Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Statements by Members
Australian Eurasian Association of Western Australia
The Australian Eurasian Association of Western Australia celebrated its 25th anniversary with a silver jubilee ball on Saturday, 1 March, attended by 230 guests. Formed in 1989, the Eurasian Association is an ethnic group of mixed European and Asian heritage. Eurasians are the descendants of British, Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch colonial settlers who migrated to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Over the years, they intermarried with the local Chinese, Malay and Indian populations and formed a unique cultural identity. In particular, the Eurasian Association of Western Australia is made up of migrants from Singapore and Malaysia who migrated to Perth in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and beyond.
I acknowledge the management committee, which is made up of the president, Chad Beins; the vice-president, Kevin DeSouza; Brian Leicester; Carol Richards; Kay Klass; Derrick Holmes; Gary Aviet; Valerie Conier; Joan Reincastle; and Charles Reincastle. I am proud, with my British, Portuguese and Chinese heritage, to be a member of this community. On behalf of the parliament, I wish to place on record congratulations to the Australian Eurasian Association of Western Australia on its 25th anniversary.