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Celebrating 175 Years of Victoria

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Politicians and writers, historians and TV personalities, sporting stars and local heroes come together for a lively night that turns contemplation into celebration. Under the watchful guidance of quizmistress

extraordinaire Jane Clifton, we uncover the fascinating and surprising facts about Victoria, and celebrate this demisemiseptcentennial occasion in style!

Featuring our Guests

Dominic Brine

Derek Guille

Alice Pung

Shane Maloney

Alice Pung

Ben Taylor

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Address: 1220 Howitt Street, Wendouree, 3355

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Who?

Portrait of Dominic Brine

Dominic Brine

Dominic Brine is a broadcaster who presents ABC Ballarat’s breakfast program.

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Derek Guille

Derek Guille is broadcaster heard weeknights on ABC 774.

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Shane Maloney

Born in Hamilton in western Victoria in 1953, Shane Maloney is one of Australia’s most popular novelists. His award-winning and much-loved Murray Whelan series – Stiff, The Brush-Off, Nice Try, The Big Ask, Something Fishy and Sucked In – has been published around the world. 

In 1996, The Brush-Off won the Ned Kelly Prize for Crime Fiction. In 2004, Stiff and The Brush-Off were made into telemovies starring David Wenham as Murray Whelan. In 2009, Shane Maloney was presented with the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. The international bestseller Addition was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Fall Girl was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the Indie Awards, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award, and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was shortlisted for the Voss Literary Prize 2017 and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018. Toni’s latest book is the literary mystery The Fragments. She lives in Melbourne.

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Alice Pung

Alice Pung is an award-winning Australian writer whose books include the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem (2006) and Her Father's Daughter (2011), and the novel Laurinda (2014). She is the editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia (2008), and created the Marly books for Penguin's Our Australian Girl series (2015). Her latest book is the novel One Hundred Days (2021).

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Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor was elected to the Ballarat City Council’s South Ward in December 2008.

Celebrating 175 Years of Victoria

It’s time to celebrate 175 years of Victoria. How well do you know the State We’re In, the past and present of Victoria? To mark this significant anniversary, the Wheeler Centre takes the show on the road for four big nights across October to four big destinations.