Enlivening our Present by Illuminating our Past


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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.

(Four series of six weeks each = 24 speakers)

Return regularly for more information about upcoming speakers.

SERIES 2: 2019

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

3 May – Maria Sozanski

Justice of Peace work

The Justice of the Peace work is the longest-serving honorary office in the Commonwealth, 1995 being the 800th anniversary.  Hear about the history of the Office in England and Colony of Victoria and the role of the JP now.

10 May –  Lorraine Harvey

Colonial Photographers of Ballarat

From the early 1850s the first photographers were mine geologists. Men such as Daintree and Fauchery would record what was happening around the mines. Then, many other photographers were travelling from gold town to gold towns such as Castlemaine, Daylesford, Clunes and Kyneton. In Ballarat some had permanent studios in Plank Road but due to fire and flood shifted to Sturt Street. The talk will cover up until the end of the 1800s.

17 May – Barbara Hughes

The Exile & The Orphan

Book Launch The life and adventures of exile, James Whelpdale, and Earl Grey Scheme migrant, Mary Graham, on the goldfields. The growth and development of Ballarat and the small town of Learmonth are all part of the story of the early settlement of this part of Australia. This is a well-researched tale that will keep you entertained; it could well remind you of your own family’s journey.

24 May – Michael Tubb

Glamour on the Queen Mary in the 1950s

An entertaining presentation by Michael Tubb during which he talks about the five years he spent working on the glamorous Queen Mary looking after film stars, celebrities, and very rich and famous passengers.

31 May – Anne Rowland

Female Donors to the Art Gallery


7 June – Alison Steel

Maude Glover Fleay’s Legacy

Maude Glover Fleay was a prize-winning local art student who built a successful career depicting botanical and animal subjects. The funds received from her bequest to the Gallery have been used mainly to acquire works by women artists. Join Gallery Archivist Alison Steel as she pays tribute to Fleay’s life and legacy.

14 June – Peter Freund

The Curries of Ercildoune

The gift in 1949 by Muriel, Lady Currie, of most of the contents of the homestead Ercildoune at Burrumbeet, near Ballarat, included books and artworks collected by her husband and herself, objects inherited from his family, the Curries, and her family, the Millers, and furniture which had accumulated in the homestead for nearly 100 years. It was one of the most significant gifts to the Gallery during the 20th century. Peter Freund examines the lives of Sir Alan and Lady Currie, and their connections across Victoria’s Western District.