The History of Rostrum
Rostrum Australia is an association of public speaking clubs, founded on 21 July 1930. The original Rostrum club ("The Rostrum") was founded in Manchester, England, on 21 July 1923 and its first meeting was held under a yew tree at Greendale Farm near Manchester. The first meeting in Australia was held under an Angophora tree in 1930.
This makes Rostrum the longest-running public speaking organisation in the world.
Rostrum clubs aim to help their members improve their speaking and meeting skills. They do this primarily through regular club meetings and less frequent competitions. The main national competition for members is the Sidney Wicks Speaking Competition, held about every 6 years. State and territory competitions are held throughout the year.
There are over 100 Rostrum clubs in Australia, collectively containing nearly 1700 members. Rostrum is a not-for-profit organisation and is not affiliated with any political or religious group.
If you have any general enquiries about Rostrum, please contact your state through our Contact Us form.
Rostrum Voice of Youth
Rostrum is extremely proud to champion the public speaking skills of Australian young people through the annual Rostrum Voice of Youth student development program. This is open to all high school students across Australia. The Voice of Youth culminates in the National Speaking Competition which involves a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. Over 3000 students participate in the Rostrum Voice of Youth each year, covering over 500 schools.