General Meetings / Monthly Lecture Series

All general meetings are held at the Wynnum Ambulance Museum Auditorium, Cnr Tingal Road & Cedar Street, Wynnum (entry is via Cedar Street) on the third Thursday evening of each month (except January and December). Meetings commence at 7.15pm and conclude around 9pm with supper. Interesting speakers attend each meeting and there is a raffle and a door prize on offer as well as our bring and buy table. The meetings are open to members and visitors. Cost of attendance is a gold coin donation. Visitors are always welcome.

Do NOT attend meetings if, within the past month, you have:-

• experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath)
• been in contact with an-yone known to have COVID-19
• travelled overseas
• returned from declared hot-spot

16  February 2023  –  General Meeting

Guest speaker : Chris Seymour – Earl Kitcheners Visit to Wynnum in 1910

In January 1910 Earl Kitchener visited Wynnum as part of a six week tour of Australia to advise on defence requirements. Kitchener was extremely popular and greeted by large crowds wherever he went. In Wynnum, he met a contingent of 3,000 troops camped at Lytton, and instead of the expected parade he set them on an arduous maneuver to repel an imaginary invasion force that had landed at Cleveland. Chris Seymour will illustrate his talk with photographs and movie footage from the visit, and will explain why attempts to rename local landmarks based on suppossed injustices are misguided.

16 March 2023  –  AGM & General Meeting

Our very important AGM is on 16 March. Please come along and give your opinions about the Society and elect the Committee. We are always on the lookout for new ideas. If you think you can contribute to the committee please contact Jill Greenhill on

Guest Speaker: Tess Rowley – Remembering Nazareth House. Author Tess Rowley will give an account of those were sent to the east Brisbane Catholic orphanage in the 1940s and 1950s.

20 April 2023  –  General Meeting

Guest Speaker: Pattie Brown – Ettie – The Story of her Life. Pattie will tell the story of how Ettie Darlington raised six children on the banks of Coopers Creek, after her husband disappeared in the 1930s. The family had essential help from nearby indigenous communities.

18 May 2023  –  General Meeting

Guest Speaker: Patrick Collins  Foundation of the Native Police

15 June 2023  –  General Meeting

Guest speaker : Chris Pearce  Castaway Journey. After being blown by a storm nearly a thousand kilometers from their intended destination, Thomas Pamphlet, Richard Parsons, John Thompson and John Finnegan landed on Moreton Island. Thompson had died from lack of freshwater, but the others spent six months exploring Moreton Bay and the coast up to Bribie Island, until finally two of them were rescued by the Oxley expedition. Richard Parsons was rescued nearly a year later. Chris Pearce will talk about their epic adventures. 

20 July 2023  –  General Meeting

Guest Speaker: Tom Schulz A Breed Apart.  Long term Wynnum/Manly resident Tom Schulz will  talk about the people employed in the local food processing industries in and around Wynnum.