Future Speaker

Monday April 6th 2020

This meeting was cancelled due to the "isolation rules" concerning the Covid-19 infection – At the April meeting, to which ladies/partners are invited, historian Laney Anderson will present on the pioneering flight of Ross and Keith Smith from England to Australia in 1919


Past Speakers

Monday 2nd March 2020

David Jarman introduced the guest speaker, Peter Stretton, a retired senior police officer on the subject of a brief history of policing in South Australia.  Peter himself had joined the force in 1954, retiring in 1997.  His presentation touched on the very beginning of policing in the Anglo world, Sir Robert Peel’s London police in 1829, the beginnings in South Australia in 1838 and how it developed to the force we have today.  His presentation was supported by a range of historic photos showing the evolution of the force, changing uniforms, the adoption of the new technology, specialisations due to widespread motorisation and the role of the Largs Bay training academy.

Peter Stretton

Peter Stretton[/caption]

Monday 3rd February 2020

Guest Speaker organiser David Jarman introduced the guest speaker, Mrs Penny McKenzie of the RAA community education division.  She provided a summary of some of the many road rules, concentrating on those relatively important rules which are not so well known or understood by many of us.  Using 47 remote electronic voting responders placed with the audience, members could answer the questions she raised in real time.  Members were probably surprised at the level of incorrect responses provided to some of the questions she posed.

Penny McKenzie


Monday 2nd December – John Duval – World Sola Challenge


Guest Speaker organiser David Jarman introduced the guest speaker, Mr. John Duval, who recounted his experience as a control manager at Kulgera for three most recent Darwin to Adelaide world solar challenges, a challenging trip of no less than 3,019Km.  He explained that the race now had three specific categories of vehicle and there were strict criteria for performance and the need to heed all road rules.  He explained how the development of the race vehicles was accelerating the research into electric vehicle technology generally.

John Duval

Past Speakers

Monday 4th November – Tony Wight, an Entertaining Storyteller

Chairman Bob Brammy introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Tony Wight, who regaled the audience with a range of poems and similar stories recited from memory.  Some were well known poems from Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, C J Dennis and others less well known, contempory poets.

Tony Wright


Alice Brooks

Monday 14th October –  Alice Brooks "The Orange Skye Organisation

David Jarman introduced our guest speaker Alice Brooks. Orange Sky Australia is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homeless – an idea founded in a Brisbane garage by two 20-year-old mates. Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett installed a couple of washing machines and dryers in the back of their old van, visiting parks in Brisbane to wash and dry clothes for free. With an aim to improve hygiene standards and restore dignity to people doing it tough, they stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation. Now facilitated by more than 1000 volunteers, Orange Sky has expanded to 20 services across Australia and generates over six tonnes of laundry every week. Most importantly, Orange Sky volunteers have engaged in more than 100,000 hours of conversations to date, helping to dispel myths about homelessness and positively connect communities all around Australia


Monday 2nd September – Jan Oldfield, OAM

David Jarman introduced our guest speaker Mrs Val Oldfield OAM, who showed two short movies and talked on her and her family’s life on a cattle property on the Birdsville Track “a Woman’s Perspective.

Mrs Oldfield had some books on the topic she has written for sale at a special price for us


Monday 5th August – Michael Jarrod, Director of Community Engagement in SA Dept of Environment – "The Future of Glenthorne Farm"

Michael Garrard

David Jarman introduced the guest speaker, Michael Garrard, who spoke on the future possible integration into a national park incorporating other nearby/adjoining parks and areas of significance. The Minister for this portfolio , Mr David Spears, is champioing the cause, including allowing public access to the Happy Valley reservoir site for recreational activities .Open Days held by the Department to seek public input had generated substantial interest

The creation of Glenthorne National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve and revitalise a large area of existing open space in our southern suburbs and turn it into a thriving environmental and recreational precinct for the whole community. Glenthorne National Park will represent a coordinated approach to park planning and management that will cover several important parcels of land including Glenthorne Farm, O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Marino Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Happy Valley Reservoir and areas of the Field River Valley. The total area is more than 1,500 hectares, which is bigger than Belair National Park


Monday 1st July – Majemi Hussein – My Life Story

Majemi Hussein

David Jarman introduced the guest speaker, Mrs. Majemi Hussein, a refugee from the DRC, previously known as Zaire.  She discussed her early village life, how and why she moved to Tanzania which involved a perilous crossing of Lake Tanganyika, life in a refugee camp and finally her move to Adelaide.  Since arriving here, she has studied to become a social worker.

