I am available for 2021 speaking engagements to interested public groups such as Probus, Rotary, History and Family History Groups.
All enquiries to Peter Ludlow on 0438343791
Thursday, October 21, 2021:
I’ll be guest speaker at the Holland Park Central Probus Club, Venue will be the Newnham Hotel and Function Centre, 516 Newnham Road, Upper Mount Gravatt QLD 4122. My topic will be ‘The Port of Brisbane’. Commencing time is 9:30 am.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021:
I’ll be guest speaker at the Broadbeach Ladies Probus Club, Venue will be the Kurrawa Surf Club, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach. My topic will be ‘The History and Maintenance of Moreton Bay’s Peel Island– 2021 Update’. Commencing time will be 10:15 am.
NOTES ON MY GUEST SPEAKER TOPICS:
‘A Visit to Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island)’
In this power point presentation, we explore Goompi (Dunwich) and learn about its rich history from Aboriginal times, to early European settlement, the Benevolent Asylum (for the aged and infirm), the sand mining, and its new role with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, QYAC, the body corporate working for the Quandamooka People.
‘The History and Maintenance of Moreton Bay’s Peel Island’. In this power point presentation I highlight Peel Island’s history including pre-European occupation, its use by Europeans as a quarantine station, inebriate home, and lazaret (leprosarium), and in 2007, the Island’s gazettal as a National Park and Conservation Park and the lazaret buildings as a Heritage Site. I also look at Peel’s future when the island will be placed under the full control of the Quandamooka People, under whose guidance a new era of tourism and cultural exchange holds great promise.
‘Port of Brisbane’ In this power point presentation I follow the development of our port from its wharves in the city centre and move with them downriver to their present location at Fisherman Islands. It is also a history of the Brisbane River itself, from Aboriginal times to the present day, encompassing our association with the river through commerce, study, and recreation.
‘Family History Begins at Home’. This power point presentation is not just a straight ‘how to research family history’, but more about the things I have found interesting in my own family history which could be applied to other family history research.
‘Reminders of People Past’. In this power point presentation, I look at just a few of the people who helped form the communities that now make up our Northern Moreton Bay Region – and how we remember them today. When explorer John Oxley recommended Redcliffe Point as the site for a settlement, he ushered in a great influx of immigrants. Here, I highlight the lives and influences of those who followed him and who called the region home.
‘Queensland’s German Connections’. In this power point presentation, I look at the many and varied contributions by Germans to Queensland, from the first German immigrants in the 19th century, across the social, cultural and economic contributions they and their successors have made, to the shared collaborations of the 21st century, investigating bio-fuels and hypersonic flight.
‘Redlands in the Time of World War 1’. Like all other communities in Australia, our young men flocked to enlist in the AIF and to experience their ‘great adventure’. How soon it was to change for them in the hell of Gallipoli and the Western Front. Before World War 1, life in the Redlands was very different from life here today. In this Power Point presentation, as well as detailing some of the Redlanders who went to war, Peter Ludlow will recall life as it was then, and how it changed as the result of the war.
‘Mud – Exploring the Island and its History’ . In this power point presentation I visit and explore Moreton Bay’s little-visited Mud Island, and highlight its unique history as a graveyard for some unfortunate immigrants, and whose surrounding coral reefs provide a challenge for fishermen and lime for the manufacture of cement.
‘Reminders of People Past in the Redlands’. In this power point presentation, I look at just a few of the people who helped form the communities that now make up our Redlands City – and how we remember them today.