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Archive for July 2015

Twilight Talks: Series Three

July 23, 2015

August 21st     “The History of Terror in New York City”, a talk by Mary Ross-Volk The September 11 attacks presented a challenge to writers of fiction across the world. Many American writers particularly, found themselves bereft of language in the face of the cataclysmic social and political changes that the terrorist attacks of 2001 initiated.…

July Newsletter

July 15, 2015

Click to download a copy of the July Newsletter. You can also pick up a paper copy in the Lending Library. Happy reading, The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute

Story Box by Amy T: The History of Sturt St

July 15, 2015

With the BMI’s brand new website and newsletter I will be bringing you Story Box, featuring stories about the institute’s collection, history, people and events! A bit about my involvement to kick things off: As an artist, researcher and proud member and volunteer at the BMI, I love its rich association with local history, art…

July News from the President

July 15, 2015

It is a privilege and a pleasure to take the chair as President of the BMI again in 2015.  Well done to Ann Cato, the immediate past president, for her commitment to the position and for the many hours she invested behind the scenes to better our Institute.  There is much to build on as…

Fay’s Flowers

July 14, 2015

For the last five or so years, the BMI has always been decorated with beautiful flower arrangements, and that’s all thanks to Fay Marshall. Fay is one of those creative types who has a gift of throwing a bunch of stems, branches and flowers here and there, and it becomes an artwork. Rosemary the librarian…

Final Twilight Talk of the Series: The Journal of an Aboriginal Protector

July 13, 2015

The 2nd series of Twilight Talks wraps up with a fascinating glimpse into the historical journals of an Aboriginal Protector called William Thomas. It was a cold evening in Ballarat, but the cosy Humffray Room was packed with eager listeners for the final Twilight Talk of its second series. Dr Marguerita Stephens’, Ph.D., gave some…