***********************************************************************************************************    January 2016

The speaker was Warwick Gazzard who spoke of his long career with James Hardy, and his subsequent role as an expert, assessing those suffering asbestos related lung cancer. Amongst the many points he made, two stood out:-
Senior Management at James Hardy were aware of the dangers of asbestos long before it became public knowledge; and even more significant, in the some 400 cases that Warwick presented expert assessments, his opinion has never been challenged! Warwick concluded his address by advising that he himself has been recently found to be suffering asbestos related cancer. All present wished him a speedy recovery!                                                             

February 2016

Our guest speaker for the February meeting was Therese Konwerska (accompanied by Natali Tekirdag) from the NSW Dept. of Fair Trading located in Parramatta, speaking about “Consumer Rights, Scams, Fraud and Such”.

The subject matter aroused considerable interest, as shown by the constant questions and exchanges of experiences raised by members and guests of the large  audience present. Interesting literature was distributed at the conclusion, one giving contact details for the various Fair Trading services, and another called “The Little Black Book of  Scams”.


March 2016

Our  speaker was David Rosenberg, speaking about “Inside Pine Gap”  the Joint Defence  (Australia – USA) Facility located in Alice Springs . David was employed by NSA for 23 years, and when he left in 2008, was the USA government’s longest serving technical liaison officer in Australia. The presentation was just riveting!!  At the conclusion members and guests lined up to purchase his book  “ Inside Pine Gap – The spy who came in from the desert”.  What a terrific talk!


April 2016

Our Speaker/Entertainer for April was Geoff Williams, presenting “The History of Country Music in Australia – The First 50 Years”. Geoff reminded us of our ballad singers of the past, singing selected songs, while accompanying with his guitar! What a great showman he is! He regularly plays at RSL Clubs and has recorded a number of CD’s which were available for sale. It is hard to imagine that he is a retired school Head Master of 40 years.


May 2016

Our Speaker was David Deasey, presenting “The Boer War 1899 – 1902”. 

This is a very significant conflict for Australia, our first military action as a Nation, following Federation in 1901. David made this subject come alive, with entertaining dialogue and a number of original photos on Power Point. He is NSW Chairman of the “National Boer War Memorial Association” and is passionate about promoting the inclusion of an appropriate  monument in the National War Memorial, Canberra!


June 2016

Our Speaker was Detective Supt. Debbie Wallace, the new (first female) boss of the NSW Police Gang Squad based in Parramatta. She has been in the NSW police force for thirty three years and has risen to the Top through Dedication, Courage and Integrity!  From the moment she took the microphone until the end of question time an hour later, Debbie had us all spellbound! 

Her description of some of her experiences gave us a high respect for our police force, particularly the contribution by female police. 


July 2016

Our Speaker in July was Keith Isbister (a member of our club) who spoke on "Animal Quarantine in the Sixties" Drawing on his personal experiences as an Inspector of the NSW Quarantine Service, he gave a number of amusing instances of travellers trying to smuggle in food and live animals into Australia.


August 2016

In August, Ross Clements presented a very interesting talk and demonstration on "Cracking Germany's ENIGMA Code in WW2"

Ross has conducted extensive research on this subject and has produced a "Working Replica". His presentation was very impressive and his enthusiastic delivery kept the members riveted to their seats!

Ross is a member of the Brookvale Probus Club and is presently their Talks Officer.


September 2016

Last month’s Speaker was Noel Phelan, representing the Australian National Maritime Museum, speaking on the subject “The HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager Collision”. This was a very interesting and informative session, clearly presented with the visual aid of PowerPoint. Noel then included pictures taken on his recent visit to Antarctica, which were terrific, particularly some of close proximity to a group of whales .


October 2016

Our guest speaker for the October meeting was Peter Headley, who spoke on “ThePortuguese Discovery of Australia and NewZealand”.
Peter’s presentation reviewed old Portuguese maps from the 16th century, artefacts that havebeen found from Fraser Island to as far south as Warrnambool in Victoria, that are reported asshowing that the Portuguese visited and mapped the East Coast of Australia between 1521 and 1524. So much for the History we were taught!!


November 2016

Last month’s Speaker, Russell Cannon Ph.D., gave a fascinating and enlightening insight into the world of Astronomical Exploration, drawing upon his personal lifetime experiences in the UK, Scotland and Australia. He retired as Director of the Australian Astronomical Observatory in 2002. This PowerPoint presentation was outstanding!


2016 Speakers