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Politicians and writers, historians and TV personalities, sporting stars and local heroes come together for lively nights of banter and celebration. Under the watchful guidance of quiz-mistress extraordinaire Jane Clifton, we uncover the fascinating and surprising facts about Victoria, and celebrate this demisemiseptcentennial occasion in style!

Held at:

Geelong Performing Arts Centre – Blakiston Drama Theatre

50 Little Malop Street, Geelong

Phone: 5225 1200


Barbara Abley

Barbara Abley is a third term Brownbill Ward Councillor, first elected to council in 2001. She previously served as Deputy Mayor (one year), and two years as Mayor, the first female to hold this senior position on the City of Greater Geelong Council, and in the history of the City of Geelong. Cr Abl... Read more

Kelli Paun

Kelli Paun is 27 years old and has been working for 95 5 KROCK for 8 months. She is an announcer on air during the work day and also on breakfast with The B Team. Before KROCK Kelli was on air for Power FM in Muswellbrook NSW, she was their drive announcer for 12 months, as well as reading and makin... Read more

Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is an author of more than 20 books for all ages and several genres. His picture books Hickory Dickory Dash and The Cow Tripped Over the Moon were bestseller and both were selected as National Simultaneous Storytime titles. His most recent book for adults is 1989: The Great Grand Fin... Read more

Damian Callinan

Damian Callinan is an award-winning standup comic, TV sketch show star, broadcaster, director, actor and writer. Damian specialises in ridiculous but sympathetic characters from Troy Carrington, the Rousseau-quoting country football coach, to Jethro the pub beggar with a business plan. His media cre... Read more

Simon Hall

Simon Hall is better known as Yon from Tripod, Australia’s funniest band. Tripod are best known for their madcap performances on Rove, Spicks and Specks and are regulars in the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala. They’ve released Christmas albums (2009’s For The Love of God), ... Read more

Gael Jennings

Gael Jennings is an award-winning national TV and radio broadcaster with 25 years’ experience as presenter, reporter and TV executive. She was the ABC’s first national science and medical reporter for TV News, and for the 7.30 Report, presenter of 7.30 Report, reporter of ABC TV’s Quantum and ... Read more

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