Join us each month 7 pm at Lane Cove Library for ‘At the Podium’

Lane Cove Historical Society’s monthly 'At the Podium' meetings.

There’s always something interesting!

Come for the talk and stay for coffee and conversation afterwards.


MAY 28: NORMA TRACEY

Presenting Social Innovation: Gunawirra

Norma Tracey is a Psychoanalytic psycho-therapist and 'Founder Emeritus' of 'Gunawirra'. She will present the rationale for this historic not-for-profit public benevolent institution, which is made up of professionals and specialists working side by side for the well-being of Aboriginal couples and their children from pre-birth to five years old. Norma's unique approach at Gunawirra is the design of innovative and trans-formational programs at the interface of health, pre-school education and trauma.

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JUNE 26: DENIS SMITH - The Mighty Sunderland!

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JULY 23: Richard 'Dick' Whitaker

Cruising about Town—the history of the motor car in Sydney

Retired Sky News Weather Chief Meteor-ologist, Dick Whitaker's other interests and publications are in mathematics, the military, the motorcar and climate, as well as social, change. In July's At the Podium, Dick Whitaker takes us through Sydney streets from 1900 through to the iconic T-Model Ford and the emergence of the middle-class motorist. Within thirty years the horse disappeared from Sydney streets to be replaced by petrol belching motorcars—the change to life was as great as the Internet revolution one hundred years later. Dick presents a fascinating look at early photographs of Sydney's first traffic congestion.

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AUGUST 27: FRANK WALKER

The Scandalous Freddie McEvoy

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 The renowned and respected journalist and best-selling non-fiction writer, Frank Walker, presents his account of the notorious Freddie McEvoy. Freddie McEvoy—the Australian gent who put the meaning into 1940s 'British Suave’—socialite, sportsman, heiress hunter, scoundrel, and suspected spy, Freddie cut the rug through Britain and the U.S. with his close friend, Errol Flynn. It seems the stuff of legend, but Frank Walker reports the facts, as startling as they are.

SEPTEMBER 24: DR STEPHEN GAPPS

The Sydney Wars

 Stephen Gapps is curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. He is also an historian and his recent, provocative, book, The Sydney Wars, deals with the period 1788 until 1817. His work is the first detailed research "to see Aboriginal tactics as military tactics at all." Stephen grasps the military context of how British & Aboriginal forces developed their tactics & how the violence played out.

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OCTOBER 22: LCHS Lane Cove History Prize Awards Night

 Who will win our $2,000 cheque? 

The best thing about this meeting is the happiness radiated from the winner!  It is good to be recognised for good research into our local history. Our thanks again to the generous support given by Hyecorp Property Group who will provide the prize money for another year.

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