Australian High Commission
Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoros, Reunion Island (consular)

News22 - Greg Hastings in Mauritius

Aussie News - Issue 22 - August 2006

Wandering in the Bush Show a Big Hit with Mauritius Schools

Linda and Greg perform the Wandering
in the Bush Show for school children

The High Commission has been fortunate this last week (21-25 August 2006) to welcome Greg Hastings and Linda Gillian to Mauritius. Greg and Linda are entertainers who have spent the week performing their “Wandering in The Bush Show” to primary school groups including Clavis, Alexandra House, N. Saddal Government School, Arche de Zoe, Loretto Convent Curepipe, as well as a very special afternoon at the Shelter, run by Sheila Baguant.

Greg, known by many through out Australia as the "Wandering Man", has traversed over 400,000 kilometres around Australia amassing a unique knowledge of Australia and Australians, including some of the most respected elders of the Aboriginal people. This included learning to play the didgeridoo on his first tour of the Kimberley Aboriginal communities in 1988.

During their time in Mauritius, Greg and Linda have been performing for primary school children their “Wandering in the Bush Show”. The show incorporates songs and stories of Australian animals, including some didgeridoo pieces.

The children of Mauritius have been enchanted by the performances and have joined in the singing and hand actions with great enthusiasm. The High Commission would like to thank both Greg and Linda for donating their time free of charge, and Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel for their generous assistance in accommodating the performers during their stay on the island.

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