On Thursday 14th February 2013, the onshore students enjoyed a boat cruise on Lake Burley Griffin with a guided tour of the Governor General’s gardens. The cruise and tour is organised by The Australiana Fund which was started in 1978 by Tamie Fraser, wife of the then Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser.
Based on an idea for The Americana Fund by Jacqueline Kennedy for the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the White House, Mrs. Fraser hoped to furnish the Official Residences of the Governor-General and Prime Minister of Australia with objects of Australian origin and craftsmanship. The Fund’s collection policy also allows for the acquisition of items with specific relevance to past Governors-General and Prime Ministers.
Through the generosity of the Governor-General and the Prime Minister, the Australiana Fund is the only organisation permitted access to open the Residences to the public. This takes place once a year usually on a Sunday, to coincide with Floriade in Canberra and with Spring in Sydney. The Canberra Branch organises public tours of the gardens of Government House, “Yarralumla”, every Thursday.