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SIMS Emerald Dinner 2019

Registrations for this event are now closed.

As the principal fundraising event of the year, SIMS is immensely grateful for your support, and the support of all our partners and sponsors. 

2019 Emerald Dinner Catalogue 

Aurora Expeditions Live Auction Prize 


A life time experience for two people aboard Aurora Expeditions new state-of-the-art purpose built expedition vessel, the Greg Mortimer will be on offer at the 2019 Emerald Dinner.  

The new 104-metre ice class 1A expedition ship will launch in 2019, utilising the latest advancements in naval design and technology to make exploring remote destinations even easier and to create a more enjoyable and comfortable expedition experience.


This year Aurora Expeditions are generously offering a choice of two spectacular expeditions.

The winning bidder will choose between experiencing the West Greenland Explorer  (18 - 28 May, 2020) where nearly 24 hours of daylight will allow you to witness the great melt with rivers gushing, sea ice breaking up, glaciers calving ... and not forgetting superb whale and bird watching

Or, discovering the staggering beauty of Iceland, Svalbard, and Jan Mayen  (12 - 22 June, 2020). See dramatic bird cliffs and puffins nesting on ledges, marvel at volcanic geology, Zodiac cruise through impressive glacier-filled fjords, strike out on tundra hikes, search for polar bears hunting and walrus hauled out on pack ice.

Library and Multi-media room


And if all that is not enough, Aurora Expeditions are also offering  accommodation in a Balcony Stateroom which features a private balcony and large windows to take in the beautiful landscape. For full conditions of the Aurora Expeditions Live Auction Prize contact Janine.Bavin@sims.org.au

Photo L: Library, Greg Mortimer vessel 


Lizard Island Resort Live Auction Prize 


Enjoy three nights at the luxury Lizard Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef.

Lizard Island is an indulgent retreat offering sensational diving, snorkelling right off the beach and a superb dining setting amongst pristine white sands and clear blue waters.

For full conditions contact Janine.Bavin@sims.org.au 



Captain Cook Cruises Live Auction Prize 

Join Captain Cook Cruises and choose from one of 3 unique seven night itineraries across turquoise waters to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands
departing weekly, or Fiji’s remote north departing monthly, from Port Denarau. 

This fantastic prize is for two adults in a Tabua Suite opening directly to the outside deck

For full conditions contact Janine.Bavin@sims.org.au


'Decoration Fruits', 1958, by Henri Matisse


Colour lithograph after paper cut- out and gouache from Matisse’s ‘Les Dernieres Oeuvres de Matisse’ portfolio. In his late sixties, when ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions.  In time, Matisse chose cut-outs over painting, and he had invented a new medium in combining the method with lithography.

Kindly donated by Chase Gallery.

‘Underwater Garden’ oil painting by Robyn Collier

Artist, Robyn Collier is well known as a prominent Australian wilderness landscape and seascape painter of contemporary realism who started painting in the early 1970s. Collier’s work explores the environment from which she has learned through the observation of nature and constant hard work – being a self realised artist. Having spent many years painting en plein air she graduated to studio work and subjects requiring more time and reference while still retaining the alla prima technique.

Kindly donated by Robyn Collier.