Shed Program Held During 2018 (2017 is below)

The following is a list of the past program this year


Date Description Attended
16 Feb The Shed went on an excursion to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Starstruck Exhibition . Coffee & Chat was at the Shed for those who did not go xx
9 Feb Dr Brendan Nelson was our Guest Speaker talking about his career and especially his time with the War Memorial. Brendan could only visit from 9.30am until 10.30am, so members arrived from 9.15am to receive Dr Nelson at 9.30am. Morning tea was held later and a short video on Poland was also shown. It was also Arend Bleyerveen’s 90th birthday. A cake was produced & Arend blew out the candle after a harmonious rendition of Happy Birthday. 63
 2 Feb As a follow-up to last meeting’s video about Tom Kruse, we listened to a humorous recorded talk by Len Beadell who addressed the Annual Conference of Rotary District 982 at Shepparton Civil Centre on 2 March 1991 52
26 Jan Australia Day Public Holiday – No Shed meeting
19 Dec ‘Video of ‘The Back of Beyond’- the story of Tom Kruze a former mail carrier on the Birdsville Track in the border area between South Australia and Queensland during the period 1936-1963 was shown 50
12 Jan Coffee morning at Raiders Club in Kippax 42
5 Jan New Year / break – no Shed meeting



Shed Program Held During 2017

The following is a list of the past program this year

Date Description Attended
29 Dec Christmas / break – no Shed meeting
22 Dec Christmas Closedown Function – Ray ran an Old Time Melodrama, with a visit by Santa Claus (Harry) followed by BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 60
15 Dec Shed members visited Brian O’Donnell’s phone museum which has taken over his home in Mawson. Brian has one of the most extensive collections of phones in the country. His interest was sparked after he joined the PMG in the 1960s before moving to Telstra. Together with his Telstra mate, Stuart, Brian showed us through his collection which has phones dating back to 1882 24
8 Dec The Canberra Men’s Minstrels is a sub-group of the Canberra Men’s Choir. They entertained an enthusiastic lot of Shedders who were in fine voice (well, some of them, anyway) as they sang along to some well-known favourites: in North Belconnen Uniting Church. After back in the Shed, Aoife Berenger, who is the, Community Development & Education Officer from Care Inc (i.e. Care Financial Counselling Service), told us about the eligibility reqts for ACTEWAGL’s Energy Support Voucher Scheme, which provides households on low to moderate incomes $100 credit towards their electricity or gas bill. Aoife said that everyone whose energy supplier is ACTEWAGL & who applies via Care Inc, can have their ACTEWAGL account credited $100 under this scheme. See details on the News Page 43
1 Dec Rod Jory gave a talk about Volcanoes, Tsunamis and Earthquakes 54
24 Nov Greg tried to show how to navigate on the Shed web pages but the font & window size on the display simumlated tablet mode so it didnt happen, Greg then showed a video on Balikpapan in WW2, Luke Wensing talked about & showed slides about “Sculptures by the Sea” and John Canning read a poem “Old Sam’s Christmas Pudding” by Marriott Edgar (1939) about the Peninsular War in Spain at Badajoz 51
17 Nov Jenny Higgins talked about Genealogy and what methods were available to research a family’s past including Ancestry.com & Trove 58
10 Nov The 2017 Annual General Meeting was held with the existing committee being re-elected followed by Pizzas being provided to members 50
3 Nov Presentation on Antarctica & Antarctica drilling by Dr Howard Brady. This is Howard’s latest book which criticises a lot of the work on climate change & gives us some background on the Dr. Good information & photos on Antartica 52
27 Oct Presentation by Riverview’s Stephen Harding on Ginninderry; its design, planning, environment trust plans & current status. Don Gruber also gave an overview on Lifeline with emphasis on the bookfairs and the infrastructure supporting it 45
20 Oct The Shed met at the Belconnen Bowling Club in Beetaloo Street Hawker for a morning of bowls organised by Harry Redfern. This was not the first time the Shed has gone bowling with Harry. In May 2011 we had a bowls morning followed in Jun 2011 by a Sat morning coaching session. In Jun 2012 we had another bowls day. In May 2013 we participated once more followed by a Sausage Sizzle at the Club & on 25 Nov 2016 we again graced the green at Beetaloo St. The morning’s play involved 3 Bowls Pairs played to 11 ends (or a time limit of 90 minutes). Four players with 3 bowls each & the leads playing their bowls alternatively, followed by each pair of players in order. Some members stayed at the Shed. Photos 26
