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Payneham Probus Club: Meeting Schedule and Entertainment




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.


28th April 2020:

Lainie ANDERSON- Journalist, Author and Epic Flight Centenary 2019 Program Ambassador

Lainie Anderson is a columnist with Adelaide’s Sunday Mail and has 30 years’ experience in journalism and public relations.

She’s a former state political reporter for Melbourne’s Herald Sun and also spent a couple of years at The Times in London.

In early 2017 Lainie travelled overseas on a Churchill Fellowship, visiting nine countries to retrace the route of Sir Ross Smith’s epic flight from England to Australia.

She has since written a novel on the 1919 Great Air Race called Long Flight Home, telling the story through the eyes of Vimy mechanic Wally Shiers.

She has co-produced a one-hour television documentary The Greatest Air Race.

Presented by former NASA astronaut Andy Thomas, the documentary will air on SBS TV on Sunday 8 December 2019. This year she’s also taken on the role of South Australia’s Epic Flight Centenary program ambassador and coordinator, working with the History Trust of South Australia, Air Force and many other stakeholders to commemorate the epic flight and inspire a new generation. 

26th May 2020:


Tony commenced his storytelling carrier in 2003 when he joined the McLaren Vale Folk Club.  His stories have an authentic Aussie flavour drawing on his experiences as a Stock and Station Agent earlier in his life. 

He draws his inspiration from traditional poets such as Henry Lawson, C J Dennis and Banjo Paterson as well as from contemporary works by modern writers. 

His stories cover the full gamut of emotions – excitement, pathos and humour and are delivered with powerful energy.

 Most of his performances are for mature audiences including Senior Citizens Groups, Probus Clubs, Legacy Widows Clubs, etc. 

He has been involved in The Fringe in 2012, 2013 & 2014 performing to full houses.  He is an accomplished performer and artist.

 Because of his early life in the country he has a particular concern for the welfare of all rural folk in these times of extreme drought and wild fire.  Accordingly, he would be most grateful if your club could see its way clear to make a donation to the Country Womens’ Association (provided, of course, that you enjoy his presentation).



23rd June 2020

Graeme FANNING - "Quirky Tales Relating to Adelaide's Past"

Graeme Fanning is Adelaide born and bred.

He has a strong interest in his city of birth and has qualifications in tourism, is an Accredited Tour Officer through the Tourism Industry Council of SA , and volunteers as an Ambassador at the State Library of SA, and as a house guide at Ayers House Museum.

Tours with which Graeme is associated include the National Trust SA Old Treasury Building/Tunnel Tours and walking tours around the city at different times of the year.

Currently employed with Intercruises Shoreside and Port Cruises as a Pier Supervisor he assists with passengers disembarking and embarking cruise ships at Outer Harbour.

He operates his own tour business, “Down to Earth Tours” and has done so since 2014.

Graeme will introduce us to some of his tours and share some of his stories.

Graeme runs 6 tours around the city and North Adelaide with a focus on history, culture, heritage and architecture combined with tales about some of our early colonial residents and noted citizens. He will also include some snippets of Adelaide life which may not be well known.

25th August 2020

Carolyn TRAVERS 

 Carolyn Travers, Owner of Walk Local Italy, is passionate about travelling and a lover of all things Italian. 

 Being a Garden Designer/Horticulturist by profession, Carolyn has spent a large part of her life in the outdoors, is a keen tennis player and cyclist.  She is a mother to three grown children.   

 She founded “Walk Local Italy” after an amazing journey walking with her fourteen-year-old son from Lucca to Rome on the pilgrimage trail, the Via Francigena. 

 She subsequently moved to the hills of Tuscany and renovated a 500 year old Farmhouse.  She now divides her time between Tuscany and Adelaide, Australia and accompanies travellers on their journey through Italy.  

  Her local knowledge – the hidden gems and off the beaten track Italian experiences, combined with her love of the outdoors and wonderful zest for life, ensures you will experience the very best of what Tuscany has to offer in a relaxed, informal and fun way.

 Carolyn will entertain us with descriptions of some of her tours complete with illustrations.









 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.