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  Tanya Hosch who spoke about RECOGNISE. Other past guest speakers include 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 2017

Speaker: Dr Gill Hicks MBE

Topic: Peace – Who Cares?

Gill Hicks

Dr Gill Hicks’ speech was inspirational. She told the audience about her experiences both when and after suffering the loss of both legs in the London 7 July 2005 terrorist bombings, Gill has dedicated her life to building peace. She is considered one of the most thought-provoking, powerful and life-affirming speakers in Australia and the UK.

In 2012 Gill returned to Australia where she operates nationally and internationally through her not-for- profit MAD (Making a Difference) for Peace network. In 2015 she was appointed South Australian of the Year.

Gill has said that her rescuers saved her from living in a state of perpetual anger. She described how when she is working with people who have become radicalised, it is the story of her rescue that often strikes a chord with hardened extremists. The urgency of working for peace has led Gill to what she calls her second life, built on her lived experience from survival to rehabilitation as a double amputee.

The full speech can be read here.

Gill Hicks’ Speech 2017

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