Women’s Pioneer Society of Australasia Activities

Monthly luncheons are held the third Wednesday of each month.  They are happy occasions – with a variety of guest speakers, opportunities to socialize and meet the Society’s members and are open to guests.  They include a light, two course lunch with coffee/tea and wine is available for purchase.

At least three times a year we have formal luncheons to commemorate Australia’s history:

  • January – Australian Day
  • June – The Commemoration of  Pioneer Women
  • October – Governor Arthur Phillip’s Birthday

Meeting Calendar

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018         Guest Speaker:  Scott Coleman – Royal Engagement Rings.  Scott will discuss the history and show photos of some of the fabulous engagements rings and other jewellery owned by the Royal Family. Cost is $75 for guests and $70 for WPS members.

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018          Guest Speaker:  The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP – The History of Martin Place.  Dominic is a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member for the Hawkesbury, Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relatiins. Though thousands of people walk up and down Martin Pace daily, few know the story of James Martin, after whom it was named.  Cost is $35 for guests and $30 for WPS members.

Wednesday, 15th August, 2018      Annual General Meeting.
Guest Speaker:  Graham Sims – Bea Miles – ‘An Aussie Free Spirit’. From the mid 1920’s until her death in 1973, Bea Miles was Sydney’s best known and unforgettable eccentric.  Wandering the streets of Sydney and, when she felt like it, other cities and towns, she was the bane of taxi drivers, bus and tram drivers and conductors. A remarkable, intelligent woman, of prodigious knowledge and memory, but of volatile and erratic behavior. Graham recounts Bea’s incredible story including his personal encounter with her and unique and recent input from her 92 year old niece, whom he has interviewd.  Cost is $35 for guests and $30 for WPS members.

Wednesday, 19th September, 2018      Guest Speaker:  Guy Cooper – ‘Stories of Taronga’.   From 1991-2009 when he retired, Guy was Director & Chief Executive of the Taronga and Western Plains Zoo. He presided over the huge re-development of both zoos and tells some interesting stories including the naming of new arrivals.  He has been at the forefront in establishing, many reforms in conservation, research and education.  Cost is $35 for guests and $30 for WPS members.

We meet at 11.30am for 12noon at
Macquarie Room,
Royal Automobile Club of Australia,
89 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW  2000

Please use the contact form to the right of this page if you would like further information or to attend any of these meetings.  Bookings are essential a week prior to the meeting.