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Payneham Probus Club - Past Speakers

This page contains the speaker abstracts/notices for speakers who have given of their time to entertain us at past meetings (since the creation of the website).

 


24th September 2019:

John MURRAY

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, John Murray, APM, BA, LLB, MBA, GCLP emigrated to with his family to Adelaide in the 1950s.  After three years at the Nailsworth Boys Technical School he was deemed unsuitable - too dangerous in fact - to take on any trade.  So, he joined the SA Police as a 16 year old cadet.  He served with great affection in general duties, criminal investigation, prosecution and trainer before taking on commissioned rank.  He resigned as Assistant Commissioner in 1997 to accept an Associate Professor position in Charles Sturt University, NSW.  Then in 2000 he was invited back into policing to take the position of Deputy Commissioner of the Australia Federal Police where he served for four years as the Chief Police Officer for the ACT.

Since 2004, John, a qualified barrister and solicitor, is a consultant and educator in justice related matters.  He has spoken here twice before and today his topic is – Policing Too Important to Ignore


27th August 2019:

Annie HALL

 Annie’s father returned from the Second World War in 1943 and Annie was born 2 years later. She grew up on a dairy farm, and after leaving high school began 4 years of nursing training at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane followed by midwifery at King George Hospital.

Annie then joined the army and after 2 years at Ingleburn Army Camp, was posted to Vietnam for 1 year in 1969.

Registered nurses entered as Lieutenants and she was then promoted to Captain in Vietnam. She was one of twelve nurses working in a purpose-built air-conditioned hospital with helipad, triage and 2 operating theatres.  All staff were on 24h duty.

There was no ICU training before she left Australia – she learnt during her 12 month stay in Vietnam.

On her return to Australia, Annie spent 6 months in Melbourne, 6 months in Brisbane and was then discharged.

Returning to Sydney, she commenced Renal, Coronary Care and Intensive Care at Sydney Hospital then worked at St Vincent’s Private Hospital with Victor Chang followed by 4 years at the Hospice during the AIDS epidemic.

With her late husband she retired to Semaphore in 2000.


23rd July 2019:

Ron KANDELAARS - Freelance Journalist

Since the late 1970s, Ron Kandelaars has worked in a variety of media roles including running a media training consultancy for the past 30 years. Ron is a freelance journalist who regularly travels Australia in search of longer magazine-style stories for Channel Seven News. In addition, Ron has contributed regular weekly Off the Beaten Track stories for ABC Radio Adelaide 891’s Drivetime program.

From 1999 to 2011, Ron produced and presented on Channel Nine’s popular and multi-award-winning travel program Postcards. Over 13 years, he wrote and presented more than 2,000 stories for the program which ultimately won three South Australian Tourism Awards, two national Tourism Awards and entered the South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame. Ron was also a contributor to Postcards Australia which was shown nationally on the WIN TV Network, and internationally on the Discovery Channel.

In 2011, Ron was awarded South Australian of the Year (Tourism) in the Advantage SA South Australian of the Year Awards; and Outstanding Contribution by an Individual in the South Australian Tourism Awards. In the late eighties and early nineties, Ron was ABC TV’s South Australian political correspondent; and he also worked as a chief of staff and news producer. In addition, Ron has worked as a senior reporter with several commercial television newsrooms; and as a public relations consultant for a variety of corporate and government clients on state-based and national issues.

The objective of Ron’s media training course is not only to train participants in getting their message across but also to increase their understanding of how the media works, and how it can be influenced. Over the past three decades, Ron has trained hundreds of clients who are now regularly interviewed across all forms of media. Ron also conducts presentation training courses for a host of clients. These hands-on workshops teach clients effective ways to pitch their presentations to the needs of their audiences, as well as techniques which help them inform and inspire.

For further information: www.ronkandelaarsmedia.com.au

 


25th June 2019:

Val OLDFIELD OAM - “No Beating About the Bush”

 Val grew up in Semaphore before starting  a new life as a young bride in the outback.Mungeranie Station is a remote cattle property on the Birdsville Track,  200kms North of Maree in South Australia.

