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,  and the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria.


Gary’s forthcoming public engagements include:

30 August 2022: FNCV Day Group talk: ‘A history of Australia’s Wattle Day’. 10.30 am FNCV Hall, 1 Gardenia Street, Blackburn.

3 September 2022: Brunswick Community History Group AGM talk: ‘People and country in the pre-European area of Brunswick’. 1.30 pm Siteworks, 33 Saxon St, Brunswick. 

14 September 2022: Stonnington History Centre, History Matters Seminar talk: ‘In Kulin country’. 5.30 pm  Malvern Library, 1255 High Street, Malvern. 

21 September 2022: Friends of South Surrey Park talk: ‘A brief history of Kooyong Koot’. 8 pm Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre

22 October 2022: Friends of St Kilda Cemetery AGM talk: ‘The Yalukit willam of pre-European St Kilda’. 2 pm Betty Day Community Centre, 67 Argyle St. St Kilda.

10 December 2022: Whitehorse Historical Society talk: ‘A brief history of Coranderrk Aboriginal community’. 1 pm Schwekoldt’s Cottage, 2-10 Deep Creek Rd, Mitcham.


Recent presentations

4 July 2022: Monash Library, Wheelers Hill, Family History Group talk: ‘Using Victoria Police records in family history research’.

26 June 2022: Hawthorn Historical Society talk: ‘A brief history of Kooyong Koot’.  2pm – Hawthorn Community Precinct, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn. 

14 June 2022: Brighton Library Service, talk: ‘The Nguruk willam of pre-European Brighton’. 2pm. 

30 May 2022: Boroondara Library Service, Reconciliation Week talk: ‘The Wurundjeri of pre-European Boroondara’

3 January 2022: Hawthorn U3A Summer School Talk: ‘In the land of the Kulin: pre-European Aboriginal culture in the Camberwell area’.