2012 Castan Centre Dinner - Auction and Raffle Items

Our biennial human rights gala dinner on 25 October will be a major fundraising event for the Centre. On this page you'll find all of the fantastic auction items and raffle prizes we'll be offering.

If you are not able to attend, but would like to place a bid on an item, contact Janice Hugo (castan.centre@monash.edu or 9905 3327) and we will arrange for a representative to bid on your behalf on the evening, up to your limit (conditions apply).

Please note: this is just a first taste of the auction items and raffle prizes on offer - more will be added next week.

Goods & Memorabilia
Raffle Items


A day's snapper fishing on Port Phillip Bay for two people with tennis legend and keen fishing enthusiast Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Evonne Goolagong Cawley AO MBE won seven Grand Slam singles titles between 1971 and 1980 and a further six women's doubles titles, and one mixed doubles title. Evonne has been inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (as a "Legend"), and was Australian of the Year in 1971. Evonne, who is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Barellan in New South Wales, was a board member of the Indigenous Land Corporation and the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence and is Co-Patron of Reconciliation Australia. Each January her Evonne Goolagong Foundation runs the Goolagong National Development Camp at Monash University for Indigenous youngsters who have the potential to become pro players, coaches or administrators. Evonne has long been a fishing enthusiast and enjoys getting out on the ocean whenever possible.

The day's outing will be on Sunday 20 January 2012. You, your guest and Evonne will be accompanied by Evonne's husband, Roger, and skipper Bill Classon. Thanks to Bill Classon of the Australian Fishing Network for generously donating the use of his boat and for acting as host for the day.

Dinner with Wikileaks lawyer Jen Robinson for up to six people

Jennifer Robinson is a London-based human rights lawyer and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Bertha Foundation. Jen is best known for advising Wikileaks and acting for Julian Assange in extradition proceedings in the UK. She continues to advise Assange and WikiLeaks, appearing at the Bradley Manning proceedings in the US on behalf of WikiLeaks and is a regular visitor to Assange in the Ecuador embassy. Jen has also acted in key defamation, freedom of information and strategic free speech and human rights cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the English courts. She studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar.

Jen is an Australian who, in between international missions, often returns home. Over dinner she will regale you with anecdotes of Assange and WikiLeaks, the inside word on phone-hacking, on figuring out how to prosecute the Pope, defending human rights defenders in West Papua and in Syria before the conflict, and working against US drone strikes in Pakistan with Imran Khan. The dinner can be taken in Melbourne, Sydney or London, perhaps at the legendary Frontline Club - the independent journalists' club and Assange's home away from home (the winning bidder is responsible for arranging the date and place for the lunch and covering meal costs).

A Legendary Manne Date with David and Robert Manne for up to six people

David ManneRobert Manne

Renowned public intellectual Robert Manne is a professor of politics at La Trobe University and has twice been voted Australia's leading public intellectual. He is the author of Left, Right, Left: Political Essays, 1977-2005 and Making Trouble. Robert's nephew, David Manne, is the Executive Director of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre and a passionate advocate for refugees and asylum seekers. He has fought a number of high-profile High Court cases on behalf of asylum seekers (the winning bidder is responsible for arranging the date and place for the gathering and covering meal costs).

Lunch with Michael Kirby in Sydney or Melbourne for up to 4 people


Renowned ex High Court judge Michael Kirby is almost busier in retirement than he was on the bench, but the "great dissenter" will take time out for lunch with you and your friend in Sydney or Melbourne. Mr Kirby was a great defender of human rights during his distinguished career as a lawyer and judge and continues that role with his tireless work raising the profile of human rights issues around the world (the winning bidder is responsible for arranging the date and place for the lunch and covering meal costs).

Test drive a million-dollar Commodore and a rare Renault Fluence

Betterplace electric CommodoreBetterplace Fluence

This is your chance to test drive the prototype electric Commodore and Europe's most advanced electric car. There are only seven electric Commodores in existence and just four Renault Fluences in Australia. Neither model is commercially available and this opportunity is not open to the general public. Spend a half day zipping around town in the Holden Commodore Calais before taking the Renault Fluence ZE out in the afternoon. This is your chance to sample the future of driving next wave in automotive technology in these two electric battery switching cars. For more information on Betterplace, visit their website.

$1000 Pia du Pradal gift voucher and consultation, including flight to Brisbane and accommodation

Pia du Pradal

Pia du Pradal is a Queensland designer who, over the past 20 years, has established a label to suit a sophisticated clientele with discerning taste. Known for quality tailoring and European styling in exquisite fabrics, the range covers professional suits, racewear, weddings and special occasion, as well as the more relaxed weekend wear. Each garment is produced in Brisbane with great attention to detail, by highly skilled staff who understand that the female form does not always come in exact sizes. This item includes a consultation with Pia at her Brisbane store over champagne (if you'd like). A travel voucher for flights for one to and from Brisbane is also included. For more information on Pia's collections, visit her website.

