Guest Speakers


January – James Nicolas, The Mystery of Fairyland, Kew

February – Les Twentyman, Working with Youth at Risk

March – Amanda Tuohy, Wildlife Artist and Author

April – Chris Plumridge, Crimestoppers

May – Sue Thompson, Dame Nellie Melba

June – Craig Richards, Bicycle Victoria

July – Elizabeth McCrae, Mirabel Foundation

August – The Hon. Diana Bryant, Former Chief Justice of Victoria

September – Brian Negus, Future Transport in Australia

October – Steven Bevens, Incident Response Management at VicRoads

November – Greg de Moore, Finding Sanity: How an Australian POW Changed Medical History


January – Vikki Mustapha, Women in the Middle East

February – Lisette Curnow, Genetics and You

March – Heather Burge, Cycling the Silk Road

April – Ross McMullin, Will Dyson: Australia’s Finest War Artist

May – Prof. David Finkelstein, New Discoveries in Brain Research

June – Ted Cavey, Swagmen in Australia

July – Clif Hardy, Memories of the London Blitz

August – Geoff Bransbury, Around the World by Motor Cycle

September – Greg de Moore, Tom Wills: Creator of Australian Rules Football

October – Gabriel Gate

November – John Howell, The Only Woman at Gallipoli


January – Peter Hall, Better Education for Nepali Kids
February – Prof. David Finkelstein, Brain Research
March – Nick Richardson, “The Game of Their Lives”
April – Don Miller, “The Will to Win”
May – Ken Gosbell, Shorebird Migration
June – Dr, Euan Ritchie, Conserving Australian Biodiversity
July – Doug Ackerly, “Coleman: The Untold Story of a Legend”
August – Michael Rowland, ABC Journalist and Presenter
September – Paul Wheelton, Scrambled Eggs – A Journey in Philanthropy
October – Dr. Graeme Killer – Me and My Prime Minister
November – Laura Waters – Five Months Walking in New Zealand


January – Dr Mark Pownceby – The Titanium Dioxide Story
February – Jim Beggs – Proud to be a Wharfie
March – Pete Smith OAM – A Pete Smith Special
April – Dr Peter Hollingworth AC, CBE – Reflections of a Governor-General
May – Christopher Lamb, Former Ambassador to Myanmar
June – Anna Burke MP – Life as a Federal Politician
July – Ross McMullin – “Farewell Dear People”
August – Peter Knights, Former AFL Footballer and Coach
September – Yvonne Lynch – Melbourne Urban Forest Strategy
October – Dr Hilary Hollingsworth – How Students Learn and Teacher Feedback
November – Richard Coombs – Working in the Middle East


January – Geoff Goodall – Life and Aviation in Soviet Georgia
February – Ross McMullin – H.E. “Pompey” Elliott
March – Don Jones, Comedian
April – Vici Funnell – Transforming Children’s Lives in Bangladesh
May – Annette Allison – Royal Flying Doctor Service
June – Dr Eric Allan – The Life of a Vet
July – Jacqueline Dinan – “Between the Dances” (Women’s lives during WW2)
August – Tim Lane, Sports Broadcaster
September – Prof. Graeme Davison, AO
October – Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner
November – Prof. Ian Howie – The United Nations in North Korea


January – A Speaker from Amnesty International
February – John Gardner (‘The Dunny Man’ author) – Taking care of ‘business’
March – Prof. Ian Howie
April – Josh Frybenberg MP, Federal Member for Kooyong
May – Dr Mark Zirnsak – Gambling
June – Geoff Gaff – Life in Saudi Arabia
July – Dr Mark Pownceby – Journey to the Centre of the Earth
August – Rob Willis – Bureau of Meteorology
September – Lindy Burns, ABC Presenter and 774 Announcer
October – Christie Faulks – Aid in Kenya
November – Dina Burgess – A Waverley U3A Concert


January – Peter Swan – Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
February – Brian Trenfield – Walking the Kokoda Track
March – Roger Canty – His work as an MCG Guide
April – Graham Beanland – His recent Antarctic trip
May – Tony Michael – Life on the Yarra from the 1860s to the 1960s
June – Gerald Quigley – Living with arthritis
July –  Warren Joel – Auctioneer
August – Margo Honeyman – Growing old (dis)gracefully
September – Gillian Hibbins – The origins of Australian football
October – Sheree Marris – The underwater world of Port Phillip Bay
November – Ex-Detective Gary Ayres – The Russell Street Bombing


January – Dale Newton – Qantas Pilot
February – Graham Beanland – Retirement Villages
March – Carolyn Pethick – Community Policing
April – Father Bob Maguire
May – Marcus Taylor – Justice
June – Lloyd Jenkins – Those Unmentionable Women
July – Tony Wells – Route 66
August – Grant McKenzie – Retirement Options
September – Ken Jepson – Bees and Us
October – John Langmore – United Nations
November – Stephen Mayne

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