Gary Presland is a highly experienced public speaker and lecturer of more than 35 years’ standing, and a regular participant in community/Council-based workshops and forums. He is available to speak on a range of subjects, including Victorian Aboriginal history, natural history in the Melbourne area, aspects of police and criminal history in Victoria, and the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria.

Gary’s recent/forthcoming speaking engagements and public participations include:

24 March 2019: Richmond and Burnley Historical Society. Talk: ‘Pre-European culture in the Richmond area’, 2.00 p.m., Richmond Library, 415 Church Road.

27 March 2019: Geology Group, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria. Talk: ‘Where have Melbourne’s wetlands gone?.’ 8.00 p.m., FNCV Hall, 1 Gardenia Street, Blackburn

1 April 2019: Notting Hill PROBUS. Talk: ”The Indigenous clans of the Notting Hill area.”, 11.00 a.m., Mulgrave Country Club, corner of Wellington and Jells Roads, Mulgrave.

29 April 2019: Canterbury History Group. Talk: ‘ The natural history of Canterbury’, 8.00 p.m.,  Memorial Hall Meeting Room, corner of Keats Street and Canterbury Road, Canterbury.

18 May 2019: Prima Materia Exhibition. Talk: ‘ Aspects of local geological and Indigenous history’, 2.00 p.m., Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Plenty Road, Bundoora.

25 June 2019: Essendon Historical Society. Talk: ‘The value of natural history in local historical studies’. 2019 Annual Dinner.

23 July 2019: Docklands History Group. Talk: ‘History of the wetlands in the estuary of the Yarra River.’ 6.30 p.m., Library in the Docks

1 October 2019: Geelong Field Naturalists Club. Talk: ‘Pre-European Indigenous culture in the eastern Port Phillip Bay area.’  8:00 pm at the Geelong Botanical Gardens meeting rooms in East Geelong.

12 October 2019: Whitehorse Historical Society. Talk: ‘Pre-European Indigenous economic strategies.’  1:00 p.m., Schwerkolt’s Cottage, Deep Creek Road, Nunawading.

25 October 2019: Juniors Group, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria. Talk: ‘Indigenous use of plant resources.’ 8.00 p.m., FNCV Hall, 1 Gardenia Street, Blackburn