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If you have any suggestions for interesting guest speakers for our meetings, please contact Maria Z., our Guest Speaker Office.

 

**UPCOMING SPEAKERS

27/5/22 – Roger Brant Topic: The Art of Brewing

24/6/22 – Linda Nas Topic: Kids with Cancer

15/7/22 – The Heralds Topic: Singing and Entertainment

* Report for April

Hilary Kuwahata, a member of our club, was the guest speaker for April 2022.

We were taken on an arm chair travel through the South-Western area of Western Australia, visiting many known areas, such as Kalgoorlie a town established during the late 1800’s due to the gold rush.  Just outside Kalgoorlie is The Super Pit mine producing approximately 14 tonnes of gold per year.

Boddington Mine (Australia’s largest) produces over 800,000 tonnes of gold and 30,000 tonnes of copper per year.

Esperance is predominantly a tourist destination known for surfing, fishing and swimming. It is also a port for the export of grain from the WA wheat belt as well as iron ore.

The city of Albany was WA’s only deep water port before the development of Fremantle.  It was the last port of call for troopships leaving Australia in WW1 and the ANZAC’s are commemorated in the National ANZAC Centre.  It was also a submarine base for the USA in WW2.  The main industries now are tourism, fishing, timber and agriculture.

Busselton a popular holiday destination for West Australians.  It boasts the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere.

Fremantle is a main port city at the mouth of the Swan River.  There are many heritage buildings, art galleries and museums, including one of the relics of the Batavia which sank off the WA coast.

Along the way of these and many other interesting destinations was the discovery of beautiful and diverse wild flowers skilfully photographed by Hilary.


* Report for March

Our last gathering in March comprised our regular General Meeting, followed by the Annual General Meeting and the election of a new executive committee. Time did not allow a guest speaker.

 

* Report for February

February 2022 guest speaker Martha Jabour on the topic of Grace’s Place was very well received and her talk was nothing short of inspirational.

Martha has been the Executive Director of the Homicide Victims’ Support Group since 1993 having been employed by the Institute of Forensic Medicine to co-ordinate and set up the support group, to provide counselling, support and referrals for the family members of homicide.

After the death of her second son Michael to cot death, Martha trained as a grief and trauma counsellor and worked, both in a voluntary and paid position, with the Sudden Infant Death Association of NSW.  Building on her experience within the areas of grief, trauma, policy development, strategic planning and crisis management.

The Homicide Victims’ Support Group was established when the parents of Anita Cobby and Ebony Simpson were introduced.  They recognized the real need to set up this organization.

Martha talked about all the hurdles of setting up Grace’s Place, whose primary purpose is to provide a unique place of healing and restoration for children traumatised by homicide.

Grace’s Place is named in honour of Grace Lynch, mother of Anita Cobby.

 

* Report for January

  Our first face-to-face meeting post lockdown was:  David Short from the Royal Flying Doctor Service

David is the Speaker Co-ordinator for the Royal Flying doctor Service South eastern section.  He gave us an interesting and comprehensive history of the Service. 

An interesting fact: last year alone 38,615 patients were transported by air and 82,081 patients were transported by road.

  The speaker for January 2022 was: Arthur Pearce from the National Maritime Museum.  Topic: Riverboats of the Murray-Darling

 After they first crossed the Blue Mountains in 1813, it took many years for the English settlers to work out the final destinations of the inland river systems.  There were theories of an inland sea, or of vast areas of inland marshland, but it wasn’t until 1829 that Charles Sturt finally navigated the river system from the Murrumbidgee to the mouth of the Murray that the problem was solved.

Soon the potential of the river system to offer a means of supplying the settlers of the inland, as well as delivering their produce to the coastal ports.  The Murray Darling system was seen as the potential “Mississippi of the Inland”.

This potential was realised in the latter half of the nineteenth century when a large fleet of paddle steamers provided a vital link “from source to sea”.  The riverboats were able to bring supplies to miners and inland settlers, as well as deliver their produce to the major ports around the coast.  At the height of the river trade there were up to 500 river boats of all shapes and sizes plying the inland waterways.

The illustrated presentation included photographs of some of the early pioneers of the river trade, as well as the colonial politics that affected their enterprise.  We were introduced to many of the riverboats and their crews, as well as to the day-to-day hazards that they faced.

UPCOMING SPEAKER:

25/02/22 – Martha Jabour – Topic: Grace’s Place

 

* Report for September

As we continue to be in lockdown and preparing ourselves to live with COVID, we have been forced to cancel our face to face meetings.

Fortunately, all our scheduled guest speakers have been re-booked for next year.

In the meantime, we have continued with our member’s stories.  These are published in our monthly Newsletter.

Always remaining hopeful, for November we have David Short from the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

 

* Report for August

As we continue with the current lockdown, and the uncertainty that it brings, each month our planned guest speaker is being re-booked for a later time.

The August guest speaker, Martha Jabour of Grace's Place has now been booked for February 2022.

The September guest speaker is Hilary Kuwahata presenting an Arm Chair Travel of WA

Regards,

Maria