Probus Clubs exist to fill a need of retired persons in the community who have been accustomed to high levels of vocational activity and decision making in their working lives. The principal objective of every Probus Club is to create and maintain a homogeneous group that provides the fellowship and intellectual stimulation that otherwise tends to be lost in retirement.
The Probus Club of Melbourne North meets regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month (excepting December) at 10:30 am at the Waterloo Cup Hotel, at the corner of Maribyrnong Road and Scotia Street, Moonee Ponds. Ample free parking is available in the car park behind the hotel, with access from Scotia Street. Members of the club enjoy many other activities – explore the links above. Guests are welcomed at general meetings and activities of the Club. A Club business meeting is held first, followed by morning tea and then a guest speaker. The majority of members at each meeting like to remain for lunch in the bistro at the Waterloo Cup Hotel.
The final regular meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday 22nd November. Our guest will be Des Lambley. He served in Vietnam, and developed a passion for military history. In 2012 he published the book March in the Guilty Bastard, featuring case studies about Anzacs who were court-martialled. Military history in Australia has been about the great battles and about the gallant deeds of Australian soldiers. So many Australians grew up believing only the best about the ANZAC men and women. While the idealised Anzac soldier has been immortalised in the collective psyche of Australians, knowledge about military criminality was suppressed, ignored or believed to be historically of no consequence. There is a strong argument that it is of great consequence. There were about 20,000 court martials held. Des Lambley believes that these court martialled men deserve to have their stories told. There should be no intergenerational guilt, embarrassment felt, or apology necessary in the telling of their lives for much the same reason that we now tell the stories of our convict ancestors. Such historical facts ought to be told with pride and awe. Des Lambley’s talk to us is entitled “ANZAC Heroes & Military Criminals in War”.