In her book “No Beating About the Bush,” she shares her many stories  both funny and serious as a tribute to outback women.

The book is dedicated to her late daughter  Suzie and was  first published in 2013.

Since then Val has had a very varied career, establishing a number of successful companies in a number of industries and attributes her success to the steely determination she developed whilst living on the track.


In 2016, Val became a member of the Order of Australia for service to the community.

 

Val continues to lead an active life  with yoga, race meetings, and her work with the “Suzie Oldfield Memorial Children’s Fund” keeping her  “on the go.”

 


28th May 2019:

Legal Services Commission 

An officer from the South Australian Legal Services Commission will talk to us about various aspects of the law.

 Topics covered will include Power of Attorney, Enduring Power of Attorney, Advanced Care Directives, Making a Will, Duties of an Executor, Probate etc.

 There will be the opportunity for questions during and after the talk.

Website: https://lsc.sa.gov.au/


23rd April 2019:

Owen Crees- Angel Flight Pilot

Angel Flight is a charity which coordinates non-emergency flights to assist country people to access specialist medical treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them because of vast distance and high travel costs.

Angel Flight does not receive any government funding and donations are used to cover costs including fuel for volunteers.

The group has made more than 20000 flights Australia-wide and Owen is one of about 40 pilots in SA who volunteer their time, skill and aircraft. He has clocked up a record number of more than 220 flights in SA for Angel Flight, mostly within the last 10 years. His wife Suzette, also volunteers for Angel Flight as an “Earth Angel” driving patients and their families from the airport to the hospital.

Owen is a frequent speaker at Probus, Lions and Rotary Clubs and we are pleased that he can join us on 23rd April to tell us more about his experiences with Angel Flight.

 


26th March 2019:

Ricko Entertainment  

Take a walk down memory lane with music from the Good Old Days! All the fabulous songs of yesterday; Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and all your favourite artists jam packed into one Fantastic Show.


26th February 2019:

Michael SARUNIC - "Foot Mobilisation Therapist"

Michael began his working life in a trade as a moulder and core maker, while also studying 

mechanical engineering. Michael found he was missing the element of human contact, so even though he loved seeing how things worked he decided to leave the foundry he was working at to become a carer with Barkuma, working in the disability sector.

Michael loved his time there, but felt he had more to offer, so he decided to study to better support the people he was working with. His wife Veronica came upon podiatry and said ‘hey Michael this sounds just like you’. With podiatry Michael was able to combine the two things he loved – helping people and mechanics – namely the mechanics of the feet.

In 2013 Michael became interested in Foot Mobilisation Therapy as it ‘just made sense’ – looking at the feet through an engineer’s eyes….and what a marvel of engineering they are! Foot mobilisation therapy opened up solutions for many common foot conditions that he didn’t have the answers for previously.

When Michael isn’t working he enjoys working under the bonnet of his latest restoration, a 1971 ZD Fairlane 351 V8. With a love of muscle cars and anything fast, Michael also loves windsurfing, bike riding, bushwalking, and is a real movie buff as well. Family time with his lovely wife Veronica and three awesome teens is something Michael values highly.

Michael will be accompanied by a colleague, Tito Pignetti, a Senior Practitioner and Remedial Therapist.


22nd January 2019:

Bob MAGOR - Bush Poet

Bob grew up with a love of Banjo Paterson thanks to his dad who recited Banjo’s poems to him as a small boy. He left school at 15 to go shearing and raise lambs on the family’s dairy farm and then bought and set up a dairy farm, spending the next 20 years milking cows andbreeding sheep.

Writing verse between milking cows, he eventually leased his farm to pursue his dream of becoming a bush poet.

Bob is an inaugural member of the Australian Bush Poets Assoc. and has  received many awards for his work. He has also published  a number of books and is in demand for festivals and corporate work.

He is an entertaining and humorous speaker and we are honoured that Bob has agreed to speak at our meeting on the 22nd January

Bob's website (you can buy his books here) http://www.bobmagor.com.au/


Tuesday 27th November 2018:

Bill THOMAS: TV Cameraman

In 1967, Bill established his family film production company “William Thomas Productions” which involved promoting tourism, producing television commercials and films for South Australia’s manufacturing industry as well as doing contract work in the field of television news and current affairs for ADS7, ABS2, NWS9, SAS10 and SBS.

