September Event and AGM

Fellow skeptics,

While Canberra is currently COVID-19 free, the environment is still very uncertain and, therefore, we will not be holding any in-person events any time soon. We all hope that we are able to return to some degree of normalcy during 2021.

In the meantime, Canberra Skeptics will continue offering webinars and we would be delighted if you join us for the next one. This is with authour David Dufty, who will be talking about his book ‘Radio Girl: The story of the extraordinary Mrs Mac, pioneering engineer and wartime legend.’ David honoured me by asking me to read a draft of the book, so I can attest just how amazing the story of Violet MacKenzie is. Please join us at 6pm on 15 September on Zoom.

The AGM is going to be held during October. Due to COVID-19, we will not be holding an in-person AGM. Instead it will be done via email over around 2 weeks. Please consider joining the committee as we desperately need to people to help us in 2021. These events don’t organise themselves and the more people who join the committee, the more and better the events will be!

If you have not already done so, please renew your membership. You can do so via our new Online Form.

Stay skeptical,

Kevin Davies

President – Canberra Skeptics


Radio Girl: The story of the extraordinary Mrs Mac, pioneering engineer and wartime legend

Date and Time: Tuesday, 15 September 2020, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, AEST

How to join: Login via Zoom registration


Join Canberra Skeptics as we host a webinar with author David Dufty on his book ‘Radio Girl: The story of the extraordinary Mrs Mac, pioneering engineer and wartime legend.’ This book, about Violet MacKenzie, who was ‘a smart girl from a poor mining town who loved to play with her father’s tools, Violet McKenzie became an electrical engineer, a pioneer of radio and a successful businesswoman. As the clouds of war gathered in the 1930s, she defied convention and trained young women in Morse code, foreseeing that their services would soon be sorely needed. Always a champion of women, she was instrumental in getting Australian women into the armed forces.’


David Dufty has a PhD in psychology and has worked as a statistician and social researcher at the University of Memphis, Newspoll, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. His book The Secret Code Breakers of Central Bureau won the 2017 Nib Military History Prize.



Canberra Skeptics Annual General Meeting

Dates – 13 October – 26 October 2020

Canberra Skeptics Inc will be holding its AGM from 13-26 October 2020. Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, it will be conducted via email.

Given the circumstances, all materials will be sent to members on 13 October, who can ask
questions and receive feedback. On 20 October, the contents of the reports and the appointment of the new committee moved.

If you would like to join the committee, please us know at

The positions available are:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Public Officer
  • Member

Only paid members of Canberra Skeptics are able to join the committee or participate in the AGM.

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