Recordings of Our Guest Speakers
February Monthly Meeting – Tuesday 7 February 2023
‘Professor Beryl Nashar’
Her Brilliant Career: University of Newcastle Geology Professor Beryl Nashar (1923-2012) by our member Dr Jude Conway.
Born in Maryville, educated at Cardiff Primary and Newcastle Girls High School, Beryl Nashar was the first Australian to be awarded a PhD in geology from an Australian university and the first woman in Australia, maybe the world, to win a Rotary Foundation Fellowship. Jude Conway recounts her -life and achievements.
June Monthly Meeting – Tuesday 6 June 2023
The Australian Agricultural Company by our member Julie Keating.
In 2024, the AA Co will celebrate two hundred years since it was set up to invest in the New South Wales Colony. Local historian, Julie Keating traces the history of the AA Co from its beginnings to the present day.
August Monthly Meeting – Tuesday 2 August 2023
Private Lawrence Nicholas Kennedy by Dr Jan McLeod
Historian and author Dr Jan McLeod shares the story of her great-uncle, Private Lawrence Nicholas Kennedy, who served as a medical orderly in the Middle East and on the Kokoda Track during World War II.
October Monthly Meeting – Tuesday 3 October 2023
Of Secular Nuns and Men of the World
Associate Professor Jo May looks at the historical construction of teachers in students’ memories based on interviews of forty students who attended Newcastle Girls HS and Newcastle Boys HS from the 1930s to the 1950s.
November Monthly Meeting – Tuesday 7 November 2023
The Greta Migrant Camp
Alec Schulha recounts the history of the Greta Migrant Camp from its original purpose as a base for military personnel through to its transformation into the initial home for thousands of displaced migrants after WWII.