He’s covered politics for television news and worked with well-known political journalists, Mike Smithson, Laurie Oakes, and the late Peter Harvey and Allan Reid to name just a few. Bill covered the whole of the Don Dunstan decade, the Whitlam, the Hawke and Keating years and beyond for television news and documentaries.

He’s also met and worked with a number of entertainers: Elton john, Liberace, Glen Campbell, Sting, Vera Lynn, John Travolta, John Mills, Bill Cosby, Warren Mitchell, Kurt Russell and most of Australia’s well known entertainers as well as Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh.

He’ worked with a number of international television networks: BBC, Fuji Television, NZBC, ABC and European Networks.

Bill has travelled the world extensively producing mainly tourist documentaries for the Nine Television Network.

He had the good fortune to meet Bill Hanna. Hanna, with his business partner Joseph Barbera, formed “Hanna Barbera Productions”  and created the animated cartoon series “The Flintstones.” Hanna influenced Bill to try his hand at animation,

it worked, and as a result Bill produced a number of animated television commercials and cartoons for newspaper and magazine publications.

Bill is also a media coach and has been called upon  to give medial training to Premiers, politicians and business leaders including the CEO and Chairman of General Motors Holden.

At the moment Bill, through his company “William Thomas Productions,” is producing and sponsoring a series of tourist films promoting South Australia’s food, wine, and manufacturing industries.

Bill is often called upon as a guest speaker for various organizations where he enjoys sharing his many experiences.


Tuesday 23rd October 2018:

Doug OAKLEY:  Radio Host and Celebrant

 

   Doug is well known as a radio announcer with Life FM and in his role

   as a commentator of SANFL matches.

   He has worked in radio for more than 30 years and is an interesting

   and entertaining speaker.

 


Tuesday  25th September 2018:

Bruce MUNDAY - Storyteller and Environmentalist

Bruce Munday arrived in Australia just downstream from the place Thomas Austin had introduced wild rabbits to the colonies 80 or so years earlier. During 40+ years of farming in the Adelaide Hills, he and his wife Kristin have seen plenty of rabbits. Bruce has had a long history in Landcare, often in leadership roles, and a strong conviction that community action is the first line of environmental defence. With a PhD in physics and 20 years as communications consultant in agriculture and natural resource management, he has a keen understanding of the nexus between scientific research, government policy and community action. Telling Australia’s rabbit saga proved irresistible, particularly capturing recollections of old-timers who were so much a part of the tale.

This presentation will take us from the fateful introduction of wild rabbits in 1859, through the unease that perhaps there might be a few too many, to the desperate but in-vain attempts to control the plague. Everything was tried: shooting, trapping, poisoning and warren destruction were highly successful, killing millions of rabbits. But the rabbit was far more successful, breeding at an unstoppable rate. Finally scientific research delivered the ‘silver bullet’ – a communicable disease.

Rabbits had a profound impact, not only on agriculture and the environment but also on rural communities. And it could all happen again. Lessons have been learned about feral pests, but alas too slowly, and errors of the past are still repeated today.

Bruce will have copies of his book available for sale ($39.95) which he will be happy to sign.

The book was shortlisted for the 2017 Nib Literary Award and was awarded the Keain Medal for the SA Historical Book of the Year in the same year.


Tuesday 28th August 2018:
 

GJ (Jim) SANDFORD -  South Australian Country Fire Service Volunteer  Tea Tree Gully Brigade

Jim joined the South Australian Country Fire Service as a volunteer in 1967.

He has held various operational and administrative positions at the Tea Tree Gully Brigade and was inaugural Group Officer of the Para Group and is currently a fire fighter with the Brigade.

He has been involved in many major bush fire incidents, such as Ash Wednesday 1 and 2, Kangaroo Island fires, Wangary, Black Saturday in Victoria, Sampson Flat and Pinery fires in recent times.

