From the President

25 July 2016

From the President

We certainly had some excellent speaker s last month – on a varied range of topics – and a very interesting visit to Bachelor. Professor Campbell’s explanations about the earth's warming, for example, got everyone interested. He's off to work in Julie Bishop's office in Canberra but I asked him to come back next year to give us a progress report on where the world is heading.

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Bits & Pieces

25 July 2016

Do you have a favourite item at home?

Or a collection of interesting objects? Would you like to share your interest (passion) for ten minutes or so with other members? You have the chance to do so on 23 August whe n there’s another session of Collectibles. If you’d like to show and tell please call Gayle on 8945 5406 so that she can draw up a running… Read More...

25 July 2016

2016 Census

This year’s Census, which takes place on the night of 9 August , will rely heavily on the ele ctronic transmission of the data – more than two thirds of the population are expected to complete the census online. When contacted about the procedure to be followed by members preferring to complete a paper form, the… Read More...

25 July 2016

Don’t throw them away!

If you still have brochures from the federal election, the NT Library would like to receive these as well as those you will be shortly be getting in your letterbox in the run - up to the Territory election. You can send brochures, flyers and other election material, free of charge, to Election Material, Reply Paid 42,… Read More...

25 July 2016

Railway Picnic

As customary on Picnic Day – which this year falls on 1 August - there will be a traditional railway picnic at the Adelaide River Railway Heritage Precinct . There’ll be food, drinks, fairground train rides, guided walks of the precinct and games from the 1920 railway picnic. New this year is the WW2 exhibition and… Read More...

25 July 2016

This month’s computer tip

If you’ve recently upgraded you operating system to Windows 10 and are frustrated at needing to sign in every time you use your PC, you can eliminate this annoying feature by following these steps.

Click the start button on the left of the task bar; select ‘settings’, then ‘accounts’; click on ‘sign - in options’ and… Read More...

25 July 2016

Tropical Garden Fair

The Tropical Garden Fair takes place on 13 and 14 August (from 10am to 4pm) in the Botanic Gardens. There’ll be a great deal on offer: displays, workshops, plant and art stalls as well as specialist food and drinks. The Friends of the Botanic Gardens have persuaded international celebrity landscape designer, Made… Read More...

25 July 2016

At Burnett House

As part of this year’s National Trust/NT Historical Society 2016 talks, Kulumbiringin Elder, Tibby Quall will be speaking at 5.30pm on 29 July about the Batcho Family and its connections to land, customs and country. Tibby will also be launching an accompanying exhibition focusing on Batcho ancestral connections and… Read More...

25 July 2016

Behind the Lines

Behind the Lines is an exhibition, running until 25 September, which celebrates the role of satire and political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power of their drawings. With a selection of 80 of the best cartoons from 39 cartoonists, this year’s exhibition displays some of Australia’s most controversial… Read More...

25 July 2016

BIRDS – and other things!

Part Forty - seven: Owl Assortment

Continuing with last month’s theme, I thought I would share this earlier life - experience with you. Just prior to retirement, I had a particularly bad down - time and a friend gave me a small two - inch high carved stone owl to cheer me up. Its facial expression clearly said ‘BLAH… Read More...

01 July 2016

BIRDS – and other things!

Part forty - six : Birds of the Night

I have previously written about the nightly spine - chilling calls of the bush curlew but there are also other nocturnal birds here in the Top End that sometimes create the same effect of setting our teeth on edge. The orange - footed s c rub fowl for instance has a similar… Read More...

01 July 2016

Have your say

The City of Darwin has identified Vesteys Reserve in Fannie Bay as being potentially suitable for community - based recreational facilities. However, before making any decision about its future use, an independent consultation pro cess has been launched and closes on 12 August 2016 .

To have your say about the future… Read More...

01 July 2016

This month’s PC tip

If you’r e looking for something precise in a long text brought up on a site from a search engine such as Google, just hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press ‘f’ . A search box will pop up on your screen and you can type any word into it. The internet browser will find and highlight e ach instance of… Read More...