Storytellers – The Balmoral Dolphin

A chance meeting about 3 months ago at Middle Head between Jackie B, Denise E and Shona Lorigan, the Vice President of ORRCA, was a win for the Storytellers. Shona lives and breathes ‘our dolphin’ and didn’t need much persuasion to join us to and tell its story, despite the evening being miserable and wet.

StoryTellers-Shona-Dolphins-WebShona began by setting her timer alarm on as she confessed she can easily get carried away talking about her dolphin, one of her real pleasures in life. She gave us some background on ORRCA which only has volunteers, rather like Wires, and is licensed by the National Parks to care and rehabilitate all marine mammals up and down NSW coast. They have no paid employees, no office, and all their equipment is in people’s houses. Their president is a postman, and they have many vets, scientists and teachers in their ranks. Shona came from a finance world originally, a marketing executive for many years, before she travelled the world with her husband who is a corporate lawyer. storytellers ifaw dolphinsShe has been with ORRCA for 16 years and done pretty much every job there is and learnt plenty along the way. She compares her volunteer work to being like a lifeguard and regularly collaborates with colleagues around the world. She has trained in NZ, UK & is soon to do some work in Cape Cod, America to work with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) – see photo of Alex K raising the IFAW flag at the summit of Mt McKinley.

The National Parks have a policy is not to name marine mammals and hence they refer to our dolphin as ‘the solitary social dolphin’ which is quite a mouthful! Their reasoning is that each community nearly always give a lone dolphin a name and it gets confusing when it moves from one area to another. Shona understands the name at Balmoral for the dolphin is Yera though aware of other names such as Sally, Dolly and Beyoncé (her daughters’ choice). Continue reading

A Cappella at the Club

For those of you who can keep a tune… this is one is for you.

We are looking to start an a cappella group at the club in September and would like to hear from those people who would be interested. The focus will be on having fun and discovering our hidden singing talents.  You don’t have to have had experience just be able to keep a tune and be keen. Email email me so we know how many people are interested.

BBC Archives – Display at Mosman Library

Boxing Day 1921

Boxing Day 1921

From 6th August to 15 August there will be a display at the Mosman Library of various photos and other items from the extensive archives of the club.  The display includes early minute books and artifacts from the club, including some from WW1.

If you missed the photo displays during  our Centenary celebrations now is your chance to see them.


Storytellers – The Milligans

Despite being a dark and wintery night and that many regulars were absent due to commitments in Malta, a large audience did attend and were treated to a wonderful presentation on “The Milligans” by none other than Desmond Patrick Bryan Milligan, younger brother of Spike. Alan Gill, knowing that the Storytellers is always on the lookout for interesting presenters, made contact with Patrick his friend and ex-colleague at the Sydney Morning Herald, and persuaded him to share the story of his family upbringing in Burma and a few tales about his famous “Goon” brother, and what a story!

To set the scene we started with a Spike film clip “The Irish Astronauts” found amongst the extensive material of Spike in the YouTube vaults, worth a look if you’re browsing the web.

Now for our guest Desmond Patrick Bryan Milligan, AKA – DPBM, Patrick or even The Milligan.

Patrick MilliganPatrick was born in Rangoon, Burma, to RSM Leo and Mrs Florence Milligan, Port Defence Artillery and later brought up in London. After his schooling he attended the Redhill School of Art as a full time student 1942 to 1944 when he was conscripted and served in the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during the final phases of the campaign in Europe. He also served in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) in Palestine and Cyprus during the Jewish-Arab troubles. He was demobilised at the rank of Sergeant. Patrick returned to his studies and obtained an arts diploma at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and then became a freelance in famous Fleet Street as an illustrator plus portraiture and other commissions. He migrated to Australia at the invitation of his parents in 1952 (round of applause). Continue reading