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Today marks the 80th anniversary of travel writer Eric Newby’s Last Grain Race voyage to Australia

A collection newly acquired by the Society includes photographs and diary entries by one of the world’s first travel writers, Eric Newby, who set sail, aged just 18, from Belfast 80 years ago today for one of the last grain races to Australia.

Baroness Lynda Chalker is Society’s new President

At the Society’s Annual General Meeting today, Baroness Chalker will become President for a three year term.