The travel voucher is with compliments of Freedman & Turner Travel Associates, a boutique style travel agency designed to cater for the frequent and more discerning traveller in search of new experiences or the ultimate in luxury holidays. Freedman & Turner is part of the national Travel Associates brand. Visit their website for more information.

A tour of the Australian Synchrotron for up to eight people


The Australian Synchrotron is a scientific research facility located opposite Monash University's Clayton campus, at the heart of a technology and innovation hub. It is a world-class science and research facility producing powerful beams of light that can be used to examine the atomic and molecular detail of a wide range of materials. The facility, which is the nation's most significant piece of scientific infrastructure, actively supports research in many important areas, including advanced materials, agriculture, biomedics, defence, environmental sustainability and food technology.

Tours of the synchrotron are not open to the general public. As an extra bonus, this tour will be conducted by the Director of the Synchrotron, Prof. Keith Nugent, or another senior executive scientist. Visit the Synchrotron website for more details.

Richmond Football Club Match Day Experience

Richmond FC

Two tickets to attend a Richmond Football Club home game at the MCG for the 2013 home and away season, including a pre-game briefing by a member of the coaching staff and access for two people to the Inner Sanctum match day function. This experience also includes premium undercover reserved seating and half time footy fare. Game to be determined by the Richmond Football Club. Visit the Richmond F.C. website.

St Kilda Football Club Match Day Experience

St Kilda FC

Two tickets to attend a St Kilda Football Club home game at Etihad Stadium for the 2013 home and away season, including a pre-game briefing by List Manager Ameet Bains, reserved seating and post-game access to the players' change rooms. Game to be confirmed with winning bidder. Visit the St Kilda F.C. website.

Two tickets to Golden Plains Music Festival, 9-11 March, 2013

Golden Plains

Golden Plains is a Premium Music Festival on an Epic Long Weekend in the Greatest of Outdoors at the Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre. It is staged in Autumn so the weather is warm and stable. There's no commercial sponsors, and nothing being marketed to you for the whole long weekend. Camp wherever you like, bring almost everything and anything if you want - you can bring a couch and plant it in the Amphitheatre for the weekend, and soak. it. all. up. This will be Golden Plains seventh year, and it will sell out as always. Visit the Golden Plains website for details.

Value: $596

A hot air balloon ride for two over Melbourne

Balloon Flight

Haven't you always wanted to experience flight in a hot air balloon? Floating gently through the air with no motors and no noise, down low over the trees or going high above the city. Let the professional team at Picture This Ballooning take you on Melbourne's best ballooning experience. This flight voucher can be redeemed for a midweek flight for two adults. Upgrades are available for weekend flights & to include the post flight 6-star gourmet buffet breakfast with champagne. Visit the Picture This website for flight details.

Value: $600 approx

Seven nights' accommodation at a Port Douglas townhouse

Port Douglas

Seven nights at Port Douglas luxury beach front accommodation. Located right on Four Mile Beach in the Solander neighbourhood, this modern villa offers ideal family accommodation with emphasis on privacy, relaxation and lifestyle. Featuring heated swimming pool and air-conditioned sleeping for six. Architecturally designed, the villa exudes spaciousness and light with beautiful timber floors and features. It includes direct private beach access, delightful chef's kitchen, separate indoor and outdoor dining areas, BBQ, Austar and wi-fi internet.

The booking must be made within twelve months and is subject to availability (there are no blackout dates).

Thanks to Port Douglas Getaways

Value: $2800

A weekend for up to 12 people at Isabelle Beach House, Mornington Peninsula

Isabelle House

Isabelle Beach House is a luxury holiday rental on the Mornington Peninsula which comfortably sleeps 12 people. The property is featured in "Beautiful Accommodation", a publication which showcases by invitation only, the best holiday properties available in Australia. It has extensive outdoor living areas, focused around a 60's pool and an 8 person spa. The house is beautifully furnished, has high quality bed linen and gorgeous artwork. There are two foxtel IQ units (including sport and children's channels), Blu Ray and high speed wireless internet. The Tyrone foreshore beach is just a short walk away and a fabulous selection of Victoria's top wineries, golf courses, hot springs and beaches are all close by. Visit www.isabellebeachhouse.com.au for more details.

