Don Farrands


From: Wednesday April 18, 2018, 12:30 pm

To: Wednesday April 18, 2018, 2:00 pm

Don is a commercial lawyer, chartered accountant and director.  He has qualifications in law, economics, accounting and finance. When at university he served five years in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra as trombonist. Don was a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, then CFO for Comalco Smelting, an aluminium producer. Don is currently at the Melbourne bar specialising in energy and commercial law.  He has been a co-founder of a renewable energy company which ultimately listed on the London Stock Exchange. He has written a leading text, The Law of Options and Other Pre-emptive Rights, which was recently endorsed by the NSW Court of Appeal. Don tells me he may well switch to that topic tonight instead.


Don has chaired Women’s Housing, a major NFP organisation dedicated to facilitating better housing options for disadvantaged women. He is currently a director of Wallara Australia, a major disability organisation, assisting some 600 disabled persons across Victoria.  Don’s abiding passions are his family, rugby, and classical music.


In 2017, Don’s new book, The Glass Soldier, was published by Big Sky Publishing. It tells the story of the life of his grandfather, Nelson Ferguson, a stretcher bearer in the Great War.  It is a story of trauma, hope, miracles and triumph.  Don will speak on the topics of the Great, war, Australia’s involvement, disability, and recovery, through the lens of one of the countless great veterans of World War 1. His presentation will stir the soul.


Book Royalties to the Fred Hollows Foundation

Royalties from the sale of the book go to the Fred Hollows Foundation in aide of eye treatments to restore sight. Last year, the Fred Hollows Foundation performed more than 1 million eye operations. It is an incredible organisation and deserves strong support.



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