Storyteller supporter Judith Pearson kindly recommended John as a speaker describing him as ‘an interesting character and never lost for words’. To say John is ‘an interesting character’ is an example of English understatement. John possesses a great knowledge of Mosman, vintage cars and is the brains behind the current handicap system for all yachts in Australia and much more.
John is also an historian and has written some significant books on his unique family and found in his spare time to have write books on the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron where he is the youngest ever Life Member.
John was joined by Jane Arakawa, a producer and presenter on Northside radio 99.3, who had produced a radio documentary on Charles Maclurcan.
For those members and guests that braved the foul weather it was a most entertaining and educational evening to see how far Radio has come. We were treated to a well prepared tale delivered by John without any notes, though accompanied by a selection of photos and audios which included a 12 minute radio interview with Charles Maclurcan in 1944. Everyone marvelled at Charles’s beautiful diction. We also listened to a famous stage celebrity of the day Josie Melville who had broadcast for Charles to a lot of fanfare – we had a little sing along to “look for the silver lining’. Continue reading