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Fraser connection with dome

29 Oct 2013

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The crew at the Mission to Seafarers was in good company last month when former prime minister Malcolm Fraser stopped by for lunch.

Mr Fraser, who was Australia’s 22nd prime minister, and his wife Tammy were invited to lunch after a friend of theirs visited the mission and mentioned the family’s connection with the Norla Dome.

“When Mr Michael Taylor visited the building a few weeks earlier with an interest in the Norla Dome he was the key to the visit from our VIPs,” MtSV CEO Andrea Fleming said.

“Knowing Malcom and the Fraser family connection with Norla, he then invited the Frasers for a curry lunch.”

Norla was the home of Sir Simon Fraser and his wife Lady Fraser, who were Mr Fraser’s grandparents.

Regular fetes held at Norla raised funds for the construction of the mission. In 1917, 700 pounds was raised for the construction of a gymnasium for seafarers, which was named the Norla Gymnasium in honour of Sir Simon Fraser and Lady Fraser.

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