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2016/17 National Australian Probus Photographic Competition

The theme of the Probus South Pacific 2016-2017 national photographic prize was:

40 years of friendship, fellowship and fun!

First prize, valued at $23,990: A 24 night Grand Voyage from London to Rome for two aboard Aegean Odyssey including return airfares for two from Australia to Europe and transfers to and from the ship thanks to Cruise Traveller and Voyages to Antiquity. 

Congratulations to our First prize winner Jenny Kohlhagen from Probus Club of Batemans Bay Inc. (NSW)

Caption: Fun in the Sun!

Second prize, valued at $7,000: A seven night trip for two to Mauritius, in addition to seven nights accomodation, a full day tour of Casella Nature Park including interaction with lions and cheetahs and a half day Grand Bassin and Chamarel Tour thanks to Trade Travel.

Congratulations to our second prize winner Fred King from Probus Club of Coonara - Cherrybrook Inc. (NSW)

Caption: Harbourside Reflections.

Third prize, valued at $3,000: A three night escape to Auckland for two including return airfares from Australia to New Zealand, three nights accomodation in Auckland, breakfast, airport transfers and a New Zealand travel guide thanks to Grand Pacific Tours.

Congratulations to our third prize winner Laurence Besterfrom Probus Club of Murtoa Inc. (VIC)

Caption: Latest Silo Trail.

Runners-up: three runners-up will each receive a $500 voucher for accommodation at Golden Chain Motor Inns. With more locations than any other hotel chain in Australia, Golden Chain Motor Inns provide family-style hospitality.

Congratulations to our Runners up:

Kenneth Falconer from Probus Club of Donvale Inc. (VIC)

Caption: Probus members being amazed at the size of the Giant eater lilly leaves.

Barbara Hodges from Combined Probus Club of Syndal Inc (VIC)

Caption: Nita Climbing high on the Gloucester Tree which was fire lookout.

Ken Larbalestier from Probus Club of Kareela Inc. (NSW)

Caption: A Helping hand.

Visit the photographic competition page for more information on the 2017/18 National Photographic competition.

The Paul Henningham Literary Award

This award has been named in honour of Rotary International Past District Governor Paul Henningham, OAM, Editor of Probus News for many years. The Paul Henningham Award recognises the role that Paul played in the establishment and development of Probus News.

The Paul Henningham Literary Award for 2016 goes to Anna Hamers from Hallidays Probus Club in New South Wales for her poem, Burning Bridges.

Burning bridges

Before Probus member Anna Hamers moved to Australia, she lived in the Netherlands. Here, she shares the story of her childhood and the changing landscape of her homeland. Anna is a member of the Hallidays Point Probus Club.

I'm a child of a flat, green country,

Surrounded by water and crowned with low skies,

Where in autumn the leaves are the colours of Rembrandt,

Where in wintry fog every single sound dies.

I still see myself as a child picking daisies,

I still see myself go to school on my bike

In the strong winds that seem to be always against me.

And in summer I walked with my love on the dike.

I will always remember my sweet little country

As it was in the days when I was still young.

My country that gave me a feeling of comfort,

A feeling that said: here is where you belong.

The meadows have gone, and so have the daisies.

There's houses and highways, it's progress, you know.

And the fog is now caused by boxes on wheels;

They have come a long way and got nowhere to go.

The street where I lived and that once was my playground

Is now the domain of McDonalds and Co,

Crowded with people from faraway places.

There's no quiet dikes now for lovers to go.

I will always remember my sweet little country,

But it's different now from when I was young.

So I burnt all my bridges in crossing the ocean

To this wonderful country that says, ‘you belong’.


Congratulations to David Abercrombie from Probus Club of Kenmore Gardens who has won this fantastic wellington Getaway for 2 people.

Grand Pacific Tours is offering a Wellington Getaway for two, valued at over $3000. The prize includes return airfares on Air New Zealand, airport transfers, three nights hotel accommodation, three breakfasts, a 400 page New Zealand travel guide and a Grand Pacific Tours documentation pack!

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Past Chairmen of Probus South Pacific Honour Board

2014- 2015   Peter Carroll

2013-2014     Gary Blackler 

2012-2013     Margaret Robinson

2011-2012     Ken Brand

2010-2011     Jean Burford

2009-2010     George Wyman

2008-2009     Bob Bensley

2007-2008     Chris Norwood

2006-2007     Geoff McLennan

2005-2006     Joe Harris

2004-2005     Boyd Ackland

2003-2004     Bob Gillespie

2002-2003     Leslea Martin

2001-2002     Eric van Leeuwen

2000-2001     Bill Thornton

1999-2000     David Wills

1998-1999     Doug DeLaRue

1997-1998     Audrey Kennett

1996-1997     Jack Dunlop

1995-1996     Ian Doyle

1994-1995     Dean Whiteford

1993-1994     Frank Jensen

1992-1993     Bart Richardson

1991-1992     Jim Somerville

1989-1991     Reg Green

1987-1989     Jim Standford

1981-1987     Bob Burnett



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