Lecture Series

Q Station Lecture Series

Date:  May 2014
Time: 2pm - 4pm (Please arrive at Q Station by 130pm to allow for time to be transported to the Wharf Precinct)
Where?: Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park - Manly
Address: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Cost: Free - RSVP essential

The next Lecture Series will be held in May - date & speakers to be announced.

Future Lecture Series dates are;

Sunday May 2014 - 2pm to 4pm - Date & Speakers TBA
Sunday 15th June 2014 - 2pm to 4pm - Speakers TBA

Dates may change due to speaker availability - please check this page regularly.Dates may change due to speaker availability - please check this page for the latest information.

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We would like to acknowledge & give thanks to the wonderful Speakers who have dedicated their time to the Q Station Lecture Series;

April 2014

Professor Tania Sorrell - One health & emerging infectious diseases
Professor Lyn Gilbert - Healthcare settings as incubators of community infections

March 2014

Ross McMullin - Farewell Dear People: Australia's Gifted Lost Generation of World War I
Peter Hobbins - Treating Snakebite in Colonial Australia

February 2014

Jodi Rose - The end of life transition
Dr Raema Prowse - What are Sleep Cycles & how do I get a good nights rest?

October 2013 Dr Malcolm Stening OAM - Memoirs of Doctors At War
Professor Garry Egger AM (MPH, PhD) - The History of Fat: why we have it and why we're galloping towards obesity
September 2013 Dr Denise Donlon - Narrabeen man: a 4000 year-old slaying in Sydney
Professor Iain McCalman AO - Science and Sensibility. Matthew Flinders and the Great Barrier Reef
August 2013 Bruce Short - Colonial quarantine, scurvy and infectious disease
Dr Paul Lancaster - Sydney’s famous eye surgeon: Norman Gregg
June 2013 Suzanne Stanton - Q Station @ North Head - Key achievements, challenges to date & our plans for the future
Stephen Curruthers - Submarine attack in Sydney Harbour!
May 2013 Jim Boyce - Chemists - Their history on the Peninsula
Dr Stewart Boyce OB/GYN - Is there a philosophical basis to medical practice?
March 2013 John Gascoigne - Cook, Banks, Kew Gardens and Enlightenment Voyaging
Geoff Lambert - What Joseph Banks tripped over - the flora of North Head
February 2013 Professor John Eastman Creswell AM MB BS MD FRACP FRCPA FAFPHM - Dumbing down the population from Tasmania to Tibet: how iodine deficiency deprives children of their intelligence
Dr Michael Gracey - Massacres, murders, mutinies, ‘the bends’, malnutrition, infections, and motor vehicles: some causes of death in Broome from the 1880s to the 21st century
September 2012

Richard White - The first National Parks: whose idea? Yellowstone, Sydney, Banff, Tongariro, Garphyttan
Caroline Ford - A canvas seachange: camping on the beach in mid-twentieth century Sydney

August 2012

Moustapha Kassem - Stem cells and the quest for perpetual regeneration: past, present and future
Dr John Carmody - Leonardo da Vinci: anatomist

July 2012

Sydney Nade - Upward social mobility - the training of a surgeon in the pre-anaesthetic era
Ian Kern - The relations between midwives and doctors - a historical perspective from Hippocrates to the present

June 2012

Philip Sharp - Medieval Medicine c. 400-1400
Jim Boyce
- The Cemeteries of the Northern Beaches, North Head and the Peninsula

May 2012

Diana Noyce - Fateful feast: the final repast on RMS Titanic
Dr Paul Lancaster - Seven miles from Sydney - and needing local care! The evolution of medical services from Manly to Pittwater

April 2012

Greg Watters - Out you go, John, you and your smallpox
Dr Paul Lancaster - Medical men with Mawson in Antarctica

March 2012

Dr Michael Kennedy - Illnesses, medical and other matters, Sydney 1788-1792
Catherine Storey - You should have your head read. The popularity of phrenology in colonial Sydney Town

April 2011 Lisa O‟Sullivan - Dying for home: clinical nostalgia in the nineteenth century by
Dr Paul Lancaster
- Victor Coppleson - surgeon, educator and researcher of shark attacks
March 2011 Anthea Hyslop - Isolating Spanish Influenza 1918 - 1919
Clem Boughton - Infectious diseases, the Quarantine Station and the Coast Hospital
December 2010 Dr Michael Gracey - Indigenous health and epidemics - Indigenous Health: From North Head to the North Kimberley, 1788
Dr John Carmody -
Controversial epidemic: Chicken pox or smallpox in the colony at Sydney Cove in April, 1789
October 2010 Yvonne Cossart - Maritime Quarantine: the Yellow Jack on Sydney Harbour
Lady Jean Foley
- Burial ground at the Quarantine Station and the people buried there
Cate Storey
- A virtual walk of the Quarantine Station and its environs.

Last but certainly not least, many thanks goes to Dr. Paul Lancaster who has dedicated countless hours to finding speakers, and chairing the Lecture Series since its inception in 2010.

Venue and Information

Venue: Q Station is located at North Head Scenic Drive, Manly. Entry is free but reservations are essential. Complimentary tea, coffee and water will be available. The Visitor Centre at Q Station now has some excellent displays and memorabilia that tell the stories of quarantine, infectious diseases and public health. Additional beverages, snacks or refreshments may be purchased from the Visitor Centre Kiosk.

If you are driving to the Quarantine Station, follow the directions to North Head. After passing Manly Hospital, go through the stone arch 'Parkhill'. Follow this road until you reach a roundabout and turn right into Q Station complimentary parking area. The shuttle bus regularly picks up from the waiting room there and will transfer guests to near the Lecture Theatre. Be sure to leave sufficient time to be transported within Q Station by arriving early and enjoying the ambience! Take a walk and enjoy the views at North Head!

To assist those who like to plan their diaries well in advance, unless advised otherwise please note that talks in the Q Station Lecture Series will be held on the 4th Sunday afternoon of each month throughout the year from February to November. Programs and other information are posted each month as soon as speakers are confirmed.

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