Valid from 15 April 2013 to 31 October 2013 (subject to availability). Blackout dates: July school holidays (28 June-15 July 2013) and September school holidays (20 September-7 October 2013)

Value: $1380

Go running with the experts

Run Ready

Improve your running with a specialised Run Ready program. Run Ready’s Nick Bowden has 20 years of coaching experience, most recently as the National Junior Development & Transition Manager for Athletics Australia. Programs include Speed for Sport, Women’s Run Group and Run Ready Kids.

Value: $150

Dinner for two at Three Palms, Sorrento

Three Palms

Based in the heart of Sorrento, Three Palms brings you an exciting dining experience with our varied menu origins and our unique share style dining. All our dishes have been selected for their amazing character and are designed to be shared, between two as an intimate assiette; or more as a gastronomic feast. Make your selections, or let us choose for you and delight in a myriad of flavours, brought to your table with zest, vivacity and a little chaos for good measure. For menus and more, visit the Three Palms website.

Value: $100


Untitled (In Spates 5), by Sam Shmith

Sam Shmith

125 x 75cm (print), 138 x 89cm (framed), pigment print on archival rag, 2011 (Edition 2 of 4, plus 2 artist's proofs)

Sam Shmith's sublime and cinematic scenes are the result of arduously compositing thousands of digital images from his vast archives. Focusing on his photographic archives as raw ingredients, Shmith uses these images to "paint" large-scale landscapes that sit between the real and the surreal. The imposed luminosity and the rich colours of the work further bring on a prevailing sense of the artificial, the synthetic. Shmith creates these scenes with the intent that the viewer should have the knowledge that these places are constructed, whilst at the same time convinced of their authenticity.

Sam has recently been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (2011) for this particular work. In 2010, he was awarded GQ's Artist of the Year. He was also a finalist in the National Photography Prize and again for the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (2010). His works appear in the collection of Art Bank, Albury Art Gallery, influential collector Patrick Corrigan, National Gallery of Victoria and private collections throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. Visit Sam Shmith's website or the Arc One Gallery's Sam Shmith page.

Edition 2 of 4 (plus 2 artist's proofs)

Value: $4700

"The Dignity of Man as Worker", Peninsula School Mt Eliza, by Wolfgang Sievers AO (1913-2007)


Silver gelatin print framed, 1955

Statement from Julian Burnside AO QC: "Wolfgang Sievers came to Australia in 1938, a refugee from Germany. He became the pre-eminent industrial and architectural photographer in Australia. I bought a large collection of his work from him in 2006. Shortly before his death in 2007, Wolfgang gave me all his remaining photographs, to sell for the benefit of any human rights causes I choose. He was keen that the sale of his remaining photographs should benefit human rights causes in Australia. I think the Castan Centre is a cause he would have been very proud to support."

This print is from the collection of the artist. It is signed and dated by the artist.

Donated by Julian Burnside AO QC

Value: $4000

"Aboriginal Family, Methodist Mission Station", Weipa, Cape York, Nth Qld, by Wolfgang Sievers AO (1913-2007)

Aboriginal family

Silver gelatin print framed, 1957

This print is from the collection of the artist. It is signed and dated by the artist.

Value: $5000

Untitled #8, by Pei Pei He

Pei Pei He

60 x 120cm oil on canvas, unframed, 2011

Pei Pei He was 16 when she was forced to leave urban Shanghai to perform physical labour in a far removed rural village. Ever since then the notion of the City has emanated as a poignant universal symbol of freedom and opportunity for her. When the Chinese Cultural Revolution ended in 1978, He was able to return to the city of Shenzhen where she studied art and worked as a photographic journalist, before moving to Australia. Pei Pei is a multi-award winning artist represented by Nellie Castan Gallery. Visit the Nellie Castan Gallery's website.

Value: $1800

Photograph by Thomas Kane

Thomas Kane

Photographer Thomas Kane's images depict natural and urban life but often aspects which have passed others by. His long exposures of coastal and inland waterways capture a tranquillity and vastness in contrast to his collection of Street Art which records the colour and edginess that add to modern cityscapes.

This limited edition Framed photograph of Kerferd Road Pier and Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club Gantry has been donated to the Castan Centre by the artist. His web gallery can be viewed at: http://www.thomaskanephotography.com/

Value: $600

"Ikat" 2012, original textile design by Georgia Chapman, Vixen

Georgia Chapman

50 x 50cm, digital print on nylon mesh and silk satin

Design company Vixen Australia was founded in Melbourne in 1992. Since then, it has become a leading fashion and textile label, as well as attaining national and international recognition for its commitment to hand-production. Vixen's work is featured in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, and the company have been commissioned to design iconic items, such as the scarves for the Australian women's team at the Sydney Olympics. By the time a Vixen product reaches a retail outlet, it has been handled by approximately 12-14 people: designers, printers, pressers, cutters, makers and finishers. It's this artisan approach that makes the finished product unique. For more on Vixen, visit their website.

