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:

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;

26 September 2017: Talk: ‘Melbourne’s boggy beginnings’, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, Day Group meeting. 10.30 a.m. for an 11.00 a.m. start. 1 Gardenia Street, Blackburn. 9877 9860 (Mon/Tues);

27 September 2017: Talk: ‘The Baluk willam, traditional owners of the Ringwood area’, Ringwood and District Historical Society, meeting. 7.30 p.m.;

15 October 2017: Talk: ‘Discovering the forgotten landscapes of Melbourne’, 2.00 p.m., Old Treasury Building, Spring Street, Melbourne.

18 October 2017: Talk: ‘Melbourne’s boggy beginnings’, 6.00 p.m., Southbank Library at Boyd. Telephone (Natalie) 9658 8300.