The Kenneth Myer Lecture commenced in 1990 as a major annual event for the Friends of the National Library of Australia. The lecture was named for Kenneth Baillieu Myer, AC who was Chairman of the National Library Council from 1972 to 1982 and a long-time friend of the Library.

The prescription for the lecture is simple and based on the views of Kenneth Myer. As a businessman and philanthropist with a wide range of cultural and social commitments, he saw it as an opportunity for an eminent Australian to make a significant statement on a broad subject of particular interest to them.

Distinguished Australians who have delivered the Kenneth Myer Lecture in previous years are: The Hon. E.G. Whitlam, Dr H.C. Coombs, Dr Davis McCaughey, Elizabeth Reid, Professor Emeritus John Mulvaney, Jillian Broadbent and Sir Gustav Nossal.

  • 2004
    Modernism’s Legacy and Future
    Presented by Harry Seidler AC, OBE