Fifty years of professional life and devoted conscientious citizenship in Australia have won for Dr. T. Fiaschi the rich reward of a general admiration, which was demonstratively
manifested at a dinner tendered him in the Ambassadors last evening.
The movement, designed primarily to cele- brate his professional jubilee, was inaugu- rated by the "Dante Alighieri," with which men and women representing all sections of the community joined.
On behalf of this large community, Pro-
fessor E. G. Waterhouse presented to Dr. Fiaschi a portrait of himself, by Mr. Dattilo Rubbo, a gold medal from the Dante Alig- hieri Society, and a book of autographs il- luminated by Mr. Hardy Wilson.
Dr. Fiaschi, said Professor Waterhouse, in proposing the toast of his health, was a man of tremendous and dominating person- ality, whose presence had enriched the life of Australia.
The Chief Secretary (Mr. Lazzarini) said that Dr. Fiaschi had been a soldier and a surgeon, but most of all he had been a citi-
Speaking for the Italian community in New South Wales, Mr. A. Baccarini said that Dr. Fiaschi had all the high qualities of the race, and was not only a loyal and fine Italian, but an Australian of the manliest and noblest type.
Dr. Millard, who represented the British Medical Association, said that his profession was proud to own Dr. Fiaschi, and was proud to see him so passionately honoured.
Judge Hamilton (representing the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales), Colonel J. McMahon (Chamber of Agriculture), Mr. A. B. Piddington (Modern Languages' Association), Psofessor P. Bonnet (L'Alliance Française), and Dr. J. C. Shand also spoke appreciatively of the guest and of his work.
Dr. Fiaschi, in reply, said he had always tried to keep before him the ideal of fostering the good relations between Britain, Italy, and Australia. He knew his shortcomings only too well, but he had thrown every ounce of his ability into this work. Now, after 50 years in Australia, he was overjoyed to hear someone call him a pioneer. No one on earth he admired more than the Australian pioneer, and if he could believe that in after years men would talk of him as a pioneer he would be satisfied.