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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:

Admission: BMI Members – $6.00, Non-members – $10.00.

Talks are held in the Humffray Room commencing at 5:30 pm. Wine, cheese, and nibbles will precede the talks beginning at 5:00 pm.

Return regularly for more information about upcoming speakers.

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


14 February – Ian Dodds

A Short History of Australian Sound Recordings

This talk covers from 1926 until the years of World War Two. A power point presentation will illustrate a summary of the main recording tracks over those years.

Come along a learn a little more about just a few of the names found behind the gates of Ballarat’s Old Cemetery.


21 February – Julie Baulch & Friends

Kingston’s Avenue of Honour

Originally known at Creswick’s Avenue of Honour, the Kingston Avenue consists of 269 Dutch Elm trees. The talk will be hosted by members of the Kingston Avenue Committee.


28 February – Neil Leckie

Travel along Europe’s Rhine River

In 2019 Neil and his wife Kate toured the Rhine River through the countries of Germany, France, and Austria. The talk will discuss the highlights of their European
tour.


6 March – Deruka Dekuek

Early years hiding in the wilds of southern Africa

Deruka, a member of Ballarat’s Multicultural Council, will recount her remarkable story about her early years. She will elaborate on remarks she made during her Wheeler Centre talk at the BMI last November.


13 March – Dr Richard Allen

Joseph ‘Coffee’ Jones

The life and career of Joseph ‘Coffee’ Jones who was three times President of the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute in the 1860s. Richard is visiting from Newcastle University, England.


20 March – Graeme Kent OAM

Nepal Adventures

In January 2020 Graeme accompanied 40 people to a village in Nepal. Previously he has undertaken considerable fundraising for the people of Nepal especially those who have been devasted by floods and cyclones.