Shed Program Held During 2019 (2018 & 2017 are below)

The following is a list of the past program this year


Date Description Attended
15 Nov AGM was held followed by a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle xx
8 Nov Martin van der Hoek stepped up and gave a general talk on “The History of the Roman Empire” 50
1 Nov Ray Osmotherly continued with his History of Cinema including showing some old silent films and earlier Australian films 47
25 Oct Excursion to Australian War Memorial to view The Courage for Peace’ Exhibition 31
18 Oct Talk by Frank O’Rourke on Archduke Franz Ferdinand followed by a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 46
11 Oct Martin Van der Hoek talked about Hannibal Barca. Ana Luteru from Hearing Australia, conducted hearing checks for twelve members. If you’d like to contact Ana, her number is 6232 3200 49
4 Oct Mal Gibson returned to follow up on his February presentation on Mental Health Issues 54
27 Sep Excursion to Tidbinbilla Space Tracking Station. 10 cars went carrying 25 members. Google Photos 25
20 Sep Bob Miller talked again with a powerpoint & video presentation of a newer trips to Jordan & the Australian dig site at Pella, Jordan. He also described the various periods of ancient civilisations that occupied the Jordan valley and its surrounds 50 apprx
13 Sep Richard Almond gave an enlightened talk about his career since graduation from the Uni of Edinburgh, working initially in Nigeria, then migrating to Australia & working for Bureau of Mineral Resources & working in Antarctica in the fields of geomagnetism and seismology, before moving to Rabaul in 1976, where he worked as a volcanologist for 5 years until 1981 50 apprx
6 Sep We had various short talks including Steve’s display of how a bike wheel reacted to gravity & other laws of physics. Roger showed slides of an autumn vintage car meet in the central west at Carcoar. Tony Rogers suggested that we set up a register of who has access to useful things such as trailer, chainsaw, jackhammer, etc. We also had our successful Pizza Day thanks to Ron Thomson & Dominos 49
30 Aug Luke Wensing one of our epic adventurers, talked about some of his travels to Ireland and Scotland, especially Orkney Islands and the bronze age sites he visited 45
23 Aug Victor Isaacs talked about Australia’s strange borders and thus border disputes between the States. He had cases covering all Australian States & Territories, Antacrtica, Timor Sea 57
16 Aug Prof Rod Jory gave a talk about the Early Explorers, entitled “How did they ever find their way home?” 51
9 Aug David Pope, Canberra Times Cartoonist, talked about his career as a cartoonist & his philosophy on what was acceptable & showed how he created cartoons 51
5 Aug (Mon) – Annual Dinner at the Southern Cross Club at Jamison. 25 members & guests attended
2 Aug Rev Tim Jensen from North Belconnen Uniting Church talked to the Shed about his career and the future of the church, also a Soup & Curry Day 44
26 Jul Michael Milton, Australian Paralympian talked to the Shed about his history as a paralympian & high speed skier. He is also is a runner, cyclist, trekker & triathlete. He is world and Australian record holder for speed skiing for both able-bodied and disabled skiers. Michael and his wife have opened a store (Quizzic Alley) containing “everything Harry Potter” in Fyshwick. 44
19 Jul Vickie Hingston-Jones talked about End of Life Planning. Vickie specifically spoke about the taboo topic – death & dying. We all need to have & look at everything from the fear of death to planning our own legacy. Vickie is an End of Life Doula; she educates & supports people who will eventually die, kick the bucket, fall off the twig. She also described herself as a ‘spiritual mid walker or ‘death walker.’ She also talked about the need to have a ‘living will’. She recommended we consider Barry from William Cole or other suitable independant Funeral companies. She is getting involved with Tender Funerals who plan to setup in ACT soon. More information on Vickie’s talk 46
12 Jul Anthony Hill, Multi-Award-Winning Author talked to us. Tony Hill is a Canberra-based author of 19 books for young readers and adults. He moved to Canberra in 1972 to work in the parliamentary press gallery, initially for the Melbourne Herald then for the Australian Financial Review. After about 5 years, the press gallery had lost some of its attraction so Tony moved to Bowning where he opened an antique shop. Living in a small country town gave Tony the incentive (& time) to write books. He wrote articles about drought, shop keeping & some of the less pleasant aspects of village life. He wrote the book “The Bunburyists”, about running an antique shop in a fictional village but most of the locals recognised themselves. Half the village’s population were outraged about the things Tony wrote but the other half were upset they had been left out of the book. 37
