Open Club Evening 

Friday 22 October 5:30pm

The Open Club Evening will be a chance for you to interact with other members and guests and to find out  more about our Club. It has Monthly Daytime Activities (Circles) including: Art,  Books, Cinema, Mah-Jong, Music, Design & Handicraft, Poetry, Travel, Theatre,  Writing, Singing, Walking and the Sunshine Coast Circle; Bi-monthly Guest Speaker Forums and several Annual Events as well as Monthly Evening Activities : Le Cercle Francais, Evening Circle and Special Events.

Refreshments will be provided.



Invitation Open Evening


22nd Annual Lyceum Lecture

Tuesday 12 October 2021

Venue:  Tattersall’s Club Brisbane, Members’ Dining Room

6.00pm for seating at 6:30 pm

In recognition of the United Nations International  Year of  Peace and Trust, we are especially fortunate that Dr Norah Armath will be our Guest Lecturer. Dr Nora Armath is an academic and humanitarian who has dedicated her career to human rights advocacy and building bridges of trust across community divides.   Invitation


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:

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

2018: Honourable Justice Margaret McMurdo 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 Sydney in August, 2018.

Conferences are held every three years. The most recent conference was held in Brisbane 18-22 October 2015. View the program AALC Conference Program


IALC Triennial Congresses

2019: Stockholm, Sweden

Preliminary program:
13-15 May Pre-tour in Dalarna, a county north-west of Stockholm
16 May BCI meeting full day/ Reception
17 May Registration/Congress and IALC meeting
18 May Congress Hospitality dinners
19 May Congress/ Afternoon free time/Evening Gala dinner at the Wasa museum
20 May BCI meeting half day/ 20 afternoon-23 May Post-tour to the island of Gotland

The last International Congress was held in Amsterdam 7 – 11 May 2016 with the Pre-Tour 4 – 7 May and the Post-Tour 11 – 17 May – An interesting Power Point Presentation of the planned Congress is available. Members will find the program and registration details on the Members Only Page.


IALC Cultural Visits

June, 2018Oulu, Finland

27 June : registration and welcome party in the evening
28 June – 29 June: cultural days
The registration opens December 2017 and ends 30 January 2018.

The last Cultural Visit was  in Paris, May 2017