ANZALS is sad to announce that Elery Hamilton-Smith, one of the founding fathers of Australian leisure studies, passed away on Saturday 27 June. Elery first started working in leisure studies before leisure studies existed in Australia. His work in community development and youth work helped to form the fledgling field of leisure studies in the early 1970s. Elery had a distinguished career in academia and private consulting. Elery was involved in the recreation benefits movement with Bev Driver and colleagues in the early 1990s and made contributions to leisure studies throughout his life. ANZALS extend our condolences to Elery’s family and friends. He will be missed. More details about Elery’s contribution to leisure studies will be included in the next edition of the ANZALS Magazine.
There will be a memorial service in Melbourne on Wednesday 1 July at 3pm St Francis Church Pastoral Centre, 326 Lonsdale Street Melbourne.