CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2019 - Meeting, Guest Speaker & Excursion Program to December
Meeting room No. 2
Old Gordon Public School House (adjacent to Gordon Library)
799 Pacific Highway (cnr. Park Road)
GORDON NSW 2073
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Parking: Unrestricted parking after 10.00am on Pacific Highway, same side and near the Old School House; 2 hour in parking station east side of railway line; 3 hour parking under the Gordon Centre, cnr Pacific Highway, entry via Dumaresq Street.
Contact the Secretary for bookings and information: firstname.lastname@example.org
All tours and activities need to be pre-booked with the Secretary.
Saturday 19 January - Fellowship of First Fleeters’ Annual Luncheon at Pullman Hotel, College Street, Sydney. Bookings essential, apply to FF House.
NOTE: No Chapter meeting in January.
Friday 15 February - General Meeting
Guest Speaker: Paul Brunton. Topic: Matthew Flinders.
Activity: Thursday 21 February - Central Coast Cruise of Brisbane Waters with commentary.
Lunch booked at the Bayview Hotel, Woy Woy (order and pay at your own expense on the day).
Friday 15 March – General Meeting
Guest speaker: Mark Bundy. Topic: Rookwood Cemetery burials, buildings, history.
Friday 12 April – General Meeting
Guest Speaker: Ann Howard. Topic is her latest book The Kindness of Strangers
Easter: Friday 19 – Monday 22 April
Activity: 25 April - Anzac Day Dawn Service at Roseville Memorial Club.
Activity: Friday 3rd May - Tour of the NSW State Library's recently opened its new $22 million world-class Exhibition Galleries in the Dixson Wing. Library Guide and Public Speaker, Patrick Dodd will lead our group on a fascinating heritage tour, which displays items never seen before - a tribute to all those collectors past and present who left this great legacy. Fully booked.
Friday 17 May – General Meeting
Guest Speaker: Denis Smith. Topic: Australian pilot joins English Airmen in the Russian Airforce in WW11. Denis will show “Arctic Brotherhood”, a film made for prime time Russian TV in 2016. The film covers the 151 RAF fighter wing that went to Russia on the first arctic convoy; it shows the pilots, including Denis's close friend, a RAAF fighter pilot, taking off from an aircraft carrier. These allied pilots went over to demonstrate to the Russians how to fly the Hurricane fighters. Members will enjoy hearing about this lone RAAF fighter pilot helping out his Russian fighter pilot friends. Includes subtitles and voice-overs in English.
Activity: Coffee and Cake in honour of 232nd anniversary of the departure of the First Fleet on 13 May 1787.
Friday 21 June – General Meeting
Guest speaker: Dr. Catherine Bishop, postdoctoral research fellow at Macquarie University – she will be discussing her latest book, Minding her own Business (Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney since 1880).
Activity: Wednesday 26 June – Group tour of Rookwood Cemetery and grounds; transport by charter bus; light lunch at at the Dragon on the Green restaurant at North Ryde Golf Club (Asian and Australian menu - order and pay at your own expense on the day) .
Friday 19 July – General Meeting followed by Annual General Meeting
No guest speaker.
Activity post meetings: Members Show and Tell: Present a short story that captures the achievements of a forebear. A chance to relate your special stories.
Tuesday 6 August – APC Group Luncheon at the White Rock Café at Long Reef Golf Club, Anzac Street Collaroy, to celebrate the 9th anniversary of Chapter inauguration (13th August 2010);
Bookings essential, members given priority, limited to 30 guests. (Order & pay at your own expense on the day).
Friday 16 August – General Meeting
Guest speaker: Mary Small, author of Lennie's Ride:
Mary Small will tell us the story of what happened 100 years prior to our Bicentenary. During 1888, the year of Australia’s Centenary, the city of Sydney offered wonderful and amazing entertainments by the seaside for the public at Manly, Coogee and Bondi. The innovation of bathing machines at Coogee Beach was also an item of great interest! Sydney was caught up in the celebration of the first hundred years of British settlement in Australia. A fortnight of festivities all over Sydney included band contests, a cricket match, the dedication of Centennial Park and a Government House dinner. But as usual for Sydney residents the focus was on the beaches!!
Activity: Honouring the 205th anniversary of the death of Arthur Phillip (31st August) and
Commemorating the 249th anniversary of the departure of Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook from Plymouth, England, on his first world expedition on 26 August 1768 with a display of Captain James Cook articles and pictures.
Activity: Wednesday 11 September. Heritage walking tour of Hunters Hill with tour guide Ellen Wilton, a Second Fleeter, followed by lunch at Hunters Hill Bowling Club (order and pay at your own expense on the day).
Friday 20 September – General Meeting
Guest speaker: Jo Harris OAM, member of our Chapter, long-time member of the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society and amateur "ham radio" operator, will talk on the first direct wireless transmission from Wales to Wahroonga on 22nd September 1918. This historic event for the first time carried a Morse message across the world by wireless instead of using under-ocean cables which could be made useless in wartime. It marked the foundation of long distance wireless telegraph, telephone and broadcasting services, leading to huge advances in technology over the next decades.
Friday 18 October – General Meeting
Guest speaker: John Jeremy of the Naval Historical Society of Australia, Garden Island, whose topic is:
Cockatoo Island Dockyard 1857-1991. Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour has a remarkable history, starting as a penal establishment and becoming a major shipbuilding and ship repair facility which made a considerable contribution to Australia’s maritime affairs for 134 years. John’s presentation outlines the history of the dockyard and, in particular, the work done there in peace and war.
Activity: Morning tea honouring Governor Arthur Phillip’s birthday (11th October).
Activity: Monday 11 November, 11am – Remembrance Day at Roseville Memorial Club.
Activity: Wednesday 13th November: Jacaranda Sydney Harbour cruise.
Friday 15 November – General Meeting
Guest speaker: Judith Dunn, historian, whose topic is Colonial Inns
Friday 20 December – General Meeting at 10.30am followed by:
Activity - Christmas Party and light lunch at 11.30am.
Guests of honour to be invited.
N.B. Reminder that there is no APC meeting in January 2020. Meetings recommence on the 3rd Friday in February 2020.
© Arthur Phillip Chapter of Fellowship of First Fleeters 2019-
Top internet image: Annual Australia Day Ferrython racing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The decorated ferries race from Circular Quay to Shark Island and then to a glorious finish at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Images below: From the internet