Gary Presland is a highly experienced public speaker and lecturer of more than 25 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:

19 April 2017: Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies AGM. Talk: ‘The archives of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria as a genealogical source’, 7.30 p.m., 1/41 Railway Road, Blackburn.

16 May 2017: Surrey Hills Historical Society. Talk: ‘History of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria’, 7.30 p.m., 157 Union Road, Surrey Hills.

2 July 2017: Rare Book Week. Talk: ‘Reconstructing lost Melbourne environments: Robert Hoddle’s field notebooks’, 2.30 p.m., Old Treasury Building, Spring Street, Melbourne.

18 September 2017: Heritage Week 2017. Walk/talk along Gardiners Creek Bennettswood, for City of Whitehorse on natural history, and Indigenous use of landscapes.  Details from Julie Jones, (Whitehorse City Council) 9262 6478.