Shipwreck Talk to Mark Seniors Festival

Published on 10 September 2019


As part of the Victorian Seniors Festival, Council will be hosting a talk on the Mahogany Ship, the ancient shipwreck that continues to be shrouded in mystery.

In partnership with U3A Port Fairy, Moyne Shire will present a talk with Dr John Sherwood, Honorary Associate Professor at Deakin University, titled ‘The Mahogany Ship: Is it Warrnambool’s Loch Ness Monster?’

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Mick Wolfe said the talk is part of Victorian Seniors Festival which runs throughout October every year.

“The annual Seniors Festival celebrates the more than one million senior Victorians who make such a valuable contribution to our communities,” Cr Wolfe said.

“The talk on the Mahogany Ship will be a fascinating look at one of our local mysteries and how comparisons are drawn to the search for the infamous Loch Ness Monster in Scotland.

“Searches for the Mahogany Ship have included some of the most sophisticated scientific techniques, however its location remains as elusive as ever.

“This is yet another great event initiated by the dedicated team at U3A.”

President of U3A Port Fairy, Kate Donelan said the talk is open to all seniors in Port Fairy and surrounds and will be a key local celebration of Seniors Festival.

“John Sherwood is a world-class speaker and historian and U3A is very excited to have him speak as part of our ongoing lecture series,” Mrs Donelan said.

“We encourage all seniors in the Shire to attend this talk and for those who haven’t attended one of our sessions before, stay and find out more about U3A.

“U3A Port Fairy is a voluntary group with the aim of keeping the brain active through learning and social engagement. We have a wide range of courses and lectures and its fantastic to see how quickly we’ve grown since our launch last October.”

All seniors are invited to the free talk, which is being held at Reardon Theatre, Wednesday 2 October at 2pm. Afternoon tea will be served and with numbers limited, RSVPs are required to either or phone 0460 328 524.

The Victorian Seniors Festival will be marked with more than 2,500 events and activities across the state in October, including free public transport for all Victorian Seniors Card holders from 6 October to 13 October.

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