Lunch Hour Talks

About Lunch Hour Talks

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.

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 fill in the form on this page. 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.

Upcoming talks

27 February lunch hour talk

27 February lunch hour talk

Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng

A Long Way from No Go

Indigenous writer Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng has written a moving and disturbing book about how she was dismissed from her role as a senior public servant during the Howard Government. She had blown the whistle on a false claim which had led to the Government’s controversial policy, The Intervention, which sent the army into Aboriginal communities.



October 17 lunch hour talk

October 17 lunch hour talk

Speaker: Dr Michelle Arrow

Topic: The Seventies: the personal, the political and the making of modern Australia.

Date: Thursday 17 October

The 1970s were a tumultuous period of economic and political upheaval, reflected in ‘It’s Time’, stagflation and the Dismissal. In her latest book, award winning historian, Dr Michelle Arrow explores the 1970s era, when the personal became political, when the women’s movement and gay and lesbian rights activists tore down the boundary between public and private life and reshaped Australia’s culture.

Michelle is an Associate Professor in Modern History at Macquarie University where she teaches and researches post-war Australian history, the history of popular culture and the ways history is depicted in television and film.