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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 Winter Series 2017

See the lineup below for the Winter season of Twilight Talks 2017.


Lorraine Powell

2 June

Lorraine Powell,

President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Garden History Society,

Food and the Ballarat Botanical Gardens

This talk is concerned with the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and the theme ‘Garden to Table’, examining the contribution made by the Gardens to the growing of food. The Ballarat Botanical Gardens (BBG) were established in the wake of a tremendous population influx from across the globe, and the development of the BBG and Lake Wendouree can be traced from its aspirational planning and implementation to the present day.


9 June

John Chase, 

Film Director

My 40 year Film Directing Career

Starting in the film industry as a stunt man in the ABC drama series ‘Bellbird’, John has a vast and varied background in film production. He will share highlights of his career in TV series, documentaries, and films.


Janet Dore

16 June

Janet Dore, 

Chair, Committee for Ballarat

The Committee for Ballarat

Janet Dore has had a successful career in senior management in local government and government agencies; holds high-profile board appointments in regional Victoria.


Dr John Garner researching

23 June

Dr John Garner, 

“A Medical Journey, 1950-2000”

A keen student of medical history, John will recall the state of the medical scene as he found it as a student and doctor in the 1950s and 60s, and discuss the developments that took place until his retirement 50 years later.


Turret cafe

30 June

Nina Netherway & Zelda Martin

‘Now Where Have I Seen That Before?’

Having entertained and enlightened audiences on several occasions with their delightful illustrations of Ballarat, Nina and Zelda return with their latest exploration of our city.


Dr Fanny Reading

7 July

Jenny Debney

Doctoral student, Federation University

Dr Fanny Reading

Dr Fanny Reading (nee Rubinovitch) (1884-1974) and her family were part of Ballarat’s vibrant orthodox Jewish community. After graduating as a general practitioner at University of Melbourne in 1922 she practised in Sydney. She mobilised Jewish women of Australia at a grassroots level, establishing the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia.


Thomas Watson and Jean-Baptiste Breliere

14 July

Thomas Watson and Jean-Baptiste Breliere

Film producers

The World Ended on Mango Street

Thomas and Jean-Baptiste will explain how they created a film about Thomas’ grandmother, Yvonne Holman, who was interned in Indonesia as prisoner of war during WW2.


Graeme Johnstone

21 July

Graeme Johnstone

Board Member, Creative Clunes Inc.

‘Clunes Booktown Festival and the Development of a Goldfields Village’

This internationally recognised event is made possible by an army of local volunteers, and Graeme will reveal the story of his role in leading the network of events and activities that had fully revitalised Clunes village.