Our Guest Speakers

October 2022 – Dr Tom Plaizier speaking on Laughter

.Dr Tom Plaizier will be speaking on Laughter   ...click heading for more

September 2022 – Paul Eastment – Fun with Trivia

Paul will lead us down the path of Trivia. He will outline the History of Trivia and will end with a trivia quiz for all to enjoy..   ...click heading for more

August 2022 – Gailene Keen – Mountain Youth Services

Gailene will be speaking on the Mountain Youth Services Programs . ...click heading for more

July 2022 – Peter Carroll – African Safari – Excitement on Steroids !

A quick tour of African habitat and wildlife (even some humans) as seen through the camera lens, with anecdotes of the excitement of going on safari in this fascinating land . ...click heading for more

June 2022 – Marie Palmer – Cockatoo Island: Heart of the Harbour

Marie retired in 2003 after a career in corporate administration. Travel around Australia, Europe, South America and Antarctica followed. Then Marie looked for volunteer work that would utilise her skills and provide plenty of people contact. Volunteering for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Marie visits groups to talk about the Harbour Trust sites, helps toRead More ...click heading for more

May 2022 – Paul Brinkman – The Cultural Scene in the Mountains

Paul Brinkman. B. Ed. Art/Design, Grad. Dip Mgt., MMgt (Arts and Cultural) Manager – Arts & Cultural Services – Blue Mountains City Council Currently based in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Paul is the Manager of Arts & Cultural Services for Blue Mountains City Council. This diverse position includes the roles of Director ofRead More ...click heading for more

April 2022 – Sue Carney – Beekeeping in the Blue Mountains

Delve into the fascinating world of honey bees. Whether you want to look after a hive in your own backyard, or simply encourage neighbourhood pollinators, Sue Carney explains how to get started – and why bees have been hailed as the most important creatures on Earth. Sue keeps honey bees in Wentworth Falls, where she’sRead More ...click heading for more

March 2022 – Sue Collins – Early History of Katoomba and Leura’ 

(Note: Due to Katoomba RSL commitments the March meeting will be held on 25th February) Sue is a Leura local who has a passion for social history. Who are the people that came before us? What was their life like? What is their legacy? Sue operates a small tour business called Mountains Tales, telling storiesRead More ...click heading for more

February 2022 – Bruce Sinclair – “Hasn’t this all happened before”

Bruce Sinclair BA.Dip.Ed is a retired school Principal who, over the years in Sydney, was a frequent guest speaker at Rotary and Lions clubs and involved with the National Trust of NSW. He has been the President of the Leura Literary Group and gives regular presentations at View and Probus Clubs. Since retiring to theRead 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

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