• Historical Background

Probus Club of Perth Inc.
Historical Background


Thirty-three years ago the foundation meeting of the Probus Club of Perth took place on 9th May 1984. This was two years after the initial 19 Probus Clubs were formed in WA in 1982. The first meeting was held at the CTA Club in Havelock Street West Perth. The meeting was chaired by the Rotary President Peter Potter and assisted by the District Governors representative Bill Thornton and President of the Karrinyup Probus Club Jim Richards. Also in attendance was the Lord Mayor of Perth Mich Michael. From our records it would appear that there were 28 foundation members at that meeting and they elected Alf Pearson as the first President of the Probus Club of Perth.

Since January 2016 the Club has welcomed male and female members.

At present we have about 100 members (about 50% women) who meet for two hours commencing at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, North Beach Road, Karrinyup. Light luncheon is available at the conclusion of the meeting. On site parking is free and plentiful.

Recent guest speakers have included former MLA and activist Diana Warnock and marketing guru Barry Urquhart. Other entertaining speakers were sports commentator Glen Mitchell, political commentator Peter Kennedy,  Jim Gill who spoke on water resources in WA. Murray Lampard has spoken on Homeland Security, Richard Offen the Director of Heritage Perth Conservancy; Dr Sasha Voss on use of forensic science in fighting crime in WA; Bob Trotter on the true story of Dick Whittington; Professor Dan Franklin on “Bones of the Batavia”; Dr Mike Jones on “Forty Years of Change in Australian Healthcare”; Michael Lewis on “Wills and your Affairs”; Eric McCrum “Talking Birds”; and Lesley Wall on Perth Zoo history.

Recent outings arranged by the club have included visits to the Joondalup Police Academy with lunch at Yanchep National Park, musical performances by WAAPA like “42nd Street” as well as a production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Others are being planned regularly.

Backgrounds of recent new members include investment banking, pharmacy, midwife, solicitor general, project management, secretarial work, solicitor, clerical, health management, project planning, medical practice, home duties, science teacher, clinical psychologist, farming, sales, shopping centre management, real estate, management training, cleaning, real estate, nursing, home duties, science teaching and an accountant and a lecturer in Personal development. Currently there are seven prospective members considering membership.

For any further questions give the Membership Officer Peter Wesley a call on his mobile 0418 924 345 or at his email.