Problems amongst Eisteddfodau had been gathering momentum
for some time.
On July 18th 1992 a conference initiated by the then President
of Royal South Street Society, Mr Ron Harrington, resulted in a
gathering representing some twelve Eisteddfod Societies for
Issues including Copyright, Adjudicators, Crits, Accompanist Fees
and Volunteers were raised and the current position was presented
by Dr Tony Cole of Ballarat including the legal position.
Many delegates felt they were being 'left in the wilderness' because
of the scarcity of information on so many aspects of conducting an
It was at this juncture that Mr Bryant Lock (Mt Gambier) moved and
Mr Ray Connell (Geelong) seconded that we form an Association of
Eisteddfod Societies and a meeting was called for February 13th 1993.
At this meeting a need for a Constitution or Statement of Intent was
discussed with several written proposals circulated. Strongly
indicated by delegates that although informality was desirable, the
Incorporation of the Association was vital, the exchange of ideas
between Societies be encouraged but the Autonomy of each individual
Eisteddfodau was imperative.
The name of the organisation was to be 'The Association of Eisteddfod
Societies of Australia Inc'
Aims of the Association will be to foster interaction between Societies
and to keep them informed of their obligations under ever changing
legal requirements. Societies in close proximity will be encouraged to
liaise between each other to prevent clashes of competition dates, to
promote an air of co-operation rather than competition between Societies
and at twice yearly National meetings to create a forum for discussion
Two meetings a year would be held at times that were outside of the
competition times of the majority of members and these meeting to be
hosted by Society members throughout the country.
Steps were then taken for the Secretary to look into Incorporation,
Copyright, Insurance, O H & S and any other problems raised from time
to time by member Societies.
To date progress has been made in the matters of Copyright, Insurance
Membership has steadily increased. Each time a meeting held in February
(AGM) and November at various locations brings together a different set
of member Societies and over the past thirteen years many valuable
contacts have been made and friendships formed. With Eisteddfod
Committees ever changing the Association, for a small annual fee, brings
up 'up to speed' the new people engaged in the Eisteddfodau, the
nurseries of tomorrow's professional entertainers.