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DRB Legends Talk “My life as a naturalist” by Dr Tony Start, & Poppy’s fossil talk & DRB AGM.

8 November 2019, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Second DRB Legends Talk “My life as a naturalist” by Dr Tony Start, and the and Poppy’s Kid’s talk on Fossils, & DRB AGM.

Friday November 8th, 7.15pm-9.30pm.

The AGM.

The AGM will include a report by the outgoing Chairperson explaining the progress the DRB has made in 2019. During 2019 the DRB has broken records, e.g. for the number of people attending an evening talk. 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, and some of the ideas for our direction in 2020.

The DRB Treasurer will also give his report, we have tried really hard this year to raise more funds and have achieved this, including winning a $1000 prize from Bankwest to buy some improved videoing equipment, and received a generous donation from Tim Clifford, Greens MLC for East Metro to buy a stereo-microscope and some hand lenses. We have also raised significant money from our raffles.

The 2019/2020 committee will also be announced and voted upon as necessary. Come and thank the outgoing committee and welcome our new one – and have no fears you can’t be co-opted on the night – all nominations have to be received at least 14 days before the AGM.

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

Speaker: Dr Tony Start.


Tony is a long-standing member of the DRB Nats along with brother Joff. His parents Helen and John Start were also well known naturalists and members.

In all the photographs we have of Tony he is always helping people to understand what they have observed and found on our nature walks. He is a wonderful teacher for children and adults alike and always so generous with his knowledge which is very extensive on many aspects of natural history from mistletoe to bats!

Three of these pictures were taken at the Alan Anderson Walk Trail in 2017, and on conclusion of the Natural History course the DRB Nats ran for the Kalamunda Learning Centre. That is Tony in the middle!

His career has involved many aspects of natural history. He is going to take us on a fascinating journey through his extensive life as a scientist in natural history and explain his love of natural history, how it began and where it has taken him.

Here is a brief view of his life as a naturalist written by Tony:

I have had a wonderful life. I was brought up in a family of naturalists on a farm in Africa (Kenya) and, as a teenager, I was also mentored by a professional ornithologist who was curator of birds at the National Museum in Kenya.

I have lived on four continents, Africa, Europe and Asia and (for the last 45 years) Australia. I was the first professional officer (Ecologist) with the National Parks Board of WA. After the amalgamation that created CALM, I worked as the Regional Manager for the Pilbara Region but later returned to the Research Division. Since then I have lived in Perth, apart from a few years in Kununurra working on the Ord River with the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) Tropical Savannas. I have been retired for more than ten years, but keep a finger ‘in the pie’, e.g. as a Research Associate at the WA herbarium.

He is an excellent speaker and always captivates his audience. Join us for a great night!

Plus: We will also have a Kid’s talk and another great raffle – it will be an exciting evening.

Kids talk: Poppy Greenacre, aged 10, is giving her first ever Kid’s talk on Fossils. She is mad keen on fossils and a devoted follower of Professor Ken McNamara who has been helping her develop her knowledge. (Will he be hiding in the audience we wonder?)

Time: Doors open at 7pm.

PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE: We have moved to Woodlupine Hall, 88 Hale Road, Forrestfield. Plenty of room for everyone.

Level: This will be suitable for children, teenagers and adults, amateurs and scientists, beginners and those with advanced knowledge … bring the whole family aged 6 and above. We are a family friendly group and involve the children wherever we can.

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 towards the cost of running the club. Includes tea and coffee and home-made food and biscuits! Please bring the RIGHT CASH so we can avoid queues – we do not have electronic payment facilities yet – but they are coming in 2020.

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

Great Raffle Prizes Too: We will also have a raffle with some wonderful prizes for only $2 for 1 ticket and $5 for three. Please bring extra cash and raid your piggy banks! All money goes towards the running of the DRB Nats. Prizes include:

  1. An original piece of artwork, valued at $300 donated by Lyn Isted. It is of a Bull Banksia and is an encaustic wax painting which is a technique dating back to the 5th century BC. Included with the art is an explanation of the process and also how to care for it.
  2. A precious fossil which is approximately 270 million years old, as seen in the picture donated by Bill Fitzgerald.
  3. Book of the Kimberley: Real Images by Ben Knapinski donated by Tony Start.
  4. Fine china plate with kangaroo etchings, donated by Eric McCrum.
  5. Book on Kakadu: A heritage for the future by L Meier and S Balderstone, donated by Tony Start.
  6. One sided Bottlebrush (Calothamnus quadrifidus) donated by Lynda Tomlinson from the DRB Branch of the WA Wildflower Society.

Bookings: Bookings are not required but come early to get a seat at the front. Doors open at 7pm.

Enquiries: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au


8 November 2019
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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