I met Tony a couple of months ago and he mentioned a book he was about to publish on the Romans in China. I was intrigued and on being asked, Tony kindly offered to speak at today’s meeting about the background to his book. Tony graduated in History and practiced law in Toronto, Canada, when while on a legal matter in Australia he became interested in the burgeoning mining industry in Australia which in turn led him to founding Pancontinental Mining Ltd. Tony emigrated to Australia and settled in Sydney in 1972 where he built Pancontinental Mining into a publicly listed diversified mining house with interests in gold, base metals, rare earth minerals, coal, industrial minerals, petroleum, and uranium. The company discovered the Jabiluka uranium orebody in the Northern Territory and the Paddington gold orebody near Kalgoorlie. He is a former director of Opera Australia and the Conservatorium of Music and a former Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW. Tony is a past Chairman of the Brain Foundation, and is currently on the Board. Indeed, his CV would make a fascinating talk in itself. Tony became an Australian citizen in 1989 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Australia Day Honours. His involvement in international mining ventures, which have taken him to many faraway locations, informs the books he has written, of which there are four to date. He has written Jabiluka, about the struggle to develop the Australia’s vast uranium discoveries in light of environmental and Aboriginal Land Rights Issues; East Wind, (From Greece to the Great Wall), a book about a journey of cultural experience in Greece, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, Xinjiang and the Silk Road; and Seven Gateways, about seven places with outstanding spiritual significance, ranging from Aboriginal animism to Buddhism in the Himalayas. Tony’s most recent and just published book,
The Tortoise in Asia, is a historical fiction story of Roman soldiers who came along the Silk Road after the Battle of Carrhae in 53BCE.
Dennis Jones
Wildlife Safari Consultant

Stories of Africa, India and Cuba”
Dennis lives in Sydney, though he spent some years in Singapore and Papua New Guinea. His various “careers” have seen him as a Geography and Economics teacher, a banker - working alongside your own Arthur Delbridge, a management consultant, and he held an executive role in our largest telecommunication’s company. In 1993 Dennis turned his interest of wildlife photography into a specialist travel agency organising safaris to Africa and India. Since then his company “Wildlife Safari Consultants” has assisted hundreds of clients enjoy some amazing experiences in the wild. Whilst most of his clients travel independently Dennis accompanies some groups. In the past 12 months he has been to Africa twice, India once and Cuba three times with group tours. His photographic work is distributed through the global stock agency “Getty Images”. He has only been back from Madagascar for two weeks so he has fresh experiences and many stories to relate.
For those interested in an adventure, Dennis can be contacted on Tel: 0418 443 494 or 9939 5660, Email: and via his Web address:

Lieutenant Colonel Deasey was born in Corowa, New South Wales on 15th September 1949 and completed his school education at Sydney Technical High School. His tertiary education Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) and a Diploma of Education from the University of New South Wales, and the New South Wales Department of Education Certificate of School Leadership and Management. He taught from 1973 to 1979 Teacher at Port Hacking High School and from 1980 to 1984 he was the English/History Head at Belmore Boys High School. In 1985 he was appointed  Head Teacher History at Belmore Boys High School and from 1993 to 2000 was Leading Teacher (Deputy Principal) of Mount Druitt High School. He retired as Deputy Principal of Picnic Point High School in 2009. Lieutenant Colonel Deasey was appointed Commanding Officer of UNSWR in February 1995. David Deasey is currently Chairperson of the NSW Boer War Memorial Committee, and author—with K J Mackay—of  The history of the University of NSW Regiment 1952-2006.
His committee is currently raising funds for a memorial to the participants in the Boer War and further infomation may by obtained by clicking this link - BOER WAR MEMORIAL.
Jackie Meyer
Guest speaker the July meeting was Jackie Meyers. Jackie Meyers holds the position of editor at the Southern Highland News. She was appointed editor in June 2013 as well as working in the role of special publications editor, where she oversees editorial of the well-regarded Snapshot Magazine, Visitors Guide and Country Weddings. She remains in charge of the special publications, whilst also editing three editions of Southern Highlands News and one edition of the Highland Post each week.

Michael Gracey
Michael Gracey is a medical graduate of Sydney University (1961) with PhD from the University of WA. He worked for some years at RPA Hospital in Sydney before doing his training as a paediatrician in Melbourne, then in London and Birmingham. His areas of special interest are in gastrointestinal diseases, nutrition and growth. Part of his training was in Papua New Guinea where he developed a lifelong commitment to working with children from disadvantaged societies. He has been involved in projects in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia, India, and Thailand. He has been involved as a district medical officer, paediatrician, public health doctor, and clinical researcher among Aboriginal people for more than 40 years in all parts of WA, especially in remote Kimberley communities. He was Principal Medical Adviser on Aboriginal Health to the WA Health Department for over a decade and in 1997 was made Australia’s first Professor of Aboriginal Health (Curtin Uni.) and, after retiring, worked for an Aboriginal-run non-profit organisation for 12 years as its Medical Consultant. He served the International Paediatric Association for about 20 years and was the first Australian to become its President. This took him to over 80 countries on all inhabited continents; many of these are among the world’s poorest nations. Michael was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2001. He is also a Probian and edits the Bulletin of the Probus Club of Sydney.
PETER LAZAR Chairman & Founder of PPR
Peter is a very experienced strategist, consultant, facilitator and presenter. He is a highly regarded communicator, chairman and negotiator. A Life Fellow and Past State President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, he was chair of its College of Fellows for 12 years. Peter’s expertise in issue management and communication strategy at the highest level has made him a leader in the profession. He was awarded an AM in the 2007 Australia Day Honours List for services to communication, health education, aged care and for other community service. For his pro bono work in dental health education he was made a Fellow of the International College of Dentists – one of only two non-dentists to be so honoured. He is co-author of “The Australian and New Zealand Public Relations Manual” (Tymson & Lazar) which is widely used in the teaching of Communication students in University and TAFE courses in the region.