Donated by Georgia Chapman

Value: $300

"Jesus would have walked to Christmas Island" - Signed First Dog on the Moon Cartoon

Asylum Seekers

First Dog on the Moon is the Editorial Cartoonista for online e-zine crikey.com.au which is Australia's best and most interesting news and media website. He cartoons there every single day except weekends, and occasionally when he is taking a well deserved break from holding the nation to account for its folly. First Dog on the Moon is a sneering elitist, and devilishly handsome. This cartoon, framed and signed by the artist, is one of First Dog's classic contributions to the asylum-seeker debate. Click on the image above to see the full-size cartoon on the Crikey website.

"Lie back and think of the Constitution..." - Signed First Dog on the Moon Cartoon

Plain packs

First Dog on the Moon is the Editorial Cartoonista for online e-zine crikey.com.au which is Australia's best and most interesting news and media website. He cartoons there every single day except weekends, and occasionally when he is taking a well deserved break from holding the nation to account for its folly. First Dog on the Moon is a sneering elitist, and devilishly handsome. This cartoon, framed and signed by the artist, is First Dog's take on the High Court's hearing on the Government's "plain packaging" law for cigarette packs. Click on the image above to see the full-size cartoon on the Crikey website.

Goods & Memorabilia

Apology to the Stolen Generations, signed by The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP

Kevin Rudd Apology

A watershed moment in Australia's relationship with its Indigenous peoples is captured in this original framed certificate of the apology made to the Stolen Generations in 2008. The apology was delivered by the then-Prime Minister at the opening of the first parliamentary sitting day of the new Labor government. It has kindly been donated and signed by Mr Rudd (the image above is indicative only - our version is currently at the framers and includes both the printed version of Mr Rudd's signature and an actual signature. Note that these certificates were printed after the 2008 apology but are now out of print).

Vernon Chalker's Awesome Old Wines

Vernon Chalker, the legendary pioneer of Melbourne's small-bar scene, has selected half a dozen of his favourite old red wines that you won't find in any shop and won't need to cellar. The wines will be on display on the night. Caveat Emptor!

Value: priceless

A dozen bottles of Martha Cove Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Martha Cove

Martha Cove Vineyard is located in the acclaimed Australian wine district on rising north facing slopes overlooking Martha Cove, Port Phillip Bay. The vineyard is depicted on the label in the evocative crayon drawing by the distinguished artist, Marc Rambeau. The terroir is ideal for the production of cool climate wine varieties, pinot noir and pinot gris. With meticulous attention to viticulture, Martha Cove celebrates the philosophy - 'it is in the vineyard a great wine is made'.

Donated by Justice Peter Vickery

Value: $570

12 month coffee subscription from Sensory Lab

Sensory Lab

The Sensory Lab coffee subscription delivers a premium single estate coffee blend directly to your door each fortnight for a year, so that you can enjoy Melbourne's best coffee at home every day.

Sensory Lab is an end-user focused retail brand that showcases various brewing methods; created to provide an educational platform and introduction to 3rd wave (speciality) coffee. The primary retail offering is exotic single estate coffee from around the world. Sensory Lab is a holistic, cellar-door sensory coffee experience; sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. You can visit the website at www.sensorylab.com.au.

Donated by Salvatore Malatesta

Value: $480

Soundtrack to the Sapphires plus poster, both signed by Deborah Mailman

The Sapphires Motion Picture Soundtrack features all of the soul classics from the hit Australian film The Sapphires and - as an added bonus - it's signed by one of the film's stars, Deborah Mailman (Deborah also starred in this year's ABC film Mabo as Eddie Mabo's wife, Bonita). There's also a signed Sapphires publicity photo for your bedroom wall.

Raffle items

First prize: Samsung Galaxy S III 4G phone


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Value: $864

Second Prize - Bikini Buster

Buy fashionable swimwear from SeaFolly and eat chocolate from Supply Warehouse's huge range of brands while listening to the Sapphires soundtrack, signed by Deborah Mailman. What's not to love?


SeaFolly Gift Voucher: Since 1975, Seafolly has been at the epicentre of Australian beach lifestyle and has quickly become one of the most recognized swimwear and beach lifestyle brands world-wide. Seafolly offers a fun, fashion forward and innovative range of swim and lifestyle wear for women, girls and boys. Seafolly have all your Summer essentials, an array of bikinis, one piece swimsuits, cover ups and apparel along with an extensive accessories collection. Learn more about SeaFolly's range here. Donated by Andie and Anthony Halas.

