CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2020 - 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: Parking: Limited unrestricted parking after 10am on Pacific Highway, same side and near the Old School House; 3-hour parking is recommended under the Gordon Centre, cnr Pacific Highway, entry is via Dumaresq Street.
Visitors very welcome to attend our meetings: Register for meetings and to book events by emailing the Secretary: email@example.com
* Bookings for all events are essential, apply to the above email address.
Contact the Secretary for bookings and information: firstname.lastname@example.org
All tours and activities need to be pre-booked with the Secretary.
JANUARY: NOTE: No Chapter meeting in January.
Saturday 25 January - Fellowship of First Fleeters’ annual Australia Day Luncheon at
Pullman Hotel, College Street, Sydney, 11.15am. Apply to First Fleet House. Include on
your reservation form that you wish to be on an APC table, or you wish to have your own table
for family and friends. Bookings close on Tuesday 14th January.
Sunday 26 January - Australia Day celebrations.
FEBRUARY (Leap Year month)
Friday 21 February - General Meeting
Guest Speaker: Denis Smith booked.
Topic: The Mighty Sunderland in Peace and War
Friday 20 March – General Meeting
Guest speaker: Greg De Moore booked:
Topic: Finding Sanity
Activity: Tuesday 17 March 2020
- Guided tour of Anzac Memorial Hyde Park Sydney. BOOKED
The Anzac Memorial is a heritage-listed war memorial, museum and monument, both a work of art and a remarkable piece of architecture. It is one of the finest surviving examples of art deco style in Australia. Our tour guide will explain the symbolism and meaning found within and on this sculptural monument.
The excursion includes the Devoted Service, a combination of theatre piece, an exhibition tour and refreshments.
EASTER – Good Friday 10th April – Easter Monday 13th April
Friday 17 April – General Meeting
Guest Speaker: Andrew Tink booked. Topic: Apollo Moon Landing and the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station that filmed the landing. He has just released his new book on the topic.
Activity: 25 April - Anzac Day Dawn Service at Roseville Memorial Club.
Friday 15 May – General Meeting
Guest Speaker: Patrick Dodd, State Library guide and public speaker. Topic: Captain Cook and the Endeavour.
Activity: Coffee and Cake in honour of Cook’s departure from Botany Bay on 6th May 1770
233rd anniversary of the departure of the First Fleet on 13th May 1787.
Activity: Thursday 4th June (TBC)
- Tour of Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Macquarie Street, Sydney, (hopefully led by FF John Boyd for the 201st anniversary of its opening).
The Hyde Park Barracks is a UNESCO World Heritage site, built to house and control male convicts. The barracks had a far-reaching impact as the administrative hub of the colony’s convict system. After 1848, it sheltered immigrant girls and young women, and cared for older, sick and poor women. Drawing together the lives of convicts, the Eora people, and the arrival of free settlers, the story of the barracks is the story of Australia’s modern beginnings.
QUEENS BIRTHDAY – Monday 8th June
Friday 19 June – General Meeting
Guest speaker: John Jeremy of the Naval Historical Society of Australia, Garden Island. His topic is: LHD &LSD. Evolution of Australia's Amphibious Ships over the last 100 years, from Gallipoli to today
Friday 17 July – General Meeting followed by Annual General Meeting
No guest speaker.
Activity post meeting/s: TBC.
Activity: Friday 14 August – 12noon to 3.00pm
Celebrating the Chapter’s 10th anniversary of inauguration (13th August 2010):
Venue for Chapter Luncheon: Strangers Restaurant, NSW Parliament – BOOKED.
Experience fine dining at NSW Parliament House. The Restaurant was originally designed as a meeting place for members of Parliament to entertain their important guests, visiting dignitaries, and members of the Royal family.
NSW Member of NSW Parliament has been invited Alister Henskins (Ku-ring-gai) will drop by acting as our host.
Bookings essential, members given priority. Menu details, prices and method of ordering and payment to come.
Friday 21 August – General Meeting
Guest speaker: Carole Roussel - Booked.
Topic: Jean-François de Galaup, Comte de La Pérouse who, on sighting the First Fleet at anchor, sailed his ships the L' Astrolabe and La Boussole into Botany Bay and stayed there for six weeks.
Activities: Coffee and Cake honouring:
* 206th anniversary of the death of Arthur Phillip (31st August)
* Celebrating the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s discovery, the mapping of the east coast of Australia, and his declaration of
possession of the eastern portion of the Australian continent for the British Crown on 22nd August 1770.
* View our Library display of Captain James Cook books, articles and pictures.
Friday 18 September – General Meeting
Guest speaker: TBA
LABOUR DAY - Monday 5th October.
Friday 16 October – General Meeting
Guest speaker: Patrick Dodd - Booked. Topic: Norfolk Island.
Activity: Morning tea honouring Governor Arthur Phillip’s birthday (11th October).
Wednesday 21st October
Activity: THE HISTORIC COAL LOADER, Balls Head, Waverton
FF Denis Smith will act as our tour guide. The Coal Loader on the Waverton peninsula is a special site – firstly as a place of physical and spiritual sustenance for Aboriginal Australians; later, as an industrial site from the 1920s to the 1990s. It has primarily acted as a transfer depot for coal from bulk carriers to smaller coal-fired vessels, using the elevated platform structure that housed a large coal stockpile.
Beneath the platform are a series of tunnels, each with a number of chutes for transferring the coal into coal 'skips'. The skips operated on a cable-hauled railway system that ran as a continuous loop through tunnels out onto the finger wharf in Balls Head Bay, where the coal was loaded onto waiting steamers. The site operated for over 70 years before being decommissioned.
Activity: Wednesday 11 November, 11am – Remembrance Day at Roseville Memorial Club.
Friday 20 November – General Meeting
Guest speaker: TBA
Friday 18 December – General Meeting at 10.30am followed by:
Activity - Christmas Party: Invitation to a light lunch at 11.30am.
Guests of honour to be invited.
N.B. Reminder that there is no APC meeting in January 2021.
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As at 12/01/2020 - will be updated as further entries are finalised.
© Arthur Phillip Chapter of Fellowship of First Fleeters 2020-
Top image: Annual New Year's Eve fireworks celebration, highlighting the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
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