A volunteer prepares for a luncheon talk

Madeleine Newington, Volunteer

A program of Lunch Hour Talks was instituted by the Library in 1995. The talks provide valuable publicity for the Library and a means of building on and connecting with its base of supporters. The talks are held at the City of Sydney Library, Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney.

The talk itself usually runs from 12.15 until 1.00 with a short time for questions afterwards, but our audience usually arrives from 11.30 on to enjoy a chat, a sandwich and a tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome.

Michele Ginswick, vice-chair, holding a purple wrapped gift at the lunch hour talk

Michele Ginswick, Lunch Hour Talks  Convenor

The cost is $16 for Library members and $22 for non-members. The cost includes a sandwich lunch. Payment can be made at the door. Please book by noon of the Monday before the talk by phoning the Library on (02) 9571 5359 or by emailing the Library. A report on what lunch hour speakers had to say is published in the relevant Library newsletter.  All newsletters from 2002 are on the website.






Topic:  Saffron and Silk: An Australian in India

Speaker: Anne Benjamin

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019


Anne Benjamin’s book opens with a wedding between unlikely lovers: an Indian-born development worker and a Catholic academic from Sydney who left the predictability of life in Australia to live in the South Indian city of Chennai.

Anne Benjamin is a Sydney-based writer, poet and educator. Her work in India included programs focused on women and their development. Anne will share some of her experiences living and working in India during a tumultuous period in its history.