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:  Cultural Prison, A Daughter’s Worth

Speaker: Vindu Maharaj

Date: Thursday 16 August





Vindu’s novel, Cultural Prison, A Daughter’s Worth, was inspired by the author’s observation of how unfair life was for girls born within her culture. Set in Fiji in the 1970s to 1980s, this book starts with an invitation to a Hindu wedding, following the journey of a young educated girl with a promising career facing an arranged marriage, and suffering domestic violence. Will she be able to save herself and what happens when she gives birth to a girl? Hence, what is a daughter’s worth?

Vindu lived in Fiji till 1985 when she and her husband migrated to Sydney. She worked for Westpac Bank, St George Bank, then Qantas Business Travel as a sales consultant.

In 2013, Vindu joined the Fellowship of Australian Writers and began writing short stories. Cultural Prison, A Daughter’s Worth is her first novel.