Monday 3rd June, 2019 – Mr Roger van der Lee, Director Autonomous Programs APAC -Driverless Vehicles

Bob Hancock introduced Roger who talked on the topic of  Driverless Technology, Autonomous Control Systems and Pod Zero, which at the moment will be City Centric with full Autonomous expected by the year 2040. For example, this means vehicles will be or have no steering wheel, no pedals for braking, and no driver they will be controlled via sensors on roadways.



Monday 4th May, 2019 – Ms Danielle Trewatha, Archivist at the Marion Heritage Centre on local hero Colin Phelps

David Jarman introduced Danielle Trewartha on the topic of Colin Phelps, a Marion resident who during WWII had an especially adventurous life.  Danielle outlined his life beginning in Marion on 1 Sept 1913, living first in a house that is now the home of the Marion Heritage Centre.  Amazingly, most of his personal correspondence has been preserved at the Heritage Centre allowing his life story to be told in detail.  While working in the family vegetable growing business, he decided in 1941 to enter the RAAF and was later accepted, ultimately reaching the rank of pilot officer.  During 1942, he travelled to England via New York, where shortly after arrival he commenced piloting a Lancaster bomber in the RAF.  After a creditable 15 or so missions, his aircraft crashed following a mid-air collision over enemy territory.  He survived the crash, but was captured by the enemy to spend from January 1944 until May 1945 in a prison camp.  After returning to Adelaide later in 1945, he resumed work in the family market gardening business, retiring to Willunga where he lived until his death in 1992.  Apart from his remarkable number of bombing sorties, the completeness of records of his life has made his life story accessible to researchers.

Monday 1st April, 2019 – Mr David Whyte, Historic Tools Association

David White

John Godden introduced the guest speaker David White on the topic of historic hand tools.  As a representative of the SA Historic Tools Association (SAHTA), David explained briefly the history of hand tools and how the 80 members of SAHTA attempt to preserve them for the education and information of future generations.  Although tools date back to around 10,000BC, most information available relates to those tools from the 1700s on.  David implored all Probus members to donate any of their old tools to SAHTA rather than be discarded.  Any records of provenance were especially welcome. David demonstrated a range of hand tools from times past, including pre-bronze age tools, explained where they fitted on the chronology of significant periods of history and how they changed the lives of homo sapiens that existed at that time.

Past Speakers

Monday 4th March, 2019 – Ms Jenny Adams  "Dealing with Dementia"

Jenny Adams

David Jarman introduced the guest speaker Ms Jenny Adams on the topic of dementia on behalf of Dementia Australia. Her presentation explained that memory is a complex process and minor memory lapses are normal.  Dementia occurs where a physical disease affects the brain, the specific cause being imprecise as there are a range of risk factors including age, family history, and lifestyle choices.  It is not heredity but family history influences risk.  Conventional measures including being physically active, partaking of a healthy diet and being socially active all seem to mitigate affects.  There are a range of resources available through the SA division of Dementia Australia.

Monday 4th February, 2019 – David Jarman "Marion Wetlands"


David Jarman

President Bob Brammy introduced David Jarman as the guest speaker on the topic of local wetlands.  He outlined the three main artificial wetlands in the wider Marion area and how they worked to retain various pollutants from reaching the sea.  These wetlands served as a source of irrigation water for some 31 public parks and ovals.  Capital costs were shared between all three levels of government, but local government is responsible for the on-going maintenance and operation.

Monday 3rd December 2018 – Daniel Victory "Carers Support"

Daniel Victory

David Jarman introduced the guest speaker, Daniel Victory, Coordinator of Carers Support of the Care Support Network.  He outlined the extent of the caring community, with around one person in six being a carer.  His role is to provide support for those in a caring role which covers a range of actions from assisting with the preparation of NDIS plans, arranging respite, keeping persons living independently through the Seniors Support scheme, and other means such as ‘drop-in’ centres.

