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. In 2017, there are five Lunch Hour Talks which will be held on Thursday 16 March, Thursday 22 June, Thursday 17 August, Thursday 12 October, Thursday 23 November 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 email to info@nationalwomenslibrary.org.au. 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.



Thursday 16 March

Speaker: Jane Eales

Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs

Jane EalesJane Eales was secretly adopted just after WWII in London by a German Jewish family and many years later began a search for her birth family and her own identity. She wrote Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs, an account of how she retraced her birth mother’s life in London; her mother’s Belgian finishing school; how she gambled at bridge with the rich and famous and her role in the British Army. Jane discovered her mother progressed from being a driver of high ranking officials to becoming a spy for the Allies in an extremely dangerous mission to Arnhem in WWII. 

Jane grew up in Zimbabwe and became a social worker from 1975 in South Africa, initially working in community development projects with black South Africans. She migrated to Australia in 1980 and has been involved in both a professional and personal capacity in advocacy and community development in the disability area. She has published articles in the Australian Journal of Adoption, and in Ipsify a website dedicated to adoption in Australia.