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The Talk of Newstead - Celebrating Local Life and Legends

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A series of inspiring evenings presented by Aveo Newstead

Introducing The Talk of Newstead, an inspiring three-evening speaker series which celebrates the magnificent lifestyle of Newstead featuring four of Queensland's leading lights sharing tales of their extraordinary careers in former Lord Mayor of Brisbane Sallyanne Atkinson, acclaimed author Hugh Lunn, and the country's favourite columnist Frances Whiting.

Presented by Aveo Newstead, The Talk of Newstead is a FREE series and you are invited to RSVP with a guest. Click the links below for more information.

  • Monday 16 October 5.30pm to 7pm: Sallyanne Atkinson

    At the Rooftop at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

    Refreshments will be provided

    Sallyanne Atkinson rose to national prominence as Brisbane's Lord Mayor from 1985 to 1991. This was the time of Expo '88, when the world looked to Brisbane and it was through her urbane, educated and well-spoken approach that the city delivered. She has been Australia's trade commissioner in Paris and a representative for the Australian Olympic Committee. She now sits on the Board of the Waltzing Matilda Museum, the Museum of Brisbane, the University of Queensland's Women's' College, the Queensland Brain Institute, and Fidelis Investment Group. A journalist by trade, she has also penned her own life story in No Job For a Woman.

    RSVP - call 13 28 36 or visit


  • Monday 6 November 5.30pm to 7pm: Frances Whiting

    At The High Church, Fortitude Valley

    Refreshments will be provided

    Celebrating 20 years as Australia's favourite columnist, Frances Whiting has taken the country on a journey of love, laughter, loss and triumph through her weekly commentary in The Sunday Mail. She is one of the country's best known and popular writers, a proud Queenslander and the successful author of three books. Her latest, Walking on Trampolines was released in 2013 to critical and popular acclaim and is now being published in 9 countries. She is also a mum to two superb children and wife to John, the luckiest man in Australia.

    RSVP - call 13 28 36 or visit


  • Sunday 3 December 5.30pm to 7pm: Hugh Lunn

    At Light Street, Fortitude Valley

    Refreshments will be provided

    As a journalist in the 1970s Hugh won three national Walkley Awards for feature writing, and he has never stopped. His Brisbane memoir Over the Top with Jim became Australia's all-time biggest-selling childhood memoir and Hugh adapted it for the stage for the first ever Brisbane Festival. It then toured the state. His Vietnam: A Reporter's War won the Melbourne AGE Book of the Year prize for literature and has twice been published in New York. In 2009 Hugh was named a Queensland Icon. He is immortalised in sandstone by sculptor Rhyl Hinwood at the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    RSVP - call 13 28 36 or visit


    The Talk of Newstead is presented by Aveo Newstead. The 19-story vertical retirement community in Newstead is a $200million development that celebrates life and ageing gracefully with the best of lifestyle-led apartment living for those who are ready to indulge in life! Talk about the talk of Newstead!
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