The Lyceum Lecture

The Lyceum Lecture is presented by an eminent Australian woman to members and guests at a dinner. The Lecture began in 1998. A woman, preeminent in her profession and from anywhere in Australia is invited to speak on a topic of her choice which reflects the interests of Lyceum, that is art, literature, music, science, education journalism and current affairs.
The Lyceum Lecturer presents aspects of her research and its outcomes or provides an interpretation of her special interests.

The Lyceum Lecture is an evening dinner meeting and is eagerly anticipated by both members and their guests. It is the major event of the Lyceum Club Brisbane Incorporated and is unique in world wide Lyceum. Lyceum Lecturers consider it an honour to be invited.


Anniversary Luncheon

The Anniversary Luncheon commemorates the founding of the Lyceum Club in Brisbane on Friday 2 May 1919 and is held annually in late April or early May. It is a very special occasion for the Club and is accompanied either by a performance of a play or music or an address by a well known speaker.

The Anniversary Luncheons commenced in 1995 following the highly successful 75th Anniversary Dinner which was celebrated at the Queensland Parliamentary Annexe on Friday, 29 April 1994. Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Mrs Leneen Forde AC attended that dinner and gave the anniversary address.

Our then Patron, Her Excellency, Penelope Wensley AC Governor of Queensland, as guest speaker at the 2009 Anniversary Luncheon, amazed those present with her overview of the breadth of her duties and responsibilities.


Christmas Morning Tea

Usually held on the first Monday in December.

The Morning Tea highlights talented singers and is usually held on the first Monday in December. Entertainment is provided by the Doreen Ord Lyceum Club Prize – Classical Voice winner and The Lyceum Singers.


Previous Anniversary Luncheon Speakers

2018: Ms Kathleen Noonan The Power of Telling Stories

2017: Emeritus Professor Bob Milns

2016: Dr. Nora Amath, CAMS statewide coordinator (Community Action for a Multicultural Society)

2011: Dr Ruth Kerr

2009: Ms Cecily Pearson Deputy Official Secretary, Office of the Governor on behalf of the Governor

2004: Lyceum Matilda Women: a play reading

1994: Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Mrs Leneen Forde AC


Previous Lyceum Lecturers:

2023: Associate Professor Kirsty Short whosesubject was “Bird Flu; the next pandemic”

2020: Professor Patsy Yates presented Nursing: the world to health: Insights in this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

2018: Honourable Justice Margaret McMurd o AC

2017: Professor Mandy Thomas; Executive Dean Creative Industries faculty,  Queensland University of Technology

2016: Professor Jenny Stow; Deputy Director Institute of Molecular Bioscience (IMB) @ UQ – Women in science and art & current innovation at IMB

2015 Jenny Woodward ABC Weather Presenter

2014 Madonna King: Writing Biographies; the Media and Related Amusing Stories

2013 Melissa Bell, BSc (Hons), MS Topic:  Bloodstain Pattern Analysis – The suspect’s version vs the laws of physics

2012 Professor Michelle Simmons, NSW Scientist of the Year 2011

2011 Lisa Gasteen AO Professor of Opera, Queensland Conservatorium, internationally acclaimed Wagnerian Soprano Mentoriing Young Singers

2010 Professor Adèle Green AC Preventability of Skin Cancer and Premature Skin Aging in Queensland

2009 Professor Jean Palutikof, Director, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility of Griffith University Climate Change and Adaptations

2008 Dr Heather Parker OAM Australian Women in Aviation

2007: Dr Andrea Hull AO, The Space Between

2006: Dr Janet Albrechtsen, Multiculturalism in the Terrorist Age

2004: Air Vice Marshall Julie Hammer AM, Leadership in the RAAF

2002: Dr Carina Dennis, The Human Genome

2001: Ms Simone Young, Music

2000: Ms Wendy McCarthy AO, Don’t Fence Me In

1999: Dr Joan Lawrence AM, Can Our Souls Keep Up With Our Science?

1998: Professor Joan Kerr AM, A New Art History for Australia


AALC Triennial Conferences

The next Conference will be held in Perth in September 2024.


IALC Triennial Congresses

The last International Congress was held in Rabat 2022.

Next IALC Congress

Friday 11 April to Sunday 13 April 2025

Tauranga, New Zealand

Plenty of flights to Tauranga daily from Auckland.

IALC Cultural Visits

The last Cultural Visit was in Athens, May 2023

The next Visit will be in Bordeaux in May 2024. The programme is scheduled for mid-October… and registrations will be made at Bordeaux Cultural Visit Website