Enlivening our Present by Illuminating our Past


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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 – $7.00, Non-members – $12.00.

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.


21 February – Julie Baulch & Friends

Kingston’s Avenue of Honour

The former Shire of Creswick’s Avenue of Honour, at Kingston, consists of 286 Dutch Elm trees. The talk will be hosted by members of Kingston Friends of the Avenue Inc.

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

6 March – Deruka Dekuek

From war victim hiding in southern Africa to mentor in Ballarat

Learn about Deruka. She was a war victim in southern Africa and started schooling at 16 years-of-age at a kindergarten. She then stayed in the Kakuma refugee camp for two years before being sponsored to come to Australia. She arrived in Australia in 2004 and has five children. She was awarded the ‘most outstanding student of the year’ by Victoria University in 2015. She now works at the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council. She has a fascinating story to tell.

13 March – Dr Richard Allen

Joseph ‘Coffee’ Jones

Among the unsung figures of Australia’s Liberal political history, Joseph Jones (1824–1887), a Welsh Quaker emigrant, does not figure highly. Indeed, the Australian Dictionary of Biography provides only a brief insight into his life. And yet Jones was a colourful character and is certainly worthy of greater scrutiny as an entrepreneur in Ballarat, Victoria, and later a politician who staunchly advocated free-trade and other liberal values in the Victorian goldfields.

Joseph Jones was three times President of the BMI during the 1860s.  Richard is visiting from Newcastle University, England.

20 March – Graeme Kent OAM

Nepal – the country, the colours, and our connections

Graeme has spent ‘working’ with Nepali communities for the past 20 years.

Through his role as expedition leader Graeme has enabled over 2500 people to join him as members of teams to deliver health programs, teacher education, construction of community facilities and of course trek the inspiring Himalayas.

Graeme will share some facts about Nepal as a country, tell some tales of people who have been impacted through the program and speak of the wonderful work undertaken by volunteers as they support Nepali communities.

Graeme will lead you through an exciting journey of images that will have you wondering, gasping and appreciative..