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.

NOTE THAT THE VENUE CAPACITY IS 25.  BOOKINGS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MEETINGS.  

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

18 February 2021  –  General Meeting

Guest speaker : Myrtle Beitz – Choosing the location of Brisbane’s Port

In 1828 a small establishment was made at Dunwich for the purpose of receiving supplies for Brisbane; cargoes were placed in a storehouse. This enabled ships to unload quickly and return south. Thus transport to Brisbane could be made at lei-sure to be removed by small tenders to go up the Brisbane River to the penal settlement. To avoid the double handling of cargo by using small tenders; an un-official port was made at Emu Point (later Cleveland). A bush road connected Cleveland to Brisbane. But would Cleveland or Brisbane be the most suitable to service the squatters from the Brisbane Valley and the Downs?

BOOKINGS VIA EVENTBRITE

18 March 2021  –  AGM & General Meeting

Guest speaker : Verena McGowan – The Girl from East Berlin

Verena was 4 years old when her family escaped from East Berlin. At 9, she and her family emigrated to Australia, arriving in Melbourne and then being sent to an army camp at Woodside, Adelaide. The family eventually settled at Ballarat, Victoria.  Verena suffered physical sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of her father and was sworn to a code of silence that lasted for decades. In more recent years, she battled ovarian cancer.  She hopes her book will give people the inner strength to accomplish great things despite the setbacks.

Bookings essential as numbers are limited  – Preferred method is via Eventbrite Alternately phone Lena on 3393 4393 or email secretary@wmhs.org.au

15 April 2021  –  General Meeting

Guest speaker : Mick Davis – The History of the Queensland Ambulance Service

Queensland Ambulance has a wonderful and interesting history of service to communities across this vast state of ours.  It is a story of clinical and operational evolution interwoven with innovation, endurance and forward thinking people.  This story is a great story with something for everyone.  It provides an insight into community life and community support across an evolving Queensland.  The story covers 129 years of an essential community service with important highlights covered with images and verbal presentation.

20 May 2021  –  General Meeting

Guest speaker : Peter Ludlow – Queensland’s German connections

Author and historian, Peter Ludlow, will be taking us for a look at the many and varied contributions by Germans to Queensland, from the first German immigrants in the 19th century, across the social, cultural and economic contributions they and their successors have made, to the shared collaborations of the 21st century, investigating bio fuels and hypersonic flight.

Cost of entry is a gold coin donation.

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited to 25 persons.

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite or email secretary@wmhs.org.au or phone 3393 4393.

17 June 2021  –  General Meeting

Guest speaker : Myrtle Beitz – Choosing the location of Brisbane’s Port

In 1828 a small establishment was made at Dunwich for the purpose of receiving supplies for Brisbane; cargoes were placed in a storehouse. This enabled ships to unload quickly and return south. Thus transport to Brisbane could be made at lei-sure to be removed by small tenders to go up the Brisbane River to the penal settlement. To avoid the double handling of cargo by using small tenders; an un-official port was made at Emu Point (later Cleveland). A bush road connected Cleveland to Brisbane. But would Cleveland or Brisbane be the most suitable to service the squatters from the Brisbane Valley and the Downs?

Booking can be made via Eventbrite or email secretary@wmhs.org.au or phone 3393 4393.

15 July 2021  –  CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19 

In the interests of the health of members and visitors, there will be no General meeting in July.

19 August 2021  –  General Meeting

Guest speaker : Elisabeth Gondwe – Shipwrecks on the South Passage Bar

Further details will be provided in the near future.

16 September 2021  –  General Meeting

Guest speaker : Thom Blake – Frances Who? Manly’s first female property developer

The intriguing story of Frances Howard who bought and sold property in Manly in the early 20th century.

Booking can be made via Eventbrite or email secretary@wmhs.org.au or phone 3393 4393.