CANBERRA, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mayor Joanna Gash, of Shoalhaven City Council (population 96,000), today announced strong historical links with the Royal couple’s darling love story when inviting the Duke and Duchess to visit the scenic city, close to Sydney, during their upcoming Australian tour.
The charming tale starts way back in the 18th century with Alexander Berry, an alumni of St Andrews University. After immigrating to Australia, Alexander helped establish the first European settlement on the NSW South Coast.
On his death (1873), Alexander bequeathed his estate to brother David Berry. As part of Alexander’s final wishes, David then bequeathed 100,000 pounds (worth approximately $16 million today) to St Andrews on his own death (1889). It has been said that the money saved the university from its dire financial straits.
St Andrews University is where, while studying in 2005, Prince William met Kate Middleton.
Shoalhaven features stunning scenery, unspoiled natural beauty and attractions, including wineries and restaurants such as ‘Rick Stein at Bannisters’, the famous chef’s only restaurant outside the UK. International tourists adore ‘The Shoalhaven’ with more visiting the area from the UK than any other country in the world.
Shoalhaven Council will hand deliver an invitation for the Royal visit to Australia’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet this week. It is proposing a four-day itinerary for the Royal couple, including a visit to Coolangatta Mountain, the resting place of David Berry.
Mayor Joanna Gash said without Alexander Berry’s donation it was unlikely the Royal couple would have met: “The donation helped make one of the most famous relationships in the world possible. Everlasting images of the past decade, including the Royal wedding and the birth of Prince George, may not have been possible without The Shoalhaven.”
The Duke of Cambridge might consider a visit to HMAS Albatross, home of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm and the Navy's only Air Station. HMAS Cresswell is on the shores of Jervis Bay which has the whitest sand in the world.