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This course will study the biographies of six ‘rebellious females’ who all rebelled in their own way. The lives of these extraordinary women will be explored from both the historical and sociological perspective, providing some interesting insights into the nature of the societies in which they all lived, ranging from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The six women that we will get to know will be: Mary Reiby - thief, emancipist, entrepreneur; Walyer guerrilla fighter, Amazon; Emma Miller - seamstress, political activist, labour reformer; Louisa Lawson - writer, publisher; Dame Nellie Melba - opera singer; Adela Pankhurst Walsh - suffragette, pacifist, social reformer.


Course Author: Sonya Thompson

Course Code: D124

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

Units & Pricing: 6 units / $78 per person


Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.