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Talk by Stephen Cassettari on Chinese painting on 10th February, 2020.




What a wonderful speaker we had today. He was funny and talented. He kept us entertained the whole time. Above are photos of the paintings he demonstrated for us. Each one only took a few minutes. You can find out more about him from his web page:   www.stephen 

Talk by Victor Floridia on the background of some of our great composers on 11th November, 2019.

The guest speaker that had been booked for the meeting today was unable to attend. Fortunately one of our members, Victor Floridia, was able to step up and give us a very interesting talk on the background of some of our classical composers, plus some amusing comments about Puccini's opera Tosca. We were so grateful to Victor for being able to do this.

Victor is originally from Malta where he obtained a licientiate from the Royal School of Music. He then became a Harmony Associate of Music from the London College of Music. When he came to Australia he taught piano and theory.



Talk by Peter Sweeney RFD about the midget submarine attacks on Sydney Harbour in 1942, on 14th October, 2019.




Talk by Sandra and Debbie from the Smocking Arts Guild of NSW on 9th September, 2019

This morning we had a wonderful presentation by Sandra and Debbie from the Smocking Arts Guild. As you can see from the photo they brought along a sample of items that have been made. One of the focuses of the group is to make clothes for very premature babies. These two ladies are very devoted to their cause as well as being very hard working.

You can find out more about their organization by visiting their web page: .



Talk by Margaret Kuprowski from the NSW Trustee and Guardian on 12th August, 2019.

We had a very interesting talk this morning by Margaret from the NSW Trustee and Guardian. She made a point of telling us that we should make sure issues relating to our wills, powers of attorney and enduring guardianship are updated every five years. She discussed many issues relating to this. The web page is .



Talk by Claude Bennie on 8th July, 2019.

We had a very interesting talk this morning from Claude Bennie who was an industrial chemist with Arnott's biscuits. He had a long career with them and gave us a lot of information about the knowledge needed to make biscuits.

He also told us about the Arnott family and how the business started and was finally sold by them.




Talk by Garry Raymond on 13th May, 2019.

Veronica wrote:

Our Guest Speaker, Retired Chief Inspector Garry Raymond was an  inspirational and captivating speaker. His career began when he was an Ambulance Officer for 5 years, a member of NSW Police Force for 33 years. First he was a member of the Police Rescue Squad and he spoke at length about the Granville Train Disaster. As a Police Detective at Blacktown he was assigned to investigate the Anita Cobby murder, where he became close friends with her parents. He said a number of times “something good has to come out of something so bad”. He has been involved in the establishment of Grace’s Place at Doonside. Named after Anita Cobby’s mother it is a refuge for children who need assistance after having been involved in murder incidences.




Talk by entertainer and actor, Lester Morris, on 8th April, 2019.


Lester's talk about his life as an entertainer/actor was most interesting.  We learned how he got into acting as a method actor. He has been in a number of TV commercials and stage shows where his singing ability was also used. As well, he directed a number of productions. You can check out more about him on the internet. He was accompanied by his wife, Lyn, who managed the PowerPoint presentation on his work. 




Talk by financial planners, Adam Faulkner and Warren Dunne on Monday, 11th March, 2019.

Adam and Warren gave us a very interesting talk on setting up our finances for our latter years. Even though most of us are retired and presumably have our financial affairs in order, there were still facts to be made aware of e.g. balancing your assetts to maximise your pension and using reverse mortgages. As they pointed out, everyone's situation is different.




Talk on Genetics by Jennifer Philps on Monday, 11th February, 2019.

Jennifer’s science background is in genetics. She has worked for the Children’s Medical Research Institute for the last twenty-five years.

Over the years the Institute’s focus has changed from clinical i.e. treating patients, to research.

Information regarding this research can be found at their web page: 

Jennifer’s talk was absolutely fascinating. She is such a good speaker.

She suggested that for one of our outings we could visit them at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

An interesting site to visit is

This site explains the basis of Jennifer’s talk.

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