Unwrapping knowledge for Australia

15 Dec 2023

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Brandy, baking, and pine tree propagation - unwrapping knowledge for Australia

Think about Christmas, and it conjures up images of many things. Christmas trees, farm animals and food may come to mind. How about pine tree propagation, toys for kids with disabilities, brandy and cognac production, walnuts, fine artisan baking, perfume, cows, sheep, or the ability to rely on domestic supply of frozen berries, rather than imported stock?

​Those are just some of the interesting topics that passionate Australians and Churchill Fellows and have contributed to, in keeping with a Christmas’ festive themes. Each person has a driving passion, has visited overseas and brought back learnings to benefit Australia as a Churchill Fellow.

Ann Forell – Toys for kids with disabilities

Holly Klintworth – Brandy

Paul Boland – Walnuts

Geoffrey Law – Trees in temperate forests

Trevor Butcher – Pine-trees

Colin Beer, Game-birds – Colin and Maggie Beer are sponsors of the Saskia Beer Churchill Fellowship.

Gwynn Roberts – Orchestras

Gavin Merrington – Stained glass

Lloyd Cooper – Perfume

Alan Irish – Sheep

Camilla Humphries – Orchards & cider

Paul Trigleau – Baking

Stuart McGruddy – Berries

Gregory Williams – Cake decorating and baking

Rachael Cruwys – Brahman Cattle

If you’re interested in more topics, check the latest insights from overseas from the 2023 Churchill Fellow report compilation. For summer reading you can travel vicariously around the world from the comfort of your armchair, and head into 2024 with the latest ideas gathered by Churchill Fellows for Australia.​

A Churchill Fellowship offers Australian citizens and permanent residents a life-changing opportunity to travel overseas for four to eight weeks to learn more about a topic or issue that they are passionate about. Topics are endless.

Over this holiday period, you may find you suddenly have time to apply for that Churchill Fellowship you’ve been thinking about. Applications open 1 March 2024, so sign up today for one of our information sessions being held online throughout February.

Churchill Fellows have created some of Australia’s best-known innovations such as Questacon, the Playschool theme song, and Crime Stoppers, just to name a few.

Online applications open again for Winston Churchill Fellowships 1 March 2024. No educational qualifications are needed to apply, and you can choose your own topic and pursue your passion project.

Learn more about becoming a Churchill Fellow here.

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