With his local Tea Tree Gully Brigade, he trains weekly and regularly attends motor vehicle accidents, structure fires  and bush fires.

Jim is also involved at State level with  State Incident Management Teams

During his time as a CFS volunteer, Jim worked for TransAdelaide as an Executive Manager, varyingly  responsible for day to day operations and the infrastructure of the bus train and tram system


Tuesday 24th July 2018
:

Peter Christopher - The City of Adelaide; Clipper Ship

 

Peter Christopher is a Director of the volunteer, not for profit, Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Ltd, the organisation set up to save the historic ship.

Peter convened the first meeting aimed at saving the ship in July 2000, and is still actively involved. In fact Peter retired from his full time job last year to devote even more time to the ship project.

Peter has a broad maritime interest, and has dived on and researched shipwrecks & paddle steamers throughout Australia. He is the author of eight published books on shipwrecks and riverboats. 

As a Director of the ship project Peter has played a key role in saving the ship, and getting it to Adelaide. His next objective is the creation of a seaport village in Port Adelaide.

The City of Adelaide was built in 1864 and is the world’s oldest surviving composite clipper ship (wooden hull on iron frames). The only other is the Cutty Sark.

 The massive vessel was purpose built to carry passengers and cargo to and from the city of Adelaide, South Australia.

 She sailed 23 return voyages between the UK and Adelaide from 1864 to 1887, then went into the North American timber trade, was an isolation hospital for infectious disease from 1893 at Southampton until in 1923, she was bought by the Royal Navy, and renamed HMS Carrick. From 1948 she became clubrooms for the Naval Reserves. The City of Adelaide worked her whole life and that is why she is still with us today!

The recovery from Scotland was at the end of a 14 year campaign to save the derelict vessel- the City of Adelaide arrived in Adelaide in 2014. It is now undergoing restoration by a dedicated team of volunteers, and is open for tours every day.


Tuesday 26th June 2018
:  

Graeme Tonkin- The Intriguing Life of Malleefowl

 

 Malleefowl is an intriguing bird and differs from other birds in its nesting methods where it buries its eggs in the ground and uses composting leaf material as its primary source of incubation heat.

Malleefowl are unique to Australia and occur across four states. It is a threatened species and every effort is being made to conserve its remaining habitats and give it the best chance of long term survival.

I was born and raised in Cowell on Eyre Peninsula where my family ran a garage and farm machinery dealership. My first contact with Malleefowl was as a young child in the Mallee bush around Cowell.

In the late 1980’s a student from Monash University commenced his PHD on the ‘Conservation Ecology of Malleefowl’, and asked for people to assist in searching an area of Mallee scrub near Cowell for signs of Malleefowl and I was able to help out. The area searched became monitoring site #1 in SA, of which there are now more than 75. This was the catalyst for a lifelong passion in Malleefowl conservation.

 I am a member of the National Malleefowl Recovery Team and the National Training & Database Manager.


Tuesday 22nd May 2018:
David Knight-Satellite Software Engineer

David is an electrical engineer who went “soft”, moving from hardware into software whilst retaining an interest in both sides of the hardware/software “join”.

Prior to retirement he taught at the University of Adelaide.

Following retirement he became involved in a then 3 year old satellite project, writing the bulk of the software that went into the craft. Through this experience, David learned of the rigours of space, and the testing that is required to give the best chance of a successful outcome of a satellite project.

David will take us on a journey which begins with the history of small satellites, and the SuSat project, and will continue with design and testing issues, final assembly, the launch, the aftermath and the future.


24th April 2018:
  Beth Walton - President, Australian Meteorological Association

 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.  

Beth will bring copies of "The Weatherman from Greenwich" which can be purchased by members for $30.

 


27th March 2018:
 Graham Rees - "The Kangaroo Island That Very Few People Know"

Graham will talk about the island’s fascinating history and unique wildlife, it’s special place in the world and what it has to offer visitors –

 

K.I’s. sea lion colony is one of two in the world which can safely be approached by humans, it is an International Bee Sanctuary – it has the only pure strain of honey bees left in the world and has the most potent eucalyptus oil available.

