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 recent/forthcoming public engagements include:

23 January 2020: Launch of Royal Historical Socety’s exhibition on West Melbourne Swamp. 6.00 p.m. A’Beckett Street, Melbourne

1 February 2020: Royal Historical Society of Vic/Genealogical Society of Vic. Seminar: ‘The development of Melbourne’s early suburbs’

6 May 2020: Doncaster/Templestowe Historical Society. Talk:  ‘TBA.’  7:30 p.m., Schramm’s Cottage, Victoria Road, Doncaster.

26 May 2020: FNCV Day Group. Talk: ‘FGA Barnard, historian and naturalist’. 10.30  for a 11.00 a.m.  start. FNCV Hall, 1 Gardenia Street, Blackburn.

26 May 2020: Essendon Historical Society. Talk: ‘Pre-European Indigenous history of the Essendon district’. 7.00 p.m., Moonee Ponds Courthouse, 768 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds.

1 June 2020: Banyule U3A. Talk: ‘TBA’ 2.00 p.m.,  U3A Hall, Rear 14 Ivanhoe Parade Ivanhoe.

17 June 2020: East Melbourne Historical Society. Talk: ‘Pre-European Indigenous history of the East Melbourne district’. 8.00 p.m., East Melbourne Library, 122 George Street, E. Melb.

3 October 2020: Whitehorse Historical Society. Talk:  ‘History of Coranderrk Aboriginal staion.’  2:00 p.m., Schwerkolt’s Cottage, Deep Creek, Mitcham.

10 October 2020: Cranbourne Friends RBGV. Talk: ‘Where have the wetlands gone? ‘ 2.00 p.m.,  Cranbourne.