In the wake of various conferences dealing with aspects of Australian studies, the European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA) was founded at a meeting in 1989 at the Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies in London. Present at the inaugural meeting were the following: Dr David Camroux, University of Paris, Professor Giovanna Capone, University of Bologna, Mr Ian Craven, University of Glasgow, Professor Tom Millar, University of London, Dr John O’ Brien, University College, Cork, Professor Werner Senn, University of Berne, Dr Adi Wimmer, University of Klagenfurt. Professor Henna Maes-Jelinek, University of Liège was unfortunately unable to attend. Dr Richard Nile, Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies acted as rapporteur. At this meeting guidelines for EASA were drawn up and Professor Giovanna Capone was elected as first President, with Professor Werner Senn as secretary/treasurer. The first Board meeting was held in Berne on June 6th 1990 and the first conference also in Berne in 1991.

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