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.
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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 - cancelled due to the Covid-19
Guest speaker: Greg De Moore, associate professor of psychiatry at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. Topic: Finding Sanity.
Greg’s talk covers how the medical discovery came about of Dr John Frederick Joseph Cade - an Australian psychiatrist, army medical officer; medical scientist; mental health practitioner; prisoner of war; and public servant. He is credited with discovering in 1948 the effects of lithium carbonate as a mood stabilizer in the treatment of bipolar disorder (then known as manic depression). In an age where the standard treatments for psychosis were electroconvulsive therapy and lobotomy, lithium proved to be the first effective medication available to treat a mental illness. On this subject, Greg has appeared on the ABC radio program, Conversations with Richard Fidler, who only hosts very interesting and informative guests.
Activity: Tuesday 17 March 2020
- Guided tour of Anzac Memorial Hyde Park Sydney. cancelled due to the Covid-19
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 - cancelled due to the Covid-19
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 - cancelled due to the Covid-19
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 - cancelled due to the Covid-19
The Australian National Maritime Museum Pyrmont. A special group tour has been organised that honours Captain James Cook for the 250th anniversary of his discoveries along the East Coast of Australia. Commencing with a 40 minute private presentation on Bass and Flinders by one of their Speakers, followed by a multi-media exhibition (yet to be launched featuring Cook). We will then adjourn for lunch at Yots Café. The rest of the afternoon is free to view any of the exhibitions that take your fancy.
QUEENS BIRTHDAY – Monday 8th June
Friday 19 June – General Meeting - cancelled due to the Covid-19
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 - deferred due to the Covid-19
No guest speaker.
Activity: At the conclusion of the AGM, the excellent YouTube video Cook: Master of the Seven Seas will be shown to members. Not many people know about Cook’s early background, nor realise that, over his three world voyages, James Cook circumnavigated the globe, crisscrossing the Pacific Ocean from north to south. By declaring it for Great Britain, he literally put Australia on the world map, giving the continent the earliest start possible for its development into a great nation, enjoying a high standard of living, family values, many benefits, prosperity and freedoms.
Activity: Friday 14 August – 12noon to 3.00pm - cancelled due to the Covid-19
Celebrating the Chapter’s 10th anniversary of inauguration (13th August 2010):
Venue for Chapter Luncheon: Preston Stanley Room, NSW Parliament – BOOKED.
Experience fine dining in a private room at NSW Parliament House.
Guest Speaker: Author, Margaret Cameron-Ash’s subject will be about Lying for the Admiralty - very appropriately about Captain Cook in his 250th anniversary year. Her book will be on display and offered for sale towards the end of the luncheon.
Bookings essential, members given priority. Menu details, prices and method of ordering and payment to come.
Friday 21 August – General Meeting + AGM - numbers attending the meeting will be limited to 22, pre-registration required; Covid-Safe sanitisation will be diligently applied.
Guest speaker: Carole Roussel - Booked. - cancelled due to the Covid-19
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: all cancelled due to the Covid-19
* 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 - cancelled due to the Covid-19
Guest speaker: Ian Burnet. Topic: The Tasman Map – Abel Tasman, the Dutch East India company and the first Dutch discoveries of Australia.
The book is set against the background of the struggle of the newly formed Dutch Republic to gain its independence from the Kingdom of Spain and the struggle of the Dutch East India Company for trade supremacy in the East Indies against its Portuguese, Spanish and English rivals. Over a period of only forty years from 1606 to 1644 and based on sixteen separate discoveries the first map of Australia took shape. The Tasman Map shows a recognisable outline of the north, west and south coasts of Australia that was not to change for another 125 years until the British explorer James Cook charted the east coast in 1770.
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 - cancelled due to the Covid-19
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: Historian Judith Dunn returns to our Chapter to talk to us about her intriguing topic: Then and There lying dead – these are words from the Coroners notes from early colony days.
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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Top image: Lookout from Cambewarra Range to coastal plains and Shoalhaven River, Nowra, NSW. Courtesy of R. Scott
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