is a graduate of the Officer Cadet School Portsea and as an Infantry Officer he has served in a variety of command and operational appointments in Australia and overseas.


Shane deployed to Iran as a member of the United Nations Iran Iraq Military Observer Group in 1989-90.  In 1998-99 he was posted as an exchange officer to the Headquarters of the United States Army in the Pacific based in Hawaii.  In 2001-02, he deployed to Jerusalem, Israel as Commander Australian Contingent and the Chief Operations Officer in the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation.  In 2004 he assumed command of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment which included commanding the Battalion during its tour as part of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor. 


In 2006 Shane was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and in 2007 returned to the Department of Defence as Director Military Strategic Commitments.  In 2009 he was promoted to Brigadier and served as Chief of Staff Land Headquarters and as the inaugural Chief of Staff the Army's newly formed Headquarters Forces Command.  In 2011 he deployed as Assistant Commander Joint Task Force 633 and was responsible for all Australian Defence Personnel in Afghanistan.  On return to Australia in November 2011, Shane assumed cCommand of the 3rd Brigade in Townsville.  He was promoted to the rank of Major General in November 2013 and appointed Deputy Chief of Joint Operations.  He commence his most recent appointment as Vice Director Operation United States Central Command in Tampa Florida in December 2015.


In 2005 he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012