Daniel Kane 1948-2021

(Updated 29 April 2021)

Daniel Kane smiles

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, Dr Daniel (Danny) Kane, who died on 16 April 2021 in Melbourne. Danny has been an Esperantist since 1965. He held an impressive position with the Australian Diplomatic Service (at the Australian Embassy in Beijing) and later became Professor of Chinese at Macquarie University (Sydney). In 2006 he taught a course on the teaching of Esperanto at the Institute of Languages, University of New South Wales.

Danny was widely known as a kind-hearted, good-natured, intelligent and kind man. He leaves two sons and one daughter.

A memorial service was held Monday, 26 April 2021, at 2pm, at Wallumatta Function Centre, Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, corner of Delhi and Plassey Roads, North Ryde NSW. Macquarie Park Cemetery will also be Danny’s final resting place, so one had the opportunity to pay respects to him and his wife, Xiaoqing, at their burial plot on the day.

Watch an interview with Daniel, from a video by Nicole Else, during the Australian Esperanto Congress in Canberra, January 2014:

(Thank you to Heather Heldzingen and Nicole Else for their help with this announcement. – Jonathan Cooper)

Monthly lecture series via Zoom

A man, and a woman in traditional Mongolian costume

So GILSU and Tatjana LOSKUTOVA (18 April)

The 3rd Sunday of each month
4–6pm Sydney time (UTC+10: Note that Sydney is no longer in daylight-saving time)


(All lectures in Esperanto)

16 May 2021

(To be announced)

If you would like to attend, or to present something yourself, please write to:

Previous sessions

(All lectures in Esperanto)

18 April 2021

The strategy of the Esperanto movement in Asia, 1989–1995 – So GILSU (Korea)
Part 2 of the exploration of the history of Esperanto in Asia.
Esperanto teaching: some of my experience in Asian countries – Tatjana LOSKUTOVA (Russia)
“Since my visit to China (the 89th World Congress, in 2004) and my voyage to Japan (the 92nd World Congress, in 2007) I have longed for Asia. However, not only its exoticism attracted me, but also a wish to help local Esperantists integrate and spread the International Language into social and cultural life. As a result: Esperanto teaching in seven Asian countries.”
Note: For unavoidable reasons, the sound quality is not good. We apologise.

21 March 2021

The Asian Esperanto movement in the beginning: 1965–1990 – So GILSU (Korea)
First part of three lectures on the Esperanto movement in Asia/Oceania. The series will continue in the April and May sessions.
To recreate paradise – Paulo S VIANA (Brazil)
World-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife Wanick Salgado have been involved in a major project to reforest the Atlantic Forest in Brazil for several years – a major ecological system of which 90 percent has already destroyed by humans. Their activity inspires other people to do the same and is internationally recognised.

21 February 2021

Amnesty International – Trevor Steele (Australia)
Trevor explains the origin, history, aims and principles of this world-famous association, and mentions some of its achievements.
Who am I? DNA for genealogy – Joanne Johns (Australia)
Hear a stranger-than-fiction story of a nine-year search for one amorous crew member. Is it possible to find a family member without even a name?
NOTE: For reasons of privacy, this lecture is not viewable on YouTube.

20 December 2020

ACM: Afrika Centro Mondcivitana (African World-Citizen Centre) – François HOUNSOUNOU (Benin). ACM Benin is a non-government non-profit organisation. It has a double role: education and Esperanto. François clarified its role. [Note: Unfortunately, the sound quality of the original lecture was too low, due to a bad internet connection, so this is a new recording.]
The Communication Mask Initiative – Rainer Kurz (Germany). Rainer founded the initiative communicationMask.org. The non-profit team is developing see-through masks against COVID-19 so that we can soon start normal life again without endangering others.

15 November 2020

Eldonejo Lorenz: 45 years promoting spiritism and Esperanto – Alvaro Motta (Brazil)
The Filipino language: an identity crisis? A curious product of colonial memory – Albert Stalin Garrido (Philippines)
The Filipino language, officially the national language of the Philippines, has a curious element: it is a confusing mix of several languages, local and foreign. How does that affect its speakers? Can you understand a few sentences? Take a look at the curious language policy in the Philippines, itself a trace of centuries of colonial roots.

