The 1983 National weekend in Queensland was attended by various overseas observers; three members of the Malaysian Cat Club as well as Lucy Koh from Singapore were present. Don Swanson (CFA) was the overseas judge and among the winning cats was GC Magnifique Mon Blanc (white Persian) as Best Longhair Cat; Best Kitten was blue and white Persian Glevum Rythm ’n’ Blues; and Overall Exhibit was GC Bajimbi Cream Tomboy (cream Burmese). There were around 500 entries. The first Guild seminar was held, featuring semi–longhair breeds. The retirement of Jack Howson as President necessitated a change of face at the helm (For a period, Vice–President, Nita Russack, had acted in his stead).