June 2019


Last month we were entertained by our speaker Jane Eales who was very interesting with some very sad parts and interesting ones about the war and her own life. Her book Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs makes very interesting reading.


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May 2019

Last month we were entertained by Rosamund Burton, author of Castles, Follies and Four- Leaf Clovers: Adventures Along Ireland’s St Declan’s Way who spoke about walking the ancient highway, St Declan’s Way. She described Norman castles, Celtic churches and colourful characters, miraculous wells and talking statues, stories of goddesses, ghosts and fairies, as well as staying in a convent and a day at a horse fair.



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April 2019

At our April Meeting we heard from Frank Haviland (a member of Probus Pittwater) to speak to us on “A Magistrate in PNG 1958 – 1978”. Frank spent many years in PNG (from early childhood to PNG Independence) and has many stories to tell.


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March 2019


Last month we had the pleasure of listening to a very informative talk from Robyn Miles from the Department of Fair Trading on the current position regarding Scams and Consumer Rights. Robyn is a very dedicated member of the staff at Fair Trading, she actually traveled from Parramatta to our meeting by Public Transport!!


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February 2019


At our February meeting we had a return visit from Chis Maxwell who will give a talk on:
"The Merchant of Sydney"
This is an historical biography of James Chisholm (1772-1837).
James Chisholm was an important pioneer of colonial Australia, contributing to its business
and banking, democratic processes and pastoral industry, yet historians have ignored him for
two hundred years. He left his native Scotland as a young soldier and traveled half way
round the world to a new land where from being a corporal in the Rum Corps he rose to
become a leading merchant in Sydney. In a life characterised by faith, loyalty, family and
self-improvement, this gruff but quietly spoken Scot, of ‘genial and kindly disposition’,
commanded wide respect and made his mark on a new society.”



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January 2019


In January we had the pleasure of having two of our members speak about their own experiences, at work and on the Indian Pacific train to Perth.

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November 2018


Our speaker for November was Ralph Seccombe who spoke about his book “From the suburbs to the trenches, the story of two soldiers of the great war


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October 2018


At our October meeting we had the pleasure of a very interesting talk Chis Maxwell who gave a very interesting talk on how his ancestors came to own land in the Goulburn and Shellharbour districts.


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September 2018


In September we were entertained by Monte Dwyer, who spoke on his very wide ranging life,
he really covered a lot of ground!


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August 2018


We were privileged to have as a  speaker, Annie Gibbins, the CEO of Glaucoma Australia



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July 2018

July saw a return visit from John Donohoe who spoke about “The Great Eugowra Gold Escort Robbery". Ben Hall was in the bushranger gang that did this 1862!



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June 2018


At out June meeting or speaker was Alexander Vassilieff who spoke about his family and their life in Russia and China. Alex knows how to keep his audience in suspense, stopping his story just when it is getting interesting with the comment that the remainder of the story is in his book!


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May 2018

Our Speaker for May was Nicola from the Northern Beaches Hospital.

When they open in October, the hospital will have 488 beds for public and private patients, nearly 200 more beds than at Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals today.


The new hospital will have more public beds than private beds; but beds will be used flexibly, as they are in all hospitals, according to patient need.


They will have different types of beds – in general wards, in delivery and intensive care.

Whilst bed numbers have been planned according to data, Healthscope also has a detailed expansion plan, should they need more clinical space, including beds, in the future.

If the demand increases, they can easily convert non-clinical space into clinical space – the hospital has already been designed that way. And if they need to physically expand the hospital footprint, they also have a plan for that.

However, this will be a very large hospital upon opening, able to care for the community long into the future.













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April 2018

April saw our speaker as Jill Bruce, who spoke about how she became a writer, followed by a talk entitled “1066 and all That” which used The Bayeux Tapestry (an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres long and 50 centimetres tall) to talk about the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normany

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March 2018

In March, our speaker was Charles Linstrom who spoke on the Windjammers of the early part of the 20th

Century and his father, who sailed on one of the last windjammers in use on the Europe/ Australia run. The main port in Aland is Mariehamn which was the base for the last large oceanic commercial sailing ships in the world.

