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 The Honourable Quentin Bryce who spoke about the scourge of domestic violence. Other past guest speakers include 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. Please contact the Library for further information or any special requests. Join us for a stimulating and entertaining afternoon.

Annual Fundraising Luncheon

2016 Guest speaker: Tanya Hosch

Tanya HoschTanya Hosch, who was Joint Campaign Director and the public face of RECOGNISE and is now General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy at the AFL  was the guest speaker at the 2016 Annual Luncheon.  RECOGNISE is the movement to raise community awareness and support to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and deal with the racial discrimination within it.

Tanya examined the life of Jessie Street and her commitment to many progressive causes including the campaign which led to the successful 1967 amendment to the constitution. She told us about the importance of RECOGNISE, which she felt sure Jessie would have supported. It was a great speech and if you’d like to read it, here is the link.

Tanya Hosch’s Speech

Annual Luncheon archive

The Annual Luncheon archive shows the guest speakers and their topics from 1995 to 2014. To see the archive click on this link. Annual Luncheon archive