The Museum Talks are a monthly event that has the focus of a specific topic relating to The Borough of Queenscliffe; such as significant events, people and buildings. Over the years there have been some fascinating topics.
The speakers are specialists in their topic and range from authors, teachers, and historians. They are passionate and will inform and entertain. If you would like to be a presenter and have a subject that you would like to be explored, please contact us.
When: Fourth Thursday of the month
Where: Uniting Church Hall, cnr Hesse & Stokes Sts Queenscliff
Time: 10am for a 10.30am start
Price: $7 Non-members, $5 Members
Includes tea and coffee
Next Talk - Thursday 23 May 2019
The Bairnsdale Ulcer: The Disease of the Dales
On 23 May, our speaker will be Dr Mike Birrell who will present the history of and the latest research on the Bairnsdale (Buruli) Ulcer.
The Bairnsdale Ulcer attacks have increased from 182 cases in 2016 to 340 in 2018, and this compares to only 89 cases in 2014. Ulcer cases have been reported in dogs, cats and even an alpaca. To combat the disease, Barwon Health and CSIRO are looking into the links between possums, mosquitos and soil types.
Point Lonsdale has had an epidemic of the Bairnsdale ulcer infection which started in 2003. As the ulcer is in the Borough, it is part of the Barwon Health research programme. Dr Mike Birrell is a Bellarine GP and he will speak about the history of the ulcer and Barwon Health research.