September 2017

John Donohoe

John has had a career in sales and marketing, mainly in the chemical and related industries. In midlife, John realised that there were other things in his life that he wanted to try. History, particularly Australian Bushranger History, took him on a journey to uncover and attempt to understand the life and times of Bushranging in the 1860s. Ben Hall particularly stood out as a man of interest who deserved a thorough investigation.

The hunt for Ben Hall’s Treasure is a result of over four years work in trying to piece out what really happened in those times.

The passion to reveal the mysteries of the past remains.

It is almost universally agreed amongst historians that Ben Hall participated in over 600 robberies in the period from 1862 to 1865. This is also largely confirmed in Police Records of the time. Ben Hall and his gang always stole whatever they could, which included weapons, cash, gold and assorted jewellery, along with the ubiquitous watch-piece.

Although it can be argued that a lot of these ill-gained assets where used-up in rewarding the gang’s "bush telegraphs" and harbourers, this was most likely covered in currency payments - the jewellery was often personalised and could be identified. For this same reason, the jewellery could not be easily passed off to a "fence".

So what of the jewellery, watches and gold? The bushrangers could not afford to be weighed down by heavy saddle-bags in the event that they were pursued by the police, so they would have to stash these goods somewhere, at least temporarily.


July 2017

In July, we were entertained by Margaret Booth for the Guide Dogs of NSW.
Margaret explained some of the assistance that sight impaired people can use and spoke on her own journey.

A remarkable talk and person.

This was also an excellent introduction to our planned outing this month which also
includes a visit to the Guide Dog Association.


April 2017


March 2017

Our Speaker in March was Trish Skehan from

With the help of eight members of the club, Trish presented a Stage Play "Exiles of Canada Bay"

2017 Speakers