Joan Saxton

The Joan Saxton Lecture Lunch, established in 1970, is held at The Gables on the last Tuesday of the month. We have an entertaining lecture by renowned speakers that have included the Honorable Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC, Ms Annette Allison and Mr John-Michael Howson OAM, to name just a few.

Joan Saxton started and operated Melbourne’s first speaker’s agency in 1970. The agency was hugely successful and continues today. After selling the agency, Joan retained the Joan Saxton Lecture Lunch Club and it still operates today.

Lunch is two courses with coffee, chocolates and wine, all served in our grand ballroom, which features an exquisite leadlight window. Guests are encouraged to make up a table of any number or join with others in a welcoming social atmosphere.

Off-street parking is available. Arrival time is 11.30 a.m. for a 12 p.m. sit down. Lunch is served, followed by the lecture and question time. The price is $55 per person.

Bookings are essential
We cater for all dietary requirements (please mention your requirements when booking). Off-street parking and disabled access are available.

Date: Tuesday 28th November, 2017

Title “Theatre Worker/Actor – Illutionist"

Guest Speaker: Ross Skiffington

Ross was born in New Zealand and trained as an actor and teacher of the Fine Arts.
In 1976 he came to Australia to work for Crawford Television and was cast in THE MAGIC SHOW, a musical produced by Ken Brodziack for AZETECA SERVICE. This revived his interest in magic and led to him developing his first magic show, with John O’May, PATRICK’S HAT TRICK for Children’s Arena Theatre.
TRICKS, for the Last Laugh Theatre Restaurant followed and was a great success with the production travelling to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania and the Casino circuit.
This led to working on the casino circuit as a specialty artist. Ross then produced his second show, ELECTRICKS, which also played the casinos and theatres around Australia and overseas.
In 1984 Ross became an Australian Citizen.
Ross has performed for Royalty, Prime Ministers and numerous corporate entities. He has been the magic consultant on many stage productions, BLITHE SPIRIT, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, and is regarded as one of Australia’s finest illusionists. Most recently he was lecturing to the students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) on The Art of Magic.
Ross will speak on the history of magic and the relationship of Harry Houdini with Australia.


Tea Room

The Tea Room Lunch Special
Enjoy a two course lunch for only $32.00 per head or three course for $42.00 per head in our newly refurbished Peacock Room.
Choose from entree and main or main and dessert including tea and coffee.
Bookings are appreciated.