Since 1995, an Annual Luncheon is held in September at the Strangers’ Dining Room, NSW Parliament House, Sydney with a prestigious woman guest speaker. This Luncheon is the major fundraiser for the Library. All are welcome at the Annual Luncheon and the Library is proud that students from public and private schools across the state attend.

Last year’s guest speaker was Dr Gill Hicks. Other past speakers include Tanya Hosch who spoke about RECOGNISE; The Honourable Quentin Bryce, first female Governor-General; Helen Reddy, singer of the iconic feminist song ‘I am Woman’; Dr Meredith Burgmann, former president of the NSW Legislative Council and initiator of the Ernie Awards for sexist male comments and Professor Kerryn Phelps, former President of the Australian Medical Association.

Invitations to the Annual Luncheon are sent out during May and posted on the Library website and Facebook page. Booking is essential and the booking form is on this page. Please contact the Library for further information or any special requests. Join us for a stimulating and entertaining afternoon.

Annual Fundraising Luncheon 2018

The Luncheon is sold out. Thanks to all our members and supporters for this great result.

Monday 17 September 11.45 am for 12.30 pm, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Speaker: Kate McClymont

Topic: The narcissists, the nefarious and the ne’er do wells: tales of an investigative journalist



The Library is honoured to have Kate McClymont, investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, as the guest speaker  at our Annual Fundraising Luncheon.

Kate has been following up leads and keeping us informed for many years. Kate has broken many of the most significant, long-running stories of the last few decades, revealing crime, corruption and abuse. At a time when ‘fake news’ has entered the lexicon, the preservation of good journalism is an essential bulwark of democracy.

Kate is a five-time winner of Australian journalism’s most prestigious award, the Walkley. In 2017 she was inducted into the Media Hall of Fame for her contribution to the industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the inside stories from Kate at this year’s Annual Luncheon.

The booking form is attached.

AL Booking Form 2018

Annual Luncheon archive

The Annual Luncheon archive shows the guest speakers and their topics from 1995 to 2016. To see the archive click on this link. Annual Luncheon archive