What's on: Lunchtime Lecture Series: Australians Shaping the Nation

Hear from six distinguished Australians who are shaping the nation across science, sport and the arts.

Ita Buttrose AO OBE

Ita Buttrose AO OBE
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Event Type:
Special event
21 August 2018 to 25 September 2018
01.00 PM to 02.00 PM
Halstrom Theatre
Series of six lectures: $80 Member, $100 Adult, $90 Concession

Australia has been shaped by the remarkable work of many individuals whose achievements have resonated beyond our shores. In the inaugural Australian Museum Lunchtime Lecture Series drawing on the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition in the Westpac Long Gallery, six distinguished Australians share insights into the inspiration behind their groundbreaking contributions, which have helped define the nation across science, sport and the arts.

1pm, Tuesday 21 August

Ita Buttrose AO OBE
From copy girl to editor at the age of 23, Ita Buttrose’s boundary-pushing career at The Telegraph, Cleo, The Australian Women’s Weekly and The Sunday Telegraph won her status as a feminist icon. The legendary media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author and 2013 Australian of the Year continues her active leadership role as a committed community and welfare contributor.



1pm, Tuesday 28 August

Layne Beachley AO
Layne Beachley won six consecutive world surfing titles between 1998 and 2003, winning her seventh in 2006 - an unparalleled achievement. The recipient of numerous awards, she is Chair of Surfing Australia, a motivational speaker, trainer and philanthropist whose Aim for the Stars Foundation provides financial support for young girls and women.



1pm, Tuesday 4 September

Dr George Miller AO

`Statesman of Australian cinema’, director, screenwriter and producer George Miller traces his multi-award winning engagement with film to the ritual Saturday matinee in his hometown of Chinchilla, Queensland. Miller’s diverse, genre-breaking films include Mad Max, Babe, and Happy Feet films, have achieved classic status.



1pm, Tuesday 11 September

Dick Smith AC
Sydney born Dick Smith is an adventurer, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, political activist and 1986 Australian of the Year. The founder of Dick Smith Electronics became a household name, launching Australian Geographic magazine in 1984 to sponsor adventure and inspire a love of nature. His own groundbreaking aviation feats include a solo helicopter flight around the world and to the North Pole, as well as a non-stop balloon trip across Australia.



1pm, Tuesday 18 September

Kim McKay AO
Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay AO has led the transformation of the nation’s first museum into one of the world's pre-eminent natural history and cultural institutions. Kim also co-founded the Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World campaigns, and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the environment and the community. She offers reflections on the historic, scientific and cultural significance of the newly-restored Westpac Long Gallery, the nation’s first gallery, and its collection of treasures.



1pm, Tuesday 25 September

Noel Gordon
Google Maps began in the spare room of software engineer Noel Gordon’s Sydney apartment in 2003. Today’s instant digital information, directions and street views of almost anywhere on earth has changed our lives, our understanding of the world and how we move and interact within it.



Tickets include general admission and to the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition. We suggest you enjoy lunch at our rooftop restaurant, No 1. William, prior to the lecture.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds to the Lunchtime Lecture Series.

For enquiries or to ask us about access services, please email programs@austmus.gov.au or call (02) 9320 6311.

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