Public and Private Voices: Australia 1800-1900

Journals, diaries, stories and notebooks speak to us of the thoughts and feelings of our early settlers. These voices are intensely individual and project feelings of delight, disgust and misery, in an outspoken and personal way. We get to share the hardships and isolation experienced by these people, wherever they lived, be it the bush or the town. Included are some examples of cartoons, illustrating the importance of humour in this society plus comments from European visitors of the period adding diversity and insights to this course.


Independent Study Discussion Courses are for study by groups without a tutor, so there is no need to write reports. These courses were written by tutors who have now since retired from the Discussion Group Program. Some courses were written a number of years ago, and therefore contain references to events which are now more historical than current, however, all are entertaining, well-produced and worthwhile.


Course Author
Irene Inkson


Supplied Course Material
M E Ackland (Ed.), The Penguin Book of 19th Century Australian Literature
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
6 units / $54 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D128


Getting Started
1. 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. There are many existing groups that welcome new members. If you wish to start a new group to suit your situation WEA can help you, please note that a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
2. Arrange the meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
3. 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.


How to Enrol
1. First check the availability of your selection by contacting WEA Sydney. 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).
2. Indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.
3. Download and fill out a copy of the WEA Sydney Discussion Group Program Enrolment Form and send it to the Discussion Group Co-ordinator to enrol.


Please note that additional postage (Cash on Delivery) for receiving course material will be required.