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Probus Club of Bobbin Head

                         Monthly General Meeting                           


              When:      MONDAY 11th September 2023 from 10.00am to 12.00pm 

             Where:      Turramurra Bowling Club, Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra

           Speaker:     Nicholas Cowdery AO, KC, FAAL



Nicholas Cowdery AO, KC, FAAL has been involved in criminal justice for over 50 years, serving in the roles of prosecutor, defender (including in Papua New Guinea), judge and teacher. He was the Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW for the period 1994 to 2011. Since then, as an adjunct Professor, he has taught criminal justice courses at the Universities of Sydney and of NSW. A past President of the International Association of Prosecutors, he was also founding Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. 

During his term as NSW Director of Public Prosecutions his notable prosecutions included those of Ivan Milat, Gordon Wood, and Keli Lane. 

Well known for his campaigns in respect of drug law reform, Nicholas Cowdery was involved in the campaigns to legalise abortion and voluntary assisted dying and is a director of the Justice Reform Initiative - working to reduce our reliance nationwide upon imprisonment as the answer to every crime problem. 

In addition to being an associate of the Centre for Public Integrity and a member of its committee that worked for the establishment of an effective national integrity commission in Australia, he is also the author of three books; “Getting Justice Wrong: Myths, Media and Crime” (Allen & Unwin, 2001); “Frank & Fearless”, with Rachael Jane Chin (NewSouth, 2019) and “Discretion in Criminal Justice” (LexisNexis, 2022). 

Since his retirement as DPP, he has held a number of honorary academic positions. He teaches a postgraduate course at Sydney University called Discretion in Criminal Justice and also lectures, from time to time, at the University of NSW. He is involved in university research projects. He speaks at many Probus clubs and U3A meetings and is still involved with programs of the International Association of Prosecutors. 


                                                          New Events

                                           We are delighted to advise these new activities.


                                                          Book Club

   Book club meetings: Pymble Golf Club. 11am. Jane Dale 02 9487 6642 

   Friday 1st September “The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth McNeal 

   Friday 6th October “The Bookbinder of Jericho” by Pip Williams. 




                                                 Morning Tea Hornsby RSL

Monday 4th SEptember and 2nd October

Come along and meet up with your fellow members and friends for morning tea at Hornsby RSL Club at 4 High Street Hornsby at 10:00am. We meet in the Courtyard dining area. Come along and enjoy the fellowship. This is a great opportunity for the new members to get to know your fellow members of the club. Pay for your own everything. No need to pre register. John Hunter 0417 658 849 




                                             Concerts and Shows


Live at Lunch

Jane Rutter, Live at Lunch, Wednesdays at Noon 6th September From Vienna with Love 11th October. Debussy and Friends 15th November. Three to Tango, Piazzolla, Mambo and Salsa

Ticket cost $34 per Concert. If Interested, please book and pay early so we can ensure that we get seats together. 

Catherine Reidy. Email, [email protected]. Mobile. 0405 062 504, 


Concert by “The Heralds” Friday 22nd September 2023 

The Turramurra Probus Club (that’s not us!) has organised a concert of Musical Memories by “The Heralds”, a 5-piece band who perform from the 60s, 70s and 80s (our era!) with Pop, Jazz, Folk, Country, Blues and Gospel music – and maybe some Opera as well! A great evening of musical memories! 

Date/time: Friday 22nd September 2023 at 7.00pm. 

Venue: St Andrews Uniting Church, corner of Vernon and Chisholm Streets, South Turramurra. 

Timing: 7.00pm to 8.00pm – Singing and Playing 

8.00pm to 8.20pm – Refreshments 

8.20pm to 9.00pm – yet more Singing and Playing! Then home. 

Cost: $25 p.p. cash donation at the door, ($20 donated by The Heralds to a Christian Orphanage in Indonesia, and $5 to cover liquid refreshments). 

You are invited to bring along a plate of tasty nibbles. A glass or two of wine will be provided, together with soft drinks. 