Monday 5th November 2018 – Craig Felix  "Home Fire and Life Safety"

David Jarman introduced the guest speaker, Craig Felix, Education Officer in home fire safety of the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS).  Setting the scene that South Australia suffered typically 500 house fires each year, his presentation ranged over topics including causes and precautions to take in the home.  He reminded all present of the importance of having functional smoke detectors as checks at premises that sustained a fire, revealed that typically 60% of smoke alarms were inoperative.  He detailed the typical checks and maintenance needed to the usual home smoke alarm, which he recommended as normal practice, be replaced when they reach 10 years of age.  Ideally each home should have an evacuation plan.  60% of home fires are caused by cooking accidents followed by electrical faults and candles.



Monday 8th October 2018 – Women’s & Children Hospital Foundation

David Jarman introduced the guest speaker, Kristen Hardy, who spoke on the topic of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation.  She outlined the purposes of the Foundation which typically raises around $3millioin per year, half of which is usually committed to research and the remainder to projects.  These projects range over arts in health, play therapy, pets for therapy, special equipment for the hospital and the major innovation of a beach house at Encounter Bay.


Monday 3rd September 2018 – Royal Flying Doctor Service

Anthea Rice

David Jarman introduced our Guest Speaker, Anthea Rice, from the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The RFDS Corporate and Operational Centre relocated in September 2016 in a new Adelaide base constructed as the first tenant in Adelaide Airport’s new Aeromedical Precinct adjacent to the main runway off Tapleys Hill Road.

The Adelaide Base and its team of pilots and flight nurses provide 24-hour emergency retrievals and inter- hospitals\ transfers, serving all regions of South Australia, as well as the Sunraysia region in Victoria. Adelaide Base is also home to our Engineering team which conducts heavy maintenance for the aircraft fleet situated across SA. We were shown photos of the new Pilatus PC-24 Jet due in early 2019


Monday 6th August 2018 – Sailability SA

Graham Watts introduced John and Deidre Schahinger who spoke on the subject of Sailabilty SA.  Because sailing is an activity for all ages and abilities, it has been possible to organise four sailing clubs in SA to, once a month, offer sailing excursions specially developed for persons with a disability, physical or mental.  John outlined how this is arranged with a range of suitable vessels such as the Hansen dinghy which is especially resistant to capsizing for those self-sailing.  Larger sailing vessels are used for other activities, especially for trips more focused on sightseeing, such as seal and dolpin spotting on the Port River. Only adults are offered these sailing opportunities and a nominal donation is sought from participants to defray costs.  Two major groups operate in this field and both are registered charities supported by personal and corporate donations.


Monday 2nd July 2018 – Mr David Smith on Operation Flinders

David Jarman introduced guest speaker David Smith, a volunteer of some 10 years, from Operation Flinders.  He provided an illustrated presentation on the program that has been running for 25 years, which is aimed at helping transform the lives of young persons, generally in the age ranged 14-18 years, although it appears the optimum age is 15 years, who are at high risk of making seriously wrong decisions with their lives.  Based on the evidence available, it appears to be effective, and offers good value for the costs incurred.  There is definite research that supports the benefits (young) people obtain from spending time in remote and wilderness areas. Groups of around 10 school-children, some all of one gender, but some are mixed, although typically 70% of participants are male, spend 7 days in a remote part of the Flinders Ranges, near the familiar sites of Arkaroola and the Gammon Ranges, operating in a basic, self-sufficient manner independent of all familiar modern technology.  Currently around 500 young people participate each year.  Although the structure is based on typical military practices, it is not a ‘boot camp’.  The emphasis is for participants to have fun.  State Government provides around $400,000 annually, the remaining three quarters of the cost being provided through donations from private and corporate donations.  Each team for a week costs around $16,000.  When this is compared with the typical cost of approximately $200,000 per year to incarcerate one young offender, it shows how cost effective these types of programs can be if these at-risk persons can avoid becoming offenders. Four weeks after the camp, a follow up seminar is held to discuss what was learned and how this has benefited participants.


