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Australia Day Ambassador announced

Actor and author Bruce Venables has been named as the 2015 Bland Shire Australia Day Ambassador.

The annual Ambassador address from Mr Venables promises to be one of the many highlights of the Lions Club breakfast and Bland Shire Australia Day awards in West Wyalong’s McCann Park on Monday, January 26.

Born in Hobart, Mr Venables was a Detective 1st Class in the Tasmania Police and later served as an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force during the 1970s.

In 1984 Bruce met his wife, actress and author Judy Nunn, and entered the world of acting and writing for stage, film and television.

His television credits include Wildside, Water Rats, Underbelly, Rake and Murder Call while his films include Paperback Hero with Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan, Evil Angels with Meryl Streep and On Our Selection with Geoffrey Rush and Leo McKern.

As an author, Mr Venables has written four novels all published by Random House, the first, ‘A Necessary Evil’ set in the NSW Police “bad old days” of the 1950s – 70s. He followed it up with three novels known as the ‘Hong Kong Trilogy’, the first being  ‘The Time of the Dragons’, the second ‘Two Tigers One Mountain’ and the third, ‘Scattered Monkeys’ which  was released on July 1 last year.

Mr Venables is also a fine poet, his work ‘The Spirit of the Bush’ was published by Random in 2003 and he donated the proceeds to the Drought Relief Appeal.

On Anzac Day in 2007 he was invited by the Australian Government to read his collection of five poems called ‘The Gallipoli Sonnets’ at the Official Remembrance Service at Lone Pine Memorial in Gallipoli, Turkey.

Mr Venables will share stories from his fascinating life and career as well as his considered thoughts about what it means to be Australian.

The Lions Club breakfast will be available from 7am. Patrons will also be entertained by the Australiana sounds of the talented West Wyalong Town Band prior to the commencement of the presentation of awards, citizenship ceremony and Ambassador’s address from approximately 7.45am.

Patrons are encouraged to enjoy a taste of traditional bush tucker courtesy of the West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council and dress up in their most patriotic clothing with prizes on offer for the best Australian Day themed outfits.

Bruce Venables