KI. Has a well deserved reputation for gourmet food and small wineries.

There is no known record of pre-European human habitation which may account for the islands unusual fauna and flora.

The island was explored by the English and the French but due to the density of the mallee scrub much of the island has never be set upon by humans – even indigenous.

Members will have the opportunity to buy from a range of products produced on Kangaroo Island.

 


 

27th February 2018: Peter Day - Scientist and Underwater Photographer

Peter is a semi-retired environmental scientist.

He has an extensive background in the provision of services to environmental resource bodies and research institutions especially those associated with rural industry and landscapes. He has worked across Australia in soil management, water resources, conservation, ecology and wastewater management.

He is also a keen science writer with an interest in scuba diving and dives with a group of buddies with a strong interest in underwater photography.

The result is the publication of a book describing the beautiful array of creatures off Australia shores.

His presentation will cover the ecology of marine environments and the creatures within, including photographs and video.

It’s a virtual journey of “what lies beneath the waves” – an appreciation of the beautiful world so close but so rarely seen.

Copies of his book will be available for a special Probus price of $20


23rd January 2018: Cynthia Wynne: The Barwell Boys

The Barwell Boys were British lads who came to South Australia in the 1920s to be apprenticed on farms throughout the state.

More than 1440 boys migrated to SA under a scheme set up by the then Premier Sir Henry Barwell.

The aim of the scheme was to address the loss of 6000 South Australian men who had been killed in WW1.

The Barwell Boys assisted farmers and soldier settlers to develop their holdings with each boy signing an Apprenticeship Agreement assigning him to a farmer for 3 years with the scheme being supervised by the Australian Department  of Immigration.

The harsh environment in rural Australia was a culture shock for many of these boys and the promises of the scheme were not realized on a personal or work level.

However many did complete their apprenticeships and remained in the state. The scheme ended in 1924.


28th November 2017: Judi Wakeling

 

Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organisation in South Australia – in the last year it provided food for more than 3,400,000 meals.  

Foodbank SA is a non-denominational organisation distributing in many cases, surplus food provided by growers, manufacturers and processors –food which cannot be sold because of incorrect labelling, faulty packaging, part of a trial run or not to exact specifications.

As much as 30% of all food may be unsaleable and Foodbank acts as a link between food companies disposing of unsaleable stock and welfare agencies providing food relief to thousands of people struggling to make ends meet.

Foodbank also has a range of programs such as Everyday Hampers, Christmas Hampers and School Breakfast programs to name a few, always with the outcome of helping those in need in our society.

 

 


24th October 2017: Rebecca Morse

Rebecca Morse is an Australian journalist and news presenter.

Rebecca is currently presenter of Adelaide's Ten Eyewitness News.

Prior to joining Ten she worked for the ABC in Adelaide as a reporter and presenter.

She was a finalist in the Walkley Awards in 2004 in the category of Television News Reporting and in 2005 won the gold award for Journalist of the Year at the South Australian Media Awards.

 


 

26th September 2017:   Margy Maas – Fauna Rescue of South Australia

Fauna Rescue of South Australia is a voluntary organisation which is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in our State. It provides for the rescue, care and rehabilitation of awide variety of Australian native animals: koalas, kangaroos, possums, birds, reptiles, bats – the list is extensive.

Within the organisation there are groups which specialise in individual species and Margy coordinates Koala Rescue with carers receiving up to 20 calls each day for koalas in need of assistance.

Members care for wildlife in their own homes and at their own expense. Margy’s home is a wonderful menagerie of Australian wildlife in various stages of recuperation. Some require around the clock feeding. The ultimate objective of Fauna Rescue is to always release rescued wildlife bac

k into the habitat in which it was found where this is practicable and the animal is not considered to be under further threat, once sufficiently recuperated.

There’s a lot to know when it comes to rescuing and caring for our native wildlife. Each species has specific requirements in terms of handling and caring and Margy will touch on these in her talk. She will also give tips on what to do upon discovering a wild animal that appears to be in distress.

Fauna Rescue runs orientation workshops for new members and species workshops for members wanting to care for particular species. Non-members are also welcome at these meetings.

