State Visits are usually very formal affairs, with lots of gilt and glitter.  But, with a relationship as close as Australia and New Zealand’s, you’d be forgiven for asking whether any of that is really necessary. We’re such great mates; wouldn’t it be possible to just get together for a barbecue? Why do we bother with all of the formalities? 

Seventy years ago, Charles Frost arrived in Colombo as Australia’s first Commissioner to Ceylon. He became High Commissioner early the following year upon Ceylon’s independence. Since then, Ceylon has become Sri Lanka, and 22 Australian High Commissioners have called Colombo home.