18 October 2020

MAS (Monda Asembleo Socia = World Social Assembly) – Through pictures, Eddy Raats (Belgium) explained the constitution of MAS, then talked about MAS publications and showed the covers of some new publications. Finally, he presented some of his works and talked about his current project.
KER exams – Szabolcs SZILVA (Hungary/Poland) explained the meaning of KER exams and led a number of interactive tasks with the participants. He also presented his new book, Pri Kio Temas. (Note: Szabolcs SZILVA does not officially represent the KER team.)

20 September 2020

My life as an Esperantist – Famous Esperantist Carl Minnaja explored his very diverse life as an Esperantist and also alluded to a few non-Esperantist parts.
Asocio de Verduloj Esperantistaj (AVE)Manfred Westermayer from Germany presented the history, evolution, aims, achievements and current situation of AVE, the Association of Green Esperantists.
Information about AVE (in Esperanto)

16 August 2020

Historic pandemics and their aftermathTrevor Steele (Australia)
Kenwood House: an historic mansion in north LondonAnna Löwenstein (UK). Anna is a volunteer (in happier times) at Kenwood House in north London. This beautiful mansion is now full of outstanding artwork from the 17th to 19th centuries. Anna showed some of the most important paintings, and told us some unexpected facts about the people who lived there 250 years ago.

19 July 2020

Monato – 40 years: the history of the world-famous Esperanto magazine – Paŭl Peeraerts (Belgium), chief editor of Monato
The main sociological reasons for and effects of COVID-19, and how Hungary has succeeded in dealing with the epidemic – Dr Márkus Gábor (Hungary), economist and author

Future dates

20 June 2021
18 July 2021
15 August 2021
19 September 2021
17 Oktober 2021
21 November 2021
19 December 2021

Lectures on YouTube (September 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two more lectures via Zoom, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association, are now viewable:
Sunday, 20 September 2020

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):

Lectures on YouTube (August 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two more lectures via Zoom, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association, are now viewable:
Sunday, 16 August 2020

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):

Two lectures now on YouTube (July 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two lectures via Zoom, Sunday, 19 July 2020, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association:

  • Monato – 40 jaroj”: The hisory of the world-famous Esperanto magazine – Paul Peeraerts (Belgium)
  • La ĉefaj sociosciencaj kialoj kaj efikoj de KOVIM-19, kaj kiel Hungario sukcesis trakti la epidemion” (The main sociological reasons for and effects of COVID-19, and how Hungary has succeeded in dealing with the epidemic) – Dr Márkus Gábor (Hungary)

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):

Virtual One-day Congress

Sunday, 7 June 2020
Using Zoom

UPDATE 11 June 2020: Watch videos
5 Esperantists

Duncan Charters, Katalin Kováts, jOmO, Renato Corsetti, Keyhan Sayadpour

We had the following overseas presenters:
• Duncan Charters, USA
• Katalin Kováts, Netherlands
• jOmO, France
• Renato Corsetti, UK
• Keyhan Sayadpour, Iran

We also organised a few language sessions for beginners.

Participation was FREE. You could join for the whole day or chose some selected sessions only.


[Eastern Australian time zone (UTC+10:00)]

All lectures, and videos, are in Esperanto.

Opening “ceremony”: Welcome, clarification about the program

Esperanto during COVID-19 – Duncan Charters, USA (president of the World Esperanto Association)

The Encyclopedia of Adam Lindsay Gordon – John Adams and the Torquay Esperanto Coffee Club

A famous-unknown woman from Adelaide – Katja Steele, Australia

Quiz: Languages and geography – Benno Lang, Australia

Coffee break

The COVID-19 pandemic and the health system in Iran – Keyhan Sayadpour, Iran (president of the Iranian Esperanto Association)


Diaries from Hell: The chronicles of Viktor Klemperer – Trevor Steele, Australia
Viktor Klemperer was a Jew who miraculously survived the 12 years of Hitler.