Fauna Rescue has an extensive website with a wealth of helpful information about caring for our wildlife, including advice for those who discover an animal in need of assistance, and who to contact for further help.

 

 


 

 22nd August 2017:   Max Anderson - 

 Journalist and Prospector

 


MAX ANDERSON has been a full-time writer since 1992. He has worked in London, Sydney and Adelaide. Before moving to South Australia in 2002, he was the Deputy Travel Editor of London’s Sunday Times.

His work has appeared in some of the world’s most highly-regarded newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Times, The Financial Times,

 The Independent, The TelegraphThe GuardianSouth China Morning Post, The Australian, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

 In 2002 Max spent six months learning to be a prospector in a West Australian town of 13. The upshot of this time was the publication of a book called Digger, (Picad

or UK, 2005) which was also picked up by Reader's Digest and reprinted in five languages. His talk will cover his experiences living in such a small and remote town -- and also the moral implication of writing a book about peoples' lives without their knowing about it at the time.

These days he writes from his home in the Adelaide Hills, mostly about travel for Fairfax newspapers and National Geographic Traveller in the UK. He has received a number of awards including British Travel Journalist of the Year.

Outside of having twin boys with his wife Lainie, he still regards his most exciting adventure as the time he gave up his job to be a gold prospector in a remote outback town in Western Australia.

 


25th July 2017:      David Williams - Sensei 

David Williams is a Sensei. The term is applied as a mark of respect to those who have achieved a high level of skill in an endeavour – in David’s case in the martial arts. In current usage it also means “teacher”.

In his teens in the UK, David studied Aikido, a form of Japanese martial arts – translated loosely it means “Way of Unifying Spirit” or

"Way of Spiritual Harmony”.  His training took place under one of the great masters of the art, Kenshiro Abbe, himself a student of the creator of Aikido, Morihei Ueshida. David became one of the first black belts in the UK and was instrumental in promoting the discipline in that country, becoming an Assistant National Coach in Aikido.

Upon immigrating to Australia around 14 years ago, David continued his interest in the sport and set up his own dojo (place of training) for Aikido which is now operated by some of his former students.

David has long held an interest in Japanese culture, especially the development of weaponry in earlier times and the development and use of  the sword. He will detail the place of the Samurai in Japanese traditional life, demonstrate the use of the sword and tell us how swords are constructed, the significance of the different parts and etiquette when handling these historic weapons. The audience will also be able to handle examples of Japanese swords (rendered safe for handling :>) and view photographs which will illustrate aspects of David’s life as a student and teacher of Aikido.

A range of swords will be on display including some which are more than 100 years old, many bearing inscriptions of historical significance.

 


27th June 2017:   Jim Everett:       Charles Campbell's Backyard - Then and Now

Jim has lived in Campbelltown for more than 40 years and was the foundation President of the Campbelltown Historical Society and is the author of four published histories.

Jim's presentation is based on his keynote address at the Eastern Region Societies Seminar in 2012, and traces changes in the region from a pastoral holding, market gardens and then to a modern suburb.

Charles Campbell settled on Sections 309 and 310 alongside the Torrens in 1842 and in 1868 the area was proclaimed as the District Council of Campbelltown.

What would Campbell think of his back yard today?

 


23rd May 2017:   Ian Henschke

Ian is working to raise the profile of older people and to strengthen the collective voice of National Seniors members. A teacher before 

choosing a career in the media in 1980, Ian has worked in film, television, radio and print for 37 years.

He has served on the board of the ABC, presented regular radio programs and won prestigious media awards, including UN Media Peace Prizes in 2007 and 2009. Ian was named Telstra Rural Journalist of the Year in 1998 and was a finalist in the prestigious Walkley Awards twice.

He was recognised for his service to Australian society through broadcasting’ with the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003.


He continues to write a column for the The Advertiser’s SA Weekend magazine since it was launched in 2009.