Monday  4th June 2018 – Ms Amanda Kelly  on "What is OZHARVEST all about"

Amanda Kelly from OZHarvest


David Jarman introduced guest speaker Amanda Kelly, a volunteer of some 6 years, from OzHarvest, who presented an informative talk on OzHarvest, an organisation dedicated to collecting perishable food and distributing it to those who need it.  She explained how the organisation had been formed and from where (corporate entities only) most of the food is donated.  Because OzHarvest only handles perishable food, intense logistical processes were in place to distribute the food on the same day it was collected, with some 220 volunteers assisting.  Supporting her presentation, sobering data was provided on food waste generally, both locally and internationally.

Monday 7th May 2018 – Mr David Bruce spokek on "Wind farms and batteries in Jamestown, SA"

David Bruce

David Bruce[/caption]

David, an electrical engineer, is employed by a private construction company and has just spent 2 years working on the contruction of the windfarms and electical substation at Jamestown. He described some of the physics around electrical distribution and showed a video of the transport and installtion of a windfarm. He went on to descibe the role of the batteries being installed at Jamestown, how they could store 120MWhrs of energy which translates ro 1hour and 12 minutes of supply. The batteries are only designed for system stability  – if a power sation unexplectantly shuts down, the battery instantly feeds power back into the system within a few seconds and hence helps to keep the electrical system stable. He decribed his role as the design and installation of the safety control system behind the system.

Monday   9th April 2018 – Dr Felicity-Ann Lewis, Former Mayor of Marion – “The Forgotten Anzacs”

Dr. Felicity-anne Lewis

Felicity, who has a PhD in Health Education, is interested in social justice and health education. She has worked tirelessly to further reconciliation with Aboriginal people and support the settlement process for refugees and migrants. She told us the story of the difficulties the "full blood" Aboriginal people had in enrolling for Australia's participation in WW1 and how their war service was not recognised by the Australia on the conclusion of the war. This was despite the   enrolment of the Ngarrindjeri people from Raukkan (Point McLeay) being twice that of the non-indigenous people and that 3 Military Medals being awarded to Aboriginal members at Gallipoli. She illustrated her story by following the lives of 3 indigenous men who participated in the war and how they were treated on their return afterwards. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian of the Year for South Australia for her work in reconciliation with indigenous people and for helping raise $100,000 towards Australia's first memorial recognising the sacrifice of indigenous soldiers, the Aboriginal and Torres Straight War Memorial in the NW corner of Torrens Parade Ground

Monday   5th March 2018 – Annual General Meeting – LADIES DAY,  Glenda Thomson "Skin cancer- A family experience"

Glenda Thompson (L) and friend Lorraine Hancock

About 100 members and partners marvelled at Glenda's courage and mental strength in showing a very emotive video made at the time of the death of her son from melanoma six years ago. Her son had participated in the making of the video and asked his mother to promise to show it whenever she could. The message she wished to emphasize was of surveillance, persistance in getting the correct diagnosis and the importance of skin protetcion. She discussed the incidence of melanoma and how it was a treatable disease if caught early.



Monday   5th February 2018 –   Australian Lions Hearing Dogs – Darren and his dog "Jet."

Darren Coldwell from Aust. Lions Hearing Dogs

Darren Coldwell from Aust. Lions Hearing Dogs[/caption]

Darren described how the project is funded, how the dogs are sourced and trained. He detailed that this is an Autralia-wide program based at Verdun and since 1982 has delivered 550 dogs to deaf people nationwide as a gift. Training takes 6-8 months and aims to alert their owners to sounds in the home and in public places such as knocks at the door, phones ringing and smoke detector alarms. With the assistance of the hearing dog trainer and Jet, they demonstrated how the dog responds to various sounds and alerts his/her owner. He finished his talk with an offer of a Probus visit to their headquarters at Verdun.


Monday   4th  December 2017 –  Grant Lock – “Defining Moments on My Life”

Mr Grant Lock

Grant Lock described his time spent helping the very poor people in the eastern deserts of Pakistan digging wells, building schools and setting up orchards to feed the poor. With his wife Janna, they befriended the local Muslin people and battled corruption, injustice and disadvantage. They were then assigned to direct Afghanistan‟s largest eye care program helping restore the eyesight of thousands of Afghans. Ironically, they finally had to return to Australia when he himself developed macular degeneration.




