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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 2018

(Four sessions of six weeks each = 24 speakers)

Return regularly for more information about upcoming speakers.

SERIES 1, 2018:

16 FEBRUARY 2018 – Gael Shannon

‘Where Have I Seen that Ballarat Tree?’

Confessed arborholic, Gael Shannon, will show us portraits taken of some of her favourite Ballarat trees. She’s ranged round the city, and from Buninyong to the Botanic Gardens. Come along to what promises to be an interesting and entertaining talk and see how many wonderful giants you can recognise…

23 February 2018 – Bronislaw Sozanski

‘Music as an Essential for Living’

Music exists in and is an important part of every human society. Children sing before they speak, music is our travel partner through life and is there to send us off at the end.

It is an important part of our physical and emotional well-being. Music contributes significantly to our intellectual development.

2 March 2018 – Roger and Elizabeth Trudgeon

‘Honouring Albert Coates – Twenty Years On’

Why was Ballarat-born Albert Coates singled out as one of the city’s noteworthy citizens, with a sculpture in Sturt Street and tertiary scholarships awarded each year in his name?

With the Albert Coates Memorial Trust marking twenty years of activity this year how does the organisation operate, what does it do and who benefits?

9 March 2018 – Wang Zheng-Ting

‘Chinese Performing Arts in Mid-Nineteenth Century Victoria’

Although there is a distinct lack of information about Chinese performing arts during the early years of Chinese settlement in Victoria, Chinese performing arts played a significant role for the Chinese people. As an ethnomusicologist and a practical musician, the author has attempted to piece fragments together to create as clear a picture as possible.

16 March 2018 – Fiona Tonkin

‘Lady Streets of Ballarat’

Many streets in Ballarat have been named in honour of people. Fiona Tonkin has explored the streets of Ballarat that have been named after women. This talk tells the stories of some of the amazing women who have had streets named after them. You could be quite surprised by who are honoured and which streets carry women’s names.

23 March 2018 – David McGinniss

‘Stories from the Ballarat and District Orphan Asylum 1860s – 1880s’

The Ballarat District Orphan Asylum was established in Victoria Street in the mid 1860s. Hear some of the previously untold stories of people who made their lives there in its early years. David McGinniss is currently completing a research project at Federation University’s Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History on the history of Child and Family Services Ballarat (CAFS), from the 1860s to current times.


SERIES 2, 2018:

Week 1 – 20 April;

Week 2 – 27 April;

Week 3 – 4 May;

Week 4 – 11 May;

Week 5 – 18 May;

Week 6 – 25 May.


SERIES 3, 2018:

Week 1 – 20 July;

Week 2 – 27 July;

Week 3 – 3 August;

Week 4 – 10 August;

Week 5 – 17 August;

Week 6 – 24 August.


SERIES 4, 2018:

Week 1 – 12 October;

Week 2 – 19 October;

Week 3 – 26 October;

Week 4 – 2 November;

Week 5 – 9 November;

Week 6 – 16 November.