Value: $300

Supply Warehouse Chocolate Hamper: Supply Warehouse will hand pick a hamper of fantastic chocolate items from its huge range of products from this country's leading retail brands. For more on Supply Warehouse, visit their website. Donated by Danielle Buntman.

Value: $50

The Sapphires Motion Picture Soundtrack: This soundtrack features all of the soul classics from the hit Australian film The Sapphires and - as an added bonus - it's signed by one of the film's stars, Deborah Mailman. Deborah also starred in this year's ABC film Mabo as Eddie Mabo's wife, Bonita.

Value: $20

Third prize: Lawyer's Day Out

Rub shoulders with high-powered lawyers as you have lunch at Caterina's, head on to dinner at The Smith Restaurant and Bar in Prahran, and then relax at home with the first two seasons of the smash UK legal drama Silk (or, of course, take it a little slower and enjoy them all on different days).


Lunch at Caterina's Cucina e Bar: Underground and private, Caterina's Cucina e Bar, is an exciting lunch-only restaurant, frequented by business high-flyers, and others looking for that unique Italian experience. It does a roaring lunch trade invigorated by the regional Italian food of chefs Jerry Woo & Alessandro Violi. With 400 wines on the main list and a dozen or so by the glass, Caterinas is certainly serious about their wine. Caterina Borsato, who launched her restaurant back in 1994, is well-known from her weekly cooking show on Channel 31, called ‘Regional Italian Cuisine'. For more information on Caterina's, visit their website.

Value: $150

The Smith

Dinner for two at The Smith Restaurant & Bar, Prahran: The Smith Family is headed by Michael Lambie and Scott Borg. Together the lads have invited former colleagues and friends to front the kitchen, bar, events and floor. Decades of experience, training and talent combine to offer guests an all-encompassing hospitality experience in a smart casual manner. The Smith offers all day dining and grazing until later. The globetrotting dishes cover European classics, South American flavours and a breadth of Asian style. For more information about The Smith, visit their website.

Value: $100


Silk, seasons 1 and 2 on DVD: Smart and classy with sharp, witty dialogue, Silk is a fast-paced drama following the rivalry, tension, passion and intrigue of life on the front line of criminal law. Martha Costello is a brilliant, passionate defence barrister with a reputation for defending the poor and downtrodden. She is about to embark on the next step of her career and apply for 'Silk'. She wants to become a member of the highly prestigious Queen's Counsel. But she's not the only one at her chambers applying. Joining Martha is Clive Reader; charming and ruthless, funny, gifted and dangerous. Only one is likely to be made QC so how they perform in court is vital and Clive knows how to play the game. As seen on ABC1.

Value: $80

Fourth Prize - Dinner and Beer

Enjoy a meal out at Melbourne institution Punch Lane and enjoy a selection of a dozen beers on the couch, courtesy of The Beerboys.

Punch Lane

Dinner for two at Punch Lane: A pioneer of laneway dining in Melbourne, Punch Lane has been a favourite amongst theatre-goers, wine-lovers and long-lunchers for over 17 years. Owner Martin Pirc has amassed an eclectic bunch of curios, including a rich timber bar made of 100 year-old-jarrah floorboards salvaged from an old basketball court in Healesville and red leather chairs that The Beatles sat in when they visited Australia in 1964. Head chef Luke Croston has recently returned from working in a Two Michelin star restaurant in France to create an exciting new menu celebrating the small plates tradition of dining.

Value: $200

Beer Boys

Beerboys.com.au sample pack: Love a good beer? Want to try something different? Heres the perfect opportunity to taste a range of award winning Australian craft beers. The Beer Boys Beer Sample Pack consists of 12 individual beers covering a range of styles and tastes from independent microbreweries. Guaranteed to satisfy any beer lover or perfect as a special gift. Details of Sample Pack #8 are available here. You can learn more about Beer Boys on their website.

Value: $50

Fifth Prize: Wine and Learn

Win a year's subscription to the Alternative Law Journal, plus half a dozen bottles of Alt LJ wine.

Alw Law Journal

Alternative Law Journal subscription: The Alternative Law Journal is a quarterly, refereed law journal published in Melbourne. It is the leading Australian human rights, law reform and social justice law journal based in the Law Faculty at Monash University. See the website for subscriptions.

Value: $100

Alternative Law Journal Wine: The Alt LJ's private sommelier has selected half a dozen bottles of high quality quantum meruit wine with their own label by artist Marina Strocci. It goes without saying that these wines have special appeal.

Value: $90



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