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We have a regular programme of monthly lunchtime-lectures covering either current or historical Defence and Security issues. We also occasionally arrange multi-speaker seminars and group visits to sites of Defence interest.
(CLICK HERE to review some of our previous presentations.)
Each August, Members enjoy our formal Annual Dinner and a convivial lunch is usually held prior to Christmas.
For Lunchtime-Lecture Attendees:
Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW Lectures are usually provided on the last Tuesday of the month. All Lunchtime Lectures are held at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts. SMSA Mitchell Theatre (Level 1) 280 Pitt Street Sydney. The lectures run from 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. an entry charge will be levied at the door of $10 for Members, $15 for Non-Members. Lectures are open to Members, their Guests and Visitors. Should members of the public wish to attend as unaccompanied Visitors, or for any other enquiries, please contact the Office Manager, on 9393-2325. Lectures at the Mechanics Institute are preceded by a Social Hour beginning at 12 noon, during which tea and coffee are served and a light sandwich lunch may be purchased for $8.00. Sandwiches must be pre-ordered on 9393-2325 by noon on the Monday preceding the lecture.
RUSIQ Evening Lecture
Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 1800hrs, RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Brisbane
“The First World War German Tank Mephisto, and the 26thBattalion:
War, Technology and Remembrance”
The fascinating story of the evolution of Armoured Fighting Vehicles, prior to and during the First World War, and the use of “Tanks” by the Allies to try to break the stalemate on the Western Front.
At the capture of Villers-Bretonneaux on 24 April 1918, one of the successful German A7V tanks was “Mephisto”
Abandoned in a shell hole by its crew, it soon excited the interest of members of the 26thBatt AIF, who saw it as a worthy prize to take back to Australia. A complicated and dangerous “special operation” was successfully mounted to recover this unique “War Prize”
Almost 100 years later, Mephisto is one of our most unique reminders of the service and sacrifices of Australian troops on the Western Front.
Jeff Hopkins-Weise is a free lance historian and curator with a strong bent for military history. He is the author of several books on Australian and New Zealand military history.
Greg Czechura is a Senior Information Officer/Research Author at the Queensland Museum. He is best known for his work on natural history, especially birds, amphibians and reptiles. He is also keenly interested in military history.
Jeff and Greg are about to publish a “definitive” work on Mephisto; having previously written a Guide for the Queensland Museum, entitled: “A7V Mephisto: the last German First World War Tank.”
To registerto attend this lecture, please phone Mr Bob Hume 0409 49 82 11, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by close of business, Monday, 23 April 2018
Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security
The costis $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)
Please note: Registration is essential for Catering and Security purposes.
The Council is delighted to announce a presentation by the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell AO, DSC, to be held in the Spender Theatre, Weston Creek, on Thursday 31 May, commencing at 1800 hours. (Please note further change of date.)
In 2016, General Campbell addressed members and guests on the Ryan Review, which concerned training, education and doctrine in the Army. On this occasion, he will speak on The current and future Army. As General Campbell has now been Chief of Army for almost three years, this promises to be a rich and insightful session, not to be missed.
Entry to this event is free but registration is required, either on the website here, or by contacting our office (E: email@example.com; T: 02 6266 3446).
Members and guests are reminded that photo ID is required for access to the Weston Creek campus.
Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia Ltd (RUSIDSS-A) is supported by:
RUSIDSS-A Contact details:Peter McDermott, Company Secretary. Herbert (Mickey) Michaelis, National Support Manager and Hon Treasurer. Queries on website and membership: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail address: CP3-1-155 PO Box 7912 CANBERRA BC ACT 2610. Telephone: 02 6266 3446.
Special Thanks: The RUSIDSS-A of Australia gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Defence for its continuing assistance.
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