Balmoral Lectures

The Balmoral Lectures at Queenwood are an ideal forum for Queenwood students and members of the wider community to engage with big ideas. Distinguished speakers are invited to speak on topics of importance to our community. 

The lively Q&A and resulting discussions stimulate civil discourse and encourage wider public understanding of contemporary social and political issues.

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2018 Series

Challenging the STEM Orthodoxy

The Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Education

Wednesday 21 March 2018

The Honourable Rob Stokes MP is the Minister for Education for New South Wales and is responsible for the leadership of teaching and learning across the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors in NSW. He has previously taught students at secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

His previous roles include Minister for Planning, Minister for Environment and Heritage, Assistant Minister for Planning, Minister for the Central Coast and a variety of parliamentary roles.

Outside Parliament, Minister Stokes has been an Honorary Fellow with Macquarie Law School, a director of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning and an Assessor with the Northern Beaches Branch of Surf Life Saving Australia. He has also worked as a solicitor in general commercial practice.

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Finding the language of  cultural change

Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, Chief of Army (Retired)

Tuesday 22 May 2018

General David Morrison concluded his appointment as Australia’s Chief of Army in May 2015.  During a 36-year career as a soldier he saw operational service in Bougainville and East Timor and as an Australian Army Officer led troops from platoon level all the way up to three-star General - Chief of Army. His loyalty to his profession and outstanding performance was recognised by being made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2010.

He has faced many leadership challenges but is probably best known for his strong public stance on gender equality and leading cultural change in large organisations. His three-minute address, via video, to his workforce in the wake of a particular instance of poor behaviour by a group of officers and senior soldiers attracted worldwide attention for its power and moral clarity. Click here to view.

In his post military career he is Chair of the Diversity Council Australia, a board member of Our Watch which tackles the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin violence against women and their children and has a range of advisory and speaking roles focusing on diversity, organisational change and institutional culture.

The Australian Financial Review named him as one of Australia’s leading influences on culture in 2014 and Boss Magazine included him in its top dozen leaders in Australia in the same year. General Morrison was also named the ACT Australian of the Year for 2016.


Growing up during Holocaust years

AnA deLeon, Holocaust Survivor 

Thursday 26 July 2018

Ms Ana Deleon was born in 1935 in ex-Yugoslavia, today Serbia. She was rounded up by the Nazis in Hungary in 1944 and sent to Bergen Belsen concentration camp in Germany. After liberation, she lived in Yugoslavia for over 25 years.

She is a graduate Chemical Engineer from Belgrade University and has worked in the profession for over 45 years. She volunteers at the Sydney Jewish Museum where she tells her story to the visiting students. She also speaks as part of ‘Courage to Care’, a travelling exhibition dedicated to people who saved Jewish victims during World War II. In addition, she is a long-serving member of 40 years of ZONTA, an international humanitarian organisation.

Ms Deleon is married with two children and migrated to Australia in 1971. She loves lawn bowls and is a member of Forestville Women’s Bowling Club. 


2018 Series

Challenging the STEM Orthodoxy

The Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Education

Finding the Language of Cultural Change

Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, Chief Of Army (retired)

Growing Up During Holocaust Years

Ana Deleon, Holocaust Survivor

2017 Series

Post-Trump, Post-Brexit, Post-Politics

John Daley, CEO of The Grattan Institute

The Case for an Australian Republic

Peter FitzSimons, Chair of the Australian Republic Movement

Niromi de Soyza

Author of Tamil Tigress and former Child Soldier

2016 Series


An Unexpected Public Life

Wendy McCarthy AO, Author, campaigner, entrepreneur    


Foreign Policy & National Security

David Irvine AO, Director-General of ASIO 2009-2014


Australia’s Response to Refugees

Graham Thom, National Refugee Coordinator, Amnesty International Australia