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DRB Legends inaugural talk “My life as a naturalist” by Kevn Griffiths + the DRB AGM

9 November 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

First DRB Legends Talk “My life as a naturalist” by Kevn Griffiths, and the DRB AGM, Friday November 9th, 7.15pm-9.30pm.

The AGM.

The AGM will include a report by the outgoing Chairperson explaining the progress the DRB has made in 2018. During 2018 the DRB has broken all records for new memberships, for total number of memberships, for the number of people attending an excursion and for the number of people attending an evening talk. Even our flora lists have reached impressive new highs, thanks to several of our flora leaders. She will also explain the highlights of the year, thank all the many, many people who work behind the scenes to make the DRB so successful, explain our uptake of new technologies, our new strategy to preserve the natural history expertise of our DRB elders, and some of the ideas for our direction in 2019. She will also encourage members to help more in organising excursions as this is our key area of need, at the moment.

The 2018/2019 committee will also be announced and voted upon as necessary. Nominations for committee positions close on 11th October 2018. So far, the following people have nominated: Chairperson – Rachel Green, Vice Chairperson – Kevn Griffiths, Treasurer – Mike Green, Social Secretary – Frankie Wallace, General Members – Eric McCrum and Sally Robertson.

Our inaugural “Celebration of our DRB legends” talk: “My life as a naturalist”.

Speaker: Kevn Griffiths – the co-founder of the DRB in 1974, author of “A Field Guide to the Larger Fungi of the Darling Scarp & South West of Western Australia”, and our fungi leader. He is still on the committee of the DRB too as the Vice Chair. He will celebrate his 90th birthday in December.

In all the photographs we have of him he is always looking at fungi! These pictures were taken at the Glen Forrest Superblock excursion in July 2018.

He will explain how his life as a naturalist started and the journey he has taken with natural history, his interest in researching the fish, Gambusia affinis; and how he became interested in fungi. Kevn’s interest in fungi started when his daughter Donna, a gifted artist, was asked to do a book on fungi, but she had no time to do so and so he took on the project for her. What a Dad! He knew absolutely nothing about fungi at that time and he soon found himself on a steep learning curve. You will hear about this and many other interesting stories of his life as a naturalist.

We hope to digitise his material too so we can all easily see many of his photographs and slides. Warning: if you have been a long-standing member of the club don’t be surprised to see yourself looking much younger in some of his early photos. He still has photos from 1974! Not all will be shown during his talk (you may be relieved to know) but he will be bringing his albums for people to look through on the night.

Kevn is also softly spoken but we have arranged for a choice of microphones for the night so you don’t miss a word.


1. Kids talk: There will be no Kids talk this month due to the AGM.
2. “Apps for Nats”. There will be no “Apps for Nats“ due to the AGM.
3. A monthly nature competition for children. When a child (under 16) comes along to a meeting they are invited to bring a drawing, craft work, story, study or video on the topic to the next meeting. Small prizes are given each month, and at our Christmas event children are invited to bring back all their entries and a grand prize is given. Thus, any child who was at our October talk on Carnivorous Plants can enter the competition this month. Anyone attending this DRB elders night can enter the competition in November 2018.
4. A “Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table, e.g. a sample flower, a sample of geology, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. One of our experts will identify them or talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to Rachel, our MC, and she will include it on her PowerPoint slides: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au

Time: Come early to get a seat at the front as people will want to join us to help celebrate Kevn’s 90th birthday. Doors open at 7pm.

Venue: “Home of the DRB”, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda, Western Australia.

Level: This will be suitable for children, teenagers and adults, amateurs and scientists, beginners and those with advanced knowledge … bring the whole family.

Donation: We invite a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child. Includes tea and coffee and home-made food and biscuits!

Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. There are prizes for both members and visitors.

Bookings: Bookings are not required.

Enquiries: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au


9 November 2018
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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“Home of the DRB”
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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