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Twilight Talks

Twilight Talks have been held at the BMI since 2001, providing a great opportunity to hear some fantastic speakers and meet up with friends over drinks and nibbles.

Participants arrive at the Humffray Room from 5pm for drinks, cheese and conversation, followed by a 30 to 40 minute talk commencing at 5.30pm.

Each Twilight Talks series is held on successive Fridays, and is great value at only $6 for members and $10 for non-members.

Contact Rosemary in the BMI Library for information on 5331 3042.

Twilight Talks Series One 2017

See the dates below for the first season of Twilight Talks for 2017.

Serena Ioanucci-CROPPED

17 February

Serena Ioannucci, Manager Mine Operations at Sovereign Hill, will speak on “If Only This Hill Could Talk”. Using images from the 1970s, both before and after the gold-mining museum was established, Serena will reveal fascinating details about how Sovereign Hill has built on the mining past to create a thriving modern Ballarat tourism business.

Doug Bradby

24 February

Doug Bradby, a retired history teacher with 30 years experience at Ballarat secondary schools, and author of seven history books for adolescents, will entertain and amaze you with stories he uncovered writing his recently published ‘Sail or Steam: the incredibly dangerous and seriously weird race to the goldfields’

Jenny Burrell

3 March

Jenny Burrell, committee member of the Ballarat and District Genealogical Society and retired primary school teacher, will demonstrate The Home Front, Ballarat World War I project that won the Centenary of WWI Award Section of the Victorian Community History Awards 2016. The impressive online database comprises biographies of over 2500 individuals from Ballarat and district.


10 March

Peter Gilbert, will be speaking about “Ballarat’s Golden Age of Industry”, using a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate old industries that have now gone, such as the Ballarat gas works. This is a topic of long-standing interest to Peter, who has collected photographs of where the industries were established, and has researched their histories.

Barb Dunlop

17 March

Barb Dunlop, associated for many years with the Royal South Street Competitions, in celebration of the 125th anniversary, will share her entertaining reminiscences as a judge and supporter with the young and not-so-young aspiring singers, musicians, thespians and dancers – and other performers of unusual and strange presentations.

John Hosking

24 March

John Hosking, retired Mining Engineer of Cornish origins, and long-time BMI member, dabbles in what academics would term ‘shallow poetry’. Following a previous presentation “What’s So Funny”, John will reprise some old with some new humorous verses along with more serious, thought provoking and possibly shocking pieces of verse which he is calling “Not quite so funny” but it is bound to start and end in a laugh.

Justine Linley

31 March

Justine Linley, CEO of Ballarat City Council, will speak about ‘The Future of the City of Ballarat’, sharing her vision of the city’s potential development. Justine has held the executive position for twelve months, and will have many inspirational ideas for her audience to consider and discuss.

Dr Bill Garner

7 April

Dr Bill Garner, award-winning historian of Mount Pleasant, has for some years been collecting historical information relating to a part of Ballarat that can be documented from the squatting era, through the trundling of trams along Barkly Street, to the leafy and comfortable suburb of the present. He will share his many fascinating discoveries.

Dr Jill Blee

21 April

Dr Jill Blee, historian and author, whose books include children’s literature, local histories, and fiction, has recently published a history of Cuthbert’s, the Ballarat firm of solicitors that has a long connection with the development of our great city. The company has produced a beautiful publication, that Jill will share with us through her talk.

28 April

Film – The Last Goodbye

Speakers: Alex Tascas & Kristine Morgan

Minerva Space, BMI.

In 1914, Australia went to war. Thousands of young recruits passed through Ballarat on their way to the front, to prepare for battle and to say a last goodbye.

Directed by Jary Nemo for Wind & Sky, the 2015 documentary film ‘The Last Goodbye’ explores the way the Great War changed us, through the eyes of the young people of Ballarat today. Guest speakers Alex and Kristine will discuss the history of Ballarat’s RSL from 1917 to 2017. Alex has been the RSL President since 2011, and Kristine is the author of ‘100 Years of PresidentsBallarat RSL 1917-2017 ’.

This Twilight Talk will commence in the Humffray Room from 5pm for payment, pre-drinks and nibbles, moving to the Minerva Space at 5.30pm for the Film and guest speakers.