Meetings

Meetings

15 Feb 2020 Guest speaker: Dr Garry Darby – Some Aboriginal people of the Botany Bay area. While Botany Bay has long been a site of historical interest, local Aboriginal people usually disappear after the first chapter. In his talk, Dr Garry Darby will discuss how local Aboriginal people adapted during European settlement in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Garry’s range of works, including this latest book, will be available for sale at the meeting.
21 Mar 2020 Cancelled Guest speaker: Glen Humphries – Night Terrors. Between 1956 and 1959, suburban Sydney was terrorised by a phantom known as the Kingsgrove Slasher. A peeping Tom, he graduated to breaking into houses to watch people sleep, before later slashing women with a razor while they lay in their beds. Glen will provide a detailed account of the Kingsgrove Slasher case, referencing media coverage and court transcripts.

Meeting cancelled to limit the risk of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

23 May 2020 Guest speaker: Anne Field – The History of Moorefield Racecourse (1888-1951). Following the publication of her book in 2016 and her presentation to our society in March 2019, Anne is returning to complete the story of this local track. She will chart the life of the racecourse through the recollections of its colourful characters.
20 Jun 2020 Guest speaker: John MacRitchie – Gelignite and Gaol: Burglary in St. George. The upsurge in crime in our region after World War I.
18 Jul 2020 Annual General Meeting
15 Aug 2020 Guest speaker: Leonie Bell – The Grand Parade: Real Estate and Recreation. The Grand Parade follows the shores of Botany Bay from Kyeemagh to Sans Souci, a key transport route from the south to the city. As they edge slowly from traffic light to traffic light, it is doubtful whether modern commuters stuck in a traffic jam pause to consider its origins. When was it built and what was its purpose? How has the road and changed since its inception?
19 Sep 2020 Guest speaker: Greg Jackson – Mr. Mitchell’s Road. Illawarra Road was the first road south from Sydney, through the Sutherland Shire, to Wollongong. It was surveyed by Major Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1843 and it is the last NSW Public Works road constructed with convict labour.
17 Oct 2020
21 Nov 2020