Gary Presland is a highly experienced public speaker and lecturer of more than 30 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 public speaking engagements include:

5 June 2018: Talk: ‘The importance of local field naturalists and environmental groups’, Melton Library, 31 Mackenzie Street, Melton. 3.00 p.m.

9 June 2018: Talk: ‘The pre-European Indigenous groups of the Whitehorse area’, Whitehorse Historical Society, Schwerkolt Cottage, Deep Creek Road, Mitcham. 1.00 p.m.

19 July 2018: Talk: ‘A brief history of archaeology in Victoria’, Archaeological & Anthropological Society of Victoria, Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Faraday Street, Carlton. 6.30 p.m.

20 September 2018: Launch of David Sornig’s Blue Lake: Readings Bookshop, 309 Lygon St, Carlton. 7.30 p.m. Contact: 9347 6633

10 October 2018: Dickinson Lecture, Kew Historical Society: ‘FGA Barnard: Naturalist, historian and committed Kewite’,  7.30pm for 8.00 pm, ‘Just Theatre’, Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew, 3101.

11 October 2018: Talk: ‘A brief history of Coranderrk’, Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave. Contact 9800 6489.

18 October 2018: Talk: Archaeological & Anthropological Society of Victoria: ‘A brief history of archaeology in Victoria’, Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 241 Faraday Street, Carlton.

25 November 2018:  Richmond & Burnley Historical Society: ‘The pre-European natural history of Richmond’, Caringbush Library, Church Road, Richmond. Contact 9247 1800.