5 Jul BBQ & Sausage Sizzle & Susan Antcliff gave as short overview on a UC study she is starting on Assessing falls risk and the impact of interventions. Also short talks with Ray & Harry with a poem about his morning ride & Terry talked about his daughter Andi, who has been involved with Gulargambone’s (100kms north of Dubbo) water tower mural painting project, along with artist Jenny McCracken 49
28 Jun 30 Members car pooled to park at Gungahlin Town Centre then took a trip in the light rail the City & back. They stopped in the City for coffee and once back at Gungahlin most went to the Gungahlin Raiders Club for lunch. 30
21 Jun Ray Osmotherly gave us an interesting account of the early life of his grandfather, Walter Hubert Hume Lucas during the 1870-80’s. Rick Causebrook showed us a Science DVD “Making Stuff Cleaner” (NOVA Series), which focused on new technologies to increase recycling, reduce pollution & make manufacturing simpler & more efficient. 33
14 Jun Bruce McAslan talked & demonstrated First aid & CPR 50
7 Jun Ian Erwin talked about Restoration of an interesting Rolls Royce. Ian first discovered the remains of a very significant Rolls Royce (Chassis number 1404) in south western NSW in 1975. At that time the car was 65 years & had been dismembered with various parts used for a trailer & other purposes. It has been in Ian’s possession & under restoration since 1981 57
31 May Matthew Andronicus of Niagara visited to discuss their Cycloid Vibration Therapy (CVT) offering. If you are interested, contact Matthew on 0408 778 599 or Email  him. See also their website  – We had an unexpected visit from Mark of the National Folk Festival seeking volunteers for the 2020 Festival to be held in Canberra next Easter (9-13 April 2020) See their website – We also had our monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle. 48
24 May The Shed visited Geosciences Australia’s mineral & fossil collection at Symonston – a collection of fossils and some 15,000 minerals and 90 meteorite specimens. Photos of the Visit 34
17 May Kate Molony from Dementia Australia provided information about Dementia and what options are there to help people. Also Michael Dwyer displayed, with Harry Redfern’s help, a number of books, CDs, magazines etc on ‘Around the Boree Log’ by John O’Brien (whose real name was P.J. Hartigan). One of the poems by John O’Brien is ‘Said Hanrahan’ which was played to members from a CD 47
10 May Tony Weir gave an enlightening talk on climate change and his expectations for energy supply in the future. His presentation 51
3 May Fitness Assessment Day morning before the Shed meeting followed by a presentation by Phil Laird & Kaitlyn Axelby about his USA Trip & Kaitlyn’s time at Disney World in Orlando Florida 48
26 Apr Excursion to Mulligan’s Flat especially the Old Woolshed with a Picnic Barbeque after in Forde 35
19 Apr Good Friday – No meeting
12 Apr The Shed went on a 10AM visit to the Recycling Discovery Hub which is located at the ACT’s Materials Recovery Facility at John Cory Rd, Off Mugga lane, Hume 29
5 Apr Frank O’Rourke provided us with a unique insight into the Australian visit of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, who landed on our shores in 1893. Frank’s extensively researched presentation is sure to be of fascinating interest to all Shed members, with many of his included photographs never before seen in Australia 51
29 Mar Martin van der Hoek gave an interesting talk on The Roman Empire & all its great achievements. Kobus de Meyer talked about South Africa, its great wildlife & about his family history & their move to Australia. Evan Tully also spoke about his recent medical episode & his recent two-day hospitalisation, where he had a heart pacemaker inserted. There was also a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 49
22 Mar Amy Nussio, an occupational therapist, involved in the Living with Dementia & Driving Study, spoke to members on various aspects associated with “Driving in Later Life”, including various alternative means of transport and ACT Govt support options for those who can no longer drive. Refer to Newsletter #468 59
15 Mar Toss Gascoigne worked in the Pacific Islands (PIs) for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. He travelled to several of the 22 PI countries, with Tonga & Samoa being the most prominent, assisting to arrange community-based fishing programs.He talked to the Shed about his experiences in The Pacific Islands & in particular about many of the health & management issues facing these communities 51
8 Mar A normal meeting was held plus the naming of The Don Gruber Room with Betty Gruber unveiling the plaque & several ex Shed Presidents talking about the Shed’s history. Rotary Club of Ginninderra Officials & North Belconnen Uniting Church Officials also attended. Catering was provided. (58 attended including visitors) 51
1 Mar Claire Fisher & Amy Allpress from the ACT Branch of Royal Life Saving Australia (RLSA) talked to the Shed about RLSA’s Grey Medallion Program. Anyone who is interested in the Grey Medallion program should contact Amy (phone 6113 1994 or email aallpress@rlssa.org.au) to join the program or for more details. 55
