Our Guest Speakers

September 2020 – Andrew Buckland BEc, LLB Hons (TBA)

Andrew Buckland BEc, LLB Hons Deputy Government Solicitor – Constitutional Litigation Andrew has spent most of his career as a lawyer for the Commonwealth Government. He is the leader of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Australian Government Solicitor, a position he has held since 2008. Andrew oversees all constitutional cases involving the Commonwealth andRead More ...click heading for more

August 2020 – Club Photography Presentation (Cancelled)

At this meeting our Photography Group will be giving a presentation of photographs from the Group’s outings. Further details to come. ...click heading for more

May 2020 – Richard Mills (Cancelled)

Richard Mills (retired Ombudsman) will be talking on “The Role of the Ombudsman” Further details to come ...click heading for more

April 2020 – Brigette Moseley (Cancelled)

—- CANCELLED —- Brigette will be talking on “The Role of the Modern Pharmacy” Further details to come ...click heading for more

March 2020 – Air Commodore Ian Scott AM

Air Commodore Ian Scott AM Ian Scott joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1968 and enjoyed a long career in flying and in operations for the RAAF and the Australian Defence Force. He has held command at Squadron, Wing and Group levels and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1996Read More ...click heading for more

February 2020 – Guy Brown – Urban Caves

A shed in the backyard with no Council Approval required ? Guy Brown – URBAN CAVES             Professional Biography Early Life Guy spent his early life in Christchurch, New Zealand following his heart and living creatively. Boundaries only applied to those that created them. Rules were merely guide posts. WorkRead More ...click heading for more

December 2019 – Greg North – Poet

Discovered wandering in the Blue Mountains, this man of many hats will have you wondering which voice is really his. Known for his rendition of ‘The Man From Snowy River’ in 15 different accents and his adventures with sticky tape, the voices and characters in his poems and yarns could be the result of medicalRead More ...click heading for more

November 2019 – Mr Phil Batten – NSW Police (Ret)

Mr Phil BATTIN – Chief Inspector (Retired) New South Wales Police Force – Retired after 36 years of service. Phil served 3 years in General Duties first stationed at Blacktown in 1982. From 1985 to 1997 Phil then performed Highway Patrol duties at Penrith, Blacktown and Springwood. From 1997 to 2011 Phil undertook further legal studiesRead More ...click heading for more

October 2019 – Justin Morrissey

Justin Morrissey Justin has been actively involved in producing theatre, film, visual arts and music for over twenty years. He has produced, performed and managed numerous theatre and dance productions and been involved in the planning and production of major festivals, such as Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, New South Wales, Australia and Sculpture atRead More ...click heading for more

September 2019 – Presentations by club members

To celebrate out first meeting in the new Katoomba RSL we will hear talks by five or our club members on topics which will amaze and captivate you.  Please see the newsletter for the names of our speakers. ...click heading for more

August 2019 – The Evolution of Books- Bruce Sinclair B.A. Dip. Ed.

Bruce Sinclair B.A. Dip. Ed. Bruce is a retired senior Principal, previously administering Department of Education Schools in N.S.W.  He is also a qualified Book and Manuscript Restorer and Binder whose re-binding works are in many libraries both private, state and Federal. Bruce has also lectured in Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and has been aRead More ...click heading for more

July 2019 – Associate Professor Michael Buckland,BSc(Med), MBBS, Phd, FRCPA,FFSc(RCPA)

Associate Professor Michael Buckland, BSc (Med), MBBS, Phd, FRCPA, FFSc (RCPA) Head of Neuropathology at RPA Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor in Pathology at the University of Sydney. He is the Director of the Australian Sports Brain Bank & Co-Director of the MS Research Australia Brain Bank. Michael will be talking to us aboutRead More ...click heading for more

June 2019 – Bev Cooney – Chasing Dreams in Peru

Bev Cooney – Chasing Dreams in Peru. In 2003, Bev Cooney accomplished one of her lifelong dreams of travelling to Peru. When she booked and paid for her trip, little did she know that her life was about to change forever.   Bev had many adventures, walking the Inca trail, sailing Lake Titicaca, visiting untouched rainforestsRead More ...click heading for more

May 2019 – Jennifer Philps – Children’s Medical Research Institute

JENNIFER PHILPS BSc. Hons, Dip Ed  Community Relations Manager CHILDREN’S MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE  Jennifer started a teaching career in Glasgow in 1965 after majoring in genetics at Glasgow University. After her marriage, to a veterinarian, Jennifer and her husband set off to Uganda on the Overseas Development Program where she taught in a remote villageRead More ...click heading for more

April 2019 – Morse Code – Les Edwards and Ken Black

Our two guests today are Les Edwards and Ken Black. Les was employed by the Postmaster Generals Department and Telecom for thirty seven years and at retirement he was Residential Services Manager for the Penrith Telecom District. Les' name appears in the Guinness Book of World Records- In a speed contest between morse code andRead More ...click heading for more

March 2019 – Navy and the Nation -Vice Admiral (Ret) Tim Barrett AO CSC RAN

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Feb 2019 – Liz Benson talks about Wattles

This month we again welcome Liz as she speaks to us about the Wattle Liz Benson, of Lawson, is an extraordinary lady when it comes to imparting information about native birds that inhabit the Blue Mountains. In addition to being an expert on the birds of the Blue Mountains, Liz is also a knowledgeable expertRead More ...click heading for more

Dec 2018 – WW1 – The 1st AIF in the Last 100 Days

Lt Col (Ret) Peter Sweeney “WW1 – The 1st AIF in the Last 100 Days” The period from the Battle of Amiens on 8th August 1918 until the Armistice on 11th November 1918 is known as the ‘Last 100 Days’. Following the Battle of Amiens, the Australian 2nd Division captured Mont St Quentin in aRead More ...click heading for more

Nov 2018 – Skyjuice Foundation– Sustainable Water Treatment

A/Prof Rhett Butler AM “Skyjuice Foundation – Sustainable Water Treatment” A/Prof Rhett Butler AM is the Chairman of SkyJuice Foundation Inc. which is a not-for-profit Australian organisation based in Sydney . It was incorporated in 2005. We supply sustainable water treatment systems for humanitarian projects and emergency and disaster relief. SkyJuice utilises world best lowRead More ...click heading for more

Oct 2018 Prepare for Emergencies – David Parsons (SES Blue Mountains)

David Parsons (SES Blue Mountains) “Prepare for Emergencies” David Parsons is a Senior Inspector Emergency Management with the NSW Resources Regulator, where he is implementing an emergency management reform program involving the mining industry and emergency services. David previously managed Sydney Water’s Emergency Management and Counter Terrorism programs. He holds a Masters of Emergency ManagementRead More ...click heading for more

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