Monday   6th  November 2017 – Jim McInerney – “The Mystery of a Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean”

Mr Jim McInterney

Mr Jim McInterney

Jim claimed not to be an aviation expert of any kind but more a well research interested observer of this terrible incident of aviation history. Malaysian Sirline Flight MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014, on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people on board and despite exhausive searching in the Indian Ocean the main wreakage has never been found. Jim outlined the route the plane took until all contact and radar was lost. It was thought that the plane took an about-turn and flew for another 6-8 hours. Jim explained the theories of what happened, why it wasn't tracked and how many countries were/are unwilling to release satelite tracking due to defence sensitivities. Interestingly, Malasysia has recently entered into a “no find, no fee” arrangement with Ocean Infinity in a bid to recover the missing MH370 plane and discover the fate of the 239 people on board. And so the mystery continues …



Monday   9th  October 2017     –  Michael Lord – Police Department  –  "Road  Safety for Retirees"

Senior Constable Michael Lord

Senior Constable Michael Lord

Senior Constable Michael Lord from the Road Safety Unit, SA Police gave a PowerPoint presentation which gave us statistics of road deaths and serious injuries for the over 60s population and compared them with other users. He gave us presonal accounts of dealing with the trauma of these incidents and highlighted the five most significant causes of these collisions. He went on to describe how we could stay stay on the road and provided advice on the use of mobility scooters on roads. He left us with the message that it up to the individual to stay safe on the road.


Monday   4th September 2017 – Mr. Simon Burgess – “Convention Centre Recent Development”

Simon Burgess

Simon Burgess, Director Conference and Exhibitions, Adelaide Convention Centre, spoke and showed images on the recent redevelopments of the Eastern and West wings of the Adelaide Convention Centre. He provided insights to the limitations of the older version, the logic behind the expansion and rebuild, the new features and capacity and how the redevelopment will enhance the South Australian economy and tourism potential. He concluded an excellent talk with a video of the recent official opening including how the seating can rotate and raise to the ceiling to create different configurations of the halls.


Monday   7th August 2017 – LADIES DAY – GOVENOR'S LUNCHEON – His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le, AO, Govenor of South Australia

His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le, AO, Govenor of South Australia

Acting Chairman, Bob Brammy thanks His Excellency for the talk

Acting Chairman, Bob Brammy thanks His Excellency for the talk[/caption]



The Probus Club of Marion was host to the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency, The Honourable Hieu Van Le at Club Marion on 7th August, 2017. His Excellency was the Guest Speaker on the topic of “My Journey” to 150 guests which included members and wives and Special Ladies of the Marion Probus Club plus members from the Brighton Men’s, Holdfast Bay, West Beach and Glenelg Women’s and Men’s Probus clubs, the Mayor of the City of Marion, Kris Hanna and the President of Rotary Club of Edwardstown, (our sponsoring Rotary Club), Anne Ducray.

It was an inspiring and emotive talk on growing up in Vietnam, his escape from the Communist takeover of Vietnam in 1977 and fleeing on a leaking fishing boat (without any maps or navigation aids on the South China Sea), life in a refugee camp in Malaysia, a harrowing journey on the high seas and arrival in Darwin.

He (and his wife, who fled from Vietnam with him) established a happy and successful life in Adelaide, studied economics and accounting, followed by an MBA as his Vietnamese degree was not recognised in Australia. He was a senior investigator and manager with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission from the early 1990s until his retirement in 2009. His Excellency also worked with the SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission for 10 years, rising to the rank of Chairman in 2007.

In 2014, he was appointed as the Governor of South Australia, the first Vietnamese-born person to ever been appointed to a Vice-Regal position in the world.


Monday  3rd July 2017 –  Dr John Crowhurst- “ The Development of Modern Anaesthesia”

Emeritus Professor Dr John Crowhurst

Dr John Crowhurst, retired Consultant Anaesthetist, gave a highly informative and interesting talk on the development of modern anaesthesia, particularly in the USA. He explained how the significance and legacy of the anaesthetic events following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 led to the recognition by surgeons, the medical profession generally and health authorities that appropriately trained and skilled, specialist practitioners of anaesthesia was required. It led to the gradual cessation of ether anaesthesia by nurse practitioners and the era of modern agents and specialised training.