Discover The Lives Of Four Fascinating Women In Australian History

Enjoy this exploration of the lives of fascinating women from Australia’s past. Our heroines include Betsy Broughton, the girl taken by the Maoris after the massacre of the Boyd in NZ, rescued and later married to Charles Throsby, the nephew of the explorer; Betsy Balcombe, who had an association with Napoleon when he was exiled on St Helena, and who subsequently came to Australia; Lady Jane Franklin, the adventurous wife of the Tasmanian Governor and Arctic explorer, who lost his life seeking the North West Passage loss; and finally two English born taxidermists, Catherine Tost, who settle in Sydney and worked at the Australian Museum, and her daughter, Ada Rohu, who had a rather weird curio business in Sydney.

Course Tutor
Joan Lawrence

Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet

Units & Pricing
4 units / $58 per person

Course Code for Enrolment

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.