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:  Careering into Corrections: from housewife to prison officer

Speaker: Cleo Lynch

Date: Thursday 20 June 2019


Suburban housewife and mother Cleo Lynch, midway through an Arts degree majoring in Medieval English, experienced a life changing event leading to a career in the NSW prison system. She became the inaugural manager of the first pre-release community-based facility for women in this jurisdiction.

In her memoir, Cleo tracks her career in corrections from its catalysts, through its various stages and locations, until her retirement 16 years later.