The Hon. Alexander Downer AC, the Australian High Commissioner to the UK, visited the region on 27 May to attend the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of Sir Henry Parkes.
The plaque was unveiled at Sir Henry Parkes’ original home at Moat House Cottage in Canley. Sir Henry was born at Moat House Cottage, which was then part of the Stoneleigh Estate (owned by the Leigh family). Sir Henry became a significant and much loved Australian politician and businessman who served as a Premier of New South Wales and is still referred to today by Australians as the "Father of Federation".
While in Coventry the High Commissioner visited the Warwick campus with the newly-appointed Lord Mayor Councillor Michael Hammon and Sheila Woolf, Chair of the Stoneleigh History Society, and attended a dinner that evening at St Mary’s Hall, Coventry, hosted by the Lord Mayor.