Montessori education – Penny Vos, Australia
What it is, and how it presents possibilities both for and through Esperanto

Coffee break

Important issues in the teaching of Esperanto – Katalin Kováts, Netherlands

How I write songs – jOmO, France (world-famous singer)


English and Esperanto – Renato Corsetti, UK

20:00 → 
Informal chat

2020 congress: comments & photos

Australia-New Zealand Congress and Summer school – Auckland, New Zealand (10 – 19 January 2020)

The 2020 Congress and Summer school was held at St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand.

Our special guests were Duncan Charters, the new president of UEA, and Stefan MacGill, a famous author and ex-vice-president of UEA (2013–2019). Among the program items were a games evening, a whole-day excursion to beautiful natural locations close to the city, a guided tour of Auckland Art Gallery, and a seminar for “Activist Development” (Aktivula Maturigo: AMO), which was about training Esperantists to increase their capabilities as activists for the language.

Download full program (in Esperanto) (304 KB PDF)

Group photo of congress participants
Back row: (from left) 1. Paŭlo Garwood, 2. Helen Palmer, 3. Georgia Naish, 4. Cecily Lee, 5. Vicky Crickett, 6. Rouan Van Ryn, 7. Franciska Toubale, 8. Emma Breuninger, 9. Chris Krageloh.
Middle row: 1. Martin Purdy, 2. Don Rogers, 3. Vere Williams, 4. Penny Vos, 5. Ivan Pivac, 6. David Dewar, 7. Karlo Egger, 8. Berni Heinze, 9. Michael Carney, 10. Erin McGifford, 11. Eileen Jones, 12. Paul Desailly, 13. Cindy Lu, 14. Stephen Pitney, 15. Mara Molnja (Marie Elliott).
Front row: 1. Kam Lee, 2. Ellen Thackray, 3. David Ryan, 4. Indrani Beharry-Lall, 5. Sandor Horvath, 6. Bradley McDonald, 7. Jonathan Cooper, 8. Heather Heldzingen, 9. Duncan Charters, 10. Stefan MacGill, 11. Zhang Wei (Wayne).
Missing from the photo: John Hyndman, Marumi Smith, Gary Smith.
Photo: Kam Lee

Emma Breuninger giving a talk to the group
Emma Breuninger speaking on “Vivo de ‘Germanaj Specialistoj’ en Sovetunio en la jaroj 1946 ĝis 1958”
Photo: Jonathan Cooper

People playing a game around a circular table
Games evening (winner of the Congress Photo Contest & the People’s Choice
Photo: Helen Palmer

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Selected comments (translated from Esperanto)

  • I enjoyed Stefan’s conversations and his teaching. … The course location was very good, the food pleasant enough and the program interesting.
  • Lots of talking was very helpful for pronunciation and thinking on my feet. It helped a lot.
  • The excursion to the art museum with Jonathan’s guidance was also very informative and enjoyable. …
    For thirty years I have attended congresses in many countries in Asia and Oceania. All the programs and entertainment and excursions and food and theater and auction, etc. of the first E-event for 2020, in beautiful Auckland, were the best for me.
  • I loved the course and the congress. Finally, the opportunity to use Esperanto with more skilled and experienced Esperantists. Thank you! I learned a lot in the class for progessing students, especially as Stefan spoke on a wide variety of subjects, and he is a pleasant and experienced teacher.
  • The plays were fun. It was very helpful to communicate with Duncan and Stefan about the global movement and to meet – and meet again – members of our local associations.
  • Duncan Charters is extremely interesting and he is an expert on the language and topics. We were extremely lucky to have him among us. Everyone was good-natured and friendly. The atmosphere was always welcoming.
  • I liked the informal storytelling session, … the games, the photo contest and tree planting.
  • A beautiful atmosphere of friendship, friendship, cooperation.
  • I liked this congress very much. The meals were good. The performances were good. The location, the houses and the surrounding countryside were good. I really enjoyed communicating with many other people who mastered the language so well. I can’t find one point I didn’t like. I look forward to the next congress in which I can participate.
  • It was good that Duncan encouraged people to come up with something in his class. That worked well for the Esperanto speakers who one normally doesn’t hear from to introduce themselves as well.
  • The games helped a lot in learning Esperanto. If there were more games in the lessons, I think that would improve the course.

A compilation of all comments about the congress is available for members of AEA and NZEA – email info@esperanto.org.au