22 Feb Ray Osmotherley tracked down several very humorous videos which he showed. Several years ago, David Brand discovered that he had Fuchs Dystrophy, which is an eye disease caused by losing control of the volume of fluid in the cornea. He described the issues & the process he went through. Then we had a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 47
15 Feb Visit to the CSIRO at Black Mountain (26 members attended & 12 had a chat at the Shed) 38
8 Feb Mal Gibson Psychologist talked about mental health issues and the involvement of the brain 60
1 Feb John Edge gave a talk entitled The Operation of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Terry also read out some letters from his father who wrote some 64 letters to his father back in Finland as he jumped ship in Melbourne and worked in Victoria 56
25 Jan Aust Day Celebration with a Sausage Sizzle. Screen video preso from Dr Michelle Simmons 2018 Australian of the year on quantum computing. Luke Wensing talked about his family migrating from Holland after WWII. 45
18 Jan Warwick Fulton from St Vincent de Paul talked to us about how they try to help people in the ACT and SE NSW region. He also highlighted the massive homeless situation that seems to be getting worse & some strategies to address it 48
11 Jan Coffee morning at the Shed with a trial of David Ruthven’s Coffee Machine – Various updates & announcements 39
 4 Jan Christmas/New Year Closedown – No Shed meeting


Shed Program Held During 2018 (2017 is below)

The following is a list of the past program this year


Date Description Attended
28 Dec Christmas/New Year Closedown – No Shed meeting
21 Dec The Shed held its annual Christmas Party including a visit by the Shed Santa, followed by a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 50
14 Dec Excursion to the Cook & the Pacific Exhibition at National Library. We met at the Shed by 9.15AM & drove in multiple cars to the NLA where we started a viewing of the Cook exhibition at 10AM. The exhibition was a large collection of photos & drawings collected from all over showing the work of Cook & his colleagues over his 3 momentous voyages to the Pacific area. Some of us did not get home until 12.45PM 32
7 Dec Stuart Allan talked about the History of the America’s Cup from its early days in 1844 with the NY Yacht Club right through to the next America’s Cup Challenge in Auckland in 2021 57
30 Nov Mick O’Donnell Author of 4 Historical Novels talked to us. He studied creative writing at the University of Canberra, with his writing genre being Historical Fiction and his hobby researching war history and the incredible stories of men and women who become involved in these conflicts? Mick served in the AFP & was also a pastor. His 4th book “Angel Eyes” was available to members after his presentation. 56
23 Nov Prof John Williams talked on Water Reform. His paper on Water Reform in the Murray Darling basin 48
16 Nov The AGM was held at which a new committee was elected including a new treasurer and one new committee member, and a Pizza lunch was also held 56
9 Nov Ray Osmotherly talked about the cause of WWI through some old pictures of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Harry Redfern read out a poem about Flanders Fields & Paul Keatings speech to the Remembrance Day 1993 (it was written by his speech write Don Watson) Andrew Geraghty arrived late but talked on the ‘The Aftermath of World War I’.(Andrew previously spoke to us in June 2017 about ‘15 things we didn’t know about in World War II’ & in February 2017 on ‘Toastmasters & PowerPoint presentations’) 51
2 Nov The Shed visited a Garden at “The Farm”. Ray Osmotherly organised a special visit to a private garden along Lady Denman Dr past from Scrivener Dam. 37 members attended & 6 wifes/partners attended and were afforded a fantastic experience in Ann’s 5 Acre display. This garden is not open to the public and is broadly based on the Monet Gardens in Paris 37
26 Oct Rod Jory gave a talk titled “Glaciers, Icebergs & Fresh Water”, BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 50
19 Oct Heather Hart talked about the Stroke Safe Program. Heather described a stroke as a “brain attack” – the brain’s equivalent of a heart attack. She talked about the reasons for a stroke and how you can ascertain if people are having a stroke. She provided guides to define a persons risk of getting a stroke and measures that can be taken to help those having a stroke 50
12 Oct Visit to the Aust War Memorial to see “After The War” Exhibition and view the Poppy Display 30
5 Oct Frank O’Rourke presented some of his research findings on the NSW War Service Land Settlement Scheme (1946-1960) – which involved the allocation of 3,057 farming & grazing blocks to suitably qualified ex-servicemen (and at least four ex-servicewomen) after WWII. Details 48