13 Oct Mike Dwyer provided an Anzac Presentation. He presented the story of Sgt Pat Donnelly 2nd Pioneer Battalion Brigade, Second Aust Div, 1st Anzac Corps. Mike talked about the war on the Western Front & how it affected the soldiers involved. Read more 51
6 Oct Excursion to the Tulip Top Gardens with 16 members attending. A further 12 members were at the Shed with Roger Amos 28
29 Sep The Shed had two member talks by Stuart Allan & Roger Amos. Stuart talked about model sailing canoes of the Marshall Islands, a group of some 1,225 islands and inlets to the north east of Australia. The canoe tradition is one of the foundations of Marshallese culture & has been the key to survival of the islanders. Roger talked about his 15 year project building a Farrier designed Trailer-tri 680, a 6.8 metre long, 5 metre wide, 1140Kg trimaran. Also there was a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 58
22 Sep Excursion to Cowra Japanese Gardens. Cars departed around 8AM went to Cowra with 16 members in perfect weather. They stopped for coffee at coffee house next to information centre, & then in the Cowra Information centre they watched a holograph of a young woman, moving around the stage, telling the story about the Japanese break out. They then continued to the Japanese gardens, camp & Cemetery. Overall they had an excellent time. The Shed was be open as usual for a coffee & chat session for those who didn’t go with 12 members attending. Pictures 31
15 Sep John Jervis gave an interesting talk about Towrang Convict Stockade, its history, the life of convicts & some background the roads from Sydney to Goulburn | Towrang Convict Stockade, Associated Sites & Road Formations 56
8 Sep Victor Isaacs talked about Australian Railways 51
1 Sep Luke Wenzing talked about travelling around Spain & some of the interesting architecture he saw. John Belcher talked about S44 & Dual Citizenship 48
28 Aug (Mon) Shed’s 9th Birthday Dinner at Raiders Belconnen Club with 30 members & guests attending with entertainment by Annie of the Armadillos
25 Aug Shed’s 9th Birthday for 28 August 2017 celebrations with cake & BBQ & sausage sizzle. Don Gruber acquired 2 large cakes & helped provide everyone with a piece 42
18 Aug Dannielle Bate from Canberra City Care talked briefly about her organisation & the people they assist. They have a food pantry, Tech shed that refurbishes PCs, an Op shop, Gardens for growing vegetables. Their space is provided by the Life Unlimited Church at Charnwood who bought the old Charnwood High School. We also had a travel video around Madrid 40
11 Aug Ray Osmotherley talked about Popular Entertainment from Early Times to the Beginning of the Cinema followed by a video “The Story of Cinema in Australia” 49
4 Aug Jenny Higgins was sick so Roger gave more information on his great uncle Stan Willis & read more of his letters from UK & France in 1917. Peter Harvey from Calvary Care visited & sought volunteers to help at the Haydon Retirement Village. Bob showed a short video on how they disposed of some F111’s. A NOVA video was shown titled “Making Stuff Safe” 46
28 Jul Kellie Toohey UC Faculty of Health talked about the work shed has done done in recent years assessing the impact of High Intensity & Continuous Moderate Exercises programs on Cancer survivors. She believes exercise has a positive impact on the health outcomes of cancer suffers & all of us in general. Also Mike Dywer gave a short talk on “Super Sleuthing the Burghers of Blayney” which was about the authors’ names of Letters to the Editor were partly or wholly the same as settlement names. The names which continually appeared were Barry, Neville, Blayney, Cowra & Sutton 47
21 Jul Tracy Harris talked about “Behind the scenes of life as an Australian diplomat”. Luke Wensing then gave a presentation about modern architecture, & screened pictures of many unorthodox buildings. His interest was stimulated by the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum of modern art in Bilbao Spain 51
14 Jul Bev Lewis talked about Southern Africa & gave a video presentation of his life in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) & Southern Africa before migrating to Australia plus further views about his trips in South Africa & Serengeti NP in Tanzania more recently. Martin van der Hoek talked about The Terracotta Warriors or Army in China using slides 57
7 Jul Lindy Hou, Paralympian cyclist talked about her life and dreams of being an Olympian champion. In 2004 at the Athens Paralympic Games that dream became a reality when she won a gold, two silver & one bronze medal. More about Lindy 41
