Our Guest Speakers

February 2022 – Pam Seaborn

Pam Seaborn – Chair of the Blue Mountains food and wine advisory group Plate Up Pam has more than 30 years’ experience in the communications industry. Specialising in the corporate sector, Pam’s expertise lies in the creation and management of promotional packages that combine event management, sponsorship and promotion. Much of her work has beenRead More ...click heading for more

November 2021 – Lindsay Clarke – Visit to Israel 2019

Lindsay and his wife were fortunate to be able to travel to Israel in 2019. After some initial hiccups the trip exceeded their expectations. At the Probus meeting on 4 November, he will talk about the many religious and ancient sites they visited in as well as giving some insight into life in modern dayRead More ...click heading for more

June 2021 – Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Wilson

LTCOL Wilson is deployed as the Chief of Staff (COS) Advisor in the Kabul General Garrison Command Advisor Team (KGGC-AT) on Operation Highroad – Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. KGGC is responsible for more than 25,000 troops comprising Afghanistan’s three pillars: the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and DefenceRead More ...click heading for more

May 2021 – Terrance Plowright OAM – Artist

Terrance was born at Paddington in Sydney in 1949. He started work in 1966 as a Copyboy for the Australian Women’s Weekly. During this same period, he was lead singer and rhythm guitarist in several bands. In 1970 he went on to work as a Film Editor with the ABC. During 1974-75, Terrance’s interest inRead More ...click heading for more

April 2021 – Bruce Ferrier – Grace Gibson Productions

Thursday 1st April A trip down memory lane looking at the history of Grace Gibson Productions and the contributions that Bruce has made in the world of radio. Bruce Ferrier is the owner of Grace Gibson Productions, He has been involved in radio production since 1972 as well as syndication and voice over work. HeRead More ...click heading for more

March 2021 – Prue Hardgrove,

Prue Hardgrove is the  Aged and Disability Services Officer for the Blue Mountains City Council and will be speaking to our group on Friday 5 March. At this meeting Prue will discuss the following:– Services to assist the elderly and people with a disability to remain independent in their home.– Disabled access to public facilities,Read More ...click heading for more

February 2021 – Tim Forde

Tim Forde, born in Africa of Irish parents, has spent the last 44 years in Australia. He is married with 3 children and 5 grand children.  Tim worked for Australia Post in various roles, retiring in December 2018 as Postal Manager, Katoomba, after 40 years service. A childhood dream of seeing Africa from top toRead More ...click heading for more

November 2020 – Monica Flynn

MONICA FLYNN Monica is a member of the Upper Blue Mountains Ladies Probus Club, and is a Past President. She lives in Leura. Monica’s academic background includes a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Administration. Monica has worked in hospitals in Australia and London. She has also worked in managementRead More ...click heading for more

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

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