28 Sep Firstly we had a talk by Sister Kim Hoa from the Congregation of Mary Queen of Peace at Bonner who provide help to communities in Vietnam. See HeartsBeatingTogether. Then Ray Osmotherly gave a photo & video talk on his holiday in Moorea, Tahiti; Ian de Plater also showed us another photo & video talk on his recent walk with AusWalk on the Larapinta Trail, one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking experiences; & Steve Mawer showed us his new drone plus we had a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 57
21 Sep Shed member Victor has again given us a tremendous talk – this time on ‘Canberra Newspapers’. His talk was mainly about the Canberra Times but he covered other Canberra newspapers including The Australian (both Canberra & National editions) the Chronicle, Canberra News & Canberra Weekly as well as the Sydney & Melbourne papers which were well read by Canberrans. 47
14 Sep Alex Ritchie presented his Antarctic Film of Discoveries from mid-November 1970 & end-January 1971 as part of the Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic Expedition, recently screened at the Film & Sound Archives 53
7 Sep About 40 participated in the excursion to the ACT Model Railway Society’s Shed in Evatt in the grounds of the North Belconnen Baptist Church on Copeland Drive. Their location has been running for about two years and currently has 36 members. Their Shed is covered from one end to the other in model railway tracks. Construction was well-advanced on a permanent multi-level HO-scale club layout 40
31 Aug Talks by Members, Greg demonstrated some of the SIX NSW maps features & a little of the Shed web site, Alex Ritchie gave a short preso with slides on his Antartica research trip, 10th Anniversary of Melba Shed with pizza & cheesecake luncheon & birthday cake 54
27 Aug (Mon) The Shed’s 10th Anniversary Dinner was held on Monday 27 August, at the Southern Cross Club, Jamison, with some 34 members & partners attending. Annie & Michael provided entertainment
24 Aug Billy Williams talked about his official time in Ghana & his recent stint volunteering at the Orthopedic Training Clinic (OTC) in Accra and his experiences in Ghana & the region 47
17 Aug Jenny Higgins gave us an interesting talk on how to use TROVE to search for information especially on searching for people and information one needs to do when researching someone’s family history. Jenny gave us both a powerpoint presentation and a live demonstration of TROVE using our Telstra mobile modem. Help on Using Trove | Searching TROVE Guide 52
10 Aug 21 members went on a 1 hour AIS tour. Bob Greeney hosted a coffee & chat session at the Shed where another 12 members attended 33
3 Aug Bob Miller talked about his ‘Ride Across Australia’ in 2014. Leaving Perth on 22 March Bob arrived in Canberra (via Bondi) on the 24th May having cycled 5,000 kms 42
27 Jul Emma Turner from the Red Cross described the functions performed by the Red Cross in Canberra including Meals on Wheels, Telecross. Emergency Pendants, Keysafes, TeleChat, Welfare Check Calls plus we held a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 40
20 Jul The Shed (around 20 members) visited the Canberra Museum & Gallery exhibit on the history of Parliament, leaving the Shed at 10AM. Highlights were a special display commemorating the 30th anniversary of the “new” Parliament House, and an exhibition of Nolan paintings and some three-dimensional portraits. Some members (approx 12) including one new member John, stayed behind for a chat at the Shed 32
13 Jul Talk by Mike Smith on the United Nations 43
6 Jul Roger read out his final letter from his great uncle Stan from WW1 in France. Then Ray Osmotherly provided some details of the excursion on 20 July to the Canberra Museum & Gallery. Ray also mentioned that he is organising the dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Shed 45
29 Jun Mike Dwyer gave a slide talk on life in the 1960s on Glenrock, a sheep & cattle station of 68,000 acres in the Scone region. The property is now owned by the AAAW Group. Mike was the first teacher at the Glenrock Station School which catered for 9-18 students of the farm workers. Harry helped out by running quizz on what we heard. Afterwards we had a Soup, Curries & Rice luncheon organised by Ron Thomson. Station Manager Dick Clarke writes about the foundation stallion Glenrock Glenrego 57
22 Jun Marie Sinstead-Reid from the Australian Electoral Commission talked about the ACT’s Hare-Clark electoral system. Voting & counting votes is a time consuming & involved process as we learned when Marie ran a mock election involving 3 vacancies with 12 candidates. She prepared a special ballot paper which we all used to cast our votes 44
15 Jun Members will be asked to talk about their first job in 10 mins. Frank O’Rourke, Ron Thomson & Paul McCarthy spoke about their early careers. Paul also spoke about how to measure various economies & how exchange rates can play havoc with such comparisons 45
8 Jun Brian McKay talked about his “Canadian Adventures” with The Hudson Bay Company in the years immediately after the Second World War. He also told us about his cycling exploits across Canada, parts of Europe, the bottom of South America, North Island NZ and Australia. And he only started these when he was 75 51
