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Payneham Probus Club: Meeting Schedule and Entertainment


22nd October 2019:

Craig FELIX; Metropolitan Fire Service: Home Fire and Safety Presentation

Felix will talk on a number of topics including smoke alarms, home fire escape plans, electrical issues, cooking fires and safe chemical storage as well as a number of other issues related to safety in the home.

 Craig is an operational firefighter with over 15 years of experience and is currently based at MFS Headquarters in Adelaide.

26th November 2019:


Mr Andrew was born and lives in South Australia. He has had a lifelong association with the irrigation industry, particularly irrigated horticulture and viticulture. From 1975 until 1983 he was a member of the South Australian Advisory Board of Agriculture and was it’s Chair from 1980 to 1983. He was an Australian Nuffield Scholar to the UK in 1975 and had Local Government experience as a Councillor in the Waikerie District Council for 9 years. 

Elected to the House of Representatives for the South Australian seat of Wakefield  in 1983, he served as a Member of the Federal Parliament until 2004. He was appointed Government Whip in 1987. In 1988 he was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives and he retained that position until he retired from Parliament in 2004. 

Since retiring from Parliament, Mr Andrew has completed Arbitration and Mediation qualifications and has Chaired a Review of the SA Barley marketing legislation. From 2005 to 2010 he was Chairman of the Crawford Fund in Australia. A charitable organisation which provides agricultural research and training to farmers in developing countries. A former Commissioner of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, he is also a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He was a member of the National Capital Authority from 2004 to 2008. 

In late 2011, he was asked to Chair a working party to mediate divisions that had emerged between grower groups in the Citrus industry in South Australia. This resulted in the amalgamation of State organisations and a new relationship with the Federal body; Citrus Australia. While residing in Adelaide, he continues to be involved as a Citrus grower with a property at Waikerie in the Riverland. 
The electorate of Wakefield stretched from Mannum to the Flinders Ranges and included most of the river towns and irrigation areas in this State. Mr Andrew was invited to Chair the Murray Darling Basin Authority in 2014. He continued in this role until his term ended in 2019. He is enthusiastic about the water reforms that the Basin Plan is actioning and believes their implementation will enhance Australia’s international reputation. 

Neil Andrew is married with 3 adult children and 6 teenage grandchildren. In January 2008, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. 

28th January 2020:

Richard VENUS: Charles Todd - "Government Electrician"

Richard describes himself as a Forensic Heritologist. He is a retired electrical engineer with an interest in South Australia’s engineering history, a former chairman of Engineering Heritage SA and has also served as vice president of the History Council of SA. He has been formally recognised for his outstanding contribution to engineering heritage in Australia.

Richard will speak about Charles Todd the electrical engineer, often referred to as the “Government Electrician”.

In the mid-19th century, an electrician was not someone who installed power points but someone who had achieved world eminence in applied electrical science. Todd was such a man and he was elected as a Member of the Society of Telegraph Engineers as acknowledgment of his status.

Although Charles Todd is usually associated with the Overland Telegraph Line, he was a pioneering electrical engineer who took every opportunity to promote the use of electricity - often with equipment he built himself, and he was an enthusiastic advocate for electric lighting in Adelaide’s streets and public buildings. Electric lighting was installed in Parliament House in 1891 under his supervision – 2 years before he was able to install it in his own Post Office.

He played a key role in formulating national technical standards for the supply and distribution of electricity, standards which are still in force today.


25th February 2020:

Jayne DANCE: "Her Life"

Jayne Dance has spent many years putting smiles on children's faces as an educator of young children in South Australia and England. She is an energetic grandma who lives simply, loves riding her bicycle and has recently invested energy into re-calibrating her life purposes. She now often finds herself forming a desire and trusting the unknown before she gathers the resources or develops the knowledge to enable something to happen. This is how ‘Dancing with Ruby’  developed – through a bucketful of faith and a strong commitment to bringing the story to children.

Dancing with Ruby takes the reader on a journey of struggles, mistakes and distractions wrapped in a wonderful sense of joy and resilience as teacher Ruby decides to embark on an adventure to bring her children some happiness. The rhyming narrative and lively illustrations capture a child's sense of fun and can-do-attitude affirming the value of effort and learning through creative movement.

Jayne is sharing her recently self published Children's picture book, Dancing with Ruby with us on Tuesday, taking us on the journey of how it was created and what she learnt about life on the way.

The book is $19 and $2 from every book sold is being donated to Who Cares? We Care! This organisation raises awareness through the arts about the impacts for children who experience homelessness.



22nd March 2020:

David T. Scott: Entertainer

David T. Scott is an entertainer who performs as both a solo artist and with groups.

His performances can include song and also dance, and he has entertained many different groups including senior citizens/retirement villages, RSLs, Probus and others.

He has also performed in musical comedy for the Therry Dramatic Society and the Metropolitan Theatre Company over the years.

He has also sung with the “Bay Big Band”, and “Big Sound”.


Please join with us for this, our 36th birthday celebration, featuring David Scott as our entertainer for the  event.


 South Australia was settled as a British colony at a very exciting time; development of the  'portable' steam engine, electricity and the telegraph were creating amazing opportunities and changing peoples’ outlooks.  And all these inventions had a part to play in making South Australia a leader in providing meteorological services to the community in the late 1800's. 


Tony Rogers and Judy Ferrante have just written a book entitled 'The Weatherman from Greenwich' which brings these things together and also gives a rare insight into Adelaide - the young bustling community  of the mid 1800's.  It was a place which attracted its fair share of  entrepreneurs and other characters!  The book has enticed Beth to investigate further - the beginnings  of meteorological services in Britain and Australia - especially South Australia.  What made it possible and why was South Australia a leader?  This is what she will talk about today.