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February 2018


February saw us entertained by Johnny Pace (well known cabaret and TV Personality) who shared a lifetime of humorous and not so humorous experiences in an enlightened presentation that showed how you can alter your perspective and change your attitudes to gain a happier, healthier and less stressfull life.

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January 2018


In January we had the pleasure of having JENNIFER FARRER present her talk on “Australian Plants used by the Early Settlers”. We all learned a lot and have a better understanding of the Australian bush, especially the loss of a number of Australian trees.


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November 2018

In November we were entertained by Dr Robert Eales who has had a varied career working in management consulting and banking. He was based at various times in Johannesburg, Sydney, London and briefly in San Francisco. He retired from the business world in 2005 and has been researching the South African War of 1899-1902 ever since.

Rob has delivered many talks on the South African War, presented papers at conferences and been published in historical journals. Robert’s talk was based on “The Compassionate Englishwoman” which is his first book.



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October 2017

At our October meeting we had the pleasure of a very interesting talk from John Donohoe who spoke about Ben Hall, his life and missing Treasure. John’s talk was well received and I think showed us all a part of Australian History that we were unaware of. Full Details



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September 2017


Our speaker for September was Ron Humpherson from Chatswood Probus presented “Seniors v
Computers”, a light hearted look at the problems older people have with modern technology.


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In August Graham Wilcox spoke on "The Struggle for Unity- The story of Federation"


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July 2017


In July Margaret Booth from the Guide Dogs of NSW explained some of the assistance that sight impaired people can use and spoke own her own journey.


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June 2017


In June we were entertained by Allister Lugsdin from the Australian Meat and Livestock Industry who spoke on the great potential Australian has with this industry in as far as the export industry is concerned.


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May 2017


Our speakers of May was Ambre Hammond, an internatonally renowned concert pianist, who entertained all members with a very interesting talk on her "An Unorthodox Life in Music"



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April 2017


Last month’s talk was from John Dickenson OAM (one of our own members) who presented an interesting summary of his very interesting career from working at an electrical retailer to being recognised as the inventor of the modern hang glider. John’s talk was well received by all members who attended the meeting.

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February 2017


Last month’s Talk was a Stage Play ”Exiles of Canada Bay” under the direction of Trish Skehan.  

Full Details 

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January 2017

 Our Speaker was Tony Curtis, former camera man at Channel 9, who spoke on "Teller of Stories"


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November 2016


Our Speaker, was Russell Cannon Ph.D., who spoke on his personal lifetime experiences in the UK, Scotland and Australia. He retired as Director of the Australian Astronomical Observatory in 2002.


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October 20146


Our guest speaker for the October meeting was Peter Headley, who spoke on “The Portuguese Discovery of Australia and New Zealand”.


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September 2016


Our Speaker was Noel Phelan representing the Australian National Maritime Musem speaking on the subject "The HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager Collision".



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August 2016


Our Speaker for August was Ross Clements, whose interesting topic was "Cracking Germany's ENIGMA Code in WW2"


Full details.



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July 2016


Our Speaker for July was our own Keith Isbister whose topic was "Animal Quarantine in the Sixties"


Full details



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June 2016

Our Speaker for June was Detective Supt. Debbie Wallace who spoke about her 33 years in the NSW Police Force.
Full details



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May 2016

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


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April 2016



Our Speaker/Entertainer for April was Geoff Williams, presenting “The History of Country Music in Australia – The First 50 Years”.   Full details


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March 2016


Our  speaker was David Rosenberg, speaking about “Inside Pine Gap”  the Joint Defence  (Australia – USA) Facility located in Alice Springs .   Full Details


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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”.
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                                                                           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.   Full Details
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Our guest speaker for the July  is Megan Swann from Stepping On 

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