1 Jun Erik Boddeus, Executive Manager of Retirement at Goodwin gave a presentation of the attributes of Retirement Villages versus Residential Aged Care facilities. He was also assisted by Liz Ley, Independent Living Unit Sales Officer & Laura Reading, Marketing Coordinator 47
25 May Four firemen, Graeme, Paul, Daniel & Chris from the ACT Fire & Rescue Ainslie depot talked about their operations & fire safety especially BBQ safety. Plus we had a BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 46
18 May Brian Butler-Kemp, Regional Manager for ACT and Southern NSW of Conservation Volunteers Australia gave us a short introductory talk about what CVA does. Typically they undertake projects such as erosion control, improving walking tracks, planting trees, building & locating nesting boxes. They are happy to take volunteers of any age. Contact: 6247 7770 Email: canberra@cva.org.au | Also Harry Redfern entertained members with some poetry, including one of his own compositions from school days – a few years back now called “Learning Australian” 45
11 May Ian Peters from Diabetes Australia NSW&ACT talked about Diabetes & the massive impact it is having on the health of Australians. Sugar is the new health monster causing diabetes. Ian handed out numerous NDSS Information Fact Sheets. These can all be accessed by clicking on this link 51
4 May David Traylen & Penny Taylor, Stakeholder Engagement & Training Officers for Digital Health, gave a talk on “My Health Records” which is an online summary of your health information. It can be accessed at any time by you & your healthcare providers (e.g. GP or the Emergency room at a hospital), which helps to ensure you get the appropriate treatment. Click to view or download the My Health Record PowerPoint presentation 45
27 Apr ANZAC presentation by Peter Kain volunteer guide at the War Memorial. Peter talked about the myths versus realities of the Gallipoli campaign and about General Sir John Monash 50
20 Apr The Shed held an extended Morning Tea, followed by some 10 minute talks and a farewell to Richard Poon over a Pizza Lunch 53
13 Apr Sixteen Melba shed members joined the excursion to Towrang, just north of Goulburn, to visit the historic Convict Stockade and the associated Powder Magazine, Soldiers Quarters, Cemetery, and Convict-built Culverts and Bridges. We were very ably led by John Jervis, a local expert on the history of this area and a former Shed Speaker on this subject. The group left Melba at approximately 9.00am, meeting up initially at the French VC Rest Area before heading to the Towrang Parking Area just north of Goulburn. Refer also Towrang Convict Stockade, Associated Sites & Road Formations  | More information on the trip | Ron Thomson opened the Shed as usual for those 14 members that remained 30
6 Apr Cris Kennedy, Manager, Engagement & Education spoke about his background & how he came to the National Film and Sound Archive as well as the tasks & functions of the organisation. He also shared some very early films from their collection about the 1896 Melb Cup & the 2nd Aust film about the Ned Kelly gang 54
30 Mar Good Friday – No meeting
23 Mar Excursion to Yass Men’s Shed. We met at the Shed by 9AM to organise vehicles for the trip to Yass where we arrived early and some of us checked out the Banjo Patterson statue in the local Memorial park. We then visited the Yass Valley Mens Shed, which is at 1428 Yass Valley Way, North Yass. Quite a few Shed members welcomed us and showed us the facilities they have. Later on the way home President, Bob Nash showed us ‘The Lovat Chapel’, in Mehan St, Yass. This chapel was the original St Augustine Catholic Church built between 1840-44 being replaced by a new building across the Road in 1956. It has being installed a 1200 pipes organ that Trevor Bunning of Canberra had acquired from the Wesley Church in Ashfield. It is planned to finish the organ commissioning in time for a recital in July 2018. Adjacent they are refurbishing part of the old Convent as the Hartigan Centre of Yass and plan to have the the ACT Academy of Music use 11 teaching rooms on their top level. Photos 25
16 Mar Ray Osmotherly gave a presentation on the Story of Australian Cinema 49
9 Mar Frank O’Rourke again entertained us with the stories of Dick Eve & Boy Charlton, Australia’s Olympic gold medallists in swimming & diving events at the Paris 1924 Games. Details (pending) 39
2 Mar Frank O’Rourke entertained us with the story of Nick Winter, Australia’s first gold medallist in an athletic field event at the Olympics. Details 54
23 Feb Greg talked about issues with getting the NBN in Belconnen, & Stuart Allan proved that his talents extend beyond sport (sailing & cycling) by presenting a session on William Shakespeare followed by BBQ & Sausage Sizzle 54
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. 26 members went 15 stayed behind 41
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