General Meeting

9.15am for 9.30am, Thursday January 17th

Balwyn Baptist Church, 517 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn (Melway 46 F8)

Guest Speaker: James Nicolas

Subject: The Mystery of Fairyland, Kew

James Nicolas is passionate about local history and has written a number of books and short stories on Australian history subjects. Among his works are the Canterbury Football Club: Berries to Cobras 1881-2013; The Gunyah: A Centenary of Scouting in Canterbury 1915-2015; Warrnambool: A Long Way to Tipperary, The Incredible Life of John Hyland, an early Western Victorian pioneer, and The Mystery of Fairyland, Kew. The Mystery of Fairyland, Kew has been positively reviewed by The Herald Sun, Senior, Progress Leader and 3AW’s Nightline show, and was shortlisted for the Premier’s History awards.

James launched his new book – Footy In Auburn – in April at the Royal Oak Hotel in Richmond. It explores the history of the two major football clubs that once played in the suburb of Auburn, and the history of the suburb itself. He has almost finished his book on the history of the Blackburn Football Club and is two years into writing the history of Melbourne’s private members’ club,  the Kelvin Club.


The Club’s monthly General Meeting is held at the –

Balwyn Baptist Church, 517 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn (Melway 46 F8)

on the –

3rd Thursday of every month (except December) at 9.30am.

The first half of the meeting is devoted to reports of Club activities  and information about future planned events.

After morning tea, the meeting is addressed by a guest speaker. (Click on “General Meeting” above for each year’s speakers since 2012).

After the meeting, a number of members choose to get together for lunch at a local restaurant.

There is ample free parking in nearby streets, or you can come by tram – we are on the ‘109’ route that runs to and from Box Hill (stop 50).

You will receive a warm welcome, and someone will be assigned to introduce you to other members. Come join us.

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