30 Jun Short talks by several members then we enjoyed a curry & soup day with rice and crusty bread 55
23 Jun Dr Howard Thomas Brady, an Australian, who once worked as an Antarctic scientist gave a talk titled “The Climate Debate is a Mess”. He gave numerable examples where the IPCC models are not being borne out by real world data. He also gave a lot of information from his book “Mirrors & Mazes” 63
16 Jun Andrew Geraghty from Toastmasters talked about 15 things you didn’t know about WWII 49
9 Jun Lina Webber, AFP Seniors Liaison Officer talked about Internet & Email Scams 49
2 Jun John Edge talked about Survivability Issues with the National Electricity Grid. More information on John’s talk 54
26 May Aoife (pronounced Efa) Berenger from Gambling Counselling & Support Service (AGCSS) talked about Gambling Harm Awareness. AGCSS was established in 2011 & is managed by Relationships Australia, in partnership with Care Inc.Care Financial Services. For advice refer 44
19 May The Shed went on a tour of the National Gallery of  A guide took members through the indigenous art section then on to some modern art. Those who didn’t go had coffee & chat at the Shed. In addition Jeff Brown gave an animated talk about his time on the first Australian Survivor and how he survived & some of the good that came from it  supporting some disadvantaged villages in India & Thailand 32
12 May Abuse Awareness Information Session with Karl Schaffarczyk from the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS). This mainly concentrated on the impacts & issues associated with an EPoA (Enduring Power of Attorney). Karl also described how ADACAS provides an advocacy service for any disabled or elder persons who have been mistreated in some way 51
5 May Ray Osmotherly gave an interesting slide talk about his life running a one Teacher School at Crooble near Moree 48
28 Apr Anzac Day talk by Kevin Kirk (2nd cousin of Roger Amos) about his trip to Gallipoli in 2015 for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing + BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 42
21 Apr Uni Canberra Health Students presented members with the results of their 4 week exercises sessions. No formal Shed due to funeral of Lynette Williams at 11AM in the next door church
14 Apr Good Friday – no Shed meeting
7 Apr The Shed visited the National Arboretum where we were met by Meryl Causebrook (Rick’s wife) who took us for a guided tour & talk on the Arboretum planning & vision.  At 8.30AM members were reassessed by the Uni Canberra Health Students to see how they improved after 4 weeks of exercises 35
31 Mar Presentation from three key members of the National Health Co-op (NHC); Adrian Watts (CEO), Dr Joe Oguns (Medical Director) & Lennon Wicks (Exercise Physiologist) 49
24 Mar Mike Dwyer presented on Polio with input from other members on their experiences, plus a  visit by “Dr Parkinson” who gave a short account of himself, plus a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 48
17 Mar Great talk from David Royds, a retired forensic chemist whose roles before retirement was as Team Leader of the Australian Forensic Police & principal reporting officer for the Bali bombings (2002) 54
10 Mar Guest Speaker Margaret Wade author of “Canberra Secrets” talked about her passion for Canberra & wrote two very successful editions of Canberra’s Secrets in 1999 & 2003 – a great guide book that highlights a local’s perspective of Canberra. She told us about her walking & cafe tours around some area of the City 50
3 Mar Excursion to Uriarra Crossing for BBQ & Sausage Sizzle. UC Health students did their initial assessment of around 20 member who attended before the Shed meeting – Photos of the BBQ –  Also 4 members met at the Shed 30
24 Feb Kellie Toohey – UC Faculty of Health introduced 5 students who will be working on assessing the health of members over the next 6 weeks 43
17 Feb Rod Jory gave a talk titled – ‘This Paradise Earth’ his 3rd talk at the Shed 56
10 Feb Andrew Geraghty talked about Toastmasters and Power Point Presentations and how one should design such a presentation for maximum effect and readability 40
3 Feb Phil Laird gave a talk about ‘Disruptive Technologies’ with discussion by Shed members 48
27 Jan Australia Day commemoration with several members showing slides compilations of their favourite photos & spots in Australia followed by BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 51
20 Jan There was an excursion and tour of the National Archives.  Also back at the Shed there was Coffee & Chat hosted by Bob Greeney with around 12 members 43
13 Jan Nova video, courtesy of Rick Causebrook, titled ‘Making Stuff Smaller’ 49
6 Jan New Year / break – no Shed meeting