Ian Henschke was the inaugural ABC Reuters Foundation/Chevening Fellow to Oxford in 1999 where he negotiated a co-production between 4 Corners and BBC World. He graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Diploma of Education in 1977

 


 18th April 2017: John Murray APM, BA, LLB, MBA, GCLP

                                                   Reflections on Policing - What Have We Learned?

John migrated from Scotland with his family in the 1950s and attended Nailsworth Boys Technical School where, after 3 years, he was declared the least suitable apprentice for any trade. 

So, at 16 years of age he joined the SA Police as a junior constable and served as a uniformed officer, prosecutor, detective and trainer before taking a commission, managing several commands. In 1997 he resigned as Assistant Commissioner to take up an Associate Professor position with Charles Sturt University. Much of his work was with the Hong Kong Police as an advisor and consultant.

He re-joined policing as Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police in 2000 and was the Chief Police Officer of the ACT. In 2003 he was the Territory Controller for the Canberra bushfires when 4 died and 400 homes were lost.

For the last 10 years John has been a consultant in justice related issues, and he believes he has now retired and now spends most of his time writing. 

He has written two novels; "Taking the Low Road", now published, with another, "Arresting the Demons", just completed.

John looks back on his career to present - "Reflections on Policing  What Have We Learned?"

 


 

8th March 2017: Margaret Clogg

 


 

28th February 2017: Ken Vear

The website for the SA Woodcarving Academy is www.sawa.com.au phone (08) 8363 2288

 


24th January 2017: Chris Flavell-

Useful links:

http://u3asouthaustralia.org.au/2016/07/26/guest-speakers-unisa-exercise-physiology-clinic/

http://www.unisa.edu.au/Health-Sciences/Services/Health-clinics/Exercise-Physiology-Clinic/


22nd November 2016: Libby Kosmala-


25th October 2016: George Bredon: Colonial Reflections of a Well-Spent Youth

 


 

27th September 2016: Val Potter, the Award Winning Bear Artist


 

23rd August 2016 - Andrea Ogier

 

 


 

26th July 2016: Kate Clements - 

Kathy Wright, who, in 1968 was 24, kept a frank and meticulous diary. It is an absorbing, amusing and exciting story of the epic journey across the world of two young and very naive people. Kate is a fit and healthy, seventy-year-old retiree, living in Adelaide, South Australia, very much enjoying the free  time for travelling, reading, walking, and swimming. Until recently, she was an active member of the International Lion's Club, giving something back to the community.

It's not everyones idea of a honeymoon - a 12000 mile flight from Scotland to Australia in a single-engined, canvas-covered plane. Even less idyllic if the pilot has only 44 hours flying experience and the navigator learned her job via a do-it-yourself course. But George and Kathy Wright from Glasgow did it - eventually. 

It took four months of trepidation and resourcefulness, fear and frustration, and delight and innocent blundering through the formalities of four continents. Refuellingin mid air ... landing at secret military airfields ... trailed by police ... the plane looted ... caught up in the sensitivities of politics ... marital tensions.

 


 

28th June 2016:       Juan Gallego -

Juan Gallego is owner/operator of Juan's Paella Catering. Juan is passionate about his Spanish culture, language and food, and entertained us with his very interesting background while he prepared his paella, describing each step, answering questions from the audience and passing on a wealth of useful tips to achieve a paella which we all very much enjoyed.

Web address for Juan's Paella: http://www.adelaidepaella.com.au/


 

28th November 2017: Judi Wakeling,  Partnership Manager, Foodbank SA

 

Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organisation in South Australia – in the last year it provided food for more than 3,400,000 meals.  

Foodbank SA is a non-denominational organisation distributing in many cases, surplus food provided by growers, manufacturers and processors –food which cannot be sold because of incorrect labelling, faulty packaging, part of a trial run or not to exact specifications.

As much as 30% of all food may be unsaleable and Foodbank acts as a link between food companies disposing of unsaleable stock and welfare agencies providing food relief to thousands of people struggling to make ends meet.

Foodbank also has a range of programs such as Everyday Hampers, Christmas Hampers and School Breakfast programs to name a few, always with the outcome of helping those in need in our society.

(Our annual donation this year is going to Foodbank. Please check out the info on the Noticeboard)