Our Guest Speaker for May 2017 was Jacquie Kennedy, whose early career was in television in Australia and then 10 years in Los Angeles. Through her young son’s love of animals, she shared his passion, and on returning to Australia she joined Animal Welfare League, Queensland (AWLQ).
Jacquie spoke with warmth and passion about the work of the League. It was founded after 1959 when the local government practice of routinely putting down stray animals was stopped.
The League was formed to take in stray animals. While based mainly on the Gold Coast, it does have centres in Brisbane including acreage at Beenleigh (for all kinds of animals) and at Willawong. When given a stray animal they (i) try to reunite it with its owner; (ii) if not possible, bring it to optimum health, microchip, then (iii) find a new owner. There is no time or age limit in housing an animal.
Since foundation the League has found homes for over 130,000 animals. On any day they would have 1000 animals in their care. Jacquie was instrumental in developing a unique program called Golden Hearts Seniors Pet Support Program. A world first, it ensures pets of Senior Citizens are looked after in emergency situations. It is free to join. Whereas other Welfare Agencies charge large sums to care for an animal left in their care by a will, AWLQ does it for free.
May has proved to be a very busy month for our active club. On Friday 5 May 16 Sherwood Probus members and friends toured Brisbane’s inner city.
Here we are at Anzac Square enjoying a cuppa and Anzac biscuits to start our tour. Graham Clark, a Brisbane Greeter and fellow Probian, was our guide for the day. He was a fount of knowledge about early Brisbane especially. He explained the significance of the trees, scupltures and memorials in the square.
Our first stop was the refurbished Anzac Square Memorial itself, which is well worth a visit. There are memorials to many who had fallen in various battles. We then followed a well-worn path through Post Office Square, and St Stephen’s Cathedral, gradually making our way towards the river. However, we took a short detour to admire the garden and indigenous artwork at 380 Queen Street. To rest our weary legs we caught the free ‘red’ bus to QUT and Old Government House. At QUT we were able to play with the interactive feature called The Cube. Images are projected onto various touch screens.
By this time our Anzac biscuit and cup of tea were a pleasant but faint memory, so we headed to one of the cafes on the QUT campus for a delightful lunch full of friendship and fellowship. Thanks to Joan for organising the tour and especially to Graham. We realised that there are many other places to discover in Brisbane so will have to organise another tour at some stage.
Our May 2017 excursion For the Love of Gardens group was to the gardens and Herbarium (scientific collection of dried plants) at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. Dorothy Eyears, the leader of our group, did a great job in arranging this really interesting visit where we met the people responsible for identifying plants for the community. Most of the Herbarium that we were privileged to see is not normally open to the public (they have on occasions opened to the public during Open House week.) Up in the main library of samples (850,000 of them), all catalogued in their species, we were privileged to see plants that had been catalogued by Sir Joseph Banks when on the Endeavour in the time of Captain Cook. That’s something that was 240 year old and the quality was quite amazing.
Professor Roly Sussex of the Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation at The University of Queensland was our guest speaker at our April meeting. His topic was “Australian English and where it is going”. Roly is well known through his weekly broadcast on the ABC and his column in the Courier Mail Weekend Magazine.
He is an entertaining speaker and throughout his talk he gave examples of Australian English, which has increasingly become more acceptable. An early written example was the Sentimental Bloke by C.J. Dennis published in 1915. He was able to drop into a wide range of accents and colloquialisms to demonstrate his points and show the many regional differences.
What are the common features? A preference for using first names instead of titles and surnames; use of Americanisms in some spellings and words; and especially the use of diminutives, such as Rocky for Rockhampton, Bundy for Bundaberg. Other well-known diminutives, which don’t need explanation, are cab sav and barbie (not the doll). I find though that we tend to lengthen short words and shorten long ones! Apparently women are more responsible than men for changes in the way we speak, such as the high rise tone at the end of sentences.
Neil Page thanked Roly for his interesting talk and presented him with a “Certificate of Appreciation” and a Probus Pen.