The organising Probus Club has generously invited members from our Club as well as Barra Brui Probus Club. You are also most welcome to bring friends. 

If you would like to attend, please contact Dennis Cowell, details below. Dennis will pass on to the organisers the numbers attending from our club. 

Dennis Cowell Ph 0438 534 824 Email [email protected] 




                                                             Wednesday 20th September 

A REMINDER for all of those attending this Outing to be at the Bowling Club at 8.15am as our bus departs at 8.30 sharp! 

                                       Walking Group

Social Walk . Monday September 18th. 

North Head. 

This is a drive yourself. Meet at the Barracks Precinct Car Park at 10.15am. 

From Manly, we go up Darley Road, past old Manly Hospital and straight ahead onto Blue Fish Drive, (do not bear right through the archway gate entrance), and continue on to the right turn and signage to Gunner Road and car park (free parking). 

Morning tea at the Barracks Precinct. We then will walk to the North Fort via hanging swamp, gun emplacement, Australia Memorial Walk, Fairfax Lookout, Defence of Sydney Monument and North Fort for lunch then to Bella Vista Cafe for coffee and back to the Barracks Precinct via harbour and northern lookouts. 5 kms. 

Bring snack, lunch and water. 

Register with Sue Fairclough. Email [email protected] Mob. 0417 278 044 

Please let me know if you require a lift and drivers let me know if you can take a passenger 


       Monthly meet and greet Lunch Friday 15th September - 12:00pm


                                                               FARINAS PIZZERIA

                                                         Normurra St, Nth Turramurra 

Our new lunch venue has proved to be a great success with the largest number attending since we commenced our monthly lunches. The 19 people who came along enjoyed great company and good food so we will return to Farinas in September. 

If you would like to join us, please let me know a.s.a.p. so that I can make the booking. 

Ros Tyler – 0417904630 (leave message) 


                              Loose Enders Coffee Group


J.J.'s - St Ives Village - Sunday 17th September 10:00am

Come along for coffee, cake and a chat – all welcome! If you would like to join us this month, please let me know a few days in advance so that I can call in and book our ‘desired’ table. 

Ros Tyler – 0417904630 (leave message) 


                                “Tight Tuesday” Lunch 

12:00pm Tuesday 24th October 2023 atthe Belrose Hotel 

We have arranged another of these popular lunches to be held in the Function room of the Belrose Hotel - most meals are reduced to $15.00 each. 

More details next month meantime you may book by contacting Ros Tyler 

Ros Tyler – 0417904630 (leave message) 


                              Photographic Ineterst Group

                                                 No meetings schduled for September.

                         President's Annual Trip

                                                 All aboard for the Murray River Cruise



(1st – 7th October 2023) 

If you’ve been thinking it might be fun and would like to join us, make sure to pick up your itinerary & booking form at the sign on desk. For those who have already registered, please make sure to collect your booking form to complete. 

Though it may seem early in order to secure the cabins deposits of $600.00p.p. need to be paid either directly into the Probus account or to the treasurer by the March meeting. 

Don’t miss out on this beautiful scenic adventure. 

For further information please contact 

Christine McArthur VP 8097 9452 - 0417 442 314 


Future Outings

  • Due to recent difficulties, we have to change the booking and payment methods for future Outings. 
  • • If you place your name on an Outings list, full payment is required within 14 days. 
  • • If this Outing is exclusively for our Club and is being organised through On Course Tours, the number of attendees is limited to 22. 
  • • Waiting lists will be kept if the number of interested attendees exceeds 22 and, if your payment has not been received in the required 14 days, your spot will be given to the first person on the waiting list. 
  • • If you have paid for an Outing and are not able to attend and reasonable notice is given, a refund will then be arranged. 


  • • Bank account direct credit: 


  • Over the counter at any Westpac Bank, using the above details, quoting your name and the Outing for which you are remitting. 
  • • Cheque or Cash.