Society of Old Friends gathers in Sydney for Xmas dinner

Two dozen of the Society of Old Friends’ members and partners recently got together for a touch of Christmas cheer at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Kirribilli, NSW, showing that the COVID-19 impacts of the last two years have not dampened the spirits of the Australian chapter.

Welcomed by its president Stephanus Peters, the group – which included its most senior Old Friend Neil Mulveney – mingled on the club’s balcony overlooking Sydney Harbour, before adjourning indoors for an enjoyable meal.

Fellowship and reminiscences mingled with good wine in an evening of fond memories and anecdotes.

The evening was also enlivened by Paper & Pixel’s Jean Kropper who provided a brief presentation of the amazing things one can make out of paper.

On a sad note, the passing of an Old Friend and McPherson Binding’s Peter Halters was noted.

The Australian chapter of the Society of Old Friends is an eclectic bunch of print veterans bonded by a common link: their longstanding association with the printing industry, in some cases going as far back as their apprenticeship days.

The chapter is also one of the few organisations which fosters the celebration of the industry by enabling people to meet several times a year.

Peter Munro and James Cryer along with others, enjoying Christmas cheer
Jean Kropper entertaining guests with her magical skills with paper
Paper & Pixel’s Jean Kropper

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